Leadership


The HBAM Senior Officers are elected annually by the Board of Directors at the Fall Board of Directors Meeting.

L.R. Swadley, CGB
2017 First Vice President 

Swadley has been a community developer and builder of  custom homes, condominiums, commercial buildings and senior housing in Marquette, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula for more than 35 years.  He has developed many neighborhoods, with strong emphasis on conservation areas, trails and creative land planning. He has been active in his local, state and national HBAs for his entire professional career.  As a result of being elected as a senior officer, Swadley is in line to become the first builder from the Upper Peninsula to be president of the HBA of Michigan.  Email

Lynne Pratt, CSP, CGB, CAPS
2017 First Vice President 

Lynne Pratt brings a wealth of experience to HBAM following more than 25 years working in the building industry.  Her firm, Pratt Building Co. developed and built out several sizable residential projects in southeast Michigan.  Lynne is a champion of increased professionalism within in the industry and has been recognized by NAHB as a leader in membership development, builder education, design and business management.  Lynne served as chair of the national Professional Women in Building Council in 2000 and is a board member of the HBA of Southeastern Michigan. Email

Michael Flory
2017 Treasurer
Michael’s love of building dates back to his childhood.  At the tender age of 12, he and his brother, Chris, built their first deck. A business owner since 2001, Michael’s first venture was as co-founder of Rockbuilt Construction, which grew to become the largest college loft-bed construction business in the Midwest.  He then founded Custom Built Decks in 2004 which merged two years later with his brother’s company, to become Custom Built Basements and Decks. Email

Jack Vander Muelen
2017 Secretary

Jack has been involved in the company since 1973. Jack learned the construction business from the ground up, starting as a carpenter, assuming project management responsibilities in 1986. He has been president of the company since 1996. In addition to his leadership of the organization, Jack served as the president of the Lakeshore HBA in 1990, 2000 and 2014.  In 2001, Jack coordinated the Homebuilders Association community service project, building a Habitat for Humanity house. Email

Jerry Whitaker
2017 Associate Senior Officer
Jerry Whitaker is a Senior Partner with Acrisure, the 15th largest privately held insurance broker in the United States and is celebrating his 25th year in the insurance industry. He specializes in contractor insurance, self-insured health plans and captive insurance programs.  He is currently a Board Member for the Home Builders Association of Western Michigan and chaired the HBAM Insurance Committee from 2012 to 2015. Email

Charles Thompson
2017 Immediate Past President

Thompson has been a licensed builder since 1978 and owns Thompson Builders in Sandusky.  Thompson is a member of the HBA of the Thumb as well as the HBAM and NAHB, and served as a local officer, a state director, a member of the executive board while being active in the local legislative arena and contributing to Friends of Housing.  Email

2017 Regional and Associate Vice Presidents

The Regional Vice Presidents are elected by the director members from their region to communicate problems or concerns to the state and to transmit state issues to the region. The Associate Vice President represents the associate membership.

Region I Vice President - Roger Papineau
Represents Grand Traverse, Northern, Upper Peninsula and North Central Lakes

Region II Vice President - Tom Bailey
Represents Bay, Central, Midland, NorthWest and Saginaw

Region III Vice President - John Diefenbacher
Represents Grand Rapids, Lakeshore and West

Region IV Vice President - Bill Dykhuis, CGB, GMB, CGP
Represents Barry, Western and Southwestern

Region V Vice President - Mike Parks
Represents Jackson, Lansing and Livingston

Region VI Vice President - Mike Zemla
Represents Flint, Shiawassee and Thumb

Region VII Vice President - Norman Finkelstein
Represents Southeastern, Lenawee, Monroe

Associate Vice President - Mike Tribble