The new day-to-day manager of a leading local organization advocating residential construction had acknowledged desiring the post for years before landing the job last month.

“I’m truly humbled and honored to serve as the Charleston Home Builders Association’s Executive Director," says Patrick L. Arnold, named to the position in early January. "It’s been a dream of mine since my first day on a construction site 12 years ago," he says.

The association notes that it hired Arnold because he's known in the Lowcountry and across the state for his political consulting experience and previous role as government affairs director for the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors.

Arnold, a Louisiana native, earlier in his career worked for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and in 2010 was campaign communications director for South Carolina Adjutant General Bob Livingston.

The hiring comes as the home builders association announced its new board of directors and officers. Will Herring, chief executive of locally-based Hunter Quinn Homes, is the new volunteer president for a one-year term. "We’re excited to have Patrick on board," Herring says. "His experience and reputation shaping public policy will certainly serve the association well."

Arnold graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor's of engineering degree in construction management. As an undergraduate, he was a home builder with Hebert Engineering Corp. He took part in Jindal's campaign for governor and then served in in his administration before working as statewide programs director in Jindal's re-election campaign.

In 2009, he formed the Arnold Group Communications political and nonprofit consulting firm and moved to Charleston. After working on Livingston's adjutant general campaign, Arnold became national director of campaign management in 2012 with Donehue Direct, now Push Digital. He took the CTAR government affairs director position in 2014 and remained in the post until assuming the home builders' top staff job.

The association, formed in 1959, says it "provides continuing support for the local home building communities of Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and Colleton counties." The group is part of the National Association of Home Builders, which bills itself as the second largest lobbying nonprofit in the country. The local association has a "growing role in advocacy efforts on behalf of the residential construction industry’s interests," it says.

Herring, fellow officers and 2018 board of directors were installed Jan. 23 at the general membership meeting. South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton was guest speaker.

Along with Herring, this year's officers are Tori Stein of Stein Renovation, past president; Lane Baker, Saltwater Homes, vice president; Chris Klick, CK Contracting LLC, treasurer/secretary; and Jamey Nelson, Carolina Lanterns, associates vice president. Directors consist of Adam Copenhaver, Cope Grand Construction; Hoyt Williams, Stein Renovation; Shawn Doogan, Southeastern Family Homes; Ward Mungo, Mungo Homes; Ted Terry, Crescent Homes; Brett Miller, The Post and Courier; Matt Timmons, Charleston Shelving and Mirror; Beth Abeyta, Grayhawk Homes; Mick Jewel, Midland Mortgage Corp.; and Bryan Reiss, Distinctive Designs LLC.

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The committee/council chairs are Mark Kerce, Mungo Homes of the sales & marketing council; Ben Copenhaver, Cope Grand Construction for the young professionals group; Brian Gardner, D.R. Horton of the high performance council; and Tricia Haggerty, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, as membership chair.

Life directors are Andy Barber, Generation Homes; Doug James, Osprey Construction; Albert van Overeem, Oak Homes LLC; Jeff Meyer, J Meyer Construction; Neal Walsh, Carolina One; Mike Futeral, WCBD - TV 2; and Anne Derbyshire, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty.

The Charleston Home Builders Association notes that it "works with organizations, including government, to promote and protect home ownership." It's affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and the Home Builders Association of South Carolina.

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