HBAI
Member - NAHB - National Home Builders Association
House 2

HBAI Staff

      William A. Ward
Executive Vice President


 Bill Ward is Executive Vice President & Director of Governmental Affairs for the Home Builders Association of Illinois. He is the chief administrative operating officer of the association and is also in charge of all state legislative activities conducted by HBAI.

Bill's tenure with the HBAI began in 1989 as Director of Governmental Affairs. Prior to coming to the HBAI, he was Issues Development Specialist for Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, focusing on local government, transportation, agriculture, and rural healthcare. He also worked on several state and federal political campaigns from 1980 to 1988.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Southern Illinois University.

Evelyn Yowell   HBAI Staff

Evelyn Yowell has been the staff assistant to Bill Ward since 2012.  Prior to joining HBAI, Evelyn was part of the HBAI leadership team and Board of Directors for several years.  Straight after college, with a double major of accounting and business management,  Evelyn joined a drywall and plastering firm, then moved to a home building and remodeling firm, ending with the ownership of a residential remodeling and insurance restoration firm for over ten years. 

The benefits of being an HBAI member and knowing first hand how HBAI strengthens every member's company, has given her the background to assist Bill Ward and HBAI in it's pursuits.