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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 12:00 pm

Long-time Tucson builder and nationally known remodeling expert Greg Miedema, former owner of Dakota Builders and Rushmore Remodeling, has been named executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado.

“When housing collapsed, they just decided to circle the wagons and ride out the storm. Membership fell from 505 to 175 so one of my main objectives is to strengthen the association,” Miedema said of his new position which starts Monday (Oct. 15).

The Colorado association’s former executive officer, Dotti Weber, has retired after 32 years. Headquartered in Windsor, Colo., the association’s urban area with the most development is Fort Collins.

In Tucson, Miedema was 2006 board chairman of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA). In 1987, he founded Dakota Builders as a one-carpenter business. The absence of a formal remodeler’s network prompted him to join SAHBA in 1994. A year later, he co-founded the SAHBA Remodelors Council with 18 members.

About two years ago, mounting economic and personal pressures forced Miedema to close Dakota Builders. He re-entered the industry as Rushmore Remodeling, but closed that last December to take a post as SAHBA membership and programs coordinator.

Over the years, Miedema has served on the board of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and chaired the NAHB Remodelors Council Board of Trustees. He was on the Certified Graduate Remodelor and the Certified Aging in Place Specialist governors’ boards. Nationally, he is a certified remodeling instructor and has served as a spokesman for the industry.

He was honored as an Up & Comer by readers of Inside Tucson Business in 2004.

Bob Peterson, a peer who served with Miedema on various boards and is an officer with both the Northern Colorado and Colorado statewide builders association, reached out to Miedema about the new position.

“He knew I was looking and called. Knowing someone there, I’ll have support,” said Miedema. “As for staff, I’m it. One. There is no secretary, just a lot of volunteers who help out just like SAHBA. I will apply some best practices I’ve learned from SAHBA and NAHB, I won’t be stepping out of my comfort zone.”

Miedema credited his new board for planning ahead for housing’s comeback in the Fort Collins area. During an interview for the job, he saw communities that had “been dormant” for five years.

“There’s activity again, a fresh start. And this also is an opportunity for me to start fresh again,” he said.

Contact reporter Roger Yohem at ryohem@azbiz.com or (520) 295-4254.

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