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    The BIA Baldy View is pleased to announce a new partnership with the AIA Inland California Chapter. see more

    The BIA Baldy View Chapter is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American Institute for Architects Inland California Chapter. This year's Housing Policy Conference is eligible for three hours of AIA HSW Continuing Education credits


    Rancho Cucamonga, CA (PRWEB) May 18, 2017


    Building Industry Association (BIA) Baldy View Chapter efforts to foster collaborative relationships with fellow professional associations in the building disciplines scored a major success as Chapter President Ali Sahabi of Optimum Group LLC, announced the event's historic partnering with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Inland California Chapter for its 9 a.m., Friday June 2, Fourth Annual Housing Policy Conference in Ontario.


    "The BIA Baldy View Chapter is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American Institute for Architects Inland California Chapter," said Sahabi. "As part of our efforts to forge new relationships and partnerships with other professional trade associations, this year's Housing Policy Conference is eligible for three hours of AIA HSW Continuing Education credits after attending the event at the Double Tree Hotel, 222 Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. The Conference marks the forth in a series to enable building professionals, policymakers and other interested parties to explore the latest public policy priorities at the Federal, State, Regional and Local levels."


    "I am proud to have fostered a new relationship with the AIA Inland California Chapter and look forward to working with them and other trade associations in the region to ensure our industry has a strong and diverse voice when advocating for critical issues," he added.


    This marks the first partnership between the BIA Baldy View Chapter, which represents the interests of building industry professionals in San Bernardino and eastern Los Angeles counties and the AIA which represents architects by focusing on creating valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods and communities by advocating for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing, added BIA/BV Chief Executive Officer Carlos Rodriguez.


    This year's event features Keynote Speaker California Housing & Community Development Director Ben Metcalf, with special guest speakers Sahabi, San Bernardino Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood (1st Dist.) and San Bernardino Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Curt Hagman (4th Dist.).


    Additional speakers and panelists will provide insights into Washington D.C. and Sacramento housing policy debates from the Chapter's National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and California Building Industry Association (CBIA) legislative staff, added Rodriguez. Guest panelists assessing state and local policies will include noted area builders Randall Lewis of Lewis Operating Corp, Mark Torres of Lennar Homes, CBIA President Jeff Pemstein and Michael Battaglia of CalAtlantic Homes.


    A special "Zero Net Energy and the Future of Home Development" will be presented by Southern California Edison (SCE)and moderated by SCE's Randall Higa featuring Rob Hammon, Ph.D. of Bira Energy, Ram Narayanamurthy of EPRI and Meritage Homes Vice President of Environmental Affairs C.R. Herro.


    California U.S. Representatives Pete Aguilar (D-31st Dist.), Paul Cook (R-8th Dist.) and Norma Torres (D-35th Dist.) will be featured in a special Federal Policy Overview panel moderated by NAHB Vice President of Government Affairs Lake Coulson.


    The BIA Baldy View Chapter serves alongside three unified chapters within the BIA Southern California (BIA/SC) region. It provides leadership on public policy issues that promote building quality communities for the region's growing population, to increase the public appreciation of the importance of the building industry and to facilitate improved business opportunities for its members.


    For more information on the BIA Baldy View Chapter or to register for the Conference, visit or call 909-945-1884.


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    Seven Industry Leaders to be Inducted in 2017 California Homebuilding Foundation ‘Hall of Fame’ see more

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF) Hall of Fame gala celebrates exemplary individuals with an unparalleled commitment to the advancement of homebuilding and construction.


    On June 27th, 2017 at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego, seven new inductees will join the ranks of over 200 distinguished men and women who have been recognized for their professional and philanthropic contributions to the building industry. The Foundation is pleased to announce the 33rd annual Hall of Fame, Class of 2017:


    Lynn L. Jacobs (posthumously): President of Ventura Affordable Homes, Inc. in Ventura, CA. Lynn Jacobs began working as an international banker before transitioning to her 30-year career in affordable housing. Jacobs built over 400 homes along the central coast during her time as president of Ventura Affordable Homes. From 2006 through 2011, she was appointed by then-Governor Schwarzenegger to lead the State Department of Housing and Community Development. Jacobs lost her battle with leukemia in July of 2016 at 69 years old. She will be inducted posthumously into the 2017 Hall of Fame. For Lynn Jacobs’ full biography, please click here.


    Paul Johnson: Senior Vice President of Community Development for Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Paul Johnson is responsible for the design and implementation of the master-planned community of Rancho Mission Viejo, a 6,000-acre residential development consisting of 14,000 new dwelling units and five million square feet of non-residential. Johnson was previously employed by Shea Homes, Santa Margarita Company, and more recently, a project manager for the Fieldstone Company’s Newport Beach office. He is a Past President of the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association and served on the Executive Board as Secretary/Treasurer of the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC). For Paul Johnson’s full biography, please click here.


    Sandra Kulli: President of Kulli Marketing in Los Angeles, CA. Sandra Kulli is a specialist in cultural anthropology and community development, supporting smart growth, sustainability and humanistic home design. For 20 years, Kulli helped redefine and guide the transformation of the PCBC tradeshow into a powerhouse brand, and in her 30-year career, has worked with over 100 companies on 193 communities worldwide. Kulli consults with builders and developers on marketing strategy for communities, such as Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine, Stapleton in Denver, Daybreak in Salt Lake City and The Pinehills in Plymouth, Massachusetts, among others. For Sandra Kulli's full biography, please click here.


    Gary L. McDonald: Chairman of the Board of Gary McDonald Homes in Fresno, CA. Gary McDonald emerged in the industry as a custom homebuilder in 1970 and has since constructed over 7,500 homes and lots, including partnering with Wilson Homes to develop the Dominion–a 3,000-unit Planned Community in Fresno. McDonald is currently partnering with Granville Homes, developing and building Copper River Ranch, a 900-acre Golf Course Community. McDonald is known for his high-quality workmanship and attention to detail, as well as his environmental advocacy for clean air building practices. McDonald has been an active member of the BIA of Fresno and Madera counties since 1975 and became board chairman in 2002. For Gary McDonald’s full biography, please click here.


    Jill D. Williams, AIA: Principal |Chairman of KTGY Architecture+Planning in Oakland, CA. Jill Williams is a licensed architect who joined the KTGY Group in 1991 and established the firm’s Northern California division in Oakland in 2006. Often described by clients and colleagues as “passionate” about architecture and building, Williams has become a well-known industry figure for her leadership and innovation in sustainable design of residential and mixed-use structures. With over 30 years in the homebuilding profession, Williams provides overall project direction from planning and design to construction observation. For Jill Williams’ full biography, please click here.


    Borre Winckel: President and Chief Executive Officer of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County in San Diego, CA. Borre Winckel emerged in the industry as a land developer in the Temecula area, after a banking career with Chase Manhattan in NYC. Before joining the BIA of San Diego in 2008, Winckel served as Executive Director of the Riverside County BIA, where he led the industry’s participation in rewriting the County’s General Plan, its Transportation corridors project and a new Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. Following the Great Recession, Winckel brought the San Diego BIA to financial stability, increased membership, and pioneered new legislative advocacy programs, such as “J.O.I.N” (Jumpstart Our Industry Now) and “H.Y.M.” (Housing You Matters). For Borre Winckel’s full biography, please click here.


    Bob Yoder: Division President of Shea Homes Southern California in Irvine, CA. As president of Shea Homes, Bob Yoder is responsible for the design, planning, development, construction and marketing of the company’s single- and multi-family residences throughout the major Southern California counties (except San Diego). Yoder joined Shea in 1996 as Vice President of Community Development after serving as General Manager of Hix Homes for 10 years. Yoder is actively involved with local BIA leadership, is a longtime supporter of HomeAid, and has acquired over 27 years’ experience in the homebuilding industry. For Bob Yoder’s full biography, please click here.


    The Hall of Fame was created in 1985 by the California Homebuilding Foundation to pay tribute to individuals whose professional achievements have enhanced construction and development in California. Over 200 distinguished men and women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Foundation will hold an incredible celebration of our industry joining industry leaders for an enchanting dinner and awards program. Honorees take center-stage and share family, friend and career experiences in a heartfelt and emotional address. The Hall of Fame gala is not only a moving and inspirational salute to homebuilding—it is one of the most spectacular events of the year. The 2017 Hall of Fame gala will take place Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego, CA. Learn more about the “Class of 2017”


    For more information, sponsorships and to register for the Hall of Fame, gala go to




    California Homebuilding Foundation
    Terri Brunson, 916-340-3340
    CHF Executive Director