Dean Mon, a New Jersey-based builder and developer with more than 30 years of experience in the home building industry, was elected as the 2019 first vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. He is the first Hispanic to be elected to the senior officer leadership ladder of NAHB.
Mon is president of the D.R. Mon Group, Inc., which specializes in the development and construction of green urban living projects throughout New Jersey. Since 1985, the company has created communities in Morris, Hunterdon, Union, Hudson and Monmouth Counties.
“This year we will focus on easing the housing affordability crisis and providing better homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Americans by working with Congress and the administration to remove needlessly regulatory barriers that are raising the cost of housing,” said Mon. “We will also be urging policymakers to enact comprehensive housing finance reform to ensure that creditworthy home buyers have access to affordable home loans and we will work with lawmakers to keep housing a national priority.”
Mon has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. A senior life director with more than 20 years of service, Mon has chaired several influential NAHB committees, including the Federal Government Affairs Committee, the Construction Safety & Health Committee, and the Single Family Production Builders Committee. He also served three terms as the NAHB National Area 2 chairman and is a member of the NAHB Executive Board.
Actively involved in the New Jersey building industry, Mon has served as director, executive board member and president of the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA). As the 1996 president of the NJBA, Mon led the charge to amend the state’s Uniform Construction Code Act to require that all codes must be necessary, practical and cost-effective. This review resulted in an annual savings of approximately $4,000 per home. He was inducted into the NJBA Hall of Fame in 1996 and named the NJBA Builder of the Year in 1998. In 2000, he received the NJBA Affordable Housing Award.
Mon has held every leadership position from committee chair to president at his local association, the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey.
A New Jersey resident since 1964, Mon attended Newark College of Engineering where he acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Mon served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970, achieving the rank of sergeant, and served a tour of duty in Vietnam.
NAHB’s newly elected senior officers serve on a multi-year leadership ladder. Mon will become chairman of the NAHB Board of Directors in 2020.