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March 16, 2007
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Pioneers in home building industry to be honored for lifetimes of achievement

Two home building industry pioneers will be awarded Tidewater Builders Association Stanley Awards for Lifetime Achievement for their service to the industry.

They are Julian Rashkind, 91, of Norfolk, former TBA President and former Chairman of the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and Howard M. Weisberg, 86, of Virginia Beach, former TBA President and a founder and long-time avid supporter of the TBA Scholarship Foundation.

The men will be honored during the annual TBA Stanley Awards gala April 27 at The Virginia Beach Convention Center. The event recognizes industry excellence in new homes, remodeling, marketing and associate member categories.

A 1935 graduate of Columbia University, Rashkind was among the original group of 20 builders who formed Tidewater Builders Association in 1953. He later served as TBA President in 1962. In 1972, he was named as a life director for the National Association of Home Builders. He is a voting life director for NAHB and a director emeritus for TBA.

Rashkind was first appointed to the Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority’s board of commissioners in 1970, and three years later was elected chairman, a position he held for 17 years. His leadership saw the revitalization of Ghent and the beginning of the Ocean View renaissance, the purchase and renovation of the Wells Theater, and a rebirth of the downtown waterfront district.

He first joined a family building business, Brody Organization Inc., on Long Island, NY. The company moved to Norfolk in 1946 to build homes for returning World War II veterans. He later served as a principal at R&R Contracting Co. and later retired from R&J Associates One.

Homes built by Rashkind’s companies can be found in the Wards Corner and Roland Park neighborhoods in Norfolk, and in the Kempsville and College Park areas in Virginia Beach. They also built apartment communities throughout Hampton Roads, including Mayfair Townhouses and Apartments, Hampton Apartments, Wesleyan Court and Dam Neck Square in Virginia Beach.

Rashkind has served countless hours on charitable and civic activities, including the Jewish Community Center, Child and Family Services, United Jewish Federation, the Randolph-Macon College Board of Trustees, Edgewater Turney Home for Girls and Boys, the National Jewish Welfare Board, and the Norfolk Symphony Association.

He has received numerous awards, including the Brotherhood Citation from National Conference of Christian & Jews, a Distinguished Service Award from B’nai Brith, a Distinguished Eagle Award from National Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Krug Award from the Jewish Community Center, and an honorary doctorate from Randolph-Macon College.

Howard M. Weisberg, along with Nancy and Barry Clark, founded Clark Whitehill Enterprises in January 1958 and joined the then Tidewater Association of Home Builders soon after. Weisberg served as TBA president in 1969 and was named Builder of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Virginia in 1971. He is a Director Emeriti of TBA and an NAHB Life Director.

A 1948 graduate of New York University, he was a founding member of the TBA Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors, which was started in 1965, and has since distributed over $1.2 million to over 330 local students.

His company, Clark Whitehill, built the first scholarship house to benefit the Scholarship Foundation in 1966 in the Windsor Woods community of Virginia Beach. Weisberg chaired the Scholarship Foundation selection committee for more than 10 years, using as criteria academic achievement, community service and demonstrated need.

In 2003, he and his wife, Nancye, contributed $100,000 to the Scholarship Foundation to be used for an annual endowed scholarship. His company also started a scholarship apartment initiative in 2004, when Clark Whitehill contributed gross proceeds of one year’s rent from an apartment at Willow Lake Apartments.

Clark Whitehill homes can be found in the Virginia Beach neighborhoods of Princess Anne Plaza, Windsor Woods and Windsor Oaks, to name a few. Apartments and townhomes built by Clark-Whitehill include Windsor Lake, Southlake Apartments and Shoreline Apartments, all in Virginia Beach.

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