Leadership & Staff

Donnie Evans

Donnie Evans  |  President

Altura Homes — Rockwall, Texas — Dallas BA

Donnie Evans begins his journey as the Texas Association of Builders President. Previously he has chaired 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 (DBA) 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 Dallas BA.  


Don Allen  |  First Vice President

Aberdeen Land Company LLC — Fort Worth, Texas — Greater Ft Worth BA

Don Allen has been working in the single family development and homebuilding industry for over 40 years. He worked for 20 years as a consulting engineer, focusing on land development projects for large master planned as well as volume-oriented communities. He was also named the 1991 Young Engineer of the Year by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Don first became involved in the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association (GFWBA) when new City of Fort Worth policies became an issue for homebuilders. He helped create and served on a committee to work with the city staff and council, reaching an agreement to amend the city policies to both side’s satisfaction. Since that time, he has remained involved with the GFWBA, focusing much of his efforts on political and government affairs issues. In 2017-18 he served as president of the GFWBA and remains a member of the Board of Directors. In 2019 he was named the local Developer of the Year by GFWBA. In 2015 Don was appointed a state director of the Texas Association of Builders. He quickly became involved in the Government Relations Committee and HOMEPAC. In 2020 and 2021 he served as chair of the Government Relations Committee and has testified on TAB’s behalf before state legislative committees. 


Brett Martin

Brett Martin  |  Vice President/Secretary

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

Brett Martin has been involved with the building industry for the last 23 years. The first 11 years were spent providing construction financing to builders and permanent financing to homeowners. The last nine years he has served as Vice President of Real Estate Operations for Tilson Homes. Brett has served on the Audit and Finance Committees for the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) the past seven years. He has served as TAB’s Audit Committee Chairman and on TAB’s Executive Committee the past four years. Born in Pecos and raised in Lubbock and Houston, Brett graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BBA in Accounting and became a CPA. Brett started his accounting career as an auditor with Arthur Young & Co., specializing in finance, real estate, and construction.


Justin MacDonald | Treasurer

MacDonald Companies Inc —  Kerrville, Texas —  Greater San Antonio BA

Justin MacDonald is the President and CEO of MacDonald Companies, a multifamily development and construction firm with projects throughout Texas. Justin holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has been involved in the development, construction, and management of multifamily communities since the late 1990s. He started out sweeping construction sites and doing carpentry work in high school and discovered a passion for creating housing that he has pursued ever since. In addition to an MBA, Justin holds a BA in Journalism from Angelo State University and a certificate in Managerial Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin. Justin is a past president of the Texas Association of Builders and the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers. He also served as a Kerrville City Council member from 2012-2014, as well as on several other volunteer boards and committees in the Kerrville community.


Gene LantripGene Lantrip  |  Immediate Past President

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

Gene Lantrip continues to be an active member of the Big Country Home Builders Association, Texas Association of Builders, and the National Association of Home Builders. 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. 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 Area Vice President chair (2016-2017). He has also chaired the Membership Committee (2020) and HOMEPAC Board of Trustees (2018-2019).  He has won a TAB Presidential Distinguished Service 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.




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Scott Norman

Scott Norman





Mary Castetter

Mary Castetter

Senior VP of Administration




Ned Muñoz

VP of Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel





Fay Eakin

Fay Eakin

Operations Manager




JD Hale

JD Hale

Director of Government Affairs




Blair Kirkpatrick

Blair Kirkpatrick

 Executive Administrative Assistant



   Ashley Marcinkiewicz

    Marketing & Communications Manager




Angelica Stehling, CMP

Director of Events & Sponsorships



   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

2021        Susan Wright, San Antonio

2022        Gene Lantrip, Abilene


TAB Past Presidents - PDF  

NOTE: * Denotes Deceased




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