Builder inducted into Texas Housing Hall of Honor
Dec. 3, 2017 at 9:41 p.m.
Updated Dec. 4, 2017 at 6:01 a.m.
After building more than 280 houses in the Crossroads and being recognized in the building industry several times, Chip Dence was inducted into the Texas Housing Hall of Honor on Nov. 17 in Austin.
Dence is a co-owner of East End Builders; a board member of the city, state and national Builders Associations; and a member of the International Code Council.
He's recruited more than 200 members for Victoria's association, according to a news release.
Kim Lindsey, Builders Association of Victoria executive director, said Dence's enthusiasm and insight are inspiring.
"No one has worked as hard or is as deserving of being inducted into the Texas Housing Hall of Honor," she said. "Chip's years of devotion to the building industry have helped pave the way for safe and affordable housing throughout the United States."
His career in the construction industry started in 1984 when Dence helped buy his friend's father's lumber and construction company.
Dence was president of the Builders Association of Victoria in 1991, 2000 and 2009 and has been a chairman of numerous committees.
As part of the Texas Association of Builders, he's been a member for 31 years, regularly testifies at legislative sessions and serves on various committees, including the Codes and Standards Committee. In 2016, he named the Texas Builders Foundation as the beneficiary of his estate.
As a member of the National Association of Home Builders, he served as a director from 1986 to 1996, a life director from 1996 to 2006 and a senior life director from 2006 to the present while serving on committees. He spearheaded the creation of the Green Building Subcommittee in 2003 and has worked with many federal organizations on housing industry issues.
As a member of the International Code Council, he was a member of the Interpretation Committee and the Code Development Committee for six years each. He worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a member of the Coastal Construction Manual Committee, the Rewrite Committee and the Hazard Mitigation Team after Hurricane Ike.
"It's such a high honor to be recognized by my peers," Dence said.