Who We Are


The Dearborn County Home Builders Association was formed in 1992 by a group of local businessmen that looked at all businesses not as competitors, but as businesses working toward the same goal.

For decades, local, state and federal regulation had greatly affected new home ownership. After learning what a pro-active builders association could accomplish, meetings were held with Bob Coolman (1992 President Indiana Builders Assn.) and Bill Carson (Executive Director Indiana Builders Assn.) to form what is now our association.

In chartering the Dearborn County Home Builders Association (DCHBA), we became affiliated with Indiana Builders Association (IBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Mike Goodpaster was our first President.

We constantly get calls from residents seeking Professional and Ethical Contractors.  Sadly, many have dealt with those who are not.

Being a member of DCHBA is no easy task as our board scrutinize the professionalism and ethical behavior of any organization that joins.

Being a professional in the building industry means constant learning. Consumers want contractors who keep up to date on technological advances, regulations, products and materials, financing, design, and so on. Home building is teamwork that takes the skills, expertise & cooperation of many suppliers and trades.  Members have ready access to a network of professional companies and individuals providing services to the residential construction industry.

DCHBA board members and members have been involved Dearborn County comprehensive land use planning and asked for input by State Senator, State Representative, commissioners, zoning officials and the building department. DCHBA has given time and money locally to Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, Historical Society and school scholarships.

Several members have held elective offices with HBA. Today the Dearborn County Home Builders Association plays an integral part of the building industry in which we all work, live and play. We continue to strive toward affordable quality housing constructed by building trade professionals.  Our networking and members meetings keep us informed of the issues surrounding the industry.

Board of Directors:

Lashanda Messer, Real Estate Agent

Vice President:
TJ Jacobs/Berco Construction

Lisa Cox/JDC Construction and Remodeling

Ric Harves/ Senior Mortgage Lender for Civista Bank

Kathy Patterson/Premier Properties/Real Estate Agent

Jamie Graf/Schmidt Builders

Casey Knigga/Casey Outdoor Solutions/The Crossing at Tanner Creek

Executive Director
Jim Mansfield