New Mexico Home Builders Association

The 2021 Nominating Committee has qualified the following slate for the 2022 fiscal year.  Please “check mark” the appropriate box for each candidate for whom you wish to vote.  As an alternative to voting for the prepared slate, you may write in a member’s name for any office.  Only one vote per member.

To register your vote, this ballot must be submitted by October 29, 2021.


Brandon Snoy
Brandon is a Principal and the Chief Operations Officer at Palo Santo Designs, a Design-Build Firm in Santa Fe, NM. Brandon is the Past President of Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association (SFAHBA). Brandon has served on the Board of Directors for SFAHBA for the past 8 years and has served as the Remodelers Council Chairman as well.

Brandon’s dedication to excellence can be seen in the numerous LEED-certified projects that he and the team at Palo Santo continually achieve. The company’s focus on sustainability and energy efficiency is at the core of their personal and professional values. Brandon has lived and worked in the trades for over twenty years, both in Taos and Santa Fe.

DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT: The President is the Chief Officer of the Association and presides at its meetings and those of the Board of Directors. Between meetings the President has the authority to represent the Association and act in its name, subject only to its declared policies. The President appoints all committees and performs all other duties usual to such office. The President's term of office is for one year, after the President has consecutively served one year each as Secretary-Treasurer and 1st Vice President/President-Elect.

Lora Vassar, Arch Designs
If you know Lora Vassar, you know she is passionate about our industry! She is a tireless worker dedicated to education, advocacy, and sustainability of the built environment. She has served on numerous Local, State, and National committees and councils through the last 15 years always defending and shining the light on our industry issues. Lora is also a Board member of the Foundation for Building, which oversees Build Green New Mexico, among other programs.

A Los Angeles native, Lora began her career in construction in 1986. She has been exclusive to the residential remodeling world since 1993. Arch Design, started in 2010, is a Design/Build Remodeling firm. With a BA in Architecture, and 35 years in the construction industry, Lora’s industry knowledge, building science principles, creativity in design and attention to detail have solidified her reputation as a trusted remodeler with her clients, their referrals, and her peers within the industry.

Once again, Lora will personally attend (as allowed and needed) the Roundhouse Legislation Sessions, promote membership, and especially the benefits of serving in a leadership position and committees. She is well-versed in our continued battle on abusive litigation (construction defects), along with code adoptions and construction regulations.

Her commitment is to continue representing the New Mexico construction industry through working to broaden New Mexico’s HBA membership and involvement.

DUTIES OF THE 1st VP/PRESIDENT-ELECT: The 1st VP/President-Elect performs the duties of the President in the President’s absence and any other duties as prescribed by the President. The 1st VP/President-Elect serves on the Board of Directors. The First Vice President becomes the President the following year.

Diana Lucero - New Mexico Bank & Trust
Diana Lucero is Vice President of Construction Lending at New Mexico Bank & Trust. Currently serving as the NMHBA Associate V.P., she is also a member of the Government Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee. Diana is active with her Local – HBA of Central New Mexico – currently serving on their Board of Directors as Chair of the Membership Committee. She is also on the Golf Committee, Parade of Homes Committee, Home Builders Care Committee and the Remodelers Council Bowling Fundraising Committee. She is very involved at the National level. She is the Past National Associate Chair (NAC), Past Associate Committee Chair, and sits on the NAHB’s Board of Directors (Life Director), Leadership Council, Conventions & Meetings Committee and NAHB BUILD-PAC Board of Trustees. Diana continues to be active and participates in many community events and loves spending time with her grandchildren.

Chris Hakes, Hakes Brothers Construction

Chris is an owner and Division President of Hakes Brothers. He loves building so that families have a home where they can make lifelong memories. He is passionate about all builder issues and wants to work to ensure viability for the industry.

In 2006, realizing they had developed complementary skills, Chris and his two brothers came together with “a vision to raise the bar for new home construction in Las Cruces.” Expansions to El Paso and Albuquerque came next, then to San Antonio, TX. Hakes Brothers builds semi-custom homes featuring luxury amenities, and are still headquartered in Las Cruces.

DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER: The Secretary-Treasurer is responsible for overseeing the keeping of written record of all of the official proceedings of the Association. The Secretary-Treasurer has general charge of the financial affairs of the Association and renders a periodic financial statement to the Board of Directors as required. The Secretary-Treasurer succeeds the 1st VP/President-Elect and eventually the President.

Peter Merrill – Construction Disputes Resolution Services, LLC
Peter is the President and CEO of Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC. He is a Past President of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association and the New Mexico Home Builders Association and has served as the chair of the SFAHBA Remodeler’s Council. An NMHBA Life Director, Peter currently serves on NMHBA’s Government Affairs/ Building Issues, Nominating, and Finance committees. He was the 1996 NMHBA Builder of the Year and received the Don Martin Leadership Award in 2010. He is an NAHB Senior Life Director and currently serves as the NM State Representative to the NAHB Executive Board. He has served several years as an NAHB State Director and served seven years as the NAHB BUILD-PAC Trustee. Peter currently serves on the NAHB Executive Board. He represented the housing industry on the Community Development Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank from 2002 – 2005 and served from 2005-2011 on the International Fire Code Committee representing NAHB.

DUTIES OF NAHB STATE REPRESENTATIVE: Serves a 2-year term as a voting member of the NAHB Board; is required to be of service to local HBAs on matters of policy for NAHB, helping to promote NAHB policies and help in the formation of new HBAs. State Rep. also serves to keep NAHB leadership informed of key developments within the state which may have national implications.

Steve Montanez

Government affairs is just what Steve does. Holding previous positions like Secretary and government affairs chair for the Las Cruces HBA, the Las Cruces Association of Realtors, as State political coordinator for the New Mexico Association of Realtors, and as a member of their Legislative committee. Steve also currently serves as a Planning & Zoning commissioner for Doña Ana County, and as an NMBHA Director. Steve has spent his share of time representing New Mexico Real estate professionals in Santa Fe, voicing critical issues for both the real estate and building industries. He is the 2019 LCAR Realtor of the year and has received numerous recognitions from the Las Cruces Homebuilders association, from Steinborn & Associates Real Estate, and other associations in Las Cruces where he resides with his wife Christine and his children Henry & Lylah who are all very involved in his endeavors.

DUTIES OF BUILD-PAC TRUSTEE: There is one Trustee for New Mexico, who serves as a principal fundraiser by planning at least one state fundraising event annually; meets with federal legislators and represent NAHB members in their home state on policy matters. Trustees make candidate contribution requests to NAHB and have the responsibility to ensure the contribution check is delivered.

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