Your Monthly BIAOC Update: November 2021
A New Chapter Begins

On November 12th, the BIAOC Chapter saw stunning attendance at BIAOC's 55th Annual Installation Gala at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Dana Point. As a chapter, we thanked outgoing 2020-21 BIAOC Chapter President Sunti Kumjim for his leadership and sworn in 2022 BIAOC Chapter President Eric Nelson, Trumark Homes and the 2022 Board of Directors. Thank you to our sponsors, special guests, and BIA member attendees for making our first gala back in person since 2019 memorable! Scroll below for photos from the gala, or visit our website or view on social media.

Check out the upcoming News & Events section below for NEW upcoming events and industry news. We hope to see you BIASC's Holiday Happy Hour on Tuesday, December 14th at the Pacific Club. Wear your best ugly sweater and bring a toy to donate to our toy drive. There is limited event capacity, so register and sponsor today! Stay tuned for new chapter events as we enter into the new year.

Scroll down to our Government Affairs Updates section for the latest BIAOC member advocacy wins and calls to action. Your continued advocacy makes a difference in our industry and in our community. Contact BIAOC Vice President Adam Wood at to become an industry advocate today!

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BIAOC Chapter Leadership
Thank You for Your Leadership
2020-2021 BIAOC Chapter President
MBK Rental Living
Please Welcome our Newly Installed 2022 Leadership
2022 BIAOC Chapter President
Trumark Homes
2022 BIAOC Chapter Board of Directors
BIAOC 55th Annual Installation Gala
"Let Us Build Now"
Friday, November 18, 2021

Thank you to our chapter leadership, sponsors, elected official special guests and attendees for joining us for BIAOC's 55th Annual Installation Gala! During this memorable evening, BIAOC thanked outgoing Chapter President Sunti Kumjim, MBK Rental Living for his two years of leadership - most especially as he continued to direct and guide BIAOC forward during a worldwide pandemic. Richard Douglass, President of Trumark Homes swore in 2022 BIAOC Chapter President Eric Nelson, Trumark Homes, who presented his goals for 2022 with the theme of "Let Us Build Now." Special thanks to Assemblywoman Laurie Davies, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, and Orange County Supervisor Donald P. Wagner for leading the flag salute and presenting accolades to outgoing President Sunti Kumjim and former BIAOC Chapter Executive Officer Steven LaMotte, Irvine Company. We'd also like to congratulate BIAOC Vice President on hosting his first gala and thank BIASC Vice President of Events Laura Barber for another incredible event!

Congratulations to the evening's award winners which included:

Gwen Rosebeary Award
Wendy Bucknum
Murow Development Consultants & Mission Viejo City Council Member

Advocacy In Action Award
Gretchen Fuog
Kovach Marketing & BIAOC NextGen Leadership

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BIAOC Annual BITA Wine Event
Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Thank you to our sponsors and attendees for joining us for the Annual BITA fundraiser to support the next generation of building industry leaders at the beautiful Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Showroom!
News & Upcoming Events
Stay tuned for upcoming events, webinars, and industry news!
BIASC Holiday Happy Hour
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Pacific Club
4110 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Join BIASC Leadership for a year-end celebratory Happy Hour. Wear your best ugly sweater and bring a toy to donate for our toy drive.

This event is limited capacity – register and sponsor today to reserve your spot!
BIAOC NextGen Morning Buzz with Paul Johnson, Rancho Mission Viejo

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
8:00am - 9:30am
Brookfield Properties
3200 Park Center Dr., Suite 1000, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Join BIAOC NextGen for the last Morning Buzz of the Year!
Save the Date
February 3, 2022
BIAOC 2022 Economic Forecast Outlook
Irvine Marriott

March 25, 2022
BIAOC Women's Leadership Conference "What's Next"
City National Grove
Check Out More Upcoming BIA Events
Holiday Advertising Special in BIASC's Digital Magazine
Don't miss out on our holiday advertising special for Southern California Builder digital magazine - For a LIMITED time, Buy 2 Ads and Get 1 FREE!* HURRY - This special offer is only available until November 29th! Click the button below to reserve your ads now!

Questions? Please email BIASC Director of Public Affairs Karissa DiStefano at

*Applies to full page ads and half page ads only.
Government Affairs Updates
Huntington Beach Project Approved
BIAOC is excited to announce the Council approval of 85 much-needed homes in the City of Huntington Beach. This great Brookfield project will replace the former Gisler school site and help bring new inventory to market. Thank you to the many housing advocates who joined us in support at the council meeting.
Tustin Inclusionary Zoning Fees Kept In Place
Over the past two months, BIASC Director of Public Affairs Karissa Willette DiStefano spoke three times at the City of Tustin regarding the city's current inclusionary zoning policy. Despite tireless advocacy, the Tustin Council elected to maintain their current policy and deferred on any repeals despite the fact that no new housing has been proposed since the policy took effect.  The BIAOC Advocacy Team will continue to work with the city to increase housing production and believes there will be future opportunities to see this Inclusionary Policy reversed. If you have any questions, please contact Karissa Willette DiStefano.
Santa Ana Inclusionary Zoning 
On November 16th, the Santa Ana City Council advanced a project-killing Inclusionary Zoning Policy that includes provisions requiring the use of “skilled and trained” labor. Despite tangible evidence the policy will severely reduce housing, that it was crafted under a conflict of interest and that it is legally questionable, the council still voted 4-2 to adopt this flawed proposal. Regrettably, the ability of the housing industry to operate in Santa Ana will be severely challenged unless the Council reverses course.  

More housing battles lie soon ahead - please stay tuned for updates and advocacy calls-to-action. If you have any questions, please contact Adam Wood.
BIAOC Government Affairs Committee
Thank you to Anaheim City Council Member Gloria Ma’ae for joining our first in-person BIAOC Government Affairs Committee meeting since early 2020. It was wonderful to see our members back in person and hear updates from the City of Anaheim. Special thanks to Jeff Okamoto, Huitt-Zollars, Inc. for hosting this lunch meeting.

If you are interested in joining this committee, please email
BIASC Educational Resources
Thank you to the 160 members who virtually attended The Perfect Storm Educational Series Part One and made this series launch a phenomenal success. BIASC encourages all our members to share Part One - available for viewing now - with their staff. The Perfect Storm will impact all industry members at all levels, and we need to harness not just our 1,000 company members but their 5,000+ employees to help us navigate through and conquer this storm.

For The Perfect Storm Part Two
Fighting the Perfect Storm:
What’s Our Path Going Forward, What We Can Do As An Association, What You Can Do As A Member, and How Your Employees Can Help To Combat These Elements
Date / Time and Guest Speakers To Be Announced. 
Join BIAOC NextGen
For more information or to refer a NextGen member, please contact:
Zac Torres 
NextGen Membership Chair
Chad Davies
NextGen Membership Co-Chair
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