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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".

What a GREAT Summit!  Congratulations and thanks to all of our participants!

The 2021 Leadership Summit was a HUGE success, even in the midst of challenging times.   Many, many thanks to the Instructors, Team Leaders and, most importantly, the Sponsors who helped to make all of it happen!

Check out our video!  Thank you to Grey Street Studios and our volunteers for the awesome photos!   Check out our Home Page for our video produced by Jimmy Schaefer of Real Reach Marketing.   Thank you!!! 

2021 Classes and Activities


  • Team Building Competitions

  • Construction Plans Reading

  • Plumbing

  • HVAC (Air Conditioning/Heating)

  • Landscape Design

  • Electrical Design

  • Green Building   

  • Pool Construction    

  • Fire Sprinkler Systems

  • Masonry   

  • Carpentry

  • Shop 

  • Welding 

  • Roofing

  • Tools Competition

  • Interviewing Etiquette

  • Model Career Fair 

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

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors!

2021 Leadership Summit Premier Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors - $5,000.00

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Platinum Sponsors - $3,000.00

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Gold Sponsors - $2,000.00

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Silver Sponsors - $1,500.00

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Bronze Sponsors - $1,000.00

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The 2021 Harper Student of Excellence Award was presented to Judd Parker of Bartow High School for his leadership, attitude and enthusiasm at the Leadership Summit.  Pictured L-R:  Robert Harper, Judd Parker and Teacher Jimmy Giles of Bartow High School

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Thank you to all of our 2021 Volunteers!

Summit Chair - Wendy Dittmar, Manning Building Supply

Melanie Bohde, Univ. of Gainesville, Alumni 2016

Jason Coil, Univ. of Gainesville, Alumni 2019

Austin Dittmar, Manning Building Supply, Alumni 2018

Adan Macias, Suwanee Ironworks, Alumni 2010

Adolfo Macias, Suwanee Ironworks, Alumni 2012

Skylar Schulz, Alumni 2017

Jimmy Giles, Bartow High School

Rick Hervey, DeLand High School

Thomas Hoien, Fort Meade High School

Bob Mortensen, Osceola Tech

Sherwin Owenby, Marion Technical Inst.

Jeff Purcella, American Vocational Academy

Erika Rains, Somerset Preparatory Academy

Ovidio Rivera, Somerset Preparatory Academy

Gina Russo, Somerset Preparatory Academy

Cindy Waller, Polk County School Board

Frank Waller, Lake Region High School

Harold Weston, Bartow High School

Jim Brann, The Porch Factory

Lorrell Bush, Florida Fire Sprinkler Assoc.

Julie Coker, Julie "Kaboolie" Coker LMT

Michelle Delaney, LRA Insurance

Dave Haney, Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers

Mike Hickman, Hickman Homes

Rick Howard, Rick's Pool Service

Virginie Jones, Poolcorp

Kerwyn Jones-Wilson, Jones Construction & Design

Bill Kachman, Florida Green Building Coalition

Stefan Liopiros, Big Trees Plantation

Ralph Locke, Environmental Construction & Consulting

Maria Mahlhahn, West Bay Landscape

Scott McCracken, Sawhorse Construction

Merry Mott, Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Assoc.

David O'Brian, Project LIFT

Manny Oyola, Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Assoc.

Vincent Powers, National Fire Sprinkler Assoc.

Ray Puzzitiello, Puzzitiello Builders

Mike Silvers, Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Assoc.

Cergile Sincere, Project LIFT

Hal & Denise Stambaugh, Travmo Electric

Steve Torres, Coastal Building Contractors

Kimberly Wilson, Springer-Peterson Roofing

Seste Wilson, North Florida Vault & Septic


Jimmy Schaefer, Real Reach Marketing

Carson Anderson, Real Reach Marketing

Alicia Pesco, Grey Street Studios

for your amazing video and photography!!!

Our Association Partners

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Save the dates for next year!
April 21 - 24, 2022 

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