Dan Monroe, left, was named Associate of the Year, and Brandon Edwards was honored as Builder of the Year at the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association installation and awards banquet in February. COURTESY HILTON HEAD AREA HOME BUILDERS

Members of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association (HHAHBA) held its annual installation and awards banquet Feb. 11 at the Palmera Inn & Suites on Hilton Head Island.

The 2021 officers and directors were installed and awards were presented to the Builder and Associate Members of the Year, along with several other awards presented to active HBA participants.

The Associate of the Year and Builder of the Year honors are presented to individuals for their outstanding dedication and contributions to the HBA, the community and the building industry at large.

The 2020 Associate of the Year award was presented to Dan Monroe with Lowcountry Home Magazine, an honor he’s received before, in 2000. Of note, during the presentation, were his efforts in recruiting nearly 350 HBA members over the years.

The 2020 Builder of the Year award was presented to Brandon Edwards with Element Construction, currently the vice president of membership on the HHAHBA’s board of directors and a national delegate with NAHB.

The Hammer Award honors members of the HBA who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the year, quietly going above and beyond what has been asked of them to lend a helping hand whenever they find the chance.

Two members were recognized for the honor: Sam Liberti with Low Tide Designs, current association vice president; and Dale Thompson, builder director with Compass Custom Homes.

Every year the HBA president has a chance to recognize an individual who he or she feels has greatly contributed to the success of the association during their year in leadership. This year, Matt Bader with Full Circle Development was the recipient of the “Iceberg” Award from out-going president Dave Gaal of Gaal Custom Homes & Remodeling. Bader was honored for his service as a two-term vice president of membership during an international pandemic. “Bader never skipped a beat. He shows up for his fellow industry partners at the HBA and is a great asset to our association,” said Gaal.

HBA Ambassador of the Year Sara Broman was recognized for the fierce and passionate dedication she brings to making HBA membership a great experience for all members. Her tenacity and can-do spirit were extremely instrumental in the continued success of the Ambassadors Club in 2020.

For more information, visit hhahba.com.