The future of homebuilding in the Bay Area looks bright, if participation in its first “Big Show” last week is any indication. More than 800 industry professionals, representing home building companies, their trade partners and professional service providers spent a day and an evening together in a series of seminars, panel discussions and board meetings, culminating in an awards show honoring professional achievements in more than 40 categories.
The New Home Company was honored as Builder of the Year, and Cheryl O’Connor, Executive Director of HomeAid, was awarded the prestigious “Lifetime Legend” Award.
More than thirty homebuilding companies were represented over the course of the event, indicating resurgence in both the public and private home building sectors. Fifty sponsoring firms supported the Big Show, which was comprised of a trade show with more than 50 exhibitors, educational and motivational speakers, breakout sessions geared to specific interests, and a gala awards dinner ceremony.
Dr. Svenja Gudell, Director of Research for Zillow was the breakfast keynote, followed by a panel of industry leaders, led by Ponderosa Homes President and CEO Dick Baker. The Professional Women in Building presented three scholarship awards and hosted a luncheon event that looked at the biggest changes facing the industry today, with Mollie Carmichael of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, Patricia Curtin of Wendel, Rosen, Black and Dean, and Lori Sanson, principal of DeNova Homes. Colleen Edwards, founder of EMC Creative and this year’s PCBC co-chair, served as moderator.
The Big Show was a product, more than a year in the planning, of the combined leadership of the BIA’s Associates Forum represented by its PASS Committee, the Sales and Marketing Council and Professional Women in Building, in cooperation with the BIA Board of Directors.