By Joshua Burd
A former New Jersey Builders Association president has been elected chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, marking a milestone as the first Hispanic to assume the role.
Dean Mon, the president of Shrewsbury-based D.R. Mon Group Inc., was named the NAHB’s top officer during last week’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. He was among four developers to be elected officers, who will help lead an association that has more than 700 affiliated state and local homebuilders associations and more than 140,000 members.
“Addressing ongoing housing affordability concerns will be the top issue for America’s homebuilders in 2020,” Mon said. “In this key election year, we will work with the White House and Congress to advance comprehensive housing finance reform and reduce burdensome regulations to enable more families to achieve homeownership or have access to suitable rental housing. We will also urge Congress to adopt practical workforce development and immigration policy that will help our industry fill open jobs and reduce the cost of remodeling and home construction.”
Mon, who specializes in green urban living projects throughout New Jersey, has been in business since 1985 and has created communities in Morris, Hunterdon, Union, Hudson and Monmouth Counties.
The NAHB’s new slate of officers also includes:
- First Vice Chairman: John “Chuck” Fowke, founder and president of Tampa, Florida-based Homes by John C. Fowke Inc.
- Second Vice Chairman: Jerry Konter of Savannah, Georgia-based Konter Quality Homes
- Third Vice Chairman: Alicia Huey, founder of Birmingham, Alabama-based AGH Homes Inc.