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Camelot Homes Earns Industry Awards

Camelot Homes, an Arizona-based home developer, has recently received several awards for excellence, while securing a nomination for an additional prestigious national award.

Camelot Homes received the coveted 2014 Small Volume Builder of the Year Award presented at the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona’s 29th Annual Major Achievements in Merchandising Excellence (MAME) Awards, and also garnered an Award of Merit in the annual PCBC® Gold Nugget competition for The Verandah’s at Silverleaf. The Gold Nugget honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. The Gold Nugget Merit distinction qualifies Camelot Homes for a possible Grand Award, a featured highlight of PCBC®, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field.

“To us, winning MAME awards confirms that our best practices have exceeded industry standard and we strive to do that daily,” said Mark Hancock, owner of Camelot Homes. “This year was especially gratifying. In receiving the Small Volume Builder Award MAME Award, our team has been recognized for its years of dedication to the pursuit of excellence in homebuilding, and that honor is not taken lightly. We will continue to exceed expectations and raise the bar for an industry we’re proud to be in.”

Camelot’s haul of MAME Awards included five other awards and four finalist placements. Selected by an independent judging panel, the MAME Awards are presented by the HBACA’s Sales and Marketing Council to recognize home builders for outstanding achievements in 25 categories, including architectural and interior design, marketing, and merchandising. The HBACA evaluated homes built and/or marketed in 2013.

Camelot Homes received the following MAME Awards and distinctions:

* Best Newspaper Ad
* Best Magazine Ad
* Best Website by a Builder Closing Less Than 250 Homes Per year
* Best Design Center by a Builder
* Best Interior Merchandising for Homes Over $600,000, The Verandahs at Silverleaf, Plan 7721
* Small Volume Builder of the Year
* Best Detached Product Design for Homes Over $600,000, Finalist – The Verandahs at Silverleaf, Plan 7721
* Salesperson of the Year With a Company Closing Less Than 250 Homes a Year, Finalist – Hilal Chaboun
* Sales Manager of the Year, Finalist – Cammie Beckert
* Marketing Manager of the Year, Finalist – Julie Hancock

Camelot’s award-winning floor plans and interior design can be viewed at Bocara in North Scottsdale.


Arizona Business Community Supports HB2111

The undersigned organizations and businesses want to express their strong support for the passage of HB2111 with the floor amendment that will be offered by Senator Steve Yarbrough. This final amendment represents major concessions to address concerns that have been expressed by the city representatives.

This final amendment reflects the cities’ request for a separate online portal for the collection of sales taxes in the 18 non-program cities. In addition, the amendment reflects the cities’ demand to maintain the authority to audit single-location businesses in their city. Lastly, the amendment removes all of the changes to prime contracting tax except for the trade and service contractors.

While the Yarbrough amendment reflects major concessions to the cities that undermine some of the important reforms recommended by the Transaction Privilege (Sales) Tax Simplification Task Force, we believe this final proposal still reflects historic progress that deserves final passage.

The Senator Yarbrough floor amendment will provide for the following:

* Single Point of Administration – the Department of Revenue (DOR) will become the single point of administration and collection of TPT. However, at the request of the cities, there will be a separate online portal for the 18 non-program cities. Despite this concession, the cities remain opposed because they want to continue to require businesses making paper sales tax remissions to pay the state and city separately. Their proposal provides most small businesses no administrative relief from making multiple payments to multiple jurisdictions each month.

* Single and Uniform Audit – DOR will administer a standardized state audit program where all state and city auditors are trained and certified by DOR. Despite major concessions from the business community to allow cities to continue to audit local businesses, the cities continue to push for further changes that will undermine much needed reforms to standardize state and local audits.

* Trade/Service Contracting Reform – Service contractors working directly for an owner to maintain, repair, and replace existing property would pay tax on materials at retail and not be subject to the Prime Contracting Tax. During Task Force deliberations, the cities repeatedly conceded that this area of the prime contracting tax was problematic and should be changed. However, after almost a year of study and discussion, they have offered a change to the taxation of service contractors that provides no administrative relief and couples that change with a request that the state give the cities $80 million from use tax collections.

Arizona’s chaotic and dysfunctional sales tax system has been the subject of considerable controversy at the Capitol for over 30 years. The creation of the Task Force, as well as the appearance for the first time that the cities recognized the need for reform, gave Arizona businesses great hope that this system would finally be reformed. We strongly encourage state policymakers to pass a sales tax reform bill that is grounded in sound tax policy and focuses on reducing the extraordinary compliance costs on Arizona businesses.

Kevin McCarthy, President, Arizona Tax Research Association
Michelle Lind, Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Association of REALTORS
Bas Aja, Executive Vice President, Arizona Cattlemen’s Association
Glenn Hamer, President & CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce
Steve Macias, Chairman, Arizona Manufacturer’s Council
Francis McAllister, Chairman, Arizona Mining Association
Courtney LeVinus, Arizona Multihousing Association
Michelle Allen Ahlmer, Executive Director, Arizona Retailers Association
Steve Chucri, President/CEO, Arizona Restaurant Association
Rick Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Small Business Association
Steve Zylstra, President & CEO, Arizona Technology Council
Greg Turner, Vice President, Senior Tax Council, Council On State Taxation (COST)
Lisa Rigler, President, Small Business Alliance AZ
Todd Sanders, President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Tom Franz, President, Greater Phoenix Leadership
Connie Wilhelm, President, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona
Tim Lawless, Chapter President, NAIOP
Farrell Quinlan, Arizona State Director, NFIB
Ronald E. Shoopman, President, Southern Arizona Leadership Council
Scot Mussi, President, The Arizona Free Enterprise Club
Matt Beckler, Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Tax Officer, Apollo Group, Inc.
Steve Barela, State & Local Tax Manager, Arizona Public Service
Steve Trussell, Executive Director, Arizona Rock Products Association
Michael DiMaria, Director of Legislative Affairs, CenturyLink, Inc.
Gayle Shanks, Owner, Changing Hands Bookstore
Michelle Bolton, Director of Public Affairs, Cox Communications
Nikki Daly, Owner, Flair! Salons
David Karsten, President, Karsten’s Ace Hardware
Reuben Minkus, Minkus Advertising Specialties
PetSmart, Inc.
Tina Danloe, General Manager, Pima Ace Hardware
Molly Greene, Senior Government Relations Representative, Salt River Project
Les Orchekowsky, President & Co-Owner, Sierra Ace Hardware, Inc.
Ann Seiden, Administrator/Corporate Public Affairs, Southwest Gas Corporation
Joseph Hughes, Director of Government Affairs, U.S. Airways
Walgreens Co.

Glenn Hamer is president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans.

Carl Mulac

Carl Mulac Named Chairman, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona

In the most challenging of times with the economy, a home building company can succeed if one has the vision, the money, the people and the land — much like home building veteran Carl Mulac did.

Carl Mulac: New Chairman of the Home Builders Association of Central ArizonaCarl Mulac, the executive vice president of Avatar Holdings and President of Avatar Properties, was named Chairman of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona. Mulac, very familiar with the leadership role, had served as Chairman in 2008 and Treasurer of the Association this past year.

“Home builders are ramping up as market conditions continue to improve and we are all very optimistic that 2012 will bring renewed interest in buying new homes. People are tired of waiting on the side lines and it is abundantly apparent that the market is on an upswing. I’m excited to help lead the residential construction industry during this dynamic time,” said Mulac.

In 2008, Mulac started Joseph Carl Homes in the Phoenix metro area, which built both active adult and traditional neighborhoods. With his experience of working with three major national home builders, Mulac managed to create a start-up company in the hostile real estate market that attracted attention from Avatar, a company with nearly five decades of experience in home building, land development, and other real estate operations. Avatar is traded on NASDAQ (AVTR) and has properties in central Florida and the Phoenix metro area. Its principal operations are based at its 55+ active adult community Solivita, and through its Joseph Carl Homes operation, in Central Florida near Orlando; and at its 55+ active adult community CantaMia and through its Joseph Carl Homes operations in the Phoenix metro area, which include the Preserve at Palm Valley, Sereno at Palm Valley, Blossom Hills and Arboleda Ranch, both in Phoenix. The two companies combined business operations in 2010 with Mulac in control of the operation.

“We are fortunate to have Carl return to the leadership helm of the Association for another year. It is critical that we continue to have proven leadership to help us meet the challenges of job creation and regulatory reform necessary for a housing recovery,” said Connie Wilhelm, President of the Board and Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona.

The Home Builders Association of Central Arizona (HBACA) is a trade association for the residential construction and development industry. The HBACA provides a forum through which these businesses can interact with each other to stay informed concerning new and proposed policies advanced by the local, state and federal governments which affect the housing industry. The Association works to foster a proactive, pro-growth business environment for the local building industry, eliminating overly restrictive and costly building laws and regulations that increase the cost of housing.

Carl Mulac is now a member of the Avatar Senior Leadership Team and will be involved in designing and developing lifestyle communities around the country.