New Mexico Home Builders Association

The 2023 Nominating Committee has qualified the following slate for the 2024 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 November 3, 2023. 5:00 PM MT.


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 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.

Kent Thurston, KT Homes

Kent is the owner of KT Homes in Las Cruces. He is a second-generation home builder and has continued his father’s legacy of building energy efficient homes. It is important to him that his homes are comfortable and affordable over the life of the home. Kent has an eye for innovation and continuously looks for new products and business methods he can introduce to better his business and the community.

Kent is passionate about the future of homebuilding and has been actively involved in introducing trade work as a viable career path to the youth of Las Cruces. He has been instrumental in the LCHBA’s efforts to get construction programs back in the Las Cruces Public Schools. In conjunction with the LCHBA and Organ Mountain High School, KT Homes has built a yearly Education House that gives students hands on experience with all the stages of homebuilding.

Kent has served as President of the Las Cruces Homebuilder association and is actively involved in the community. He seeks out projects that bring value to the community by focusing on thoughtfully designed developments that bring beauty, functionality, and recreation to the residents. KT Homes builds in Las Cruces and Carlsbad.

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.

DUTIES OF THE ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT: The Associate Vice President represents the interests of the Associate members. The Associate Vice President serves on the Board of Directors.

Jenice Eades

Jenice Montoya-Eades is Director of Procurement at the Pulte Group, and is a tenth-generation native New Mexican. She graduated from UNM’s Anderson School of Business and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management.

Jenice has been a GB-98 since 2001. Over the course of her 25-year career, she has worked with and for Local, Custom and National Builders in the Albuquerque Metro Area. She has held many different positions within her Home Building career spanning from accounting to General Manager and VP of Construction. Jenice keenly understands Residential construction needs from all angles of the industry.

Jenice was a keynote speaker for Quality Assurance in Home Building at the International Builders Show (2007) and an active member of the HBA of Central New Mexico for many years. Jenice currently serves the HBA of Central New Mexico in the capacity of President and actively supports the UNM Student Chapter, Lobo Builders.

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.

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