GET A FREE QUOTE NOW! Visit us at BIAWHealthTrust.com or (425) 641-8093 2
Table of contents
WHO WE ARE The Building Industry Association of Washington is the state’s largest trade association representing thousands of companies in the home building industry. BIAW is dedicated to ensuring and enhancing the vitality of the building industry for the benefit of its members and the housing needs of citizens.
BIAW STAFF Executive Vice President Greg Lane Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh General Counsel Jackson Maynard Administrative Services Director Jan Rohila R.O.I.I.® Select Co-Directors Jenn Kavanaugh and Michael Couthran Communications and Public Relations Director Jennifer Spall
B U IL DI NG INSI G H T ED I TO R I A L STA F F Communications and Public Relations Director Jennifer Spall Digital Manager Leah Jaber Writer and Editor Bailee Wicks Layout and Design Brenda Kwieciak
To submit editorial or advertise contact email@example.com.
Familiar faces gather to celebrate BIAW’s 70th anniversary. (l to r) 1999 BIAW President Duane LaPierre, past Olympia Master Builders President Brian Panush, and NAHB Associate National Delegate Debbi Boyd.
Workforce development task force meets
Session nearly over
Reduce the risks of working alone
Strategic plan update
Interested parties brainstorm to reduce the skilled trades labor shortage
Finish line on horizon
Lone workers face unique circumstances
Updates on BIAW s strategic priorities
President’s message Writing my monthly Building Insight article makes me pause for thought. First, I am in awe of BIAW’s capabilities and successes. Familiarity does not breed contempt in this case. BIAW staff, at every level, is getting work done. BIAW leadership and the members I work with do likewise. The dire prediction of ‘dying associations’ made a few years ago, in my view, couldn’t be more opposite. BIAW is alive and thriving! As we celebrate BIAW’s 70th anniversary this year, BIAW is busy with: n Addressing the skilled trades workforce shortage by working with our local associations and school districts to implement a skilled trades curriculum n Working with members and local association staff to educate both lawmakers and consumers on what is necessary to keep the price of housing affordable Sherry Schwab President
n Hosting events and local associations to bring in new members n Stopping harmful housing bills along with the energetic grassroots efforts n Forming Professional Women in Building and Young Professional councils n Renovating the Parkside Building continues and having staff move into its new home This year’s fully-packed winter board meeting schedule in Olympia was revamped to give every member in attendance the opportunity to meet and see their legislators at work. As chair of the Legislative Policy Committee years ago, I wanted to make this happen. Realizing most members are unfamiliar with the Capitol campus (where some BIAW staff work during the legislative session, including weekends), an inclusive “Hill Day” seemed a valuable educational opportunity. I hope this new familiarity will help our members and the lawmakers who represent them learn to address issues through effective communication. Best of all, BIAW’s 70th anniversary celebration later that evening allowed members and legislators to celebrate, connect, and network. Years ago, during dinner with an NAHB president, I asked why he chose to dedicate five years of personal funding and immeasurable time for the position. I was curious and have not forgotten his answer. According to him, a leader is both egotistical and altruistic. A poor leader is extreme either way; a good leader is balanced. Leaders need to be egotistical to believe in achievable goals. Leaders also need to be altruistic in their desire to make situations better. This common-sense philosophy applies to a good leader, representative, or business owner, and creates a well-rounded person. In conclusion, a big thank you to all our members who give so much of themselves to make us proud of the home building industry.
Workforce Development task force meets in Olympia by Bailee Wicks Writer and Editor
BIAW’s Workforce Development task force held its first meeting during the winter board meeting last month in Olympia. The task force, comprised of BIAW members, staff, interested parties, and educators from around the state, named BIAW Past Second Vice President Darylene Dennon as chair. After brainstorming on how to combat our industry’s skilled trades labor shortage, a consensus was formed: a lack of general education and vocational training in the education sector. The task force presented a challenge to each BIAW member: return to your local association and assess what your local is providing to assist in educating the next generation of skilled trades workers. Then report back their findings at the next scheduled meeting. Several of BIAW’s local associations have connected with the National Association of Home Builder’s Home Building Institute (HBI), to bring residential construction trades education to their local school districts. HBI is a national leader for career training in the building industry. It provides students the skills and experience they need for successful careers through pre-apprenticeship training, job placement services,
mentoring, certification programs, textbooks, and curricula. With an 80% job placement rate for graduates, HBI training programs are taught in local communities across the country to youth, veterans, displaced workers, and other underserved populations. Olympia Master Builders and the Building Industry Association of Clark County were recently able to establish the HBI program in their respective school district, making this program the first of its kind in Washington state. We’re excited to announce, the training and curriculum for these programs begin in April.
Help advance the skilled trades Beginning this month, BIAW’s Workforce Development task force will conduct monthly conference calls to continue the discussion on how to battle the skilled trades labor shortage our industry faces. If you are interested in joining the conference call or the task force, contact Workforce Development Manager Al Audette at (360) 352-7800, ext. 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org. BIAW will keep you updated on our ongoing progress. march 2020
Executive Vice President’s message The BIAW winter board meeting was a tremendous success. Thank you to all of the directors who attended. It was three days packed with productive meetings, including: • New Director Orientation We held this inaugural information session for new directors and discussed: the structure of BIAW, introduced the senior officers and executive staff, and reviewed all of the meetings that take place during the two-day meeting. • Parkside Open House Members were invited to tour the Parkside Building, recently purchased by BIAW and currently being renovated to become BIAW’s new headquarters. BIAW staff will move to the building in early June.
Executive Vice President
• Workforce Development The BIAW Workforce Development task force, made up of members appointed by each local association, met in person for the first time. The task force had a great discussion about what can be done at the local level to make progress on this critical issue. Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties member and BIAW Past Second Vice President Darylene Dennon was selected chair. • Hill Day On Feb. 25, the meeting schedule was adjusted to create the opportunity for every member in attendance to visit the Capitol to discuss housing issues with their local legislators. Thank you to all of the local association staff for helping set appointments and leading their respective delegations around the Capitol campus. • 70th Anniversary Celebration The legislative reception also became a celebration of BIAW’s 70th anniversary! We were pleased that dozens of legislators were able to join us, along with 2020 Past NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde, to celebrate. We also specifically recognized Reps. Mike Chapman (D-Port Angeles) and Andrew Barkis (R-Olympia) for all of their work supporting housing affordability. • Board of Directors Meeting Directors elected Rick Hjelm as the Special Voting Member representing BIAW at NAHB; approved a number of new organizational policies; heard from Past NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde; received a number of awards for recruitment and professional excellence; and received an update on the BIAW Strategic Plan. As the 2020 legislative session also comes to a close, I’m also extremely proud of all the work done on your behalf by Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh and her policy and lobbying team. This group successfully killed a large number of bills detrimental to members and housing affordability, including Direct Contractor Liability for a second straight year. This success was also due to the large participation we had from our members. Over 1,000 letters and calls were made and a dozen members personally testified. This team effort was outstanding and effective. We also offered a number of bills to improve the affordability of housing. As of press time, we’re still hopeful one of those bills will become law. I am excited about where BIAW is headed as we start our 71st year!
Session nearly over by Jan Himebaugh Government Affairs Director
Lawmakers are racing to the March 12 finish line with budget matters the final focus. Legislators began this year’s session with a bill to correct the B&O tax passed last session. The huge tax from 2019 was impossible to implement, so this year the Legislature expanded the surcharge increase to all services. The final budget will grow state spending and likely exhaust the unexpected windfall of $1.5 billion in new revenue.
The good news HB 2673 Reduce Redundancy for Housing nHB 2673 passed the House and Senate and awaits the governor’s signature. Sponsored by Rep. Andrew Barkis (R-Olympia), this adds a local government categorical exemption option into the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Now local governments can exempt growth from SEPA if it roughly meets the underlying comprehensive plan. This option will eliminate redundant planning and paperwork. nPer the settlement of BIAW’s lawsuit against the Dept. of Labor & Industries (L&I), preventing a raid on the Workers’ Compensation Fund to implement the governor’s 2019 Clean Energy Bill, both versions of the budget will fund this program elsewhere. But, the Senate version of the budget continues to utilize these funds for activities not related to injured workers. SB 6053 Wage Liens nThis perennial bad bill, BIAW was successful in slapping it down again, would have allowed employees to file a lien for unpaid wages against an employer’s personal or business property.
HB 1395 Direct Contractor Liability nBIAW members stepped up and flooded legislators with opposition to HB 1395. Your efforts put to rest making contractors liable for the wages and benefits of subcontractors’ employees. Over 1,000 emails were sent by BIAW members and it made a huge difference. SB 6317/HB 2894 Concrete Pumping nThe Dept. of Revenue issued guidance over the summer requiring concrete pumpers to pay sales tax when their concrete is resold as part of the whole building, which amounts to double taxation. These bills would require the agency to continue the collection of sales tax as they have always done and not double tax concrete pumping. While HB 2894 passed out of the House Finance Committee, it languishes in the Rules Committee and died in the Senate. It’s a long shot, but this could still be included in the final deal.
Could be better, but could be worse news Net Ecological Gain nThere were several bills that added “net ecological gain” for land-use permitting. BIAW successfully stopped all of them. However, the concept was converted into a budget proviso study; the study workgroup excludes all property or development interests and has a very short timeline with a predetermined outcome. It also does not consider the legal ramification of takings.
R.O.I.I.® Select Safety Services
Reduce the risks of working alone by Bob White
R.O.I.I.® Select Safety Services Director
By law, employers have a responsibility to protect their workers—whether they work alone or are surrounded by others. Companies can encourage good lone worker safety habits by developing and implementing policies, communicating with workers, and utilizing available technology. Addressing potential hazards and how to handle jobsite emergencies with all your employees is a critical step in creating a safe work environment. Employers should undergo a risk assessment at the jobsite to determine specific risks to lone workers. The assessment can also help promote an all around more efficient and safer worksite. Employers should ask themselves some key questions, including: Lone Worker Questions n Is this position/job task a good fit for a lone worker? n Is the worker medically and physically fit to perform the job task? n Does the job call for heavy lifting or operating equipment that would require more than one person? n Does the job involve working at heights? n Can a lone worker access and leave the area? n Can a lone worker operate ladders or other equipment? n Are proper securing devices accessible or utilized? n Is the lone worker trained for an emergency situation? Jobsite/Environmental Questions n Is the jobsite surface area stable, slippery, wet, or icy? 8
n Is outdoor temperature a factor? n Is the jobsite sufficiently lighted and ventilated? General Safety Questions n Does the worker have a set check-in time? n Can other persons near the jobsite be notified your worker is on the site alone? n Does the worker have an automatic warning device like a panic alarm or automated distress messaging system? n Is a mobile first aid kit available? Does it include a tourniquet? n Are medications available for specific health conditions, including medications for an allergic reaction to a bee sting or bug bite, etc.? n Are chemicals associated with the job that may cause an injury or reaction? n Will a language barrier delay or hinder a rescue? n Has personal protection equipment (PPE) been evaluated and proper safety equipment issued? n Has fall protection trauma straps been issued to avoid suspension trauma? Safety Services is one of the many benefits available to participants of R.O.I.I.® Select. Through effective safety strategies, we can help your company reduce workplace injuries and maximize your potential refund. If you’re an R.O.I.I.® Select participant and would like more information about the safety services available to you, please contact me at (360) 352-7800, ext. 109 or email@example.com. If you’d like more information about R.O.I.I.® Select, see the next page.
R.O.I.I.® Select Enrollment is now Open
Safety has its rewards by Jenn Kavanaugh and Michael Couthran R.O.I.I.® Select Co-Directors
R.O.I.I.® Select, BIAW’s group retro program, is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 plan year.
work experience. Companies that do this, can earn a refund.
Retro is a safety incentive program with a simple goal: eliminate injuries through improvements in safety and preventive strategies. If an employee is injured, help them get better quicker with a successful return to
To find out how you can start earning a refund, contact us at (360) 352-7800, firstname.lastname@example.org or RoiiSelect.com.
THE PREFERRED RETRO PROGRAM
R.O.I.I.® SELECT GROUP REFUNDS
MEMBERS RECEIVE A REFUND If the group and participant have a positive claim performance, they receive a refund.
COMPLETED PLAN YEARS
20% Competitors’ Averages
PERFORMANCE R.O.I.I.® Select’s strict enrollment criteria and innovative approach to workers’ comp ensures maximum group performance.
Participants average a 36% refund of their L&I premiums. REFUND PERCENTAGE
ALL-INCLUSIVE IN-HOUSE SERVICES Participation includes in-house services at no additional cost. Your annual fee is 1.5% of total premiums owed to L&I, or $150, whichever is greater. We do not charge a group administrative fee.
As the oldest and largest construction retro group in the state, R.O.I.I.® Select has returned over $500 million in refunds to participating members since 1982.
IN-HOUSE SERVICES NO ADDITIONAL COST OUTCOME BASED CLAIMS ASSISTANCE
RETURN TO WORK
L&I AUDIT ASSISTANCE
INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION
Unique return to work strategies set us apart
Closing claims quickly and efficiently Accident prevention is key to lowering costs Reduce injuries and control losses
A plan of action for L&I audits
Relentless pursuit of the best outcome for the group march 2020
Cheers to 70 Years!
70th Anniversary Celebration
BIAW celebrated its 70th anniversary with members, legislators, guests, and staff during the winter board meeting. The night was filled with surprises: a video message from U.S. Representatives Denny Heck (D-10th District) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-4th District) thanking BIAW for representing affordable housing and the home building industry over the last 70 years. In addition, Lauren Adler, District Director for U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, presented BIAW President Sherry Schwab with a U.S. flag flown over the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capitol in honor of the milestone, and 2020 Past National Association
of Home Builders Chairman Greg Ugalde presented Schwab an NAHB proclamation in honor of BIAWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 70 years as a chartered affiliation with the federation.
Representatives Jacquelin Maycumber (R-Republic) and Steve Tharinger (D-Sequim) with Jefferson County HBA Executive Officer Liz Coker.
Executive Committee members: Member at large Matt Willard, Secretary Nick Gilliland, First Vice President Tracy Doriot, President Sherry Schwab, Treasurer Joseph Irons, and 2020 NAHB Past Chairman Greg Ugalde.
Representatives Andrew Barkis (R-Olympia) and Mike Chapman (D-Port Angeles) with BIAW President Sherry Schwab.
MBA of Pierce County members Kent Arola and Michael Fast, with Rep. Kelly Chambers (R-Puyallup).
Over 30 legislative offices were represented at the event, with many Senate members stuck in committee at the Capitol and unable to attend. Representatives Mike Chapman (D-Port Angeles) and Andrew Barkis (R-Olympia) also addressed attendees and thanked BIAW and its membership for promoting the home building industry and affordable housing. (All captions are left to right.)
Representative Mary Dye (R-Pomeroy) and 2013 Second Vice President Bob Kagy.
BIA of Whatcom County members David Simpson and Charly Myers with Rep. Doug Ericksen (R-Whatcom County), center.
HBA of Tri-Cities member Paul Abenroth with Past Presidents Dottie Piazza (2002) and Duane Lapierre (1999).
2020 NAHB Past Chairman Greg Ugalde, BIAW First Vice President Tracy Doriot, Rep. Brandon Vick (R-Vancouver), and BIA of Clark County (BIACC) member Eric Golemo.
Legislative Assistant Brandt Cappell and Rep. Keith Goehner (R-Dryden).
On the cover (l ro r): BIAW Second Vice President LouAnne Neill, Secretary Nick Gilliland, First Vice President Tracy Doriot, President Sherry Schwab, Treasurer Joseph Irons, and 2020 NAHB Past Chairman Greg Ugalde.
Sen. Honeyford and his wife Jerri, Central WA HBA (CWHBA) members Clint Adamson and CWHBA Membership Services Director North Central Cheryl Nelson.
MBA of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) member Joe Schwab and Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association (SICBA) member Charles Locke.
MBAKS members Alex Dudko, Luellen Smith, Jennifer Robnett, and George Newman.
Rep. Larry Hoff (R-Vancouver), Sen. Lynda Wilson (R-Vancouver) with BIACC members and BIAW First Vice President Tracy Doriot, and Tracy Wilson.
Spokane HBA (SHBA) Education & Special Projects Coordinator Becky Shannon, members Josh Terris, Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber (R-Republic), SHBA Executive Officer Joel White, MBAKS member Juli Bacon, and SHBA members Nick Scheel, Deacon Band, SHBA Government Affairs Director Kieran Sprague, and BIAW Secretary Nick Gilliland.
BIA of Whatcom County member Roger Almskaar and MBAKS member William Allen.
SCIBA Executive Officer Wayne Crider with members Kitsap Building Association (KBA) members Ellen Ross-Cardoso, KBA Bob Moe and Scott Rainwater. Executive Officer Russ Shiplett, Lary Coppola, Miriam Villiard, Daryl Read, Ron Perkerewicz, and Bill Broughton.
2014 President Bob Johnson, MBAKS members Alex Dudko, Kimberley Martin and Darylene Dennon (far right), Jefferson County HBA Executive Officer Liz Coker, and BIAW Membership Manager Karen Hall.
BIACC members Michael Shanaberger, Aaron Helmes, and Chuck Neibert.
Strategic priorities update BIAW continues to work on its strategic plan priorities: Government and Legal Affairs, Communications, Workforce Development, Continuing Education, and Thriving Association. by Jennifer Spall Communications and Public Relations Director
Government and Legal Affairs BIAW has been effective in both proactive legislation and killing bad bills this legislative session by coordinating with our local association government affairs directors and working to educate lawmakers. (See p. 12 for details.) On the legal front, BIAW has successfully defended the Workers’ Compensation Fund and filed suit against the governor and the Department of Fish & Wildlife about new HPA fines. A key focus of the legal team is to continue to press the Dept. of Labor & Industries about how often they fine general contractors for violations of subcontractors under Stute. Communications BIAW streamlined its digital messaging, and is able to offer instant updates to members, the public, and key influencers. Our monthly magazine, Building Insight, was updated and we began the process of building a new website. The improved site will offer members a single login to access member-only information and streamline the class registration process, among other features. Finally, our newly launched video series, With A Lawyer, features BIAW General Counsel Jackson Maynard, answering members’ most frequently asked legal questions. Workforce Development The Workforce Development task force met and elected BIAW Past Second Vice President Darylene Dennon as chair. BIAW Workforce Development Manager Al Audette has spent the last several months cataloging workforce development programs across the state, documenting specific types of programs that work best for each local association. The educational aspect of the workforce program is based on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Home Building Institute (HBI) skilled trades
curriculum. Our goal is to help local associations connect with school districts in implementing skilled trades, hands-on, and vocational training. The task force will also work to identify grant programs that support skilled trades development. (See p. 5 for details.) Continuing Education BIAW’s education program is in full swing. We have added additional class offerings based on members’ feedback. BIAW is exploring options to offer ondemand and live classes via remote access. We continue to grow the Certified Builder program and provide designees networking opportunities. (See p. 14 for details.) Thriving Association Last but not least, R.O.I.I.® Select kicks off its 202021 enrollment period this month. BIAW distributed marketing materials and applications to our local associations. This year’s marketing plan includes social media messaging, trade show banners, and branded merchandise. BIAW continues to explore non-dues revenue programs—including an emphasis on growing our Health Insurance program. Working closely with our local associations and a multi-faceted marketing plan, we see a potential for unlimited growth in the program. Additionally, we continue to work on improving the board meeting schedule and securing meeting locations making it more attractive for members’ families to attend. For more information on BIAW’s Strategic Plan, please contact BIAW Executive Vice President Greg Lane at (360) 352-7800, ext. 102 or email@example.com. march 2020
HILL DAY Over 75 BIAW members, guests, and staff boarded buses from Hotel RL, the site of BIAWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter board meeting, to take the short 10 minute drive to the Capitol Campus . Groups were divided and met with their respective legislators to discuss issues impacting the home building industry and their businesses. The unusually sunny February weather was a bonus!  Senator Kelly Chambers (R-Puyallup), center,  members and staff of the North Peninsula Home Building Association flanked by Washington State Troopers,  Central Washington Home Builders Association members and staff take a quick break,  Rep. Bob McCaslin (R-Spokane Valley),  Senator Sharon Brown (R-Kennewick), left center,  Senator Andy Billig (D-Spokane), far left,  Rep. Norma Smith (R-Clinton), center with glasses,  Senator Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch), second from left,  Senator Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville), with tie,  Rep. Tom Dent (R-Moses Lake), and  Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood).
12 march 2020
Meet our newest Certified Builder Certified Builders are builders who go above and beyond standards set forth by the state of Washington. Every BIAW Certified Builder is fully vetted during the application process, ensuring they meet or exceed BIAWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comprehensive standards. by Bailee Wicks Writer and Editor
BIAW is proud to announce our newest Certified Builder Paul Kocharhook, owner and president of Pathway Design+Construction in Seattle.
activities including soccer, basketball, gymnastics, art projects, and more.
Kocharhook, has a 25-year history in the construction business, from laborer to the owner. His longtime commitment to eco-friendly and healthy building practices has distinguished Pathway Design + Construction within the industry.
For more information on how you can go above and beyond as a Certified Builder, contact BIAW Certification and Education Manager Hillary Vanatta at (360) 352-7800, ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) to better serve the increasing population of Paul Kocharhook Seattle-area baby boomers who want to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Remodeling a house with the best aging-in-place designs and practices is often a desired choice for homeowners, as well as their adult children (giving peace of mind that parents are in a safe space). He is also a Master Certified Green Professional (MCGP), a designation that signifies a commitment to and experience with sustainable building and remodeling. Kocharhook recently earned a Healthy Homes for Building Professionals Certification. A regular speaker at conferences across the country, Kocharhook is also an active member of his local association, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and a volunteer with the American Lung Association Master Home Environmentalist Program. Kocharhook and his wife Tracy enjoy active family life with two children and their many extracurricular
BIAW SCHOLARSHIPS NOW OPEN WHAT?
BIAW is offering $30,000 in scholarships to high school and college students pursuing a career related to the home building industry.
Applications are available online at BIAW.com/ education and at your local home builders association.
Deadline to apply is May 15.
Contact Certification and Education Manager Hillary Vanatta at (360) 352-7800, ext. 106 or email@example.com.
Parkside Building update Renovation on BIAWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new headquarters, the Parkside Building in Tumwater advances. Demolition, framing, and installation of the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing continues.
BIAW recently closed on the sale of the McCleary Mansion, and we are now tenants of the new owners. In January, leases of the tenants occupying the third floor ended, which allowed for demolition to begin. The teardown of walls and removal of the flooring created one large space, ready for framing to start and a new floorplan to take shape. The City of Tumwater issued our building permits and framing, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC work began. The completion of the remodel is on schedule, and we are on track to move into the building early summer. Thank you to BIAW staff Al Audette, Jan Rohila, and our building oversight committee led by Imm. Past President Rick Hjelm for their leadership on this project. Stay tuned for more updates and photos on the renovation of BIAWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new headquarters.
Parkside Building Renovation Milestones
Jan. 2...............................Tenant leases on the third floor end Jan. 9..........................Office furniture removed and donated Jan. 10........................................................... Demolition begins Feb. 19...............................................................Demolition ends Feb. 21................................. Plumbing, HVAC, framing begins Feb. 24.................................................BIAW holds open house March 2..........Fire alarm, fire suppression, electrical begins
Health Insurance Program
Take control of your health care costs Now more than ever, there are numerous tools to help you make educated and informed decisions on how best to use your health care dollars. Taking the initiative and using these tools is the first step in controlling your health care expenses. Thankfully, companies across the industry are creating innovative ways to shed light on the often opaque pricing and quality scores of local hospitals and physicians. Price transparency For starters, health insurance carriers are getting into the game by providing members cost estimators for common services such as knee surgery and child birth. On the provider side, many local medical facilities offer online tools to find upfront pricing for a variety of their services. The continued pressure from consumers is forcing more pricing transparency. Just a few short years ago, this data was not readily available. Quality scores on doctors and hospitals While costs are an important factor in selecting the right provider, ensuring top quality service is also essential. Companies such as Bellevue-based MPIRICA offer quality scores on thousands of surgeons and hospitals throughout the country. These scores take into consideration both the cost and quality of care. The Leapfrog Group is another service keeping tabs on providers by issuing an annual safety score for hospitals. The analyst group grades hospitals based on how safe they keep their patients based on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 18
Get a free quote The team at BIAWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Insurance Program is here to help you and make the most of your health insurance benefits. Contact us at (425) 641-8093 to learn more, or to get a free health insurance quote go to BIAWHealthTrust.com.
 The BIA of Clark County holds the ground breaking ceremony for its 2020 NW Natural Parade of Home presented by DeWils and HomeStreet Bank last month at Magnolia Heights, Washougal, WA. (l to r): Tony Marnella, Bob Rondeau, Jim Traveras, Sabrina Shanaberger, Tracy Doriot, John Frankel, Chuck Neibert, John Colgate, Nial Glavin, and Nathan Cano.  Retired Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant was guest speaker during the MBA of Pierce County general membership meeting in Tacoma.  2020 NAHB Past Chair Greg Ugalde addresses members during the winter board of directors meeting.  Attendees stop by the Heritage Professional Landscaping and Rock Placing Company during the three-day Regional Home & Garden Show hosted by the HBA of Tri-Cities.  The Associate Advisory Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Builder Appreciation Awardees: Liz Coker, accepting for John Gieser, Kim Piazza, Bonnie Buffington accepting for Kurt Wilson, Carla Lee accepting for Chris Knudsen, Dave Myllymaki, Darylene Dennon, Miriam Villard, and Deacon Band.  BIAW Education Chair Deacon Band (far right) and local association representatives, show off their education checks for their partnership with BIAWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education program.
BIAW’s Top Spike honored
Building Industry Association of Washington 111 21st Avenue SW | Olympia, WA 98501 (360) 352-7800 | BIAW.com |
by Bailee Wicks Writer and Editor
It was no surprise to attendees of the winter board of directors meeting when BIAW announced Luellen Smith of the MBA of King and Snohomish Counties as BIAW’s 2019 Top Spike. This was the fourth consecutive year Smith was named BIAW’s overall top recruiter. Smith, owner of Rhino Wine Cellars & Cooling Systems, recruited 36 new members in 2019, just squeaking out over second and third place recruiters, respectively, BIA of Clark County members Chuck Neibert with 35 and Michael Shanaberger with 31. Every year, beginning in January, BIAW holds a Spike contest, which tracks the number of new members recruited by every member. Based on the member’s previous year’s total Spike credits, the member is placed into a specific Spike category. During the winter board meeting, the top recruiter in each category is honored for their recruiting efforts. Smith also took home top honors in the 500-999.5 Spike category. BIAW announces Luellen Smith as BIAW’s top membership recruiter for 2019.
Congratulations, Luellen. We look forward to see if you make 2020 five years in a row!
Spike contest winners announced
BIAW presents the 2019 Spike awards to winners and representatives during the winter board of directors meeting. (l to r) BIAW Membership Chair and presenter Nick Gilliland, Jennifer Robnett accepting for 250-499.75 category winner Erica Ridout, 500-999.5 category winner Luellen Smith, 1,000+ category winner Sherry Schwab, 50-99.5 category winner Chuck Neibert, Corey Watson accepting for 100-249.5 category winner Martin Sippy, 2549.75 category winner Clint Adamson, and 6.5-24.5 category winner Daryl Read.