REPORTER Rio Grande Valley Builders Association, Inc NOVEMBER

Rio Grande Valley Builders Association, Inc
419 Nolana Ste. C, McAllen, TX 78504 ;[email protected];;
This Newsletter contains three (3) pages; NOTE:
Read Your Newsletter - Very Important
Information on Upcoming Building Issues
Affecting Our Industry
ATTN ALL: Please see the dates listed in this
newsletter that the association has set aside for
our 2014-2015 events (SAVE the DATE)– we
do this in order to avoid any conflict with our
members that plan events on dates that the
association has selected – please check the list!
Saturday, November 1
Sunday, November 2 (2 a.m.)
Tuesday, November 4
November General Membership Luncheon
Wednesday, November 5
NOTE: Join us and meet Corps.Sgt. Jacob De La
Garza Family
2 Annual McAllen Building Professional
November 21-22, 2014
City of McAllen/South Texas College
9 am – 4:30 pm
Sierra Title Company
Thursday, November 27
(board office closed 11/26-11/28)
The McAllen Country Club
The Rio Grande Valley Builders
November General Membership Luncheon
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
11:30 a.m.
Roasted Turkey and Dressing
Buttered Egg Noodles
Green Peas and Carrots
Tossed Green Salad with Dressing
Cranberry Salad
Valley Fruit Tray
Rolls and Butter
Pumpkin & Pecan Pie
Iced Tea & Water
Coffee Station-coffee upon request
$20/members; $25/non-members
To be paid at the door (unless arrangements
have been made prior to meeting)
Guaranty your spot by no later than
Monday, November 3 or sooner by
responding to this email or calling the board
office at 686-2932
NOTE: All guarantees will be billed if you
Do Not Show
ABC Supply, Inc.
Bank of South Texas
Tuesday, November 11
(board office closed)
McCoy’s Building Supply
Prime Lending
RGV Home Show
“Builder Door Prize”
Protecting Your Business from Fraud
Benjamin Peña, CPA, CFE, CICA
A partner of Burton McCumber & Cortez,
LLP, Ben Pena provides advisory services to
clients with a focus in the areas of internal
controls structure and environments as well
as fraud risk mitigation. With BMC since
1996, Ben’s areas of experience include
Assurance Services, Internal Controls &
Risk Assessment, Forensic Accounting, and
Management Consulting.
He has
experience in audits involving a variety of
industries, including financial institutions,
retail/wholesale,manufacturing, construction,
agricultural, healthcare, and employee
benefit plans as well as governmental and
not-for-profit entities.
Ben has also
provided litigation support services in the
areas of transaction analyses, forensic
accounting services and fraud examination.
In addition to being a CPA, Ben is a
Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified
Internal Controls Auditor. He is active in
various organizations in the Valley, and was
recently named to be a member of the first
class of Leadership RGV.
The second part of the program
will be a presentation by Operation
FINALLY HOME chairman, Jose
Vielma. Mr. Vielma will introduce
Sgt. Jacob De La Garza and his
family who will be our special
guests at the luncheon. Also, along
with the De La Garza’s we will
recognize those that gave their
support to make this project a
dream for the De La Garza family.
We hope that all of you will join us
in making Sgt. De La Garza feel at
home with the RGVBA family.
The RGVBA would like to thank
the following builders that
entered the “Free Entry” raffle:
Victor Guzman – Guzman Construction
Martin Villanueva – Villanueva
Jack Pollock – Frontera Homes
Olga Trevino – Divine Custom Homes
Eddie Garza/Mario Pena – Infinity
Carlos Carranza – Newmark Custom
Michael Pavon – Camino Real Builders
Luis Waldo – Waldo Homez
Carlos & Rosita Juvera – Courtesy
Custom Homes
Delfino & Glenda Gaona – Keystone
Thanks to the following that signed up
before the October 31 deadline:
Emigdio Villanueva – RGV Villa Homes
Juan J. & Jorge Gonzalez – Dream
Homes by J & J
Builder/Associate of the Year
We will be emailing the nomination
form for Builder/Associate of the
If you have anyone in mind that
you feel is deserving of this
award(s) please fill one out and
email/fax (668-9705) to the board
office. If you need information on
this particilar nominee, please call
the board office. Remember, this is
only a nomination form, the final
decision is made by the Nominating
Winners will be announced at the
Christmas Party on Saturday,
December 6 at the McAllen
Country Club.
2015 RGVBA/GreenBuilt RGV
Parade of Homes
April 18-19 & 25-26, 2015
A reminder to all builders, deadline for
Early Entry ($2800) was Thursday,
October 30; deadline for standard entry
($2900) is Monday, December 1 and
deadline for late entry ($3000) is
Monday, January 5, 2015. The longer
you wait, the more you pay.
If you have already decided where
you will be building your entry,
you may to to our website: and download the Entry
Form, fill out and bring by the
board office along with your check.
Parade of Homes packages
including Timelines, Builder Entry
Form/Contracts are being prepared
and will be send out to those
builders entring the parade of
homes or you can go to our website
and download same.
The parade of homes committee
will hold a “Mandatory Meeting”
of all builders in the parade to go
over all the rules and guidelines
and to get feedback from our
builders on other issues of concern
to them. We will keep you updated
on this meeting. Invitation is also
open to all our associate members
who wish to offer their discounts to
all builders with entries or wish to
be a “Major” sponsor of this event.
We hope that you choose to join
our parade once again this year or
be a part of it for the first time!
We’d like to thank the following
sponsors that have committed to
once again sponsor this event or
those that have joined us for the
first time:
Magic Valley Electric Cooperative
Sierra Title Company
Matts Building Supplys
Texas Gas Company
Sierra Title Company
Free Entry in 2015 RGVBA Parade of Homes
(L to R): Luis Waldo (Waldo Homes); Victor Lopez
(Texas Gas); Mario Peña and Eddie Garza (Infinity
Custom Homes); Delfino Gaona (Keystone
Construction); Sandra Brown (RGVBA President /
Sorrento Fine Homes); Marielsa Pulido (Sierra
Title); Jack Pollock (Frontera Homes); Marcy
Alamia (RGVBA Executive VP).
This year, the winner of the free entry was
Keystone Construction (Delfino and Glenda
Gaona). Second prize went to Infinity Custom
Homes (Eddie Garza and Mario Peña) who
received a ½ page ad in the Parade Guidebook and
lunch for 2 at the McAllen Country Club, courtesy
of Frost Bank. Third place was won by Waldo
Homes (Luis Waldo) who received a 1/ 4 page ad
and lunch at the McAllen Country Club, courtesy
of Frost Bank.
Congratulations to Judy Salinas
Lucky Winner of the 2014 RGVBA Parade of
Homes TV Giveaway Courtesy of Sierra Title
GreenBuilt signs will also be updated and be
made available to those GreenBuilt builders
building GreenBuilt homes. A luncheon
meeting of all those interested in being a
part of the GreenBuilt RGV will be held
this month , day, time, place TBA.
Judy Salinas registered at the Waldo Homes entry at
Pepper Ridge in Edinburg during the Rio Grande
Valley Builders Association’s Parade of Homes. The
TV was donated as a gift by Sierra Title of Hidalgo
County to assist in this annual fundraising event for
the Association. The drawing for the TV Giveaway
took place during a recent meeting of the Association
at the McAllen Country Club. Presentation of the TV
was made to Judy’s husband, Alfredo Salinas, at
Sierra Title’s office in McAllen. Present to deliver the
TV were: Luis Waldo, Waldo Homes; Sandra Brown,
RGVBA President; Peter Murphy, VP of
Examinations and Marielsa Pulido, VP of
Operations; Alfredo Salinas; Marcy Alamia, RGVBA
Exec. VP; Matthew Wilson, Sierra Title VP of
We invite you to visit the newly revamped
RGVBA website, where you will
have access to any and all RGVBA
programs, including forms, membership
applications, newsletters. If you have any
questions, please let us know.
Members will be able to announce events
through our website.
The following notice was just received at the
board office from our TAB Executive
Director, Scott Norman. Please Read
Carefully. As per Scott, Ned Munoz, our
TAB legal counsel will be sending out
further information on this and it will be
forwarded to our membership. For those of
you that go to the NAHB webside, you will
notice NAHB promoting their contracts,
don’t order the NAHB contracts until
further notice or not before reading this
“You may have recently seen notice of the
With the revamping of the GreenBuilt RGV
program, we are asking for volunteers that
would like to be in this committee to assist
Rafael Munguia
GreenBuilt RGV Chairman, Rafael
Munguia is quite busy updating the
GreenBuilt RGV program with new
changes. He, along with Paco Vielma have
updated the GreenBuilt RGV website
( with all the new changes. Look
forward to hearing from Rafael and the
board office on upcoming information and a
meeting of all GreenBuilt RGV builders.
We will be contacting all builders that would
like to register to build green and renew
those that are already in the program.
TAB 2013-2015 Texas Residential
Construction Contracts Package —
Order Online
Sunday, November 2
I am in need of a person that is willing to
chair this years annual Christmas Banquet
and Party.
I also need sponsors, door prizes, table
decorations, etc.
Please respond to this email or call me at
the board office if interested and if you have
any questions.
The final event of the year is in a little over a
month, Saturday, December 6 at the
McAllen Country Club. and we need to get
started. We need ideas on theme, band, etc.
as well.
new format NAHB contracts that are now
available on-line. There has been some
consternation and attention to this by the
TAB Contracts Committee and
subsequently a resolution was passed by the
TAB Board of Directors at the summer
meeting directed to NAHB because of the
implications to our members if they use the
NAHB contracts. TAB staff and leadership
have been working with NAHB to make
sure that adequate disclaimers are included
on the NAHB website to warn prospective
purchasers of the implications that could
result from using these forms in Texas. This
is because they do not meet numerous
Texas statutory and case law requirements.
Texas law mandates in multiple instances
that specific language be included in our
residential contracts and the NAHB forms
do not address these requirements. In other
words, our members face serious liability
and the risk of having voidable contracts if
they utilize the NAHB forms.
The following is a follow up to the above
notice, from our TAB legal counsel, Ned
Munoz, please read carefully:
As a follow up to Scott’s email,
please note that TAB has a standing
Contracts Committee to ensure that
its contracts are comprehensive, upto-date, and the best product
available in Texas for its members.
In addition to providing valuable
revenue to local HBAs and TAB,
the TAB contracts provide our
members an invaluable benefit in
the form of enhanced legal
protections, reduced liability, and
clear legal compliance with various
Texas laws. Many other form
contracts, including NAHB’s, fail to
meet numerous statutory
requirements in the Texas Property
Code, as well as fail to properly
waive all implied warranties as
outlined by the Supreme Court of
Texas, thereby exposing builders
that may use the NAHB contracts in
Texas to increased liability and the
voiding of non-compliant contracts.
“Again, the failure to use Texas
specific contracts and comply with
Texas statutory and common law
exposes TAB builder members to
serious legal liabilities and
significant expenses, including the
voiding of non-compliant
Saturday, December 6
Annual Christmas Party
McAllen Country Club
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
General Membership Luncheon Meeting
McAllen Country Club
January 20-22, 2015
International Builders Show
Las Vegas
(Registration opens September 3)
Thursday, November 27
Friday, February 6, 2015
RGVBA Annual Barbecue
Nomad Shrine Club
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
General Membership Luncheon Meeting
McAllen Country Club
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
April 10,11,12, 2015
RGV Home Show
McAllen Convention Center
(board office closed 11/26-11/28)
From the officers, directors and staff of the
RGVBA, we’d like to wish each and
everyone a Blessed and Happy
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
General Membership Luncheon Meeting
McAllen Country Club
April 18-19 & April 25-26, 2015
Parade of Homes
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Parade of Homes Awards Luncheon
McAllen Country Club
RGVBA Fishing Tournament
Wednesday, November 5
General Membership Luncheon Meeting
McAllen Country Club
Come and Meet our special guest, Sgt. Jacob
De La Garza Family
November Luncheon – Call now to RSVP
$20/per person – Don’t Delay!
Wednesday, November 12
Come and Meet the Corps Sgt. Jacob De La
Garza Family
Sunday, November 2
Tuesday, November 4
35th Annual Tamalada
Wednesday, November 19
Tuesday, November 11
(board office closed)