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Samuel L. “Sam” Cohen ,
President


Samuel L. “Sam” Cohen is the owner of Joey Corp., a custom homebuilding business in Chesapeake. He has been a member of TBA since 1990 and first joined the TBA board in 1999 as an elected builder director. He has since served in various leadership positions, including TBA executive committee appointee in 2007 and 2008, treasurer in 2009 and vice president in 2010 and 2011.

Cohen has built in the TBA Homearama showcase of homes since 1997, served as chair of the Homearama Committee in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2011, and built the 2000 Charity House. He also helped build the 2005 TBA Scholarship House to benefit the TBA Scholarship Foundation.

He will serve on the boards of directors of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Home Builders Association of Virginia (HBAV).

 
Steven E. Lawson,
Vice President


Steven E. Lawson is president of The Lawson Cos., Virginia Beach, a developer of single- and multifamily housing communities. Lawson joined TBA in 1993 and was named to the TBA board of directors in 2007. He has served as a member of NAHB’s Housing Finance Committee and Mortgage Roundtable. He has also served as chairman of the NAHB Housing Credit Group, the NAHB Multifamily Finance Subcommittee, and the NAHB Affordable Housing Subcommittee. The Virginia Beach resident earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering and an MBA from Duke University.
 
 Scott M. Gandy,
Associate Vice President


Scott M. Gandy is principal of Kempsville Building Materials. Gandy has been a member of TBA since 1974. He has served five consecutive terms as co-chair of the Building Trades Academy Committee. Gandy first served as an associate director in 1997. He was TBA’s associate vice president in 1998 and 1999. Gandy also has served on the Membership and Retention Committee and the Home Show Committee.
 
Dennis M. Graf,
Treasurer

Dennis M. Graf is president of Graf Construction. Graf has been a member of the TBA board since 2002. He built in the 1999, 2000 and 2002 Homearamas and also built the 2001 Homearama Charity House. Graf also served five consecutive terms as co-chair of the Charity Golf Tournament Committee. The Chesapeake resident earned his mechanical engineering degree from Virginia Tech.
 
Eric Sasser,
Secretary


Eric Sasser is president of Sasser Construction. This is the first board term for Sasser, who served as the Homearama chairman in 2010. Sasser has built in three Homearamas, including building the Spring Homearama Charity House in 2010. In addition to being a Southern Living Custom Home Program builder, Sasser is also the Southern Living 2010 Custom Builder of the Year, a certified green professional and graduate of the Builder Institute.
 
William H. Halprin
Immediate Past President


Halprin is a partner and senior vice president with S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co., as well as senior vice president and director of operations for all multifamily property management activities.

Halprin was first appointed to the TBA Board of Directors in 2000 as chairman of the Tidewater Multifamily Housing Council. He has since served in various leadership positions, including secretary in 2007, treasurer in 2008, vice president in 2009 and president in 2010.

Halprin also has been involved with the Home Builders Association of Virginia, serving multiple terms as a multifamily representative and as a legislative representative in 2009. In 2001, Halprin was named Tidewater Multifamily Housing Council’s Multifamily Executive of the Year and in 1995 he won TMHC’s Property Manager of the Year award. In 2008, he received the council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

He will serve on the boards of directors of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Home Builders Association of Virginia (HBAV). The Norfolk resident earned a degree in business administration from Old Dominion University.
 
Channing A. Pfeiffer
Chief executive officer/Executive vice president


Pfeiffer serves as chief executive officer of TBA, a position he has held since 1986.

He has been with TBA since 1981. Prior to joining TBA in 1981, he served as director of the National Association of Home Builders’ Multi-Housing Division and as national coordinator for the National Association of Home Builders’ apprenticeship training programs.

He has his master’s degree in management from the University of Virginia and a bachelor of arts degree from Randolph-Macon College. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Home Builders Association of Virginia Executive Officers Council, and serves as regional director of the National Association of Home Builders Executive Officers Council.

He is a past board member and volunteer of the year of the Hampton Roads YMCA and was vice chairman of the Tidewater Boys Scout Council.



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