Officers & Directors
Officers & Directors
2021 BIA-Hawaii President's Message
I am excited and humbled to be leading BIA-Hawaii in 2021! The industry is full of hope and the association is poised to support our members to benefit from the opportunities that are presented.
We are so appreciative our industry has been deemed essential during the pandemic. This year more than ever, it is important to band together and support one another to ensure we continue to thrive. Our Families, Community and Economy look to us during this unprecedented time as our industry remains steadfast and reinforces the unique position we hold in the community and the economy. The building industry has strength in numbers and spirit!
Supporting our members is top of mind for BIA leadership. BIA offers many resources to our membership; I feel the most important are:
BIA’s Education Offerings
During last year’s unprecedented shutdown, BIA offered educational classes, resources, and online trainings to our members and the community due to our ability to pivot the program delivery to an online format. While in-person classes are typically preferred, the online course content was equally engaging and informative and post-event feedback reflected our member’s satisfaction with the new format. BIA will expand our education offerings by 40%, including workforce entry, professional development and specialty courses such as historic building preservation. I encourage you to take a class, learn a new skill, gain a new certification, and inspire your employees and co-workers to do the same.
BIA’s Legislative Advocacy
In 2020, BIA submitted 125+ testimonies led by Government Relations Committee Chair Dean Uchida. Dean has supported BIA in countless ways over the years and his leadership will be missed, but we will push forward to keep the momentum going as we endorse good bills and oppose bad bills to save our members and their homeowners' money. BIA is hard at work in the protection of our industry and its standard for building. It is important to dissolve barriers to a functional permitting process and streamline efficiencies in codes and regulations impacting our industry. In the 2021 session, the GRC is working hard to ensure three very impactful bills are heard relating to boundary amendments, amendments to the SBCC process, and the Governor's Director of Housing position.
As an association, we have strength in numbers and we encourage you to get involved and invite your contractor friends, subcontractor associates and others affiliated with the industry to join BIA in 2021. As our numbers and involvement grows, so does our Voice for the entire industry. Don’t sit back and think someone else is going to do it. Join us and ask, how can I help? There is much to do, and many hands make light work.
Here’s to a successful 2021!