Nearly 14 years ago, in April 2008, Michael Stoskopf stepped into the role of CEO for the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA). He became the Association’s seventh executive officer since its formation in 1928, following the death of Irvin H. Yackness who had served in that position for over 50 years.
On January 22 of this year, Michael met with HBA President Ben Templeton to notify Ben of his intention to retire by June 30, 2022. “Being the CEO of this remarkable association has truly been the highlight of my career,” said Michael. “However, over the past year, several personal experiences have given me a different perspective and appreciation for life, especially with respect to family, priorities and, quite honestly, time. After prayerful and careful consideration, I am announcing my intent to retire from the HBA.”
After subsequent notification to the HBA Executive Committee, a subcommittee conducted an interview with the candidate Michael had recommended as HBA’s next executive officer: Forrest Wall, CAE.
While Forrest’s position, prior to March 1, 2022, was Director of Regulatory & Legal Affairs for the HBA of Michigan, he also has over 20 years of experience on the staff of HBA of Southeastern Michigan and Apartment Association of Michigan.
The subcommittee was collectively impressed by his background, experience, vision for HBA’s future and his readily apparent passion for what he termed as his “dream job.”
It is with great pleasure that the HBA Executive Committee has announced that Forrest will become the next CEO of the HBA of Southeastern Michigan.
Forrest will begin at the HBA on or about March 1st for a planned, month-long transition and will officially be taking over as CEO by March 31, 2022.
Michael will continue in an advisory capacity until on or about May 6, 2022.
At a special Board of Directors meeting held on February 15, 2022, the changes were announced. Michael spoke briefly about his gratefulness for the opportunity to serve HBA, his commitment to ensuring an orderly transition and his desire to rededicate the next phase of his life to his wife, children and grandchildren.
Following the remarks, several Board Members commented on their surprise, their regret that Michael is leaving, commendation of the many positive things that he accomplished and brought to HBA during his time here, their good wishes for him in his retirement and their support for Forrest as the next CEO.
Both Michael and Forrest commended HBA’s other professional staff members who “represent a culture of teamwork and dedication to the mission and members of HBA.” Forrest indicated his intention to keep current staff in place and support the work they are doing.
Both Forrest and Michael wish to express their sincerest gratitude to the HBA Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, staff and membership for their support as the HBA transitions to the next chapter of its storied history.
Please watch for news in the coming months as we recognize Michael for the many, significant ways he shaped HBA into the successful organization it is today and for a more in-depth introduction of Forrest Wall as he steps into his role leading HBA into the future.