Gerald Kamp will be the 35th person to be inducted into the North Carolina Home Builders Association’s hall of fame. The honor celebrates persons who have made lasting contributions to the state’s housing and building industries. Kamp enjoyed a 44-year career in homebuilding. Out of high school, he served in the United States Air Force as a traveling instructor of computer programming for 12 years. As a civilian, he worked as a systems analyst and an outside sales representative before the recession in the late 1970s, when he opted to go into business for himself instead of accepting a pay cut. He was able to succeed when financing was tight by working with the Farmers Home Administration. During his career, Kamp built over 600 homes of diverse architecture, about 90% of which are in Catawba County. In addition to building, he helped hundreds secure FmHA financing, worked to improve builder/inspector relations, and wrote a booklet entitled, “A Successful Custom Home Marketing Plan.” He is described as a responsible, generous people person who was very accurate with estimates. He was known by many who entered the trade as a mentor who always had time to help. Now 77 years old, he no longer builds, but he continues to give presentations and serve with many organizations, including Habitat for Humanity.