Executive Committee: Officers

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Chair | Marler Construction Co.

Shane Marler

First Vice Chair | Bardwell Homes

Scott Bardwell

Second Vice Chair | Canebrake Builders

Chris Pike

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

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

Michael 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.
Director of Marketing and Industry Relations

Rebecca Harris

Rebecca Harris serves as the Director of Marketing and Industry Relations of the Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge. Rebecca brings 10 years of experience in membership, development and marketing for both non profit and for profit organizations. Rebecca is a two time graduate of Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and a master’s degree in Business Administration. A former HBA | GBR member and Chair of The Thirty, Rebecca is dedicated to executing our organization’s mission to promote, protect and preserve the home building industry in Greater Baton Rouge.
She is married to Wesley Harris and is the mother to two beautiful children.