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    BIASC To Focus on Innovation at Annual Event see more

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    Dates, New Venue and Trending Theme Set for Upcoming Building Industry Show

    BIASC To Focus on Innovation at Annual Event


    IRVINE, Calif. – April 17, 2018 – The Building Industry Association of Southern California will host its annual Building Industry Show Oct. 3-4, 2018, at the spectacular Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.

    The theme of the event will be INNOVATION. Builders, exhibitors and other top thought leaders will share their expertise in traditional and breakthrough technologies to bring next-generation solutions to the marketplace.

    “We are bringing a very large trade show with over 1,000 participants, to a new five-star resort hotel destination. Pechanga is rolling out the red carpet for us, so this won’t be a typical trade show, but an experience,” said Jeff Montejano, CEO of the BIASC.

    This year’s show will feature five-star keynote speakers, cutting-edge exhibitors, an evening hosted by Ketel One Vodka, and an ‘80s rooftop party with special musical guests in Pechanga’s well-known Eagles Nest club. In addition, there will be other entertainment and dining options available throughout the venue.

    With a $285-million remodel and expansion, Pechanga is now twice the size and one of Southern California’s most exciting event destinations.

    “We’re taking this year’s show to the next level with renewed excitement and value beyond the show floor. Our industry has changed over the years and our show must reflect that change,” added Jeff.

    The Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC) is the voice of the region’s building industry, with four chapters offering localized services to building professionals from Ventura to the southern tip of Orange County. Throughout its 90-year history, the association has served its builder and associate members by anticipating, protecting and promoting their common interests through its many programs, services, councils and committees. 


    For more information on BIASC, visit



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    Division President Tom Grable bestowed with honor for his role in BIA see more


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    Katy Biggerstaff
    NewGround PR & Marketing




    Division President Tom Grable bestowed with honor for his role in fundraising and commitment to the Southern California building industry


    IRVINE, Calif.— (November 15, 2016) – TRI Pointe Homes Southern California, a leader in the design, construction, and sales of innovative single-family homes, announced today that Division President Tom Grable has been named Builder of the Year by the esteemed Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC). The award recognizes outstanding members of the profession each year and is the highest honor bestowed by the BIASC based on leadership within the industry, dedication to community service, and commitment to building quality homes.


    Through his fundraising efforts on behalf of the BIASC Political Action Committee (BIASC PAC) and integral role in the local political process, Grable’s mission has been to engage with and involve other homebuilders, their trade contractors and design and professional associates with the BIASC PAC to drive even more participation. During the last two years, Grable, as Chair of the BIASC PAC Board of Trustees, has played an influential role in the raising more than $1 million during an election cycle for the first time in the BIASC’s more than 50-year history. The money raised helps build awareness of various causes that supports the housing industry as well as educating local elected and appointed officials and the general public on policies and programs related to the need for housing opportunities of all types. Grable is a current member of the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) Board of Directors and is a trustee on the CBIA PAC. He also will serve as Vice President of the BIASC Governing Board of Directors for 2017.


    “I am extremely honored to receive this award by such a respected organization for the work that has been accomplished both for BIASC and TRI Pointe Homes,” said Grable. “TRI Pointe Homes’ success has been driven by the number of homes delivered, the variety of our product type, and the diversity of our locations throughout Southern California. This award is a reflection of a total team effort, all throughout our organization and everyone that works for and with us. I’m respectfully accepting this award on behalf of the entire TRI Pointe Homes Southern California team.”


    “The contributions made by Tom and by TRI Pointe Homes’ Southern California team are highly deserving of this award,” said Mike Balsamo, CEO, BIASC. “Tom’s personal commitment to BIASC has distinguished him among our great members. We appreciate all he has done for the industry and look forward to celebrating our successes together.”


    Grable was presented with the Builder of the Year award at the 50th Annual BIASC Awards and Installation Dinner on November 10th.


    About TRI Pointe Homes Southern California


    For more information and a complete list of Southern California neighborhoods, visit TRI Pointe Homes also builds in Northern California and Colorado.


    TRI Pointe Homes is a member of TRI Pointe Group (NYSE: TPH), a family of premium regional homebuilders supported by the significant resources, economies of scale and thought leadership of a national foundation. Together this makes TRI Pointe Group one of the largest homebuilders in the U.S. TRI Pointe Group was honored to receive the 2015 Builder of the Year Award by BUILDER magazine and was named the fastest-growing public homebuilder in the country. In 2014 TRI Pointe Group was awarded Developer of the Year by Builder & Developer magazine. Additional information is available at

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    BIASC’s 2016 BIS Focuses on Education and Culminates by Thanking its Leadership and Members see more 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.

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    Congratulations to BIASC's Builder of the Year, Tom Grable from TRI Pointe Homes see more

    Annually, the Chapters and the Regional Office culminate the year by celebrating at our Awards and Installation Dinner.  We will be expressing our gratitude to outgoing BIASC President Michael Battaglia from CalAtlantic Homes, installing Peter Vanek from Meritage Homes as 2017 BIASC President and presenting the 2016 Builder of the Year to Tom Grable from TRI Pointe Homes.


    The Cool Product Awards and an awards ceremony, where various professionals will be recognized for their achievements in the building industry, will also accompany the BIASC Installation Ceremony. One award, presented on behalf of the Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation (BILD), will recognize Mary Lynn K. Coffee, Esq from Nossaman LLP, as the BILD Volunteer of the Year.


    This year is particularly special because it marks the “50th” year that BIA Southern California has been serving the incredible members of our Association!  Our “50th Annual Awards” and Installation Dinner will take place at the Building Industry Show (BIS) Thursday, November 10th at the Riverside Convention Center.


    The Building Industry Show will also be featuring new Pop-Up Education sessions which come included in your BIS Floor Pass. This year we are Starting the Conversation by getting our members’ potential answers to key issues that they may face in the industry. We want to stimulate dialogue with advice from informed experts and responses to new products throughout the course of the show.


    The 2016 Building Industry Show will take place on Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at the Riverside Convention Center.


    Register for the show by clicking here.