Whit Ward, President of Bonded Builders Warranty Group, has announced his retirement at the end of May.
“Whit leaves a legacy which serves as an example to us all,” says Bob Menke, founder of Bankers Insurance, BBWG’s parent company.
A member of the Florida Housing Hall of Fame for a career that included serving as Executive Officer of three local builders association in Florida, Whit began his career with BBWG in 2002 as Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to CEO and President in 2003.
Whit is known nationally as “the home builder’s advocate.” His warranty innovations and his ability to manage BBWG through one of the worst economic downturns won him universal acclaim.
In 1997, Whit received the NAHB Executive Officers Council Lifetime Career Achievement Award. In 2010, he was inducted into the FHBA’s Housing Hall of Fame.
“Whit joined our organization so highly endorsed by BBWG founder Howard Head that we had very high expectations, which he exceeded.” Menke says, “The contributions he has made to the company as president will make it difficult for his successor. He will be missed!”
Whit’s deep understanding of the business and his creative leadership were instrumental in the development of BBWG’s Specialty Plans and the new Residential Energy Guarantee — both industry firsts.
“He is uniquely respected and trusted in the industry — by his peers, the builders and those who worked for him,” said Banker’s CEO John Strong. “I admire the spectacular relationships Whit has built and how those have led to BBWG becoming the largest new home warranty company in the U.S.”
“It was a pleasure working with Whit, developing Bonded Builders and our risk retention group into leaders in the residential building industry,” says former president David Meehan. “His extensive relationships in the builder community and his personal leadership have been keys to the success and stature of BBWG. I wish Whit and his wife, Mary, life’s very best.”
“Whit has been a tremendous leader, supporter, motivator and friend to everyone at BBWG and especially to me,” said COO Roger Lange. “He’s taught me so much about the building business and builders while allowing me to use my experience to lead our operational and technological advancements. He challenges us with new ideas and empowers us to make things happen.”
“Whit is generous and sincere in his care of not just the company but the employees,” says Sue Maas, Director of Claims for BBWG. “I have been truly honored to know him as a boss and a friend.”Share