Members of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina (BIA) voted for their choice of nominees for the Byron Crosthwaite Builder Member of the Year Award and the Associate Member of the Year Award. The Byron Crosthwaite Builder Member of the Year is Mike Satterfield of Great Southern Homes.
Mike served as Treasurer of the BIA Board of Directors in 2017. He is an SC Builders PAC Gold Club member and a Dollar-a-Day Club member of NAHB’s Build PAC. Mike is the 2017 recipient of the Frank D. Clark SPIKE of the Year award having sponsored 17 new members, and was the captain of the winning team for the Fall Membership Drive. In addition, he led the task force responsible for renovation and repairs to the BIA Building.
The 2017 BIA Associate Member of the Year is Gary Pickren of Blair Cato Pickren Casterline, LLC. Gary has been a member of the association since 2011. The two-time Closing Attorney of the Year is also a licensed real estate broker and real estate agent instructor. He serves on the BIA Board of Directors and is a major sponsor of the annual BIA Bus Trip to Washington. He also served as the Membership Committee Chairman this year and was the individual winner of the Fall Membership Drive.
C.R. Jackson, Inc. was named Commercial Contractor of the Year. For 40 years, C.R. Jackson has served South Carolina as a leader in the site development and heavy highway industries. Founded in 1972, C.R. Jackson initially focused on land clearing, grading, and utilities in the Midlands area of the state. The scope of work grew to include asphalt manufacturing and asphalt paving. C.R. Jackson, Inc. is a strong advocate for safe roadways for South Carolina citizens and its visitors.
The BIA Corporate Member of the Year is Essex Homes. This award was created to recognize an outstanding member company of the association and takes into account a company’s contributions on the whole toward the betterment of our association, including financial support, use of company resources and representation of the association in an outstanding manner.
Essex Homes is a previous recipient of this award in 2008 and 2011. With Corporate offices in Lexington, S.C., Essex Homes will build over 600 homes this year and was named as the 72nd largest Builder in the country by BUILDER, The Magazine of the National Association of Home Builders. They have contributed in various BIA meetings and events helping to make them successful, including the BIA Golf Classic, the TOUR OF HOMES and Sales & Marketing Council.
Michael P. Nieri, Owner and Founder of Great Southern Homes was named the Richard N. Sendler award winner. This award is voted on by past presidents and associate vice presidents of the Building Industry Association and the recipient must project a community image that adds stature to the association; exemplify standards promoted and supported by the association; institute innovative and creative ideas that have improved the housing industry and have unquestionable character and integrity.
Michael has been a Builder Member of the BIA since 2001. In that time, he has served on the BIA Board of Directors and the Building Industry Charitable Foundation Board of Trustees, of which he currently serves as President. He also served as Chairman of the BIA Golf Classic numerous years, and the event has consistently raised more money for the Foundation’s Scholarship Program than the previous year. In addition, he is a major contributor to the Charitable Foundation, and lead the building effort of two cabins at Boy’s Farm in Newberry.
Clark’s Termite & Pest Control was named Trade Contractor of the Year by vote of the Builder Members of the association. The company is recognized for their outstanding quality of work for BIA Members. Clark’s has been affiliated with the association since the founder, Frank Clark, joined in 1987 and they have been active in many ways over those years.
The Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina would like to commend the award winners on their hard work and dedication throughout the year. They have not only served the building industry well, but the Columbia community and the entire state have benefited from their dedication and work.