The Home Builders Association of Illinois (HBAI) announced Matt Dill, president of Beechen & Dill Homes, is the winner of its

2011 Builder of the Year award.

HBAI’s annual Builder of the Year award recognizes one Illinois builder who has had a positive impact on improving his or her community and the state’s homebuilding industry. HBAI Senior Vice President Evelyn Yowell said Dill impressed the organization with all he has accomplished in his still-young career, which demonstrated his potential to become a longtime industry leader.

“Matt showed that he was actively involved in education and displayed a deep personal spirit to be a part of solutions,” Yowell said. “He showed potential to continue being a contributor on both the local and state level and that was certainly eye catching.”

“The Builder of the Year award is a tremendous honor for me, but, above all, a reflection of the dedicated and strong efforts put forth throughout 2011 by the entire Beechen & Dill Homes team,” Dill said.

Though the local real estate market trudged through a fourth consecutive year of sagging sales, Beechen & Dill has outperformed many of its peers in the recession era. With a devout focus on customer service, dynamic home designs, and “green” construction, 2011 proved to be another successful year for Dill and his Burr Ridge-based company.

Dill’s firm constructed 23 new homes in 2011, securing a number of awards in the process, including the prestigious Gold Key Award from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago for a custom home residence in west suburban Clarendon Hills and the September Home of the Month award from the South Suburban Home Builders Association (SSHBA).

“It’s no secret that recent years have been a challenge for the homebuilding industry, but we’ve looked at the current climate as an opportunity to improve, innovate, and exceed our homebuyers’ expectations,” Dill said. “It’s exciting that the Builder of the Year award recognizes that commitment.”

The SSHBA nominated Dill for the HBAI honor, citing his “hardworking attitude,” embrace of new technologies and commitment to filling leadership roles within the homebuilding industry and Southland community.

Dill is an incoming SSHBA board member, an active leader on the SSHBA’s Sales & Marketing Council, a Economic Development Committeeman in the Village of Romeoville, and vice president with the Sperling Brothers Foundation, a Palos Heights-based non-profit that provides emergency financial assistance to families in times of crisis.

In Dill’s eight years at the helm of the homebuilding business his father, Gerald, co-founded in 1972, Dill has grown the small business, leading the development of several successful communities in Chicago’s southwest suburbs. Dill is also preparing to launch a new division of Beechen & Dill, Summit Signature Homes, which will represent the company’s high-end custom homebuilding work in the western suburbs.

“The mission is always to please the customer and make sure we’re offering the most inspired, well-crafted home we possibly can,” Dill said.