Thom Chumney named BIA Residential Builder Member of the Year, Other Members Recognized

Members of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina (BIA) voted for their choice of nominees for the Byron Crosthwaite Residential Builder Member of the Year Award and the Associate Member of the Year Award. These awards and others were presented during the association’s annual Holiday Ball on Friday, December 9, 2022.
 
The 2022 BIA Byron Crosthwaite Residential Builder Member of the Year is Thom Chumney of Haven Homes, Inc. This awards is sponsored by The Building Center, Inc. Mr. Chumney and his family relocated to Irmo, SC in 1975 from Troy, Ohio. He would attend Irmo High School and then earn a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Chumney then worked for Mungo Homes for 20 years and in April of 2018 he co-founded Southern Traditional Homes. In 2022, he became a co-founder and partner of Haven Homes, Inc., a new residential construction company.
 
Mr. Chumney joined the BIA in 2005 and serves as Immediate Past President on the BIA Board of Directors, having served as President in 2020 and 2021. He and his companies are active members in the BIA having sponsored the REGAL Awards, BIG THURSDAY Rivalry Party and the BIA Holiday Ball this year. They also participated in many meetings and events including Table Top Night, the BIA Bass Classic, Memorial Day BBQ Sale, Box Lunch with a Builder, and the BIA Annual Meeting.
 
Mr. Chumney is a board member of the Columbia Music Festival Association and attends East Lake Community Church. He is married Jamie Chumney and they have two children, Bailey and Ally. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and enjoying the arts.
 
The 2022 BIA Associate Member of the Year is Charley Weir of The Building Center. This award is sponsored by ARCXIS and is voted on by members of the BIA.  Mr. Weir joined the BIA in 2007. He’s been a member of the High Performance Building Council (HPBC) since 2014 and the Remodelers Council since 2017. He currently serves as Associates Vice President of the BIA Board of Directors and as Secretary/Treasurer of the HPBC.
 
Through his involvement, The Building Center is a Silver Level BIA Elite Partner sponsoring various events including an HPBC Power Lunch, the Home & Garden Show, the BIA Bass Classic, the BIA Golf Classic, the BIA Clay Shoot and the BIG THURSDAY Rivalry Party. Charley attends many meetings throughout the year and shares his rich knowledge of building material prices and supply with others, including at an SMC Supply Chain discussion this year.
 
Bill Flowers of Civil Engineering of Columbia, Inc. (CEC) was named the Richard N. Sendler award recipient. This award is sponsored by Builders FirstSource and is voted on by Past Presidents and Associates Vice Presidents of the BIA.
 
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.
 
Mr. Flowers has served as President of CEC since May 2015 and is now semi-retired. Part of CEC for over 35 years, he has been an integral part of the history and growth of the company. Mr. Flowers joined the BIA of Central SC in 2008 and has been an active member ever since. He served as an Associate Director of the Board of Directors and as a member of the Land Development Council. In those roles, he has shared his insight and expertise on a variety of issues pertaining to land development, helping to form policy positions of the association over the years.
 
Bill is a native of West Virginia and is a proud father, and grandfather. When away from the office, he enjoys writing and volunteering at his church.
 
Each year the BIA honors one member company with the Corporate Member of the Year Award. This award takes into account a company’s contributions on the whole toward the betterment of the association, including financial support, use of company resources and representation of the association in an outstanding manner.
 
The 2022 Corporate Member of the Year The Building Center, Inc.. This company has been an active participant in many facets of the BIA this year, and previous years. Members of their staff serve on the BIA Board as Builder Directors, High Performance Building Council board, as members of the Remodelers Council and Sales & Marketing Council. They either attended or sponsored every BIA meeting and event in 2022 and have shared valuable insight into their industry with members time and time again. Congratulations to The Building Center on this award.
 
Builders Hardware was named Trade Contractor of the Year by vote of the Builder Members of the association. Builders Hardware has been a valued member and supporter of the association by sponsoring and participating in many annual events including the BIA Golf Classic and BIA Clay Shoot. They have also donated materials to various community service projects of the association. This award is sponsored by Raising Columbia SC.
 
LandTech, LLC of SC was named Commercial Contractor of the Year by vote of the BIA Board of Directors. This award recognizes an outstanding Commercial Contractor member company of the BIA and takes into account a company’s contributions on the whole toward the betterment of the association. This award is sponsored by Home Pest Control.
 
LandTech LLC of South Carolina is a private real estate development, marketing and management firm headquartered in Columbia, S.C.  They are recognized as a market leader in the development of family-friendly communities and as a skilled and astute REO and special asset manager. The company was founded in the 1970s, with a focus on working with local lending institutions. Today, LandTech LLC is known in the developer community and among landowners, lenders and builders as one of the most experienced, reputable firms in the Southeast.
 
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.