Monday, September 15, 2014

Lots of Fun at this Years Chili and Politics Event last Thursday!

The rain and bad weather held out for The Chili and Politics event held this past Thursday evening. It was a great event with with great food and fun. While the judges of the Cook- Off had a hard decision to make the winners of the Best Chili and Dessert contest are as follows:
1st Place Chili- "OOO Wee"- GBS Building Supply
2nd Place Chili- "Wild Chicken Chili"- Howard Custom Builders
3rd Place Chili- "Smokin Hot"- The Cook's Station
Best Dessert was awarded to The Cook's Station for their Sweet Potato Bread Pudding.

There were also some great prizes including a  KBRS Tileable Shower worth over $700, eligible for Builder or Remodeler, won by Trey Cole of Trey Cole Design Group. A Cook's Station gift basket went to Alan Boone of Advanced Renovations, and Bill Fitz of Gateway Supply won the raffle for some cold hard cash. 
The HBA of Greenville would like to thank our event sponsors for helping to make this event a success!

Enjoying some Oysters

GBS Team with their 1st Place Chili.

Oyster Roast courtesy of Clark's 

Todd Usher featured by NAHB

We told you last week that Todd Usher is mentoring construction students at Clemson University.  He serves as the HBA's professional adviser to the NAHB Student Chapter at Clemson and also serves as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for Clemson's Construction Science and Management program.

Read last week's article by clicking here.

This week NAHB featured Todd's efforts on, the national blog.  Among Todd's efforts is to mentor the competition team at Clemson that will be competing in the student competition at the International Builders Show.   

“The Residential Construction Management Competition provides the most real-world experience these students are likely to have prior to graduation,” said Usher, who is using his green building experience ( he was named NAHB Green Advocate of the Year in 2011) to prep the Clemson team on sustainable construction methods and materials. “It’s a hands-on opportunity to put theory into practice,” he said.

Having industry professionals mentor the Clemson team takes students well beyond their reference books, said Jason Lucas, assistant professor in Clemson’s department of Construction Science and Management.

“Having Todd come in and discuss his experiences provides students with a current market view and practical application of the theories we discuss in class,” Lucas says. “By going over the National Green Building Standard and ICC 700 worksheet, he took something that was abstract to them and put it into practical terms. This gives the students a real head start getting into the RCMC project.”