Established in 1984, the Lewis Cenker Award is the HBA’s most prestigious award honoring an individual’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the advancement of the housing industry. To symbolize the status of this award, it was named in memory of one of our industry’s icons – Mr. Lewis Cenker, who was President of our Association in 1960 and the only member of our HBA to serve as President of the National Association of Home Builders.  The 2014 Lewis Cenker Award recipient is David Clough.

David began his homebuilding career with summer construction jobs while attending college. A 1975 graduate of Princeton University, he went to work full time for a major national builder in Washington, D.C. after college and moved to Atlanta in 1979.

In 1991, David founded Waterford Homes with the philosophy of a team approach, and it has grown to become one of the most respected privately-owned building companies in Atlanta, closing more than 2,500 homes in the metro area since inception. Waterford Homes currently builds in several metro counties, with homes ranging from traditional family homes in suburban master-planned communities to townhomes in the city of Milton, as well as luxury custom homes in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs.

David’s dedication to his business is one of the reasons Waterford Homes has been successful. Waterford has won several OBIE Awards, and David received the HBA’s 2005 Presidential Award for demonstrated leadership and commitment to the association and the building industry at large.

David has put his keen business sense and leadership skills to work to further the mission and goals of the HBA. David served as 2007 President of the HBA and has spent five years on the HBA Board of Directors’ Executive Committee. David also serves on The Housing Institute Board of Directors, which administers the Certified Professional Home Builder of Georgia program.

In addition to his local leadership roles, David represents Atlanta’s housing industry at the state and national levels. David served with distinction as the 2009-2010 president of the Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG) and the chair of its executive committee. During his year as HBAG president, David led the state association to prevent the mandating of fire sprinklers statewide, and he was instrumental in creating the recently-launched health insurance plan that is available for all HBA members. In 2010, through David’s tireless efforts, The Georgia Health Plan Trust was created.  The Trust provides good, competitive health insurance for the members of the Home Builders Association throughout Georgia. He continues his service as its President.

He has also been a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program since 2011.  Each year, Southern Living carefully selects members based on their community reputation, strength of presence in their respective markets, superior quality and attention to detail, innovative style and other criteria.

A devoted family man, David is the proud father of three adult children, sons Jeff and Drew, a daughter, Lindsay, and two grandchildren, Julia and William. Jeff, also a Princeton graduate, earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He and wife, Adrienne, have two children, Julia and William and live in Durham, North Carolina. Lindsay graduated from Pomona in California, served two years in the Peace Corps and recently completed post-baccalaureate studies at University of Pennsylvania and is awaiting entrance into medical school.

David lives in Johns Creek with his wife, Ada, and enjoys tennis, golf, boating and skiing in his free time.

The HBA is proud to recognize David Clough as the recipient of the 2014 Lewis Cenker Award. Congratulations, David!

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s OBIE Awards celebrates its 34th anniversary in 2014. The awards began in 1980 and have grown throughout the years to feature more than 100 building, remodeling, marketing and personal achievement categories. The OBIE Awards, named after the obelisk shape of the actual award given, are the premier awards in Atlanta’s residential building industry. To see more OBIE award winners,

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