Presidents Message

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist
President's Message
Ryan Casey, 2016 BAEC President
The Builders Association of Elkhart County (BAEC) is many things to its local membership, but its primary mission is to promote affordable housing in Elkhart County, we provide education and advocacy for the home building industry - our members.
companies, realtors and many others. One thing is consistent with our members they all have a common interest in residential construction whether it is new, renovation or full remodeling. The BAEC provides a forum for interaction between builders and associates; as well it promotes the services of its individual members to both the public and business-to-business.
The association provides education opportunities to keep our members abreast of building science, business management, technology, the latest housing trends along with sales and marketing. Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), Graduate Master Builder (GMB), Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), and Certified Graduate Associate (CGA), are just a few of the many special Professional designations that our members can earn through course work that will provide the expertise that sets you apart from your competition.
Our home building industry is heavily regulated by state and local building codes along with local zoning requirements, OSHA, EPA, IRS along with banking regulations, they all impact the way we do business and our ability to deliver an affordable product. Membership in this association gives each member an opportunity to voice their opinion in the matters which are important to them. This is leveraged by your automatic membership in the Indiana Builders Association (IBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). At every level of government your association represents your interests, whether it is working for change of a proposed bill or present local and or federal legislation affecting housing.  We want to stand with you.
We believe home ownership provides a base for stability for families.  It contributes a positive value to American society and culture. Home ownership creates jobs and generates tax revenue for schools and local government and the local economy. You can count on the BAEC to help you do business, provide knowledge to adapt and prosper in this ever changing world of construction.
The Builders Association of Elkhart County is the "Voice of the housing Industry in Elkhart County".
Our Builder members have a variety of reasons to continue their membership year after year. Some participate in the Parade of Homes, the largest annual housing event in this county, while others are focused on remodeling and participate in the Remodeler's Showcase or the annual Home Improvement Show Plus. Some do neither, but find value in other benefits the association offers.
Associate members include trade contractors like electricians, framers, painters, plumbers, material suppliers, financial institutions, title
Ryan Casey