United Homes Group was named 2024 Builder of the Year by Builder magazine, a national publication that covers the home construction industry.

United Homes Group is headquartered in Columbia with home-building projects underway across the state under its builder brand, Great Southern Homes.

Coldwell Banker Caine, which partners with United Homes Group to sell its new homes, said in a news release that Zonda, parent company of the magazine, will present the award at the 35th annual Builder 100 Leadership Summit in Dana Point, Calif., in May.

“United Homes Group has had a remarkable year — becoming the first publicly traded home builder in roughly three years and quickly following up with several acquisitions,” Jeff Meyers, CEO of Zonda, said in the release. “These accomplishments augment the company’s impressive 20-year history of organic growth.”

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“Turning my lifelong aspiration of becoming a publicly traded builder into reality has been an incredible journey,” Michael Nieri, UHG chairman and CEO, said in the release. “Winning Builder of the Year so soon after achieving this milestone exceeds all my expectations. The entire UHG team is deeply honored by this achievement and thrilled by the recognition it brings from our industry peers,”

UHG was born of a merger between Great Southern Homes and DiamondHead Holdings Corp. in September 2022, the release stated. In March 2023, the company went public on the Nasdaq stock exchage, pursuing a strategy of both organic growth and strategic acquisitions. In August, UHG expanded into Raleigh, N.C., with the acquisition of Herring Homes. Two months later, it acquired Rosewood Communities, and, in early 2024, it acquired Creekside Custom Homes, both in South Carolina.

UHG operates more than 60 communities across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, the release stated.

The company has built over 14,000 homes and delivered roughly 1,400 in 2023. Trading on the Nasdaq under ticker UHG, the company has a market capitalization of approximately $350 million.

“This award underscores the strength of our UHG team,” UHG President Jack Micenko said in the release. “We’ve cultivated an environment where each team member appreciates and can be rewarded by accomplishing our near- and long-term goals. Whether it be the ‘go-public’ transaction, integrating our recent acquisitions, or focusing on organic growth objectives, their expertise, diligence and unwavering commitment are unmistakable.”

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