Winners Announced for 2019 Member Recognition Awards

Dec 16, 2019

Master Builders Association of Pierce County 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 Master Builders Association of Pierce County 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 Master Builders Association of Pierce County 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 Master Builders Association of Pierce County 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 Master Builders Association of Pierce County 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 Master Builders Association of Pierce County’s significant government affairs leaders, the Robert Camp Legislative Advocacy Award recognizes the contributions of a member who is actively involved in Master Builders Association of Pierce County’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 Master Builders Association of Pierce County members, is a steward of Master Builders Association of Pierce County 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 Master Builders Association of Pierce County.
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 Master Builders Association of Pierce County President. This year 2019 Master Builders Association of Pierce County 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 Master Builders Association of Pierce County President Gary Patterson and welcomed the 2020 Master Builders Association of Pierce County 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

Master Builders Association of Pierce County 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 Master Builders Association of Pierce County County in 2020.