GHBA CEO AND HOMEAID SUPPORTER RETIRES
February 8, 2016

HomeAid Houston and the Greater Houston Builders Association(GHBA), share the benefits of a great leader in Kathryn Ann "Toy" Wood, the CEO of the GHBA for 19 years, and a key figure in the establishment and success of HomeAid Houston.  Toy Wood recently retired from her duties as CEO, but is remaining active as a HomeAid board member and volunteer.

HomeAid Houston's mission is to 'build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach'.  In 2004, Wood recognized the importance of supporting this mission with the help of GHBA and its deep resources. Through her support and her vision, Wood identified a leader from the industry to head up the organization.  Toy Wood brought on HomeAid's current executive director, Bette Moser, and the agency has become a force within Houston's homeless community ever since, having completed 36 projects and providing beds for more than 225,000 homeless men, women and children.

"Toy Wood has been an icon within both the new homebuilding industry and in government affairs where she has had a positive impact on policies related to the industry," said Moser. "She embodies the true spirit of philanthropy and this shows in the strong foundation and fundraising events HomeAid has built over the past 13 years.  One example is HALO,  HomeAid's Amazing Ladies Organization," explained Moser.  "This is a huge annual fundraiser that was inspired by Toy. It brings together professional women within the building industry. 

Wood graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design and is a licensed attorney with her law degree from the University of Houston. In 2002 she received her certification in association management, the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation issued by the American Society of Association Executives. In 2007 Wood received the NAHB New Executive Officer of the Year Award. That same year she was also named one of Houston’s Ten 2007 Women on the Move by the Texas Executive Women and the Houston Chronicle.  Her dedication and passion to the GHBA members and to the industry over the past 19 years, has been a key factor in the Association's position as the largest home building trade association in Texas and one of the largest in the nation. 

Wood served on the Board of Directors of the Houston Society of Association Executives, the TAB Texas Executive Officers Council, the NAHB EOC, and the Houston Real Estate Business Coalition. She is also a member of the Gulf Coast Work Force Board.

 "Toy's legacy will live on," said Cindy Hinson, president of the HomeAid board of directors. "In August 2015, her peers, the Texas Executive Officers Council established the Toy Wood Legacy Fund to honor her many contributions to the home building industry and to thank her for her years of service and friendship.  The fund will provide scholarships, assist in building related charitable activities and further the growth and strength of the home building industry in Texas.  The entire HomeAid staff, board of directors and volunteers thank Toy for her continuing support."

Wood's replacement as CEO is GHBA's past Vice President and Government Affairs Director, Casey Morgan.

For more information about HomeAid Houston, visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.  For more information about the Toy Wood Legacy Fund, visit www.texasbuildersfoundation.org/contribute/toy-wood-legacy-fund