COLUMBIA, SC – January 17, 2014 – Each year the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia (HBAGC) holds its annual Holiday Ball in Columbia. It’s an evening of fun and celebration, and recognition of those who have helped the home building industry throughout the year.
Prior to the Holiday Ball, the HBAGC membership votes for their choice of nominees for the Byron Crosthwaite Builder Member of the Year and the Associate Member of the Year Award.
The Byron Crosthwaite Builder Member of the Year is Karl Haslinger, owner and CEO of Essex Homes with corporate headquarters in Lexington, S.C.. Karl Haslinger founded Essex Homes Southeast, Inc. in 1993. The company initially began with Karl as the builder, the accountant, the architect, and the punch guy. After a few months, he added a secretary and one assistant. As time has progressed, Essex Homes has grown to a multi-million dollar corporation, building and closing over 500 homes last year between the Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC markets.