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
The Top 20 Most Trusted Homebuilders in America see more
BIASC Members Make the List of the Top 20 Most Trusted Homebuilders in America
According to the results from the 2017 America’s Most Trusted® Home Builder Study by Lifestory Research, Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. (BIASC) members, Taylor Morrison, Richmond American, Khovnanian Homes, Toll Brothers, Shea Homes, William Lyon Homes, CalAtlantic Homes, TriPointe Homes, Meritage Homes, Lennar, Beazer Homes, D.R. Horton, Pulte Homes, and KB Home, have made the list of the Top 20 Most Trusted Homebuilders in America.
After tabulating the opinions of home shoppers and identifying the home builder that is trusted the most among the nation’s largest builders, Taylor Morrison take the top spot on the list. This is the second consecutive year in which Taylor Morrison has been identified among home shoppers as being the home builder they trust the most among the nation’s largest builders.
“Relationships and trust are the foundation of success for any business,” said Taylor Morrison President and CEO Sheryl Palmer, whose company was also ranked No. 1 in last year’s study. “Every day we strive to provide our customers with the resources and support to help them make an educated decision about their most important investment.”
Taylor Morrison operates in 16 regional markets across nine states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, N. Carolina, S. Carolina and Texas – and closed more than 6,300 homes in 2015.
The study, based on 31,764 consumer opinions, tracks how trust impacts consumers’ evaluations of home builder brands. Consumer opinions are collected over the course of the prior 12 months in the largest home building markets in the United States. To qualify to participate in the study, participants must have indicated that they were aware of specific brands and actively shopping for a new home.
See the table below for Lifestory Research’s full top 20 rankings.
National Home Builder
1 Taylor Morrison 115.4 2 Richmond American 113.7 3 Khovnanian Homes 113.2 4 Toll Brothers 113.1 5 Shea Homes 112.9 6 Ashton Woods 112.8 7 William Lyon Homes 112.6 8 David Weekley Homes 112 9 CalAtlantic Homes 112 10 TriPointe Homes 111.5 11 LGI Homes 111.2 12 Meritage Homes 111 13 M/I Homes 110.4 14 Century Communities 109.5 15 Lennar 108.9 16 Beazer Homes 108.3 17 D.R. Horton 107.8 18 Pulte Homes 107.6 19 Ryan Homes 107.6 20 KB Home 103.3
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.
BIASC members kick off Essentials Drive with the 2nd Annual Builders 4 Babies event. see more
HomeAid Orange County's Essential Drive Campaign kicked off with a huge success at the 2nd Annual Builders 4 Babies event Friday, April 29 underneath the Big "A" at the Angels Stadium of Anaheim. Building Industry Association of Southern California members came together to help collect diaper donations, and other essential items, for homeless babies in southern California.
BIASC members, Lennar, Brookfield Residential, Toll Brothers, Shea Homes, William Lyon Homes, the New Home Company, Reliable Wholesale Lumber, and CalAtlantic Homes all participated in the event by collecting donated diapers and building elaborate houses out of the boxes.
“This is a fun way to raise awareness about the need for diapers,” said Dave Prolo, vice president of operations for Southern California Cal Atlantic homes.
HomeAid OC’s goal this year is to collect more than 1 million diapers to be donated to 19 homeless shelters and facilities in Orange County before Mother's Day. Last year, the organization took in 1.8 million diapers.
“Not many people are aware of how important and expensive diapers are,” Scott Larson, executive director of HomeAid OC, said. “The average cost of diapers for a family is $100 a month. So, for some low-income families, they have to make a serious economic decision – food or diapers.”
Because diapers are considered a hygiene item, federal economic assistance programs, such as WIC, do not cover the cost. For more information about HomeAid OC's Essentials Drive go to homeaidessentials.org. To read the full Orange County Register article about the Builders 4 Babies event click here.