The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) announced the induction of Patsy Smith and George Lewis into the Texas Housing Hall of Honor during its Summer Board of Directors Meeting in August. Smith will become the second female to be inducted, while Lewis, a past TAB and Dallas BA President, will be the 25th inductee. The Housing Hall of Honor induction and Excellence in Leadership Dinner will be hosted on Thursday, Nov. 15 inside the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas.
Smith has been giving back to the residential construction industry for almost 60 years. Through the National Housing Endowment, she has donated over $1 million dollars in endowments and scholarships that have and will educate the future generations and leaders of the housing industry in Texas and the nation. Most recently, Smith established a sustaining endowment with the Texas Builders Foundation. Her contributions will ensure that men and women serving the building industry will receive the education, career development, training and job placement that are essential to the health of the home building industry. Smith, along with her late husband Herman, will become the first husband and wife duo inducted into the Texas Housing Hall of Honor.
Lewis’ community service, political activism and professional leadership are mainstays of his life. He masterfully guided the Dallas Builders Association and the Texas Association of Builders through times of rapid change. His impact ranges from financial policies to building standards and government relations. Lewis is a legend in the political arena, where he has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars directly to pro-housing candidates in Texas and nationally. Lewis pioneered the “tear down and rebuild” concept in the Park Cities area of Dallas. His spectacular projects have earned him numerous awards and accolades. He served as the 2003 Dallas BA and 2006 TAB President.