Whit Ward of Bonded Builders Inducted in Housing Hall of Fame

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Whit Ward, CEO/President of Bonded Builders Warranty Group, was installed in the Florida Home Builders Association Housing Hall of Fame during ceremonies that at FHBA’s Fall Leadership Conference Oct. 23, 2010, in Bonita Springs, Fla. The FHBA Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the Florida home building industry.

Whit Ward’s lasting impact on the Florida home building industry is best measured by the hundreds of grateful individuals for whom he served as teacher, mentor and friend. Whit’s seminars on how to operate a fiscally strong Home Builders Association are remembered by Association Executive Officers across the U.S.

As Executive Officer for home builders associations in Tampa, West Palm Beach, and Collier County (Naples), Whit developed strong volunteer leaders, turned failing organizations into profitable growth-oriented organizations, promoted community and political involvement and created cutting-edge programs for membership growth.

As CEO of Bonded Builders, his leadership skills and personal relationships fueled Bonded’s expansion into all 50 states while the company revenues grew to $22 million annually.

And Whit hasn’t stopped his aggressive and responsible management strategies. Recently, Whit was singled out to receive an “Impact” trophy from Bob Menke, chairman of Bonded’s parent company Bankers Financial Corp..

In presenting the trophy, Bob said that Whit had earned the award for crisis management, successfully guiding Bonded Builders through the worst housing downturn he had ever seen.

Bob said Whit’s quick and decisive action to reduce costs and the development of new products combined to keep Bonded Builders profitable when virtually every other company involved in the construction or providing products to new homes is experiencing serious financial difficulties.

Bob said he is convinced that Bonded Builder Warranty Group will emerge from this downturn as the No. 1 new home warranty company in the country.

Whit joins Bonded Builders Founder Howard Head

Bonded Builders Founder Howard Head was welcomed into the Hall of Fame in 2006. Howard has distinguished himself in two careers — as the Executive Vice President of the Florida Atlantic Builders Association (which subsequently merged to become the Gold Coast BA) and as the President and Founder of Bonded Builders. Under Howard’s leadership, Bonded not only provided an excellent warranty product but its associates became leaders and good-will ambassadors within the home building industry.

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