Leadership & Staff

Susan Wright  |  President

Susan Wright & Associates — San Antonio, Texas — Greater San Antonio BA

Susan Wright becomes the first female to lead the nearly 10,000-member Texas Association of Builders. Wright heads the Senior Leadership team with a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge in the residential construction industry. She is the owner of Susan Wright & Associates, a development and community association consulting firm in San Antonio, Texas.

The office of President of the Texas Association of Builders is one that carries the highest honor, as well as the greatest responsibility. The president’s duties require commitment, energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to expand one’s leadership abilities. The senior officers are the core leaders of TAB. They are charged with upholding the bylaws and policies of the association. 

Wright has spent the past 30 years working in several Texas markets consulting with multiple master planned community developments on land planning, amenity center design, community covenants and project construction oversight and management. Most recently, she teamed up with the Miralomas Development Corporation of San Antonio. 

Locally, Wright has served for seven years on the San Antonio Planning Commission and five years on the Zoning Commission while chairing both during her tenure. In addition, she chaired the Growth and City Form Committee of the city’s San Antonio’s Tomorrow master plan and currently serves on the Capital Improvement Advisory Committee and as vice chair of the San Antonio Affordable Housing Board and Board of Commissioners of the Office of Urban Renewal.

Wright is a TAB Life Director and has chaired the Government Relations Committee (2018-19), the POA Task Force (2015-18), HOMEPAC (2016-17) and co-chaired the 2016 Sunbelt Builders Show™ Committee. She was a voting member of the Developers Council (2018) and Executive Committee (2016-19). 

Wright has two adult sons, Jeremy and Zach. Both have followed in their mother’s footsteps with careers in the construction industry. Jeremy owns an excavation, land clearing and detention pond reconstruction and maintenance firm in San Antonio, while Zach is a commercial construction project engineer in Austin.


Gene Lantrip

Gene Lantrip  |  First Vice President

Lantrip's Custom Homes, Inc. — Abilene, Texas — Big Country HBA

As an active member of the Big Country Home Builders Association, Texas Association of Builders, and the National Association of Home Builders, Gene Lantrip begins his journey on TAB's Senior Leadership ladder as First-Vice President. He founded Lantrip's Custom Homes, Inc. in Abilene, Texas in 1995. As president and CEO, he has built over 900 single family detached homes and duplexes and developed seven different sites from 10-acre tracts to city lots. 

He brings a wealth of experience to TAB’s ladder, and his commitment to the profession is demonstrated by his willingness to volunteer his time to the homebuilding industry. Since 2010, Lantrip upped his engagement at the state level and has been involved with the Board of Directors (2010-present), Government Relations Committee (2012-present), and Executive Committee (2014-present). He was elected Area Vice President for Area II (2014-2017) and served as AVP chair (2016-2017). He has also chaired the Membership Committee (2020) and HOMEPAC Board of Trustees (2018-2019).  He has won TAB Presidential award in 2015 and the Developer of the Year Award in 2018.  He became a TAB Life Director in 2017 after seven years of service as a TAB director.  

Prior to being sworn in on Nov. 13, he had served as BCHBA President (2011), first vice president (2010), past president (2012) and remains engaged with the Board of Directors (2003, 2004, 2008-present). He continues to chair the Bylaws, HOMEPAC and Parade of Homes Committees for his local HBA.  Gene has also won the Builder of the year award three (3) times and the prestigious Raymond Thomason Lifetime achievement award.

On the national level, Lantrip is a Life Spike with 234.50 Spike Credits and was an NAHB board member for six years (2009-2015). 

He and his wife, Cindy, have three children:  Kate Gonzales (Joey), Kenny Lantrip (Beth), and Kristie McBrayer (Jeremy).   They also have five grandchildren.  

Donnie Evans

Donnie Evans  |  Vice President/Secretary

Altura Homes — Rockwall, Texas — Dallas BA

Donnie Evans joins the Texas Association of Builders Senior Leadership ladder as the First Vice President/Secretary, while chairing TAB's HOMEPAC Board of Trustees. He also chaired TAB's Bylaws Committee in 2019 and was co-chair of the 2018 and 2019 Sunbelt Builders Show™ Committee. The Vietnam Veteran has spent most of his adult career in the homebuilding industry. Evans is currently President of DFW area builder Altura Homes.  

TAB named Evans Builder of the Year in 2019, and he earned Presidential Distinguished Service Award accolades in 2017 and 2018. These awards are given to members who go above and beyond the call of service for the local and state associations. 

Evans is a Life Director for the Dallas Builders Association and has served on the Dallas BA Executive Board for the past seven years. In 2016, he led his local association as president and served two terms as Membership Committee Chair and four terms as HOMEPAC Committee Chair. He spearheaded the creation of DBA's Volume Builders Council in 2014.

As an active and influential member of the Dallas BA, Evans was recognized with the Hugh Prather Award in 2017, the highest honor bestowed by the association. In addition, he is a five-time winner of the Shorty Howard Award, which highlights the top membership recruiter (2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020) for the association.  

Through Altura Homes, Evans has had the privilege to assist fellow veterans by building a home for Patriot PAWS and a mortgage free home for Operation FINALLY HOME. Evans remains active within his community by working with the Juvenile Diabetes Association and through philanthropic and political efforts.

He and his wife, Toni, have two adult children. The couple also have nine grandchildren.


Brett Martin

Brett Martin | Treasurer

Tilson Home Corp. —  Houston, Texas —  Greater Houston BA

Brett Martin has been involved with the building industry for the last 21 years. The first 11 years were spent providing construction financing to builders and permanent financing to homeowners. For the last 10 years he has served as Vice President of Real Estate Operations for Tilson Homes. 

Martin has worked on the Audit and Finance Committees for the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) the past eight years. He has also chaired TAB’s Audit Committee and been a member of TAB’s Executive Committee the past five years. 

Born in Pecos and raised in Lubbock and Houston, Martin graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BBA in Accounting and became a CPA. Martin started his accounting career as an auditor with Arthur Young & Co., specializing in finance, real estate, and construction.


Randy Bowling

Randy Bowling  |  Immediate Past President

 Tropicana Homes — El Paso, Texas — El Paso Association Builders

Randy Bowling’s year as the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) President was not what anyone expected due to the nation facing a coronavirus pandemic and most of the country being shut down in 2020. However, Bowling’s leadership and forward thinking was vital to the membership. He led the association through numerous Zoom meetings, a Town Hall Briefing and participated in countless conversations with Governor Abbott and elected officials, fighting to keep the residential construction industry considered as an essential service. Even though he only hosted one in-person state association meeting in 2020, his work as president was critical for the growth of our country and economy. 

Bowling continues to serve as the President of Tropicana Homes in El Paso, Texas. Tropicana Homes and its affiliates have been building homes and apartments in El Paso since 1950 and have built over 10,000 residences since that time. Among numerous awards and honors, Tropicana Homes has been recognized by the El Paso Association of Builders four times as the Builder of the Year, and by TAB as Developer of the Year and twice as Builder of the Year. 

After spending the last 24 years building residential properties, Bowling has become an expert on land acquisition and development, residential construction in Texas and New Mexico, residential lending, and assisting his brother with navigating the ever-changing complexities of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. 

In 2016, Bowling was named a TAB Life Director after serving seven years on the Board of Directors. He has been a member of the board since 2004, Chairman of TAB’s Government Relations Committee, HOMEPAC Trustees, Codes & Standards Committee and is a member of TAB’s Executive Committee. 

Bowling was the fifth El Pasoan to serve as president of TAB, including his brother and business partner, Bobby Bowling IV (2004), William J. Elliott (1954), Willis G. Schoemaker (1973), and John R. Schatzman (1980).

He and his wife, Paige, have three children: RJ (20), Evan (17) and Alexandra (12). 




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Scott Norman

Scott Norman

Executive Director




Mary Castetter

Mary Castetter

Senior VP of Administration




Ned Muñoz

VP of Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel




Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

Director of Communications & Marketing | Email for Media Inquires 



Fay Eakin

Fay Eakin

Operations Manager



JD Hale

JD Hale

Director of Government Affairs




Blair Kirkpatrick

Blair Kirkpatrick

 Administrative Assistant




Sloan Landre

Sloan Landre

Executive Administrative Assistant



Angelica Stehling, CMP

Director of Events & Partnerships



   Lorraine Urey

     Director of Member Services




Tamara Zengerle

Director of Information Systems & Trade Show Operations





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1947 Fred Buchek, San Antonio*

1948 Miles Strickland, Houston*

1949 E.P. Lamberth, Dallas*

1950 Troy F. Jones, Amarillo*

1951 Joe Driskell, Fort Worth*

1952 E.J. "Jim" Burke, Jr., San Antonio*

1953 Preston Plumb, Houston*

1954 William J. Elliott, El Paso*

1955 W. Hal McGraw, Dallas*

1956 J.G. "Doc" Powers, Tyler*

1957 R. O. Woodson, Corpus Christi*

1958 Edgar von Scheele, San Antonio*

1959 Larry Blackmon, Fort Worth*

1960 Harold Smith, Dallas*

1961 Krist Hubert, Houston*

1962 E. H. "Cotton" Jaroszewski, San Antonio*

1963 C.W.L. "Dub" Dennis, Wichita Falls*

1964 Jesse A. Baker, San Antonio*

1965 Leland G. Lee, Dallas*

1966 Raleigh A. Smith, Jr., Houston*

1967 M.D. "Bucky" Buchanan, Arlington*

1968 C.L. Reeves, Austin*

1969 Neil Whitley, Victoria*

1970 John A. Worley, Dallas*

1971 James H. Uptmore, San Antonio

1972 Harold P. Hill, Houston*

1973 Willis G. Schoemaker, El Paso*

1974 Herman J. Smith, Fort Worth*

1975 Thurman Barrett, Jr., San Antonio*

1976 James O. Abston, Dallas*

1977 J. L. Phillips, Houston*

1978 Robert C. Findlay, Fort Worth

1979 Bruce Plunkett, Tyler*

1980 John R. Schatzman, El Paso*

1981 Vernon Smith, Jr., Dallas

1982 Alvin Amelunke, Waco*

1983 Doyle Stuckey, Houston

1984 Jimmy Rogers, Fort Worth

1985 Don Morgan, Longview

1986 Mike Mahaffey, Dallas*

1987 Trigg Forister, Austin*

1988 Jeff Lewis, Houston

1989 J. B. Sandlin, Fort Worth*

1990 Steve Patrick, Waco

1991 Arelyn Cox, Lubbock/Fort Worth*

1992 Jerry Smith, Sr., San Antonio

1993 Ron Formby, Fort Worth*

1994 Charles Leyendecker, Houston

1995 Mike Karm, Houston

1996 C. Kent Conine, Dallas

1997 Randy Neugebauer, Lubbock

1998 Gary Sheffield, Fort Worth

1999 Steve Conaway, Tyler

2000 Randy Birdwell, Houston

2001 Chuck Dennis, Wichita Falls

2002 Douglas Gilliland, Ft. Worth

2003 Bob Garrett, Tyler

2004 Bobby Bowling IV, El Paso

2005 Ray Tonjes, Austin

2006 George Lewis, Dallas

2007 Jerry Carter, Dallas

2008 Rick Montelongo, San Antonio

2008 Andy Hutchison, Lubbock

2009 Ron Connally, Amarillo*

2010 G. Granger MacDonald, Kerrville*

2011 Randy Bayer, Houston

2012 David Miller, Lubbock

2013 Eddie Martin, Houston

2014 Joe Carlyle, Troup

2015 Steve Sorrells, Waco

2016 Tim Jackson, Fairview

2017 Rick McGuire, Lubbock 

2018 Justin MacDonald, Kerrville

2019 Robert Wood, Lubbock

2020 Randy Bowling, El Paso

TAB Past Presidents - PDF  

NOTE: * Denotes Deceased




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