SOURCE: Magleby Companies Inc.

October 30, 2006 09:00 ET

Utah's Paul Magleby Named 'Custom Homebuilder of the Year' by National Association of Home Builders

LINDON, UT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 30, 2006 -- Like the custom homes he builds, Paul Magleby is solid. And the similarities don't end there.

This summer, one of Magleby's masterpieces won "Best of Show" in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes. This weekend, the founder and president of Magleby Companies Inc. was named the first "Custom Homebuilder of the Year" by the National Association of Home Builders.

It's an honor the self-deprecating Magleby would be quick to dismiss, but that those who live in homes he's built would say is rightly deserved.

Over the years, Magleby has built homes for customers in the greater Salt Lake City and Park City markets. Venture capitalist Ron Mika, co-founder of Sorenson Capital, has hired Magleby to build several of his projects.

"Paul is very down to earth and very seasoned -- he knows what he's doing," said Mika. "He certainly makes a high-quality product, but beyond that I am impressed with the level of service he provides. He and his associates are always available, very responsive and really work to satisfy me."

Talk to any of Magleby's customers -- Alan Ashton, Greg Butterfield, Blake or Brooke Roney: founders of WordPerfect, Altiris, and NuSkin, respectively -- and you're likely to hear something similar.

Magleby's reputation for outstanding customer service, contributions to the building industry, community involvement and leadership are some of the measures the NAHB used to select him for the award. Dave Stormont, chairman of the NAHB's Custom Home Builders Committee said the judges' job of picking a winner was not easy.

"However, Paul's name rose to the top, and I am proud to have him represent our industry as the first NAHB Custom Home Builder of the Year," said Stormont.

Founded in 1942, the NAHB is a trade association that helps to promote the policies that make housing a national priority. The association presented Magleby with the award at its 18th annual Custom Builder Symposium in Las Vegas.

More than 500 builders attended the event, which features the latest in technology, design, building, and business trends affecting the custom home building market.

It's a symposium that Magleby never misses. Even with more than 30 years experience in the construction industry, the homebuilder has always made it a priority to implement the latest building techniques.

A graduate of Brigham Young University's construction management program, Magleby is also known for sharing his knowledge with others. He actively supports BYU and UVSC students, providing internship opportunities and serving on the schools' Construction Management Advisory Committees.

"Paul has been a longtime supporter of BYU students," said Jay Newitt, program chair of BYU's Construction Management Department. "He's one of the first graduates of our program and has helped place our graduates in his own company as well as other top-notch construction companies."

Within the industry, Magleby serves as a board member for the Utah Valley Home Builders Association Foundation, the service arm of the Utah Valley HBA, and has been a NAHB national director for 12 years. In addition, he has been on the local board of directors of the Utah Valley HBA for the same period of time.

Brad Simmons, of Cottage Homes in Draper, Utah, nominated Magleby for the award. One of the reasons he did so is because Magleby always makes time for people new to the industry, said Simmons.

"Paul epitomizes the word 'mentor.' He does it through great friendship, securing opportunities for others and frank discussions," said Simmons. "He approached me as a new member of the HBA and asked me my opinions and then, unobtrusively, trained and encouraged me to be a better builder, to care more for my employees and to build a better product for my customers."

Deann Huish, executive vice president of the Utah Valley HBA, says that Magleby is "the kind of building professional that others in the industry look up to."

"His name and company lend themselves to quality, professionalism, honesty and integrity," added Huish. "These virtues can't be purchased -- they have to be earned over decades."

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