Edward Huizenga1997 Honoree*

EDWARD R. HUIZENGA
North American Mortgage Company

A renowned emissary of the home building industry, Edward "Dick" Huizenga has worked tirelessly for more than 40 years in the private, public and charity sectors to make housing available to more people. It's not his mission statement, it's his way of life.

Dick has dutifully served as a carpenter, general contractor, architectural examiner, inspector, director of a HUD office, vice president of a lender, and builder account manager at another lender. He began his professional career in 1955 as an apprentice carpenter building custom homes and schools around his boyhood home in Monterey, California. In 1957, Dick became assistant manager of an area general contracting firm and by the next year was promoted to manager.

In 1961, Dick began his long and distinguished career with the FHA. Besides a short stint with Kaufman and Broad, Dick received a series of promotions and assignments from HUD.

Dick retired from HUD in 1985 and began a "second" career in the building divisions of three mortgage companies: All Valley Mortgage, Commonwealth-United Mortgage, and since 1992, North American Mortgage Company. Today, he leads North American Mortgage Company's building support operations throughout the Central Valley .

Committed to the industry, Dick helped charter three local associations --Building Industry Association Tulare/Kings, Building Industry Association of Kern County and Building Industry Association of the Central Coast. He is a Lifetime Director with the Building Industry Association / Central Coast and a Director of the Building Industry Association of San Joaquin Valley (BIASJV).

He has received numerous awards including the 1988 President's Award, BIASJV; 1989 Associate of the Year Award, BIASJV; 1994 President's Award, Building Industry Association / Central Coast; 1994 BIASJV's Oscar Spano Lifetime Award; and 1996 California Building Industry Association Presidential Achievement Award.

Dick was also instrumental in the creation of the Building Industry Association of San Joaquin's Construction Advisory Committee. This group worked with the Fresno Unified School District and later Fresno City College to give students hands-on experience working in the building industry.

​Statewide, Dick has served as Director of the California Building Industry Association's Western Building Show and is currently Chairman of the Mortgage Finance Committee. Nationally, he has participated on the National Association of Home Builders' National Housing Finance Committee.

Dick has been married to his wife, Ida, for over 44 years and has homes in Fresno and near Yosemite National Park. He has one daughter, Cindy Ann. While relaxing, Dick enjoys duck hunting, skiing and golf.