Homebuilders honor three in industry at annual banquet

REAL ESTATE WATCH

December 28, 2003|By Trif Alatzas

The Home Builders Association of Maryland recognized three industry leaders at its annual banquet this month.

Michael DeStefano, president of Annapolis-based Sturbridge Homes, was chosen as builder of the year. Howard Perlow, office manager for Residential Title & Escrow in Reisterstown, was named associate of the year, which recognizes nonbuilders. And Harry "Chip" Lundy, president of Williamsburg Group builders in Columbia, received the lifetime achievement award.

DeStefano, 37, was honored for various work in the organization, including efforts to start the group's builder and remodeler certification program. He was the 2002 president of the builders' group and has held leadership roles in fund raising and legislative committees. He is the 41st recipient of the award.

Perlow, 50, was recognized for his charity work and his 22-year membership in the group. He was pardoned last year by then-Gov. Parris N. Glendening after pleading guilty in 1990 and serving prison time for stealing money from an escrow account at the title company he owned. Perlow declined to comment.

Lundy, 62, has more than 30 years in the industry. The lifetime achievement award recognizes builders with long careers in the industry.

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