Bob Jones, a home builder and developer from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., was elected as the 2010 chairman of the Board of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during last week's Builders' Show. As president of Robert R. Jones Homes, he specializes in land development and the design and construction of single-family luxury homes throughout metropolitan Detroit.
During Jones's 35-year career, he has earned a reputation for excellence and established a continuing commitment to the home building industry at the local, state and national levels. He assumes the leadership at NAHB amidst signs that the housing industry may be emerging from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
"This has been an extraordinarily difficult time for builders across the country," Jones said. "I believe it is my responsibility to serve NAHB's members as we work to get the housing industry back on its feet. I want to see residential construction regain its place as the nation's engine of job growth."
Key issues on the agenda for Jones and NAHB include the availability of financing for acquisition, development and construction (AD&C), as well as concerns about housing appraisals that often compare new homes to foreclosed or distressed properties. NAHB is also working with federal policy makers as they consider an overhaul of the nation's home mortgage finance system.
Jones has been a member of the NAHB board of directors since 1979. He was chairman of the Single Family Small Volume Builders Committee in 2006, chairman of the Resolutions Committee in 2005, and vice chairman of the National Council of the Housing Industry in 2004. He served as an NAHB national vice president representing Illinois, Indiana and Michigan in 2000 and 2001.
Representing his home state of Michigan, Jones was named NAHB State Representative of the Year in 1999. He served on the Federal Government Affairs Committee in 2003 and 2004, and on the NAHB Budget and Finance Committee in 2005. He received the National Sales and Marketing Council's Friend of the Institute Award in 2009. Jones is also a Certified Green Professional (CGP).
At the state and local levels, Jones serves on the board of directors of the Michigan Association of Home Builders (MAHB) and was the association's president in 1999. He received the MAHB Housing Achievement Award in 2001. He is a member of the board of directors of the Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan, served as the association's president in 1994, and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2000.
Jones is involved in a number of civic and business organizations. He currently serves on the Michigan Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He has chaired the board of trustees at St. Bonaventure University in New York and the board of directors at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Oakland, Mich. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed Jones to the Michigan Land Use Leadership Council. Former Gov. John Engler appointed him to the Michigan Residential Builders & Maintenance and Alteration Contractors Licensing Board.
Jones and his wife, Carole, have four children, Bobby, Julie, Michelle and Steven, and eight grandchildren.