Building a Better Mississippi

Builder Member of the Year

The Home Builders Association of Mississippi (HBAM) annually selects one builder member to be recognized as the Builder 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.  Builder Member of the Year nominees must be current association members in good standing and classified as a builder member.




2016 Recipient

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

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

Kenneth Estes
Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Northeast Mississippi


Kenneth and his wife, Norma Jean, established their construction business in 1994. Kenneth is a Certified Professional Remodeler and actively serves on the board for the Mississippi Housing Institute to encourage continuing education and certification throughout the state.

While being active in their community and church, Kenneth has been a member of the Home Builders Association for over twenty years. He is the current president of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of North East Mississippi since 2014, but served previously from 2006 to 2007.

 He is also the upcoming President of the Home Builders Association of Mississippi and Kenneth’s relentless effort for our association is seen in all that he does.


Congratulations, Kenneth!



2018 Recipient

Carl Sandberg started 3S Homes in 2010 and much like the homes he builds every day - he built 3S Homes, LLC from the ground up, initially doing 1-2 homes a year to now closing 20-25 homes each year. During the past 10 years, he has built numerous spec and custom homes in the Rankin and Madison County areas of central ms ranging from the first time home buyer to custom homes well over 3,000 square feet.   He is very active in the construction process. He enjoys every step of the process from initial planning to the final certificate of occupancy.   In the last few years, he has become involved in a few residential development projects as well. 

He is very active in the Home Builders Association of Jackson, having served on its Executive Board since 2015, and was President in 2017.  He has also served as Committee Chair for the parade of homes for the past 2 parades.  He is actively involved in the Home Builders of MS serving on the government affairs, membership and association services council and association planning committees. Carl has been very proactive in making regulation changes that impact the building industry.

 Carl received both his BSBA and his MBA from Mississippi College. Carl has been married to Emily for 16 years and they have 3 very active sons, Drew (13) and twins, Reed and Ryan (10).  They are members of Grace Crossing Baptist Church in Madison County.  He spends the majority of his free time on some sort of youth athletic field coaching one of his three boys.  He has sponsored many youth athletic associations and teams.

 Carl enjoys spending time with his family, working, fishing and being involved in outdoor activities.


Congratulations, Carl Sandberg!