Chad Dean was installed for his second consecutive term as president of the Ocoee Regional Builders Association during the organization’s annual Christmas/Installation dinner Friday night at Southern Charm.
“There are so many people in this room that has meant so much to me,” a clearly emotional Dean said.
He noted that makes the job harder in helping to choose the recipients of ORBA’s top three awards.
“There are so many people who deserve these awards,” Dean said.
2017 Associate of the Year went to Max Phillips, who currently works for Crye-Leike Realtors.
“Year in and year out, he has been a top producer for Crye-Leike Realtors,” Dean noted. “He has always been there for us. Anytime we dealt with an issue, Max was always there.”
Jerry Franitza was presented the 2017 Builder of the Year award.
“This gentleman has been a member of this association for awhile now and it’s been incredible to see his involvement and how he embraces anything that someone asks him to do,” Dean said.
Dean presented the 2017 President’s Service Award to Charlotte Peak, who also was previously awarded the Home Builders Association of Tennessee’s Builder of the Year award.
Outgoing HBAT President Dennis Epperson noted the growth of ORBA.
“ORBA is one of the smallest associations in the state, but if you take a look around we are a strong association,” Epperson said. “I find it fitting my last speech as state president happens here were it all started in 2006 as your local president. It’s been an honor and an opportunity I will always be grateful for.”
Epperson recognized the 2017 ORBA Board of Directors with plaques to mark their service for the year.
State Rep. Dan Howell officiated over the induction of the 2018 Board of Directors which includes Blake Allison, Paul Rice, Jane Hondo, Rhonda Bales, Jim Evans, Jerry Franitza, Charlotte Peak, Peaches Searles, Charles Blankenship, Max Phillips, Joe Collins, Shonna Ellis, Dennis Epperson, Lake Mantooth and John Proffitt.
Epperson praised Dean’s work with the association before introducing state Sen. Mike Bell to administer the oath of office to Dean.
“I’ve seen a lot of builders come and go, but Chad is going to be around a long time,” Epperson said. “He understands what our association does and how important it is.”