Hello! Welcome to another installment of CBUSA’s “Meet & Greet” series. This month we’re shining our spotlight on Texas transplant Tara DeLaune. For nearly four years, Tara has worked behind the scenes as our South Central region’s Operations Coordinator, assisting in the day-to-day management of business activities and helping us meet membership expectations and organizational goals. And while she cites not being able to work with every South Central regional market in person throughout the year, Tara still manages to use her skills, experience and keen attention to detail to help the inner workings of CBUSA run like clockwork for the benefit of each and every Member Builder and vendor partner.
“Working in the home building industry can really open your eyes to the importance of the ‘bottom line,’” Tara explains. This is one of the first companies I have worked for in the industry where initiatives are uniquely driven by the greater good of our clients and team. I think it would be a challenge to find a company that works with the same caliber of builders, vendors and manufacturers as CBUSA and could also match our outstanding level of customer service.”
Though she was born in Chicago, Tara’s family moved to the Lone Star State when she was nine years old where, as she says, “the rest is history.”
“Texas always has been and always will be home! I lived in Dallas during college, but Austin has my heart. The people in Texas, especially Austin, are by far the best! They’re the most interesting, friendly and unique people you’ll ever meet.”
Away from her role at CBUSA, Tara’s main focus is on her family, including her husband of 13 years, Gabe, and their 13-month-old daughter Gabbi Jo – her greatest personal success to date. Though Tara and Gabe met in junior high school, they didn’t start dating until college – a fact that she enjoys making light of.
“We’ve been friends since seventh grade,” Tara quips. “Back then, I definitely would have never guessed in middle school I would have married him. And Gabbi Jo is the most beautiful version of my husband possible. He’s not that cute,” she laughs slyly, “so it’s shocking how beautiful his baby girl twin is!”
Tara and Gabe have three dogs and a tiny backyard chicken farm. Their shared love of animals inspired their volunteer work at both their local chapter of the Humane Society and a neighborhood animal shelter.
“One of the first houses we rented together was right down the street from a shelter where you could volunteer to walk dogs,” she recalls. “That’s how we ended up with a small zoo!”
Tara emphasizes that she and her family enjoy everything living in Texas has to offer – except the Texas A&M Aggies.
“Hook ‘em Horns!” she says.
“Seriously though, if it’s rooted in Texas tradition, we love it: football, rivalries, our state parks hunting in any season – though I specifically enjoy duck hunting – rodeos, live music, and all of our great local food.”
When asked to name her favorite hobbies, Tara’s response is one nearly all young mothers are sure to appreciate.
“Wait,” she says with a grin, “moms have hobbies? I guess I haven’t reached that stage of mom life yet?”
When she does manage to carve out a few minutes of free time, Tara loves to read, opting for her tablet over a paper copy so she can continue following the story during her daily commute.
“I switch between the Kindle and Audible apps – they sync so I can listen in the car and pick up exactly where I left off when I laid down with my Kindle at night!”
Tara also has a passion for both creative projects and films.
“I used to love anything DIY or crafty,” she says, “so I try to find an excuse to start a project in just about any form. And I love movies – especially anything in black and white or from the late 80’s and early 90’s.”
“Really doing anything outside with my daughter, husband, and our dogs,” Tara says when asked to describe her perfect day. “And since we are in Texas,” she laughs, “it would have to be 70 degrees so no one melts!”
If you don’t live in Texas, hopefully, you’ll have a chance to meet Tara at one of our national events so you can experience her infectious sense of humor in person. In the meantime, be sure to check back with us for another edition of our Meet & Greet series in the near future. Until then, we’ll see you out in the field!