The Home Builders Association of Maryland recently presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank Hertsch, of Fallston, a longtime associate member of the regional trade association that represents home builders and support industries.
Hertsch, who is president of Morris & Ritchie Associates in Abingdon, was honored during the association's Icon Awards dinner in Columbia on Nov. 30.
Hertsch has been involved in home building since the 1960s, when he worked as a construction laborer. While he was in high school in Woodlawn and in college at the University of Maryland College Park, he worked on new home construction in Baltimore City and Howard, Baltimore, and Carroll counties.
Following college and law school and a stint working as an engineer for the EPA, Hertsch settled in Harford County and practiced law in Bel Air for a number of years before joining Morris & Ritchie as the engineering firm's CEO.
According to the home builders association, Hertsch has consistently worked to advance the interests of the home-building industry, on many levels.
In addition to being an active member of HBAM since 1981, Hertsch is a past president of the Maryland State Builders Association, a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and a Life Member of the American Water Works Association. In 2010, he was appointed to Governor Martin O'Malley's Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission for the term 2010-2015.
For home builders association, Hertsch has been chairman of the Land Development Committee, the Comprehensive Zoning Committee and the Legislative Committee of the Harford County Chapter of HBAM.
He serves as a member of the regional association Land Development Council Board and is the master of ceremonies at their annual awards dinner. He was named the LDC consultant of the year in 1996.
Hertsch was first elected to the Board of Directors of the Home Builders Association of Maryland in 1993 and served as associate vice president in 1998 and secretary of the association in 1999. He is currently Chairman of the HBAM PAC.
The association said Hertsch was instrumental in defeating a countywide moratorium and a tax on new development referendum by leading industry opposition in the Harford County Circuit Court and later the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Hertsch also has participated in the HBAM Legislative Committee since 2000. As a member of the committee, he attended hearings and presented testimony on behalf of HBAM.