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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 www.mychf.org.




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

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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



    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/