Housing First Minnesota inducted its 2024 board chair at its annual meeting held last week at the Golden Valley Country Club. Art Pratt, president of construction operations for Pratt Homes, was elected to serve as the association’s board chair and will lead a 17-member board during his year-long term.
As board chair, Pratt will help provide strategic direction for the association’s 1,200 members and affiliate partners during his term. Pratt has long been active in the association, and he has served on the association’s board for several years as a builder member.
As an industry leader with nearly 30 years of experience as a homebuilder, Pratt brings a comprehensive knowledge of the market to lead the association. He is prepared to help the association continue its efforts to bring the housing industry together to advocate for homeownership in Minnesota.
“Despite the impacts of mortgage rates over the last year, demand for homes at all price points is strong,” said Pratt. “Our industry creates neighborhoods and communities that people call home. Leading this association is a great responsibility that I am proud to take on.
Pratt graduated from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Always involved in the family business, he worked as a carpenter at Pratt Homes during summers and school breaks before becoming a full-time employee after he graduated from college in 1994. Pratt has been at Pratt Homes ever since.
The Housing First Minnesota board chair and board of directors work diligently with the engaged staff team to remove the roadblocks to construction and support housing to provide the opportunity for homeownership for everyone in Minnesota.
The volunteer members elected to the 2024 board of directors include:
Board Chair: Art Pratt, Pratt Homes, Vadnais Heights
Builder Vice President: Tim Fohr, Lennar, Plymouth
Treasurer: John Kraemer, John Kraemer & Sons, Inc., Edina
Associate Vice President: Peter Martin, Pella Windows & Doors, Plymouth
Past Associate Vice President: Dale Loeffler, Marvin, Eagan
Secretary: Kristin Reinitz, Admit One Home Systems, Edina
Immediate Past President: John Quinlivan, Gordon James, Maple Plain
Board of Directors Committee Representatives
Advocacy: Tony Wiener, Cardinal Homebuilders, Inc., Oakdale
Ambassador: Karyn Braddock, Bloom Builders, LLC, Burnsville
Artisan Home Tour: Amy Hendel, Hendel Homes, Wayzata
Large Volume Builders: Jamie Tharp, Pulte Homes of Minnesota, LLC., Eden Prairie
Parade of Homes: Katie Geddes, M/I Homes, St. Lous Park
Past Presidents’ Representative: Bob Michels, Michels Homes, North Oaks
Remodelers: Andy Michels, Michels Homes, North Oaks
Small Volume Builders: Rebecca Remick, City Homes, LLC., Edina
At-Large Member: Andrew LeJeune, GlassArt Design, Minneapolis
At-Large Member: Nathan Carlson, Highmark Builders, Inc., Excelsior