Building a Better Mississippi

Associate Member of the Year

The Home Builders Association of Mississippi (HBAM) annually selects one associate member to be recognized as the Associate Member of the Year. This award honors members who demonstrate their dedication to the housing industry and to the association, serving as role models to other members.

This honoree is selected from submitted entries by local associations and members.  Associate Member of the Year nominees must be current association members in good standing and classified as an associate member. 


2017 Associate Member of the Year Nomination Forms are available HERE.

2016 Recipient

The Home Builders Association of Mississippi annually selects one outstanding Associate member as the Associate Member of the Year. Presented to the associate who has best demonstrated their commitment to their local, state, and National Home Builders Association each year, the honoree is selected from entries submitted by local associations or other association members.


The 2016 Home Builders Association of MS Associate Member of the Year is:

James Swanner 
Home Builders Association of Jackson


James is an active member of the Home Builder Association of Jackson and an enthusiastic example of dedicated associate members. James serves as the Vice President of Claims at the Amfed National Insurance Company, where he has worked since 2002.


In his current position, he is responsible for developing claims policy and standards and holds the lead role in the development of programs that will favorably impact results for both written business and TPA operations.


Additionally, James is charged to interact with medical, marketing, actuarial/financial, underwriting, new business and legal/ compliance staff to provide Worker's Compensation Coverage and Administration Services, which makes his partnership especially important to our association.


Congratulations, James!