We are off to a great start this New Year with several successful events over the past few weeks. Our most recent success being our “Builder Update Panel” event held on March 20th. Hundreds of members gathered for dinner and to hear an update on the market from the leaders of our most respected builders and developers.
Steve Johnson of MetroStudy served as our panel moderator and included Randall Lewis of Lewis Operating Companies, Dave Bartlett Vice President of Brookfield Residential, Chris Haynes Division President of KB Homes, and Leonard Miller Division President of Richmond American Homes as our featured panelists. Our meeting was held at the Eagle Glen Golf Course Club House where we enjoyed an excellent meal while hearing from these leaders in the industry. I know many of you that attended had a great opportunity to meet and connect with our friends and colleagues.
On March 7th we held our largest Legislative Luncheon of the year. Our special guest was 42nd District US Congressman Ken Calvert. It was a standing room only crowd that enjoyed a terrific lunch at Sevilla Restaurant and heard the latest updates from Ken giving our membership an insider perspective on what is happening in the US Capitol. Ken is a good friend and fellow of our industry. He answered many questions from the group of interest to our business and we were grateful he was able to join us.
By the time you read this message we will have all competed in the Riverside County BIA Golf Tournament and Wine Tour. The tournament was sold out and we are expecting to have a great day of golf at the Temecula Creek Inn Golf Course. If you are not a golfer the Wine Tour is a great way to discover the Temecula Wine Country. We had to add additional buses to accommodate all of our members and guests. It is great to see these events growing, which suggests to me that our industry is getting stronger.
In the month of May we offer two great events. May 8th will feature our first Building Bridges Competition. This event was conceived to encourage teamwork amongst our member companies as well as bridge the gap between Builders and Associates. I encourage you and your company to complete in this challenging and fun competition. It will be a great way to builder a foundation of teamwork and collaboration within your company and our entire association. We will also celebrate our Membership Appreciation Month with a baseball night on May 29th at Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium. This event welcomes our newest members of the BIA and it is a way for us to thank our entire membership. Yours truly will be throwing out the first pitch after which we will have some hot dogs and watch the Storm go up again Lancaster's Jet Hawks. I look forward to seeing you all there.
These great events are good way for you to connect with other members of the association and I encourage everyone to attend. In the meantime, the Riverside BIA is responding to several challenges occurring in our area. The Val Verde Unified School District is proposing to hike school fees by almost 70% and the County of Riverside is discussing a new building fee ordinance that has been postponed for now but we expect it to return sometime in July. Our Governmental Affairs staff is staying on top of these issues. These proposals are not in the best interest of the School District, the County or our industry. You can be sure that your BIA team will represent your interests in these most important matters.
Thanks for supporting your BIA!
Jay Pierce-JD Pierce Company
2014 BIA Riverside County President