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CU Mortgage Direct, LLC has once again been recognized as one of the state’s top five South Dakota Housing Development Authority lenders of the year. CU Mortgage, Direct, LLC along with one of their Loan Originators, Lori Norby, both recently received honors in Pierre, SD by being named among the top lenders for South Dakota’s first time home buyer program. This is CU Mortgage Direct, LLC's eighth year—making them one of only two lender's to win this award each year since the award’s inception in 2008. Lori Norby, Branch Manager at the mortgage company’s Madison, SD location is a seven time winner for being one the state’s top Originators for this program.

New HBASE Hall Of Fame Inductees

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire (HBASE) recently inducted three of its members into the HBASE Hall of Fame. This highest honor was bestowed upon these talented people and those accepting the honor of their behalf on December 13 at the HBASE Annual Holiday Gala.

Duane Bickett, Bickett’s Construction

  • Since serving on the HBASE Board of Directors since 1987, he’s been Vice-President, President, Treasurer and Remodeling Council Chair
  • Past recipient of the HBASE Builder of the Year Award, Remodeling Council Member of the Year Award, State & Local Spike of the Year Award, Sioux Falls Presidential Recognition Award, Home Show Booth Award, Parade of Homes Award
  • Chaired the following HBASE committees Public Relations, Retention, Home Show, Realtor Relations, Nominating, Executive, Personnel, Repair Affair, Membership
  • Served on the SDHBA Board of Directors since 1995 and also was President in 2000 and 2001all while helping  establish the Aberdeen, Pierre, Yankton and Mitchell HBA chapters
  • At the national level, he is a Life National Director, has chaired the Membership Committee and was the SD state representative from 2006 to 2012; also served as the National Area Chairman from 2012 through 2014

Don Dunham, Jr., Dunham Companies

  • Founded Dunham Companies in 1975, joined the HBASE in 1984
  • Impressive impact on both residential and commercial development in Sioux Falls over many years ranging from the outskirts of town to downtown
  • Developed multiple residential neighborhoods through Sioux Falls including Silver Valley, Golden Valley, Platinum Valley, Diamond Valley, Granite Valley and others
  • Downtown Commerce Center, multiple townhouse projects including the executive condos at 37th and Kiwanis
  • Active in the American Cancer Society, Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Sioux Falls

Kim Hefner-Hines, H & H Design Consultants

  • Joined HBASE in 1984 and has since chaired committees for Membership, Parade of Homes, Finance, Ambassadors and Associates
  • Served on HBASE Board of Directors since 1999 while  holding office of HBASE Treasurer from 2001 to 2004 and 2006 to 2011
  • HBASE project involvement over the years includes House in a Day, Product Show volunteer, Home Show volunteer, Parade volunteer, Clay Shoot volunteer, PAC Golf volunteer, Ambassador Club, Ronald McDonald House, Home Builders Care Foundation Charity Home 
  • Currently holds the most Spike credits (membership recruitment) in the HBASE with 620.5 points
  • Active at the state and national level as well while serving on SDHBA Executive Board and various NAHB committees

Courtesy: Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire


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