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We serve our members and community through proactive involvement in government activities affecting the building industry, ethical business practices, promotion of members' products and services, continuing education, and enhanced membership benefits.

FEB 2014

Suwannee County and the S.V.B.A. is helping to get the Crapps Estate open for public use. And now is one step closer.

Saturday, Feb. 25th, 2014, with donated materials, a new roof was built over the outside patio. Mr. Greg Scott of the Parks and Recreation Department says he hopes to have the historical estate open soon for weddings and parties. Many thanks to those volunteers: Sam Carter of Sam Carter Draft and Design, Matt  Marable of Marable Construction, Jimmy Norris, Nikki Raines and Dale Raines of Southern Heritage Builders, Bo Davis with Davis Construction, Ronnie Poole of Poole Realty, Roy Guerico (owner of Dairy Queen), and Paul Schmidtz. Those guys always show up when they are needed. Also Wayne Guide of Howlands Building Supply. Greg Scott of Parks and Recreation, Jeff Lee with Suwannee Hamilton VoTec Center, and more importantly my beautiful wife Janet Carpenter with Pennyworth Plumbing and Gas. 

JAN 2014

The Suwannee Valley Builders Association goes back to School!

Everyone was treated to a great meal consisting of chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, bread and yummy strawberry shortcake. All prepared and served by the Culinary Arts class. ( Did you know that you can order take out if you call ahead on Tuesdays and Thursdays?)

On to Joe Regans Automotive class, It has been reported that many of the graduating students go on to making as much as $100,000.00 working for such companies as Rountree Moore. Automotive collision and repair is taught by Mr. Joe Regan, who is Master certified and also Skills USA Advisor.

Mr. Tom Shea who teaches Technology also gave us a presentation and tour of his classroom.  Students have to meet National Standards in 8 areas including electrical, braking, heating and air. Tom Shea is sending 25 students to state and hopefully, national competitio n.

Bob Makela and Derwin Bass, Vo-Tech Construction instructors are well known to the association. Bob and Derwin, along with Jimmy Norris of Southern Heritage Builders clinched The Skills National Championship last year.  Makela and Bass also take charge of building our annual Playhouse.

Mr. Bobby Cason, a Tampa businessman, says he benefits from employing VoTech students at his company Zampell Refractoring and has a son in the Masonry class.

Our Vo-tech students are available to local businesses too. While learning they are available to work at greatly reduced insurance liabilities. Businesses need to take advantage of the talent and skills offered by these young people.

And last but not least, the whole program was inspired and sponsored by Ronnie Poole of “Poole Realty”. GREAT JOB RONNIE and Thanks!

If you missed this meeting, you really missed out. 

JAN 2014

Good People Giving In Hard Times

The Suwannee Valley Builders Association handed out achievement awards at their regular meeting at Sheryl’s Buffet in Live Oak on Thursday night, Jan. 13th, to those people who, even though it was a rough year for business, gave their time, money and materials to projects that ranged from sending our teens to national competition, to building the playhouse whose proceeds go directly back to the community and scholarships for our students. They are from left to right: Ronnie Poole of Poole Realty who accepted an award for Anita Handy, Derwin Bass from the Suwannee-Hamilton Vo-Tech, Red Wilkes, and Jeff Lee of Live Oak Pest Control. Back row: Sam Carter of Carter Drafting and Design, David Tyre of B.R.E.A., Inc., and Marc Jones of Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse of Live Oak. Not pictured was Lyn Fletcher of W. B. Howlands, Inc., Anita Handy of Poole Realty, Bob Makela of Suwannee-Hamilton Vo-Tech and Jimmy Norris of Southern Heritage Builders. Thank You, Thank You from all of us.


The building industry has been dramatically affected by the economy.  However, SVBA members continue to give of their time and resources to help with community projects.



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