Executive Committee: Officers

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Chair | Marler Construction Co.

Shane Marler

First Vice Chair | Meridian Homes

Brian Aucoin

Second Vice Chair | Bardwell Homes

Scott Bardwell

Associate Vice Chair | Arrow Termite & Pest Control

Jacob Cohn

Treasurer | Genesis 360

Craig Stevens

Immediate Past Chair | Ivey Construction

Brandon Ivey

Brandon is a Baton Rouge native, grew up in Central and attended Victory Christian Academy, Central High School and LSU. Brandon, his lovely wife Andria, and their five precious children are members of Victory Harvest Church. With over 12 years new construction and reconstruction experience, reaching from Baton Rouge to North Carolina, Brandon moved back to his hometown in 2013 to launch Ivey Construction, LLC to serve the people in his community and state. The place he’s proud to call home.
Board of Supervisors Rep | Baum Environmental

Diane Baum

Diane started the Baum Environmental in 1995 after leaving the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) with a vision to assist small businesses with the maze of new environmental regulations with lowered costs and better procedures. Diane is a licensed residential and commercial contractor and has credentials in LEED AP, Accredited Green Verifier, Certified Professional in Municipal Stormwater Management (CPMSM) and a Third-Party IECC/Energy Code inspector.
General Counsel | Callihan Law Firm

Gregory Callihan

Karen Zito
President & CEO

Karen Zito

Karen Zito was named President and CEO of the Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge in August 2017. Karen has dedicated her work for over 20 years in association management, strategic planning, fundraising, and member engagement. She is a two-time graduate of Louisiana State University with a BS in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Karen received the Army Achievement Medal while serving honorably for eight years in the Louisiana Army National Guard 415th MI BN. Her passion is people and making sure that everyone has the opportunity to be included in the mission of the organization she helps lead. Connecting people to the best resources to grow their business allows her to develop meaningful relationships with those in the industry. Karen is committed to enhancing the services and programs provided to association members. She is married to Devin Zito and a proud mother of three children.

Board of Directors

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Builder Member | Traditions

Taylor Braud

Builder Member | A.P. Dodson

Brandon Dodson

Builder Member | Plus One Design + Construction

Fritz Embaugh

Builder Member | DSLD

Lee Foster

Builder Member | Canebrake Builders

Chris Pike

Board of Supervisors Rep | Le Jardin Developement

Rusty Golden

Associate Member | Gorman Brothers

Mike Gorman

Builder Member | Kingdom Builders Developments of Louisiana

Christopher Guillory

Associate Member | Holmes Building Materials

Matthew Holmes

After the original salvage store burned to the ground in 1967, the facility was demolished and remodeled into a brand new home center, which laid the groundwork for the company you see today. Under the current leadership of father-son duo, John and Matthew Holmes, Holmes Building Materials has expanded its reach and services to include two full-line hardware stores, three showrooms, a specialized contractor division, a fleet numbering 100 strong, a Do it Best seal of approval and a staff who is trained, committed and ready to help with all of your building needs.
Associate Member | ProSource

Daniel Kennedy

Associate Member | Southeast Engineers

Mike LeBas

Utilities Representative | Entergy

Justin Rettstatt

Remodelers Representative | Acadian House Design and Renovation

Angela Poirrier

Board of Supervisors Rep | Gil Broussard Builder

Gil Broussard

Builder Member | Carroll Construction, LLC

Robert Carroll

Women in Building Representative | Capital City Lighting

Bridget Tate

Board of Supervisors

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Builder Member | EXPAND, Inc.

Thomas Ashley

Builder Member | Baum Environmental

Diane Baum

Diane started the Baum Environmental in 1995 after leaving the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) with a vision to assist small businesses with the maze of new environmental regulations with lowered costs and better procedures. Diane is a licensed residential and commercial contractor and has credentials in LEED AP, Accredited Green Verifier, Certified Professional in Municipal Stormwater Management (CPMSM) and a Third-Party IECC/Energy Code inspector.
Builder Member| Blair Construction Co.

Chip Blair

Builder Member | Gil Broussard Builder

Gil Broussard

Builder Member | Carroll Construction, LLC

Robert Carroll

Builder Member | Wooden Creations, Inc.

Roy Domangue

Builder Member | Gafford Builders, Inc.

Dwayne Gafford

Builder Member | Le Jardin

Rusty Golden

Builder Member | G & B Building Specialists, Inc.

Geno Guercio

Builder Member | Ivey Construction

Brandon Ivey

Brandon is a Baton Rouge native, grew up in Central and attended Victory Christian Academy, Central High School and LSU. Brandon, his lovely wife Andria, and their five precious children are members of Victory Harvest Church. With over 12 years new construction and reconstruction experience, reaching from Baton Rouge to North Carolina, Brandon moved back to his hometown in 2013 to launch Ivey Construction, LLC to serve the people in his community and state. The place he’s proud to call home.
Builder Member | Jones Design/Builders, LLC

Kenneth Jones

Builder Member | Kothe Contracting & Const. Mgmt., LLC

Ray Kothe

Builder Member | Martin Construction, Inc.

Willie Martin

Builder Member | Big River Construction & Remodeling Co.

Frank McArdle

Builder Member | Harvey Smith Construction

Carol Smith

Builder Member| Spicer Construction, Inc.

Nathan Spicer

Builder Member | Craig Allen Homes, LLC

Craig Toups

Staff

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Karen Zito
President & CEO

Karen Zito

Karen Zito was named President and CEO of the Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge in August 2017. Karen has dedicated her work for over 20 years in association management, strategic planning, fundraising, and member engagement. She is a two-time graduate of Louisiana State University with a BS in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Karen received the Army Achievement Medal while serving honorably for eight years in the Louisiana Army National Guard 415th MI BN. Her passion is people and making sure that everyone has the opportunity to be included in the mission of the organization she helps lead. Connecting people to the best resources to grow their business allows her to develop meaningful relationships with those in the industry. Karen is committed to enhancing the services and programs provided to association members. She is married to Devin Zito and a proud mother of three children.
Government and Community Relations

Melissa Parmelee

Melissa Parmelee serves as the Community and Government Relations of the Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge. Melissa has over 15 years of experience in annual campaigns and fundraising, event planning and nonprofit/community development. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. Melissa is passionate about the Baton Rouge community and has served on the boards of Forum 35, Junior League of Greater Baton Rouge, Association of Fundraising Professionals, LSU’s Manship Advisory Board and Maison Des Ami. She was recognized as Baton Rouge Business Report’s Forty under 40, Forum 35 Member of the Year and Forum 35 Inaugural Young BR Original Award. Melissa enjoys meeting new people, helping them find their drive and provide a path to be an active community member.
Graphic Designer

Juliette Fields

Juliette Fields was named the Graphic Designer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge in December 2021. Juliette is currently earning her bachelor’s degree in mass communications with a concentration in digital advertising at Louisiana State University. During her time at LSU, Juliette has been a member of the Advertising Federation (AdFed) and has competed in several advertising competitions. She has three years of experience in social media and graphic design that she obtained by working at creative agencies and on in-house marketing teams. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, upcycling clothes, and photography.
Coordinator | Membership

Megan Maurin

Megan Maurin was named the Membership Coordinator of the Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge in July 2021. Megan is currently earning her bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University. Megan is getting her degree in mass communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in interior design. During her time at LSU, Megan has been a member and a part of the executive board of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). In Megan’s free time, you can find her catching up on the latest reality shows or spending time with friends and family.
Coordinator | Marketing

Alyse Gibson

Alyse Gibson was named the Marketing Coordinator of the Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge in November 2021. Alyse is currently getting her bachelor's degree at Louisiana State University. Alyse is getting her degree in mass communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in business. Over the years, Alyse gained her marketing experience from working at LSU's Tiger Tv News Station and 90.3 WBRH-FM and 1260 KBRH-AM Radio Stations. In Alyse's free time, she loves going to karaoke night with her friends, crocheting blankets, and cuddling with her cat, Kenny