Master Builder

Summer 2022

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FROM THE PRESIDENT How We Build a Brighter Tomorrow In January of this year, I launched my theme of Embracing Tomorrow. In retrospect, this could not have been better timed as MBAKS now stands at a crossroads. To move forward and carry out our mission we need to resolutely answer two questions: • As our workforce and membership age, can we work together to increase membership value and build a platform for cultivating and supporting the next generation of industry leaders? • In the face of ever-increasing regulations, can MBAKS adapt and evolve to stay relevant? The short answer to both is a resounding "Yes!" We live in challenging times, but MBAKS staff and members remain dynamic, responsive, and confident. In fact, we've launched a series of new initiatives this year to address both questions head on. To address the first, we've established a new Membership Committee Charter and an Emerging Professionals Charter, tasked with creating membership value and identifying proactive ways to recruit the next generation of homebuilding professionals. On the regulatory front, MBAKS' Government Affairs (GA) team and members worked together to establish a new Housing Policy Committee Charter and reviewed our strategic priorities to ensure they're the best ones to create more housing. Of course, advancing our priorities requires buy-in from policymakers and jurisdictions. To this end, MBAKS members have engaged elected officials at a number of events, including the state legislative session earlier this year—and, this summer, the Seattle Builders Council Reception with Mayor Bruce Harrell and Professional Women in Building Lunch with Bellevue Mayor Lynn Robinson. On June 30, we'll be networking with Snohomish County officials at the Seafood Fest and Elected Officials Reception in Mukilteo, and I hope to see Snohomish members there! When it comes to staying relevant, our biggest asset is knowledge. Solving the housing crisis may seem insurmountable, but we know how to do it: build more housing—of all types—to meet demand. Only by removing barriers to building can we make housing attainable for everyone. MBAKS is only as good as our members. We encourage you all to stay engaged on issues affecting our industry and our efforts to create a pro-housing environment. We stand on the threshold of fantastic opportunities, and I look forward to what the next half of 2022 will bring. Solving the housing crisis may seem insurmountable, but we know how to do it: build more housing—of all types—to meet demand. STRATEGIC PRIORITIES BY CAMERON MCKINNON 2022 PRESIDENT CONFLUENCE DEVELOPMENT 5 SUMMER 2022 | master BUILDER IN EVERY ISSUE

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