President & CEO, Home Builders Institute
John A. Courson is President and Chief Executive Officer of HBI—Building Careers, a national leader for training students — including under-served and at-risk youth, veterans, ex-offenders and displaced workers — for careers in the building industry. Courson manages the $30 million national nonprofit with nearly 300 employees and operations in 44 states. In addition to HBI’s programs, including the award-winning Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Training (PACT), Job Corps, Veterans and separating military personnel, and the Residential Construction Academy (RCA), he oversees the organization’s business development initiatives. Courson was formerly the CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). He was involved in the mortgage industry for more than 50 years and served as Chairman of MBA in 2003. He was President and CEO of two national mortgage banking companies between 1978 and 2007. From 2004 to 2008, appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Courson served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Housing Finance Agency. He served as President of the California Mortgage Bankers Association and the Michigan Mortgage Bankers Association. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Monmouth College, the Board of Directors of Main Street Bank and the Board of the American Association of Bank Directors.