Maryland Building Industry Association Awards of Excellence honors and awards the outstanding individuals and projects that highlight the exceptional work within our industry.
Congratulations to the 2016 winners.
Earl Armiger, founder and CEO of Orchard Development, a long-time active and dedicated member of MBIA (formerly HBAM/MNCBIA) and a past President (1990), was chosen to receive the 2016 Milton E. Kettler Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in recognition of his nearly 40 years of achievement, meaningful participation and contributions to the building industry and to the community in which he lives and works.
Earl’s roots are in Howard County and he has been a leader in bringing affordable housing to the community for decades. Under his leadership, Orchard development has developed land for nearly 6,000 residential units. The breadth of Orchard’s work extends from affordable senior communities to market rate rental apartments and mixed income workforce housing. Currently the company is playing a major part in the revitalization and redevelopment of Downtown Columbia by proposing to build the County’s first cultural arts center that would integrate art organizations under one roof.
Earl shares his enthusiasm for the industry with the next generation as a guest lecturer at the university level, where he has given presentations on senior housing, affordable housing, infill development and smart growth. He could often be found speaking at the University of Maryland where he also sits on the Advisory Board of the Colvin institute of real estate development.
His extensive local knowledge of the industry and his vast contact list, ranging from business leaders to government officials, made him ideal for the job as president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland in 1990 followed by becoming the 1994 President of the Maryland State Builders Association. After that, Earl took his skills to the national level, serving as vice president for the National Association of Home Builders in 2001 and 2002. He was also chairman of NAHB’s Senior Housing Council in 2003 and chair of the Housing Credit Group in 2003.
Apart from his Association work, Earl is heavily involved in community and charitable activities. He, his wife Mary and the Orchard staff all share in the philosophy of giving and community participation and support more than 20 local nonprofit organizations throughout Howard County including the Orchard Summer Camp, founded by Orchard’s sister company, Armiger Management in cooperation with the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks to provide a camp experience for children from the county’s public housing developments. Most recently he has taken on the role of Vice Chair of the Board of the Real Estate Charitable Foundation of Maryland, established to facilitate the sale of donated real estate in order to pass the proceeds into a donor’s fund that will benefit charitable causes. For his generosity Earl was named the 2015 Philanthropist of the Year by the Community Foundation of Howard County.
His other achievements over the years have not gone unnoticed. He was honored as Home builder of the Year in 1991 by the Home Builders Association of Maryland and also received the association’s ICON Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009. NAHB’s National Housing Endowment awarded Earl and Orchard Development the Gold Builder Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2007. Orchard donated the $10,000 first prize to the Columbia Foundation. The year 2007 was a big one, as Earl was also named Business Person of the Year by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, of which he was president from 1991 to 1992.
Earl Armiger clearly meets and exceeds the criteria for the Milton E. Kettler Award --- dedication, service, participation and contributions that go above and beyond "normal" volunteer activity.
Howard Perlow, Executive Vice President of Residential Title, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Maryland Building Industry Association’s Joseph C. Rodgers Sr. “Associate of the Year” Award. The award is presented annually in recognition of extraordinary and outstanding services by an associate member to the Association throughout the current year of the award.
Howard has been an active and loyal member of the Home Builders Association of Maryland and now the Maryland Building Industry Association for nearly 40 years. He is always one of the first members to step up when the call for fundraising is issued. All those years of involvement in the building industry have made him a household name. When Howard knocks on doors and asks for support, financial or otherwise, he gets it. Throughout the past year he raised thousands of dollars for MBIA member events at both the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) convention and NAHB’s International Builders Show (IBS). Without his assistance, the Association would not have been able to have such a strong presence at these important events. He also led the fundraising efforts for the Governor Larry Hogan reception last October, co-sponsored by MBIA and NAIOP.
Howard also knows the importance of getting his company involved in MBIA activities. Besides sponsoring numerous events throughout the year, Residential Title, with Howard’s prompting, has participated in Chefs Night and Builder Mart for years. It was also his persistence that led Residential Title to become a Platinum STARS member starting in 2015. Howard also has given his time this past year serving as the Treasurer for both MBIA’s Baltimore City and Baltimore County Chapter PACs and he is a long time member of the Sales & Marketing Council. Even outside the Association he keeps the industry and MBIA members top of mind by serving as a member of the Baltimore County Planning Board and looking out for our interests.
Howard’s dedication and service are exemplary. He has made outstanding contributions over the past year through his commitment of time, knowledge and expertise and is a shining example of what the Joseph C. Rodgers Sr. Award was established to recognize.
Tom Marshall, formerly the Vice President/Area Partner of Elm Street Development, was posthumously named the 2016 Stewart J. Greenebaum “Builder of the Year” award winner. The award recognizes extraordinary and outstanding contributions by a builder member throughout the current year of the award.
Tom’s service to the Association over the past year includes his work as the Chair of the Multifamily Housing Council and the Multifamily Trends Conference. In both roles, he spent six years dedicating his time and talents to making them better. As Chair of the Council he spearheaded new events for the Association, including site tours of multifamily properties throughout the region. With the events success, many of Tom’s industry colleagues were asking to participate. He also served on MBIA’s Board of Directors beginning in 2011, and rarely missed a meeting.
Something Tom took tremendous pride in was the Multifamily Trends Conference on which he spent countless hours planning and promoting. He captained the conference to become one of the association’s most successful and well-attended events. Tom’s decades of experience, not to mention his charm, allowed him to recruit some of the most respected leaders in the multifamily industry to speak at the conference year after year.
The conference was also one of the most profitable for the Association, attracting close to 300 attendees each year. In addition, Tom and his dedicated committee, brought in thousands of sponsorship dollars throughout the years. Until Tom’s passing this past summer he was well on his way to making the 2016 conference the best yet. His committee members, many of whom have been with him since the beginning, kept Tom’s enthusiastic and single-minded devotion alive and ensured the conference would exceed his expectations.
Tom’s charisma and can-do attitude made him one of its most active and involved members and also one of MBIA’s top membership recruiters. He was always one of the first to step up and make calls during membership drives and in the first half of 2016, he had already brought in six new members to the association he truly loved.
Tom’s demonstrated commitment to the association, as a champion of the multifamily industry through his work on the Council and Conference, and for his unconquerable faith and generosity, Tom is a shining example of what this award was created to represent.
The award presentation was accepted by past MBIA president and Tom’s colleague, Russ Dickens on Tom’s behalf.