Howard Schottenstein, Bexley resident and president of Markpoint Development, has been honored with the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio's Irving E. Schottenstein Builder of the Year award.

Howard Schottenstein, Bexley resident and president of Markpoint Development, has been honored with the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio's Irving E. Schottenstein Builder of the Year award.

"We have been in business for over 30 years," Schottenstein said of Markpoint Development. "

We have built condominiums both on the north and east side of town."

Development projects include the Ravines of McNaughten on McNaughten Road and Stoney Bluff condominiums in Lithopolis.

Schottenstein founded Markpoint Development in 1980. The company works on projects that include home remodeling and additions, commercial building remodeling and construction and custom home building and condominium construction.

Schottenstein said he was surprised to receive the award. He graduated from Bexley City Schools and lived in Pickerington briefly after he was married. But he soon returned to Bexley, where he has lived the past 22 years.

Schottenstein considered being a lawyer but soon followed in the footsteps of his family in the building industry.

"I was in law school for one day, literally one day, it wasn't for me," he said. "I went into the family business with my uncles, dad and cousins."

Jim Hilz, BIA executive director, said the award is given annually to the builder who has done the most to maintain professional excellence and encourage home ownership.

Schottenstein served as BIA president in 2006 and is a past winner of the BIA's Baldy, Esper, Jones Award.

"(Building) is a very difficult industry," Hilz said. "The BIA gives the building industry a voice with the government entities and the public."

The BIA offers educational opportunities and a chance to network with others in the industry, Schottenstein said.

As past president of the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce, Schottenstein was named Bexley Citizen of the Year in 2000. In 2004, he won Bexley City Schools' Friends of Education Award and is a longtime Charity Newsies volunteer.

Greg Margulies, vice president of the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce, said Schottenstein was chamber president for two years and served as chairman of the chamber's Summerfest.

"That was a really large project we did and are trying to bring back," he said. "He just agreed to be on the board again. We are all excited to have Howard back."

Schottenstein also has been a board member of the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center and the Columbus Jewish Federation.

"I enjoy living here in Bexley," he said. "It is a way of giving something back to the community. Doing things for others makes you feel real good. Another reason I do things is I want to set an example for my children as well. I hope they become active in the community."