• Winners Announced for 2019 Member Recognition Awards

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    MBA Pierce held its annual President's Gala and Member Recognition Awards on Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at Historic 1625 Tacoma Place. This is a special event for Master Builders Association of Pierce County. Not only does the event celebrate the installation of 2020 board members and leadership, it also recognizes outstanding members. The President’s Gala is a night where we can say thank you and farewell to the outgoing MBA President, and welcome the incoming MBA President for the coming year.

    During the event this year we welcomed last year’s MBA Pierce scholarship winners to share their goals and experiences. Scholarship winner Kenny Brooks couldn’t attend the gala in person due to final exams, but shared his experience and success in Construction Management at University of Washington. We enjoyed hearing how the Master Builders Association of Pierce County is able to support these young adults in their pursuit of education and a successful future in the building industry.

    The evening’s “Dessert Dash” sponsored by AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet Corp. and Parker, Smith & Feek is a way for the association to raise funds for the MBA Pierce scholarship program. This year the association raised nearly $20,000 to go toward the program in 2020. We would like to thank all of our members for their generous contributions and support.

    The Master Builders Association of Pierce County wouldn’t be such a successful and valuable community without the participation, involvement, and sponsorship of its incredible members. At the gala, winning members of the year were presented with awards. Click here to view the photo album. 

    All of the awards are based on membership voting and nominations. Additional criteria is also judged specific to each award, in addition to the level of MBA Pierce involvement for each member. Once the nominees are presented, the Awards Committee reviews each member and selects a winner.

    DESIGN PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
    Nominees:
    Tara Waits, Phase II Inc
    Stephanie Brooks, Stephanie Brooks Interior Design
    Karen Hirschman, Karen Hirschman Designs
    Winner: Karen Hirschman, Karen Hirschman Designs

    ASSOCIATE OF THE YEAR
    Nominees:
    Bonnie Buffington, CW Title & Escrow
    Kristi Brady, Tacoma Chamber
    Marie Pope, Ferguson
    Winner: Bonnie Buffington, CW Title & Escrow

    COMMUNITY SERVICE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
    The Community Service Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a member that has demonstrated passion for the local community through their volunteer efforts with one or more organizations, groups, or causes not directly related to the MBA of Pierce County.
    Nominees:
    Tyler and Duke York, York Enterprises
    Kawehi Marchall, Need a Break Services
    Winner: Tyler and Duke York, York Enterprises

    RECRUITER OF THE YEAR
    The Recruiter of the Year Award is based on how many members were recruited in the past 12 months. Nominees also promote MBA Pierce to the industry and community, and encourage doing business with other MBA members.
    Winner: Susie Nelson, Century Insurance Services

    ROBERT CAMP LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY AWARD
    Named after one of MBA Pierce’s significant government affairs leaders, the Robert Camp Legislative Advocacy Award recognizes the contributions of a member who is actively involved in MBA Pierce’s government affairs program and Legislative Strategy Committee.
    Winner: Bill Sager, Sager Family Homes

    PUBLIC OFFICIALS EXCELLENCE AWARD
    This award recognizes a public or elected official that has a consistent track record of benefitting industry, has been accessible to MBA Pierce members, is a steward of MBA Pierce values, and works to advance the goals of housing attainability while still protecting public interests.
    Winner: Dennis Hanberg, Director of Planning & Public Works Pierce County

    REMODELER OF THE YEAR
    Nominees:
    Tom Reier, Reier Construction
    Ryan and Ken Jewell, Kingdom Builders Construction
    Tyler and Duke York, York Enterprises
    Joe Chumley, Chumley Construction
    Winner: Ryan and Ken Jewell, Kingdom Builders Construction

    BUILDER OF THE YEAR
    Nominees:
    Ryan Jewell, Kingdom Builders Construction
    Rush Residential, Scott Walker
    Winner: Rush Residential, Scott Walker

    CUSTOM BUILDER OF THE YEAR
    Nominees:
    Laureen Skrivan and Cliff Kendall, Wren & Willow
    Mike Schwartz, Mike Schwartz Construction
    Rick Hjelm, Phase II Inc
    Winner: Rick Hjelm, Phase II Inc

    COMPANY OF THE YEAR
    The Company of the Year Award recognizes a company that has multiple employees’ involvement, sponsorships, and/or other efforts to support and promote MBA Pierce.
    Nominees:
    Kingdom Builders Construction
    Bill Korum's Puyallup Nissan
    Contract Furnishings Mart
    AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet Corp. 
    Commencement Bay Brokers
    Winner: Bill Korum's Puyallup Nissan, Ciera Lopez

    PRESIDENT’S AWARD
    This award is selected by the current MBA Pierce President. This year 2019 MBA Pierce President Gary Patterson selected a member that has always stepped up to provide support in every way possible to better the association.
    Winner: Susie Nelson, Century Insurance Services

    Congratulations to the 2019 Member Recognition winners and nominees!

    Lastly, we recognized MBA Pierce President Gary Patterson and welcomed the 2020 MBA Pierce President Scott Walker. We would like to welcome our 2020 executive officers:

    Immediate Past President: Gary Patterson, GLP LLC 
    Vice President Secretary: Tram Bowen, Flagstar Bank Home Lending
    Second Vice President: Bonnie Buffington, CW Title & Escrow
    Vice President Treasurer: Corey Watson, JK Monarch


    MBA Pierce would like to thank the evening sponsors for their support.

    Presenting Sponsor: Parr Lumber
    Awards Sponsors: ERNwest
    Appetizer Sponsor: Bill Korum's Puyallup NissanRainier View Plumbing and Rooter
    Beverage Sponsors: Rainier View Plumbing and Rooter, Soundbuilt Homes, Rush Residential
    Dessert Dash Sponsors: AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet Corp., Parker, Smith & Feek
    Photography Sponsor: ServiceMaster of Tacoma

    We would like to again thank all of our members for another excellent year! We are looking forward to an even brighter year for MBA Pierce County in 2020.

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