Hill named Builder of the Year by Home Builders Association

December 03, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Martin K. P. Hill, president of Masonry Contractors in Manchester, received the Home Builders Association of Maryland's Joseph P. Meyerhoff Builder of the Year award at the organization's annual banquet Wednesday night.

"I feel very honored to be selected by my peers as someone that stands out in the industry," Mr. Hill said from his office yesterday.

The award, named for the Baltimore builder and philanthropist who was HBAM's first president in 1943, is given every year to an association member who is a leader in the organization and has demonstrated excellence in the industry, said Michelle Marzullo, spokeswoman for the trade group.

Mr. Hill, who has been a builder for 22 years, is the first Carroll County builder to receive the award since it was started in 1962, she said. He has belonged to HBAM since 1975.

"Politics does not come into play in the selection," said Dan Blake, 1990's Builder of the Year. Mr. Blake presented the award to Mr. Hill on Wednesday. "The 1993 Builder of the Year is a truly outstanding individual who is well deserving of this honor. [He is] a prominent Carroll County builder, an outstanding businessman and an all-around great person."

Association members said Mr. Hill was chosen for the award because he is an industry and community leader. In addition to working toward providing affordable housing for first-time buyers, he is on the board of Western Maryland College, is an active member of St. George's Episcopal Church in Manchester and has worked with various PTA and community groups, Mr. Blake said during the presentation.

He also served as the Carroll County Home Builders Association president in 1979, 1983 and 1984 and is the group's most active member, Mr. Blake said. Mr. Hill has also served on several task forces for the governor that related to housing issues.

"My feeling is that I have an obligation to support the industry that supports me," Mr. Hill said of his participation in HBAM.

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