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    BIASC’s 2016 BIS Focuses on Education and Culminates by Thanking its Leadership and Members see more

    BIASC.org--Nov 9 and 10, 2016--Riverside,CA--The Building Industry Show (BIS), which was on Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday November 10 at the Riverside Convention Center by the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. (BIASC), “Started the Conversation” by turning its focus towards education.

     

    More than 1,500 attendees came to this year’s show not just to mingle with builders, catch up with professionals in the building industry, and discuss new job prospects, but to also participate in the show’s new format that sought to engage attendees with informative discussions.

     

    This year the show evolved to do more than provide a place for building industry professionals to catch up with colleagues and discuss new job prospects. BIS included insightful Pop-Up Education presentations that covered a range of topics from discussions of how mobile apps are transforming home building; what you need to know about solar: code requirements to future trends; advanced framing techniques; minimizing costs & increasing efficiency; CEU workshops; to design trends for 2017 among other topics.

     

    The goal was to get BIASC members potential answers to these issues such as the skilled labor shortage that BIS addressed during its first ever Skilled Labor Brain Trust, which connected the employers with the educators of potential employees. The Skilled Labor Brain Trust panel discussion was one of the many rich programs that were included in the price of the show floor pass.

     

    Program organizers, the instructors that train the future skilled labor workforce, and the Building Industry Panelist made up of Thomas Steele, HCI; Tanner Schamber, Schamber Electric; and Bruce Wick, OSHA, were all a part of the education-driven discussion panel.

     

    The topics discussed by the dynamic panel during the event included the current and future needs of employers in the industry, the current training programs, and how to connect graduates with employment.

     

    The Building Industry Show Floor culminated Thursday evening with an award ceremony to honor and recognize BIASC’s hard working leadership and dedicated members.

     

    BIASC wishes to extend another congratulation to the following winners which were announced at the 2016 Installation and Award Ceremony Thursday evening after the Building Industry Show Floor closed.

     

    Volunteer of the Year, Greater Sales and Marketing Council: Melissa Auten, Fisher & Paykel

    Volunteer of the Year, Union Contractors Council: Rick Parker, Conco Cement

    Volunteer of the Year, BIASC LA Ventura Chapter: Taleen Mason, Geocon West, Inc.

    Volunteer of the Year, BIASC Orange County Chapter: Alan Boudreau, Boudreau Pipeline

    Volunteer of the Year, BIASC Baldy View Chapter: Ryan Combe, Lennar Homes

    Volunteer of the Year, BIASC Riverside Chapter: Charles Hunt, Primera

    Volunteer of the Year, BILD Foundation: Mary Lynn Coffee, Nossaman LLP

    Volunteer of the Year, 55+ Housing Council: Linda Howard, Linda Howard Interior Designs

    Individual Achievement Award, Local Government Affairs: Scott Ouellette, Williams Homes

    Individual Achievement Award, Community Involvement: John Lavendar, Lennar Homes

    Lifetime Service Award: Jonathan Weldy, Meridian Land Development Company

    2016 Builder of the Year: Tom Grable, TRI Pointe Homes

    President’s Award: Norm Witt, Cook Hill Properties and Valerie Hardman, Outdoor Dimensions

     

    BIASC would also like to congratulate the newly installed 2017 BIASC Governing Board who were also announced during the 2016 Installation and Award Ceremony Thursday evening after the Building Industry Show Floor closed.

     

    BIASC President: Peter Vanek, Meritage Homes

    BIASC Vice President: Tom Grable, TRI Pointe Homes

    BIASC Vice President: Mike Gartlan, KB Home

    BIASC Secretary/Treasurer: Alan Boudreau, Boudreau Pipeline Corp.

    Immediate Past President: Michael Battaglia, CalAtlantic Homes

     

    Builders at Large:

    Greg McWilliams, FivePoint

    Howard Press, Watt Communities

    Bob Yoder, Shea Homes

    Erren O’Leary, Lewis Management Corp.

    Mark Torres, Lennar

    Paul Hernandez, Irvine Company

    Jonathan Weldy, Meridian Land Development

    Dave Bartlett, Brookfield Homes

     

    Associates at Large:                                                                                

    Charles Gale, Metropolitan Water District

    Harry Crowell, AmTrust Surety

    Randy Richards, Reliable Wholesale Lumber

     

    Chapter Immediate Past Presidents:                                                      

    Ali Sahabi, Optimum Group (Baldy View Chapter)                                  

    Glen Longarini, KB Home (Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter)                      

    Jim Yates, Rancho Mission Viejo (Orange County Chapter)                    

    Leonard Miller, Richmond American Homes (Riverside Chapter)

     

    Representative to Councils: Valerie Hardman, Outdoor Dimensions

     

    Representative to CBIA: Wes Keusder, Keusder Homes

     

    BIASC CEO: Mike Balsamo

     

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    About the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc.:

    BIASC is a cohesive nonprofit trade association organized into chapters and councils that represents the building industry throughout the counties of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino.  Members of BIASC are active in all aspects of the building, including land development; homebuilding, multi-family and commercial development as well as infrastructure; our membership includes architects, engineers, planners, contractors, suppliers, property owners, subcontractors and associated professionals throughout Southern California.

    BIASC is a full-service organization providing legislative advocacy, educational programming, labor relations, networking and community relations. The association objective is to promote a positive business environment for the building industry. http://www.biasc.org/

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    BIASC names Michael Balsamo as the new CEO. see more

    IRVINE, Calif., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. (BIASC) is pleased to announce Michael Balsamo as the new Chief Executive Officer for the regional office effective July 18, 2016.

     

    Balsamo, whose previous role was with the BIA as the Executive Officer for the Orange County Chapter (BIAOC), has more than 20 years of experience in land use planning and real estate development in both the public and private sectors.

     

    Mr. Balsamo is a long-time resident of Orange County and graduate of  UC Irvine where he studied both Political Science and Environmental Science. Mike gained experience as a land use planner for the cities of Irvine and Lake Forest following his graduation and has made it his mission to champion building as the foundation of vibrant and sustainable communities.

     

    "Mike's command of issues affecting the [building] industry is key to his leadership of our organization. His keen intellect and wealth of relationships both in the public and private sector make him an excellent advocate for the development community. We are fortunate to have him as our CEO," said Michael Battaglia, BIASC 2016 Board President of CalAtlantic Homes.

     

    "Given the severe housing challenges in our state, it is reassuring to elected officials like myself, that a leader of Mike's caliber is at the helm at BIASC," said Assembly Member Tom Daly.

     

    Lucy Dunn, CEO and President of the Orange County Business Council went on to say that, "Mike has demonstrated great leadership over a long period of time in the public policy arena, BIASC has chosen the right man for the job."

     

    BIASC's new CEO's experience also includes working as a consultant to Irvine Company, Retail Properties Division as a project manager for numerous shopping center developments on the Irvine Ranch, serving as a project manager for Lennar Homes, and serving as the Manager of OC Planning at Orange County Public Works in Santa Ana.

     

    Mike Balsamo will continue to work from BIASC's principle office in Irvine, CA.

     

    About the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc.:

     

    BIASC is a full service organization providing legislative advocacy, educational programming, labor relations, networking and community relations. The association objective is to promote a positive business environment for the building industry.http://www.biasc.org/

     

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