EVER HEAR OF THE NATIONAL HOUSING ENDOWMENT?
THEY ARE WORKING TO SECURE THE AMERICAN DREAM-
Bay State Builder Interview with Mark Pursell
I have known Mark Pursell since 2002 when he ran the International Builders Show for
NAHB. He is bright and aggressive and has recently taken over the leadership of the
National Housing Endowment (NHE). I had the opportunity to sit down with him at the
National Housing Center and have him explain what NHE was and why as a member of
NAHB you should care.
Bay State Builder: I want to congratulate you
on taking over the helm of the National Housing
Endowment. I noticed on the NHE website that there
was no mention of your background. Could you give
our readers a bit of your background?
Mark Pursell: Sure, my initial background was in
construction financing, working for a large bank
doing construction loans for 10 years or so and then
I transitioned to a job with the NRMCA, the National
Redimix Concrete Association and through that I fell
in love with the association business. I just became
fascinated with how a group of people, volunteers
mostly, can come together and make things happen.
I went from there to the AGC, the Association of
General Contractors of America and while there I
happened across an ad in the Washington Post and
saw a job opening at NAHB to run the International
Builders Show. I remember telling my wife when I saw
the ad that this job was going to change our lives.
So, I interviewed and was hired by NAHB in 2002 to
run the Builders Show as a Senior Vice President. I ran
the show until 2014. I then left NAHB to run the PCA
– Premium Cigar Association which was located in
Southern Georgia and was tasked with moving their
headquarters from Georgia to Washington. That put
me back in the building business as the PCA bought
a building in North DC that we refurbished. I was
with the PCA until 2018 and saw the opportunity to
head up the National Housing Endowment, rejoin the
NAHB family and I have been here since.
Bay State Builder: What attracted you to this position?
Mark Pursell: I saw this as an opportunity personally
and professionally. Personally, to allow me to spend
ONE STUDENT AT A TIME.
a bit more time with my family and professionally
to spend time working to help solve the workforce
issues facing the residential home building industry.
I love this industry, I loved working at NAHB running
the builder’s show and now getting to work with
students and seeing the impact this endowment is
making is extremely gratifying.
Bay State Builder: Can you give me some
background on the National Housing Endowment,
why, how and when it was started at what NHE’s
Mark Pursell: The NHE was founded in 1987 by a
visionary group of leaders in the housing industry with
the goal of “building a foundation” to help make the
American dream of homeownership a reality for present
and future generations. It is a classic philanthropic arm
of the National Association of Home Builders. The NHE
has more than 50 “Founding Advocates”, an elite group
of individuals and organizations who have pledged six
figure gifts in support of the endowments mission. In
addition, we have over 16 individuals and corporations
who have pledged gifts to the Endowment of over one
million dollars. The National Housing Endowment is a
501(c)3 non-profit organization its mission is dedicated
to helping the housing industry develop more
effective approaches to home building, enhancing
education and training for future generations of leaders
in residential construction and increasing the body of
knowledge on housing issues. It does so by supporting
innovative and effective programs that further
Education, Training and Research in the residential
construction industry. Succinctly the endowment uses
its funding to support education, training and research
in the residential construction industry.