Texas Association of Builders - Texas Builder Magazine, July/August 2019

38 Texas Association of Builders July/August 2019 Lonestar Newsmakers Representatives from Operation FINALLY HOME, Winston Custom Homes, the City of Irving, NEC Corporation of America and Copart joined the Dallas Builders Association on March 25 to present U.S. Army Major Eric King and his family with the keys to his brand new mortgage-free custom home. The welcome home ceremony included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks by City of Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer and Operation FINALLY HOME Founder DanWallrath. This is the Dallas BA’s seventh Operation FINALLY HOME project. Major King was surprised on July 16 at a groundbreaking ceremony with the news that he and his family would soon be moving into their new home in Irving. The city donated the lot for Major King’s home, marking the association’s first municipal partnership for such a project. This project was made possible by all of the generous donations from association members, the trades, manufactures, furniture designers and suppliers who stepped up in a remarkable way. Over 40 companies helped to make the dream of homeownership a reality for the King family. During his remarks, Major Eric King shared the challenges he faced once he was medically retired from the military. One of his top concerns was how he would provide a home for his family. He offered a heartfelt “thank you”to all involved for helping him and his family overcome this challenge. During his military career, Major King was deployed overseas four times to Iraq, Afghanistan andWest Africa. During each deployment, he and his platoon were involved in IED attacks, ambushes and gun battles causing casualties to his troops, himself and coalition forces. King suffers with PTSD, and has a Traumatic Brain Injury and seizure disorder, which are all constant reminders of his combat experiences. His combat injuries include a spinal injury with accompanying nerve damage to both legs. King received many commendations, including the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Two Bronze Star Medals, along with an Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and many more. King medically retired in 2016 after serving 16 years in the Army. He is focusing on getting healthy and plans to give back and help veterans reclaim their lives. He would like to be a spokesperson and motivational speaker so he can share his story and experiences and help veterans such as himself who are fighting for a better tomorrow. He is the father of a daughter and three sons, ranging from ages one to 19. Dallas BA Completes 7 th Operation FINALLY HOME Project Dan Markson, dedicated member of the Texas Association of Builders and leader in the development of affordable housing, passed away on May 4. Dan, 59, was a TAB Life Director, a Life Delegate on NAHB’s Leadership Council, and active member of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association (GSABA) and NAHB’s Multifamily Council, where he served as a former chair. Dan was born in Boston, Massachusetts and attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts before going on to earn his MBA from Babson College. Since 2003, he served as Sr. Vice President of the NRP Group, overseeing the development operations including bond/ tax credit and conventionally financed rental communities. Dan and the NRP Group won many local, state and national awards. Dan was passionate about the builders association and served TAB, GSABA and NAHB for decades. In service to TAB, Dan was a founding member of the Multifamily Council, and was a HOMEPAC Trustee, Government Relations Committee member, Executive Committee member, Texas Housing Hall of Honor Board of Governor and Trustee of the Texas Builders Foundation. He also served on numerous other committees and task forces. Dan previously served as president of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers. He was instrumental in the formation of the NAHB/TAB/GSABA student chapter at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. Dan’s vision and leadership helped him launch the student construction trades program for students at this campus. In addition to his development work, Dan was active in the local Jewish community. He served on the board of Temple Beth-El San Antonio and was previously a San Antonio Jewish Family Services board member. Dan is survived by his four-year old son, Maury John Markson. Daniel B. Markson (1959 – 2019)