My series of Generational Shifts articles concluded last week and I was amazed at how many positive responses and requests to utilize the series for HBA publications were sent to me. What pleased me was the comments by the very next generation I was writing about. The comments were mainly about how well I understood the next generation, at least as it pertains to the home building industry. It was only through asking questions and then listening that I was able to connect so many dots about the future of our association. One of the next generation builders, a young man with a wise mind and desire o continue his family's three generation building company, thought it would be a good idea to talk about his future in home building. Michael J. Kokes, an officer of the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey, is that third generation home builder. I knew his grandfather, Mike Kokes, a New Jersey Builders Association's Legend of Housing, and his father, Jan Kokes. I also know his uncle, Jerry Kokes. I'm amazed at how long I've been a member of our association to officially know three generations of builders. The Kokes Organization has been building since the early 1960's and has been a member of NAHB during that time as well.
|Michael J. Kokes|