The Building Systems Councils (BSC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently honored Victor DePhillips for a lifetime of service and achievement in advancing the systems-built industry and contributing to the efforts of the BSC.

DePhillips, president of Signature Building Systems based in Moosic, Pa., received the S.A. Walters Systems-Built Achievement Award, presented by NAHB Third Vice Chair Kevin Kelly during the Pennsylvania Builder Association's Fall Board of Directors meeting on Nov. 19. The award is given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the building systems industry in the United States.

"Vic is extremely deserving of this award," said 2011 BSC Chairman Harry Junk. "He has dedicated nearly 40 years to advancing the systems-built industry. He is a true leader in this industry through his involvement in the BSC and his local home builders association."

DePhillips began his career in the systems-built industry at a startup modular home manufacturer shortly after graduating college. Just over 14 years after he started with the company, DePhillips was promoted to the position of president and CEO. During his time at the helm, the company grew exponentially in both sales revenue and production.

In 1992, DePhillips left this organization and started his own company--Signature Building Systems. In the past 20 years, Signature has grown from a small startup to a two-plant operation with sales in excess of $44 million.

Since DePhillips' initial involvement with the BSC in the early '90s, he has been an active member of the BSC's Modular Council and a staunch advocate of uniform building codes for modular construction. He has served as BSC Modular Council Chair three times and has chaired the BSC's Events Committee and Sales and Marketing Committee, as well as the BSC's SHOWCASE in 2000, overseeing the first industry event taken offshore to Puerto Rico. He has served twice as Chairman of the BSC--in 1999 and again in 2010. He is currently a member of the NAHB Research Center Board of Directors and a loyal BUILD-PAC contributor. He has been a National Director for the Lackawanna Home Builders Association since 1996.

The S.A. Walters Systems-Built Achievement Award is named after the first chairman of the Home Manufacturers Councils, now the Building Systems Councils of NAHB.