Local, State, & National Home Builders Association Involvement


Greater Spartanburg HBA


Board of directors 1989-2014

Vice president  1994, 1995

President   1996, 2009, 2013

First Vice President  2008, 2012

Treasurer  1993

Secretary  1992

Builder of the year  1994, 2009, 2013

Developers council  1996-current, chairman  1997-1999

Multiple lot discount task force

Legislative committee  1988-current, chairman  1998-2002

Codes committee

IRC codes review task force  2000

Spartanburg County Online Permitting System  2003

Pier & Curtain Wall Task Force  2004 & 2005

Spike Club member, Life Spike  1989

Spike Recognition 200 Members Recruited  2006

Legislative Committee and PAC chair   2007, 2008, 2011, 2012


South Carolina HBA


State board of directors 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002

District vice president  1997, 1999, 2001, 2003

Executive committee  1997, 1999, 2001, 2003

SC Builder PAC vice chairmen

Fundraiser efforts recognition  1996

HBA of Spartanburg local PAC check off renewals 2000

Convention Silent Auction chairman  2001

Land Developers Council member  1999-2003

South Carolina Builders PAC chair   2010

National HBA


National board of directors  1996-2001


Civic Leadership


Spartanburg Day School Alumni Council


Board of Directors  1999, 2004-2005

Chairman, Annual Fund Drive that raised over 1 million 2003-2004


Political Experience


Commission, Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District, Chairman  1991-current

Directed $80 million investment in county sewer infrastructure

Reduced impact fees, created a more customer friendly unit

Participation programs for developer driven projects

Recognized nationally for excellence in operating efficiency and environmental compliance

Maintained lowest sewer rates in SC and NC

SC Builders PAC Vice Chairman

HBA Greater Spartanburg Legislative Committee, Member and Chairman

HBA Greater Spartanburg Developers Council, Member and Chairman




Married to Mary Speed Farmer,  SC native

Grown children, Mary Anna Lynch Thomas, Greg Thomas, and Lucy Lynch

Westminister Presbyterian Church Elder and Sunday School teacher

Graduate of University of South Carolina