Master Builder

Winter 2019

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Great and Small Things BY KAT SIMS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MBAKS MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Thank You MBAKS for a Wonderful 2019! It's been a great 110th year at MBAKS and I'm pleased we're bringing it to such a momentous close It's a great time to reflect on all that has happened and all that's to come As we sip hot cocoa with dear family and friends over the holiday season, I'd like us all to think about how fortunate we are to have so many tireless advocates for our industry, an industry committed to ensuring all people can attain housing We salute those who contribute time, talent, and treasure to lift up the industry and our association, placing its mission and goals above their own self-interest and personal priorities And we honor the team players who tirelessly work to make MBAKS the number one trusted and respected source for housing I'd like to use this letter to thank a few of you directly Thank you, Bonnie Geers, our outgoing president, for your thoughtful leadership and devotion to the association, and to our volunteers who are rolling off the board—Erich Armbruster, Nick Abdelnour, Mark Villwock, August Bergdahl, and Paul Bogel Your stewardship has brought the association closer to realizing its vision Thank you to our dedicated council and committee chairs—Steve Cory, Darylene Dennon, Keith Hammer, Joe Herr, Brian Holtzclaw, Leann McNabb, Ron Palmer, Luellen Smith, Mark Villwock, and Mike Walsh—for bringing all our members closer together And a special thank you to Todd Bennett, who has served as chair of the MBA Health Trust for so long none of us can accurately recall when his term began You have been an indispensable part of the work we do We look forward to seeing all of you and celebrating your hard work and many achievements at the Holiday Gala on December 4 Please join us for a night of food, fun, and good tidings! "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." —Mother Teresa 5 WINTER 2019 master builder in every issue

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