BIASC’s 2016 Building Industry Show Focuses on Education and Culminates by Thanking its Leadership and MembersBIASC’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
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:
Representative to Councils: Valerie Hardman, Outdoor Dimensions
Representative to CBIA: Wes Keusder, Keusder Homes
BIASC CEO: Mike Balsamo
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/
Kennedy Wilson to host fundraiser featuring Pat Monahan of Train to help HomeAid LA. see more
Kennedy Wilson to host fundraiser featuring Pat Monahan of Train to help the nonprofit start build housing to serve homeless throughout LA County
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With an estimated 50,000 people living on the streets, Los Angeles has an epidemic homeless problem. HomeAid, the building industry's leading charity in the fight against homelessness, responded to this challenge in July by establishing a new LA Chapter. Now a major fundraiser is being planned on October 13th at the Beverly Hills headquarters of Kennedy Wilson, a leading global real estate firm and parent company of Meyers Research, the Presenting Sponsor for the event. The event will feature a special performance by Pat Monahan, lead singer of the group Train. Other sponsors already committed to the event are Etco Homes (Platinum Sponsor), Wells Fargo (Beverage Sponsor), Bank of America and Fidelity National Title (Gold Sponsors), and Silver Sponsors Brookfield Residential, Caliber Home Loans, Fuscoe Engineering, and Williams Homes.
HomeAid America, a national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals for 27 years, had previously built housing for the homeless in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in the early 2000's. "We are thrilled to be back in business in L.A. helping homeless families and individuals on behalf of the building industry," said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America. "HomeAid has a long history and successful track record of enabling the building industry to give back effectively to local communities by building and rehabilitating housing for organizations helping families and individuals experiencing homelessness."
HomeAid identifies charities and care providers working to help homeless families and individuals that are in need of additional or upgraded facilities in which to house people while they offer needed programmatic resources, such as job and life skills training, financial counseling, and physical and emotional support. HomeAid members, builders and others in the building industry, take on these projects, often completing them at a deep discount through the generosity of their trade partners, suppliers and others who give their time and materials as in-kind donations.
HomeAid LA has been established in partnership with the Building Industry Association of Southern California—Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter, with seed funding from the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation and HomeAid America. HomeAid LA is run under the direction of a local board of directors, chaired by Sandra Stewart, a partner at the Cox Castle Nicholson law firm and includes executives from powerhouse industry players such as Lennar Homes, CalAtlantic Homes, Shea Homes, Brookfield Residential, TRI Pointe/Pardee Homes, Etco Homes, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Fidelity Title Group, Kennedy Wilson/Meyers Research, and others. HomeAid LA will use proceeds of the October 13th fundraiser to begin the construction and renovation of housing for homeless organizations in LA County. The chapter already has a number of projects in the pipeline.
About HomeAid America
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals. Through its networking of 17 Chapters in 12 States, HomeAid has completed over 450 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $210 Million, of which close to 50% has been donated. Nearly 250,000 people have been provided shelter by HomeAid Chapters over the past 27 years. HomeAid currently has over 50 additional projects in development across the country.
BIA –LAV and HomeAid America has announced a new LA Chapter. see more
A Los Angeles Chapter of HomeAid America, a national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals for 27 years, has been established in partnership with the Building Industry Association of Southern California—Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter (BIA –LAV), with whom HomeAid LA will share offices. BIA-LAV CEO Tim Piasky agrees the timing is good.
"There is a great need to address now the rising homeless population in L.A., and the building industry wants to give back to our community by doing what we do best: build housing. We are proud to support HomeAid LA and look forward to uniting our efforts to build housing for care providers helping those experiencing homelessness in our region," he says.
It is estimated that 50,000 people are living on the streets of Los Angeles. The mayor recently declared a state of emergency, and the city government continues to pursue various approaches to try to stem the tide. This makes it an opportune time for the building industry's leading charity fighting homelessness to join the effort.
"We are thrilled to be active in L.A. helping homeless families and individuals on behalf of the building industry," says Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America. "HomeAid has a long history and successful track record of enabling the building industry to give back effectively to local communities by building and rehabilitating housing for organizations helping families and individuals experiencing homelessness. HomeAid has been active in Southern California since its creation in 1989 and has created thousands of new beds for charities working in this area."
The HomeAid LA Chapter will be operated locally under the direction of a local board of directors, chaired initially by Sandra Stewart, a partner at the Cox Castle Nicholson law firm. HomeAid LA's Board of Directors includes executives from powerhouse industry players such as KB Home, Lennar Homes, CalAtlantic Homes, Shea Homes, Brookfield Residential, TRI Pointe/Pardee Homes, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Fidelity Title Group, Kennedy Wilson/Meyers Research, and others. HomeAid LA is receiving its initial financial support from funding from HomeAid America and a grant from the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation.