BATC Members, Shawn Nelson and Frank Kottschade, recognized by National  Association of Home Builders

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The Builders Association of the Twin Cities’ (BATC) parent organization, the National Association of Home  Builders (NAHB), has elected Shawn Nelson, [New Spaces][1], a Life Director and named Frank  Kottschade, North American Realty, a Senior Life Director to that organization. Life Directors and Senior Life Director are permanent voting members of NAHB.

To be eligible as a NAHB LIfe Director, members must have served as a voting director for ten years, have attended at least two board meetings annually as well as receive a recommendation from their local association (BATC). Senior Life Directors are named after an additional decade of at least twice a year attendance at Board meetings.

Nelson, who currently serves as Builder Vice President for BATC, has been active in BATC and NAHB for 15 years. He will be BATC’s President in 2014, and is past chair of its Remodelers Council. A second-generation remodeler, Nelson’s firm, New Spaces, is located in Burnsville and is one of the largest remodeling firms in the region. Both BATC and NAHB benefit greatly from Nelson’s talents and commitment to a healthy building and remodeling industry locally and nationally.

“The success and scope of NAHB is largely due to the dedication and hard work of members of its board of directors such as Shawn,” said NAHB Third Vice Chairman Tom Woods. “By giving up time with their own businesses and families, NAHB’s life directors are instrumental in helping further NAHB’s work to advance housing opportunities for all Americans.”

Kottschade is the President of North American Realty in Rochester. He has been a member of NAHB for 33 years, and has served as a voting director for 20 years. He is a Past President of the Rochester Area Builders Association, the Builders Association of Minnesota, and a member of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), where he serves on the Public Policy Committee.

“Serving the housing industry by participating on NAHB’s board of directors for more than 20 years is an incredible accomplishment,” said NAHB Third Vice Chairman Tom Woods. “NAHB commends Frank for his dedication to advancing housing opportunities for all Americans.”

ABOUT BATC: The [Builders Association of the Twin Cities][2] is the leading voice for builders and remodelers. BATC represents 1,100 builders, remodelers, developers and industry suppliers with a mission of helping its members grow their businesses through marketing, advocacy and industry connections. BATC is widely recognized as a powerful force at the state Legislature and with state regulatory agencies. It’s also known for its twice-a-year signature events: The [Parade of HomesSM and Remodelers Showcase®.][3] In addition, BATC offers Minnesota’s Green Path, a growing new home and remodeling certification program providing healthy, durable, energy-efficient homes to buyers and homeowners.

ABOUT NAHB: [The National Association of Home Builders][4] is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.