2021 HBA Executive Committee for the Board of Directors
President, Dicky Gephart
Past President, Gaye Orr
Gaye Burwell Orr, MIRM is president and partner of Coldwell Banker Advantage New Homes a full service new home sales and marketing company in Raleigh, NC. She has been working with builders and developers in the greater Raleigh area successfully marketing their new home communities for over 30 years. Gaye is a past Chairman of the Triangle Sales & Marketing Council, served on the Executive Committee, continues to serve on their Board of Directors, and is a National Director for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). She has served as the Chair of Education Committee and the Chair of the Parade of Homes in 2016 and 2017. Gaye was also recognized in 2016 as the first woman inducted into the HBA’s Hall of Fame for her service to the organization. On a national level, Gaye is a Past President of the Institute of Residential Marketing (IRM), a past chairman of the NAHB’s National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC), past chairman of NAHB’s Education Committee and a Life Director for NAHB. She is the recipient of both the NSMC Bill Molster Award and the IRM Trina Ripley Award for Excellence in Education. She was also honored as the 2011 MIRM of the Year by the NSMC.
Gaye is an instructor for IRM and created the MIRM Aid Mentor Program to help candidates complete the case study requirement to achieve the MIRM designation. In addition to the MIRM designation, Gaye also holds the Certified New Home Sales Specialist (CSP), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designations.
First Vice President, David Price
Second Vice President, Jim Derrickson
Jim Derrickson is Senior Vice President at First Bank Builder Finance with a focus on locally owned home builder companies. Jim started his career in the early eighties and is proud to say he has been lending to the home building industry for a majority of that time. His primary focus in the HBA of Raleigh - Wake County has been to protect the integrity of the local home building industry by being active in the political/entitlement arena. During his involvement, he has been engaged in most of the candidate discernment processes and has served as Build-Pac Chair.
Jim has been a member of the Board of Directors for over 15 years. He has served two terms as Treasurer, and is serving again as the Treasurer for 2019-2010. He was awarded the Rookie of the Year in 1997, Outstanding Associate of the Year in 2000, and has won Presidential Awards in 1998, 1999, 2003, 2015 and 2017.
In addition to his involvement with the HBA, he serves on the Board of the Magellan Charter School Foundation.
Vice President Associates, Jay Upchurch
Treasurer, Melissa Langdale
Melissa Langdale is the Director of Mortgage at The Fidelity Bank dba Right By You Mortgage. Melissa fell in love with the mortgage industry in 2002 and has been passionate about learning as much as possible since then. She’s served in operations, sales, business development, and various leadership roles throughout her career. She currently is responsible for leading the Mortgage Division of Fidelity Bank. In this role, she designs and executes department strategic initiatives, recruits and coaches the Loan Officer team, and drives operational efficiency. In addition, she manages Operations, Secondary, Audit and QC departments, and leads Vendor Management policies and procedures.
Secretary, Ric Rojas
Appointee to Executive Committee, Tom Anhut
Tom Anhut is the president of Anhut Properties, a land development company founded in 2014 and focused primarily on providing finished lots to custom builders. Anhut Properties currently has 8 projects consisting of almost 500 lots in various stages of the approval and site development process.
Tom was the Raleigh Division President for both Toll Brothers and for a total of 14 years. He relocated to Raleigh in August 1999 to develop Toll’s $700 million Brier Creek Country Club community, consisting of over 1,600 homes. In 2010, Tom negotiated Toll’s purchase of the Triangle’s highest end residential golf course community, Hasentree. Under his leadership, Tom’s new home divisions in Raleigh delivered almost 2,500 luxury homes, representing over $1.3 billion in revenue. At Toll, he was also promoted to Group President responsible for overseeing the company’s new home divisions in Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta and Hilton Head. Tom joined Toll Brothers in April 1995 and was promoted to Division President in less than 5 years. Prior to that he worked for Ryland Homes as a site superintendent, as a Realtor in Alexandria Virginia, and before that spent 9 years as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers, stationed in Italy, Saudi Arabia, Boston, and northern Virginia.
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