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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) inducted Ed Brady, president and CEO of the Home Builders Institute (HBI), and 2016 NAHB chairman, into its National Housing Hall of Fame during the association's spring leadership meeting this week.
The National Housing Hall of Fame recognizes individuals whose spirit, ingenuity, and determination have changed the nation's housing for the better, making the United States one of the best-housed nations in the world.
"Ed has dedicated much of his life to making lasting and meaningful contributions to the housing industry, and he continues to make an impact by helping grow the next generation of the building industry," said NAHB Chairman Alicia Huey, a custom home builder and developer from Birmingham, Alabama. "It is an honor to induct him into the National Housing Hall of Fame for his leadership and irreplaceable contributions to our industry."
Since 2018, Brady has led HBI, a national nonprofit that trains diverse populations, including veterans, transitioning military, high school students, and justice-involved youth and adults, and displaced and upskilled adults for careers in the building industry.
A second-generation home builder from Bloomington, Illinois, Brady learned carpentry from a union master carpenter in college and started building houses in 1988. During Brady's 30+ years in the industry, he has advocated for and defended the building industry through leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels. He has served 14 years as independent director of the Chicago Federal Home Loan Bank, working with leading experts to advance the nation's housing finance policy. He served as 2016 Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.
"Advancing the residential building industry and advocating for careers in the trades has been my life's work. It is an incredible honor to be recognized through this induction into the National Housing Hall of Fame and join the ranks of those before me who have inspired me throughout my career," Brady said.
After the housing crisis, Brady spent three years on the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission. He has also served on boards for Illinois Habitat for Humanity, and on other economic development and housing-related boards. Currently, Brady serves as a board member for Enterprise Community Partners.
The National Housing Hall of Fame was established in 1976 and honors builders, developers, architects, financiers, land planners, and government administrators who have made major contributions to the housing industry. Hall of Fame honorees are selected by the National Housing Center Board of Governors.
Other Housing Hall of Fame inductees this year include Tom Woods, Stillman Knight, Granger MacDonald, and Dwight Schar