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Committees are an integral part of successful organizations. Their purpose include: supplementing the work of the board and staff; engaging members; and developing leaders. As an HBA member, your input is needed. We strongly encourage all HBA|GBR members to become involved in at least one committee or council.

Below is a list of our committees and their subcommittees. Meetings are held quarterly or on an as needed basis.


Membership Committee – The Thirty

The Thirty, HBA|GBR’s Membership Committee, is comprised of dedicated HBA|GBR member ambassadors who are committed to building valuable connections, attracting the best and brightest individuals to the HBA community, cultivating meaningful bonds, and amplifying the HBA|GBR message and impact, among both new and long-standing members.

This innovative program serves as a powerful tool that allows ambassadors to leverage their knowledge and passion while promoting HBA|GBR’s mission and educating members about wide-ranging benefits and abundant resources that are available.

Together, The Thirty ignites synergy, elevates our efforts, and creates an alliance of extraordinary individuals working towards a common goal.

Click here to complete an application to join The Thirty 

2023 quarterly meeting dates are:

  • January 17th at Noon – Location: HBA Office
  • May 16th at Noon – Beausoleil Restaurant
  • August 15th at Noon – DSLD Homes Training Room
  • October 11th at 2:00PM – HBA Happy Hour at Pointe-Marie Square – More information can be found here



Building strong connections and interactions is crucial for fostering meaningful relationships and engagement. By actively connecting with our stakeholders, partners, and the community, we can ignite interest and captivate their attention. The Thirty makes every effort to ensure interactions are warm and friendly, and thus enhancing the experience for event attendees, partners, and members.


The Thirty ambassadors attract the best and brightest individuals who share the passion and values of HBA|GBR, making a significant impact on our organization’s growth and strength. The Thirty focuses on maintaining current membership levels while identifying future HBA|GBR members and partners to grow our community. By actively participating in recruitment efforts, The Thirty can unlock exciting rewards and benefits including exclusive access to travel reimbursements to NAHB and LHBA meetings, complimentary event registrations, enticing gift cards and more.


The Thirty recognizes that our networks need ongoing cultivation. By fostering a supportive environment and offering opportunities for growth, we can strengthen our bonds with partners and retain their unwavering loyalty. The Thirty ambassadors work together to cultivate unity, facilitate collaboration, and win the hearts of our valued members and partners!


The Thirty raises awareness and expands the HBA|GBR’s reach. Through strategic network promotion, The Thirty empowers our mission, uplifts our brand, and becomes trendsetters for our industry. By tapping into the power of partnerships, Foundation and PAC fundraisers, Parade of Homes participation and sponsorship, and ticket sales, we can raise the bar, celebrate our accomplishments, and attract new members.

Click here to view the current members of The Thirty

Staff Lead:

Karen Zito
President & CEO

Governance Committee – Association, Foundation, & PAC

(must have demonstrated experience)


Review the Association, Foundation, and PAC Bylaws and recommend any appropriate changes, additions, and/or deletions to the Board of Directors. The organizational governance structure is included in the bylaws. 


Monitor the annual budgets (Association, Foundation, and PAC), support raising the funds needed to execute the annual work plan, and offer feedback and guidance on needed programs or resources necessary to exceed monetary goals to remain relevant and valuable to our partners and members. Identify and suggest any grants or scholarships to be given by the Association or Foundation. 


Coordinate and implement the organization’s three-year strategic plan. Assist with facilitating focus groups and board member strategy sessions to prioritize the work areas and tasks to exceed goals. 


Review the Employee Handbook and gives suggestions on areas and language that need updating. The subcommittee also gives insight on staff performance reviews and metrics. 

Staff Lead:

Karen Zito
President & CEO

Governmental Affairs Committee

Coordinate the work of the committee in each of the nine parishes the HBA Coordinate the work of the committee in each of the nine parishes the HBA serves – Ascension, Livingston, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Point Coupee, and St. Helena. Responsible for giving feedback and participating in any specific parish’s discussion on regulation and policy affecting the homebuilding industry. Interview candidates running for office during election cycles. Meets at least quarterly or as issues arise and must remain consistent with sending feedback on issues. Examples of industry issues addressed:

  • Permitting
  • Codes
  • Impact Fees
  • Taxes
  • Land Use
  • Utilities
  • Environmental

2023 Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting Dates:

  • April 18th at 10:30am
  • August 15th at 10:30am
  • October 17th at 10:30am – DSLD’s Training Room 7660 Pecue Lane

Staff Lead:

Karen Zito
President & CEO

Public Relations Committee

(must have demonstrated experience)

Work to increase the visibility and awareness of the Association and Foundation in Greater Baton Rouge. Coordinate the messaging for the HBA, HBF, and HBPAC. Utilize individual and company influence to connect the organization to media, philanthropic opportunities, and promotional resources. Meets twice each year.

Staff Lead:

Karen Zito
President & CEO

Workforce Development Committee

Work to increase regional impact as a resource for workforce development initiatives. Maintain relationships with local learning institutions and at-risk youth programs to provide educational resources and training programs. Identify funding sources and scholarship opportunities. Meets as needed.

Staff Lead:

Karen Zito
President & CEO

Ad Hoc Committees

Ad Hoc Committees are appointed for a specific purpose. The committee will disband after completing its assigned project.


Oversee the construction process for the Association’s new office building. Committee will disband upon new building completion. Meets as needed. Subcommittees include:

    • Land Development
    • Financing – Budget/Bids/Fundraising
    • Compliance
    • Architectural Design
    • Interior/Exterior Finishes

Staff Lead:

Karen Zito
President & CEO