About BIA Los Angeles Ventura Chapter

ABOUT BIA LOS ANGELES/VENTURA CHAPTER

OUR STORY

Our non-profit trade association is made up of thousands of industry professionals, technicians, and craftsmen and their member companies who have extensive knowledge and experience in building and development.

We address the issues that are important to the industry and we provide unparalleled leadership to our members, while supporting safe, healthy, and sustainable growth and measures that assure an adequate supply and range of housing for all incomes and lifestyles.

The organization’s leaders and members advocate for policies that promote and protect appropriate development and redevelopment. We increase awareness about the importance of housing and those who provide it, and facilitate business opportunities.

BIA-LAV is one of four chapters – Los Angeles/Ventura, Orange County, Riverside, and Baldy View (San Bernardino County) – that make up the Building Industry Association of Southern California, which addresses issues throughout the region and oversees activities of the Chapters. BIA-LAV is also affiliated with the statewide California Building Industry Association (CBIA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

OUR MISSION

With more than 90 years of service to the building industry, the Building Industry Association Los Angeles -Ventura Chapter (BIA-LAV) is the voice of building and development in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, as well as a job creator, economic engine, industry resource, and supporter of housing for all.

chapter-jurisdictionCHAPTER JURISDICTION

BIA-LAV serves builders and developers in all but far-eastern Los Angeles County (part of the Baldy View Chapter) and all of Ventura County.

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chapter-committeesCHAPTER COMMITTEES

BIA-LAV committees are a great way to get more involved in the Chapter and with the industry. Committees typically have 5-20 participants and all BIA members are welcome to take part.

Committees are headed by a designated chairman, who is responsible for running the meetings and coordinating with staff.

To sign up for a committee or get more information, contact Karen Moreno.

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Asian Developer

The Asian Development Committee (ADC) is committed to providing a platform for empowering Asian Developers and supporting trades throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Through education, networking and advocacy the Asian Development Committee enhances member competitiveness in our local market and help guide our members through the always changing political and legislative landscape.
Chair: George Chiang, Synergy Alliance Advisors, Inc.
Vice-Chair: Andy Wang, NextData Technology

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Education and Events Committee

The Education and Events Committee plans and helps promote and facilitate the educational offerings and social events of the Chapter for each calendar year. They are responsible for guiding and shaping the chapter’s activities, both social and educational. Our members volunteer to raise awareness of the chapter activities by promoting them to their colleagues and attending and participating where needed.
Chair: Michelle Weedon, Meyers Research
Vice-Chair: Glen Longarini, KB Home
Vice-Chair: Henrik Nazarian, David Evans & Associates

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Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow (ELT)

The Emerging Leaders Committee focuses on engaging young (40 and under) BIA members and providing them with a networking and educational experience while fostering political thinking. By giving young leaders the tools to expand their level of industry knowledge and local political activism, they will be better prepared to become future industry leaders. In turn, they will become stronger advocates in the building and land use process and a voice for the betterment of our communities, its residents and the business community.
Chair: Alyssa Trebil, DuctTesters, Inc.
Vice-Chair: Mike Frasco, Bio Clean Environmental Services

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Golf

The Golf Committee is a catalyst for the Annual Golf Tournament and supports and secures sponsors, foursomes, and raffle prizes for the event. The committee provides insight as to how the event will continue to grow and be successful.
Chair: Kevin Harbison, Shea Homes
Vice-Chair: Rich Villaseñor, KB Home

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Government Affairs

The Government Affairs Committee monitors and provides direction on all policy-related matters. The Committee facilitates the exchange of information between our members, public agencies and policy makers, developing and implementing strategies to ensure that our members’ interests are represented.
Chair: Ken Melvin, CalAtlantic Homes
Vice-Chair: Keith Herren, Williams Homes
Vice-Chair: Scott Ouellette, Williams Homes

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Housing Affordability

The Housing Affordability Committee focuses on exploring strategies with which to provide price attainable housing for families at all income levels. It works proactively to develop and promote housing solutions that are implementable and effective. It works closely with government agencies and housing advocates to evaluate proposed policies for their impact on the production and
cost of housing, and recommend alternative solutions. Our aim is to be a valued partner to government agencies as they explore various housing policies.
Chair: Jim Bizzelle, Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA
Vice-Chair: Nkechi Odu, Chelsea Investment Corp.
Vice-Chair: Tom Mitchell, FivePoint

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Membership

The Membership Committee is a team of dedicated volunteers with a passion for the BIA. It looks for creative ways to engage both existing and potential new members and promote opportunities to increase BIALAV’s visibility. It seeks out new members to join the LAV Chapter and works diligently to retain its existing members. The Committee members also help plan and support Membership Drives.
Chair: Rick White, Larrubure Framing
Vice-Chair: Scott Stone, Comstock Homes

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Multi-Family

The Multi-Family Committee represents BIA members who design and construct apartment buildings, condominiums and mixed-use development projects. The Committee provides the opportunity for these members to come together to discuss and provide direction on issues specific to the multi-family sector. In addition to multi-family policy leadership, the Committee provides networking opportunities and educational offering potential.
Chair: Frank Lawrence, WCH Communities
Vice-Chair: Randy Johnson, Brookfield Residential
Vice-Chair: Ken Kahan, California Landmark

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Political Resources

The Political Resources Committee helps direct industry support to candidates and elected leaders who demonstrate support for the building industry and its members. The Committee meets with and interviews candidates for office and strategizes about long-term focus and goals. Given the highly politicized nature of land use development in the Southern California region, the Committee plays an integral role in educating decision makers and helping connect companies with the elected leaders of today and tomorrow.
Chair: Norm Witt, Cook Hill Properties
Vice-Chair: Scott Ouellette, Williams Homes

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Sales & Marketing

The Sales & Marketing Committee will work in conjunction with BIA’s Greater Sales & Marketing Council of Southern California to bring greater opportunities for continuing education, professional and personal enrichment, as well as networking opportunities for sales and marketing professionals in the Los Angeles/Ventura region. The Committee’s goals for 2017 include
creating and successfully presenting four events, while outreaching to sales and marketing professionals in the geographic region to determine the types of programming and frequency of localized events most desired by the current and potential members.
Chair: Kathleen Magner, Watt Communities
Vice-Chair: Jim Macke, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

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Sustainability

The Sustainability Committee focuses on the advancement of sustainable energy, water and resiliency across the building industry. Through education and advocacy, the sustainability committee works with fellow stakeholders to review environmental policies set by local jurisdictions and ensures that all measures are cost effective and reduces the use of energy and water.
Chair: Tom Mitchell, FivePoint
Vice-Chair, Mike Frasco, Bio Clean Environmental Services

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Trap Shoot

The Trap Shoot Committee provides direction, solicits prizes and sponsors for the Trap Shoot. This committee has grown and continues to plan successful trap shoots over the course of the short time that it was formed, a little over 3 years ago.
Chair: George Dickerson, All Promotions Etc.
Vice-Chair: Karl Mallick, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.

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Utilities

The Utilities Committee has been established in order to work collaboratively with executive level staff from the various major utilities in order to create an efficient and effective process from plan review to meter install to customer account set-up. Working groups have been established with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern CA Edison and SoCal Gas.
Chair: Matt Modrzejewski, California Homebuilders
Vice-Chair: Chris Courtney, Richmond American Homes

WORKING GROUPS


Small Lot Working Group

The Small Lot Working Group coordinates industry response to the municipal Small Lot Subdivision Ordinances and accompanying guidelines. Through the Group we build consensus about best practices for moving projects and share industry expertise in order to facilitate best practices. The Group works with decision makers and the various Planning Departments and other small lot professionals to strategize on political outreach and community support.

BIA-LAV Utility Working Groups

Three separate working groups have been established in order to work collaboratively with executive level staff from the various major utilities in order to create an efficient and effective process from plan review to meter install to customer account set-up. Working groups have been established with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern CA Edison and Southern CA Gas Company.

If you are interested in participating in any of the Committees or Working Groups,
please contact us at info@bialav.org

SPECIAL EVENTS


Chapter’s Golf Tournament

The Chapter’s Golf Tournament takes place early Summer at a prestigious local golf course. It is one of our signature events and is well-attended by our members and stakeholders. The Golf Committee is in charge of organizing and conducting the tournament, in addition to gathering vital event sponsorships.

Awards & Installation Evening

Each November, the chapter hosts its Awards & Installation Evening. The Installation Committee plans and oversees many event components, including entertainment, award details, logistics, schedule, etc.

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