Joe Robson elected chairman of the board for the National Association of Home Builders MortgagePress.comJoe Robson, bulder, developer, National Association of Home Builders, The Robson Companies Inc., Troubled Asset Relief Program
Joe Robson, a builder and developer from Tulsa, Okla., was
elected as the 2009 Chairman of the Board of the National
Association of Home Builders (NAHB). A leader in the Tulsa area
home building and development industries for more than 25 years, he
is the founder and president of The Robson Companies Inc.,
developers of residential communities and commercial
Robson has been leading NAHB's efforts to strengthen the housing
industry in response to the current economic downturn. Amidst
reports of falling home prices and declining housing starts, Robson
has been working with federal lawmakers and regulators to find ways
to shore up the housing market and renew confidence in the American
"We look forward to working with the Obama Administration and
the new Congress to develop policies that will help families facing
foreclosure, stabilize home prices and put America's home builders
back to work as the engine of the economy," Robson said. "NAHB will
be pushing very hard for an economic stimulus package that
recognizes the important role that residential construction plays
in generating economic activity and jobs."
In recent testimony before the House Financial Services
Committee, Robson noted that the Troubled Asset Relief Program
(TARP), up to this point, "has failed to expand the flow of credit
to business and consumers on competitive terms. In addition, the
TARP program has not adequately responded to the nation's
foreclosure crisis, which must be addressed to keep people in their
homes, help stabilize home prices and promote recovery of the
housing market and economy," he said.
Robson has long been a driving force in local, state and
national home builder associations, and he has held numerous
leadership positions within NAHB. He has been a member of the Board
of Directors since 1990, was the chairman of BUILD-PAC in 1998, and
was the chairman of the Legislative and Regulatory Policy Task
Force in 2002. Robson was chairman of NAHB's Federal Government
Affairs Committee in 2003, chairman of the Resolutions Committee in
2002, and vice chairman of the Budget Committee in 2005.
At the state and local levels, Robson has served on the Board of
Directors of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association since
1990 and was the association's president in 1993. Robson was
honored as Oklahoma Builder of the Year in 1994.
Locally, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Tulsa
Home Builders Association since 1986 and was the association's
president in 1991 and 1992. He was the Tulsa Home Builder of the
Year in 1992.
Robson said he expects to draw on his local, state and national
experience to help NAHB serve its members during the housing
"These are challenging times," Robson said. "We don't expect a
significant turnaround this year, but it appears we are near the
bottom, and we have reason to hope that we will come out of 2009 on
a modest upswing. This may be a difficult year for home builders
around the country, but we will continue to do all that we can to
meet the housing needs of America's families."
Robson has been active in numerous business and civic leadership
positions. He has served as a director of the Federal Home Loan
Bank of Topeka; a director of the Broken Arrow, Tulsa and State
Chambers of Commerce; and a member of the Oklahoma Judicial
Nominating Committee. He has also served as chairman of the Tulsa
Area Command of the Salvation Army.
Robson and his wife, Hannah, have two children, Davis and
For more information, visit www.nahb.com.