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Future Builders of America hosted its first Leadership Camp in 2004 at the FFA facility in Haines City, Florida. Just seven students attended the first event but it was such a success that five of the original seven students returned the following year, and they brought friends. Through the dedication and hard work of the camp committee, countless volunteers, donors and FHBA’s own inspirational staff, the Leadership Camp has grown since its inception in both quantity of students and quality of programs.  In 2016, the event was renamed to the "Leadership Summit".

It's a wrap!   The 2019 Leadership Summit was a HUGE Success! 

FBA welcomed over 60 student to the March 7-10, 2019 Leadership Summit at the FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City, FL.  Thank you so much to all of the sponsors and volunteers who made this year's Summit such a success!  

2019 Classes and Activities


  • Team Building Competitions

  • Construction Plans Reading

  • Intro to Plumbing

  • Intro to HVAC (Air Conditioning/Heating)

  • Intro to Landscape Design

  • Intro to Electrical Design

  • Intro to Green Building   

  • Intro to Pool Construction    

  • Hands-on Masonry Class   

  • Hands-on Carpentry Classes

  • Hands-on Welding Class

  • Tools Competition

  • Interviewing Etiquette

  • Model Career Fair 

  • Marketing Class                                 And much more......!!!!

The 2019 Harper Student of Excellence Award was presented to Clayton Clifton of Deland High School for his leadership, attitude and enthusiasm at the Leadership Summit.  Pictured L-R:  Teacher Rick Hervey and Clayton Clifton of Deland High School


Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors!

2019 Leadership Summit Premiere Sponsors

2019 Team Harper Award Winners

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L-R:  Summit Vice Chair Jessica Whittington of Carter Engineering, Cole Terronez-Space Coast HS, Judd Parker-Bartow HS, Cody Sharp-Bartow HS, Mason Cook-Deland HS, Destiny Mock-Bartow HS, Demiah Peterson - Space Coast HS, Julie Haedo - Bartow HS, Clayton Clifton - Deland HS, Mike Hickman of Hickman Homes

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Thank you to our 2019 Volunteers!

Chairman - Wendy Dittmar, Manning Building Supplies

Vice Chairman - Jessica Whittington, Alumni 2006, Carter Engineering

Jessie Arocha, Alumni 2016

Melanie Bohde, Alumni 2018

Dallas Fraley, Alumni 2014, All Sports Creations

Jasmine Henry, Alumni 2014 , Somerset Academy

Jose Hernandez, Alumni 2013

Adan Macias, Alumni 2010, Suwanee Ironworks

Adolfo Macias, Alumni 2012, Suwanee Ironworks

Jefferson Masters, Alumni 2017, TradeMasters LLC.

Skylar Schultz, Alumni 2017

Layne Wiltrout, Alumni 2015, Sloan Engineering Group

Jason Becker, Valencia College

Jimmy Giles, Bartow High School

Sean Hayes, Palm Bay High School

Rick Hervey, Deland High School

Thomas Hoien, Fort Meade High School

Danny Meineke, Crestview High School

Harold Weston, Bartow High School

Jim Binghold, Proline Distributors

Brian Brogan, Build Consulting Services

John Carlson, Core Construction

Dave Carter, Carter Engineering

Kathryn & Frank Casano, FV Casano Electric

Jason Drame, Jason Drame Inc.

Brian Giddons, WaveCrest  Masonry

Alex Fletcher, Aquaworx

Steve Hackl, Hackl Pool Construction

Mike Hickman, Hickman Homes

Dayna Izzo, GFA International

Virge Jones, SCP Distributors

Bill Kachman, Florida Green Building Coalition

Melanie & Bill Kimberl, Kimberl Construction

Dan Kroeker, Masonry Education Foundation

Stefan Liopiros, Lawn Enforcement Agency

Ralph Locke, Florida Green Building Coalition

Merry Mott, Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association

Ken Moyer, Brenntag Mid-Soouth

Maria Muhlhahn, West Bay Landscape

Ray Puzzitiello, Puzzitiello Builders

Erika Rains, Somerset Academy

Jennifer Pressley Rice, Florida Water Products

Mike Silvers, Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association

Natasha Cartagena Spencer, Shelter Mortgage

Denise & Hal Stambaugh, Travmo Electric

Our Association Partners
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Save the date for March 26-29, 2020!

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