Happy New Year!
We hope it's off to a great start! Do you have some good news to share? As a member of the BIA SD, this benefit is great PR for you and your firm. If you have something to 'brag' about, please send it our way! New project, new job, new hire, an award??? - it's noteworthy!
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Wermers Properties Breaks Ground on Mixed-Use Project in Santa Ana
Wermers Properties, a leader in premier multifamily development, has broken ground on the development of a 6-acre site located at the corner of Elk Lane and First Street in Santa Ana, California. The mixed-use project will include 603 apartment homes and commercial space along First Street. The unit mix is comprised of studio, one, two, and three-bedroom units, in addition to live-work spaces with ‘shopkeeper’ style units. Located adjacent to the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park, the project will make a significant contribution to the revitalization of the Prentice Park neighborhood.
Ryan Companies Gets New West Division President in San Diego
Ryan Companies has promoted Mike Mahoney from Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development to West Region President, covering projects throughout California. Mahoney is currently leading several projects, including Millenia, a multifamily development in Chula Vista. Mahoney is a board member and former president of the San Diego BIA, a licensed California contractor, a licensed California real estate broker and a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Lori Asaro Joins the Board of Trustees at NAHB
NAHB has appointed Lori Asaro to its Sales & Marketing Council Board of Trustees. This will be Lori’s third year of service to the Council and it is anticipated that she will Chair the Professional Development Committee for the 2021-2022 term. Lori is President/CEO of New Homes Now Selling, advising builders throughout San Diego County, as well as providing top-level Sales Associates for their projects.
IBSx Virtual - Connecting the home building industry together, online.
The IBSx Virtual Experience (IBSx) is your opportunity to “attend” NAHB’s International Builders’ Show, online, at your convenience. Discover new products & technology, tap into the latest trends and find the solutions you need to wow your customers. IBSx features a series of “Shop Talks”, where former SMC Chairs Vanessa Linn & Lori Asaro will moderate “Building Company Culture” (2/10) & “On-Boarding; Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” (2/11). Don’t miss out on this fantastic virtual event!
Ami Samuel Interiors Wins at R.I.S.E. and SoCal Awards
Ami Samuel Interiors is honored to be a triple winner at the R.I.S.E. Awards for their Rancho Santa Fe Custom Home, winning in both “Dynamic Design-Custom Home” and “Awesome Outdoors”, and a third award for “Dynamic Design - Attached Home for Pinnacle at Millenia Plan 3”.  They were also awarded at the SoCal awards in the category “Outdoor Living Space - Custom Home”. Ami Samuel Interiors specializes in model home interiors, sales offices, clubhouses and apartments, and has been a proud member of the BIA since 2004. 
Farewell to Our Friend, Alan Jones
With great sadness, we report the loss of a stalwart member of the BIA. Those that met and knew Alan Jones were lucky to have done so. His high energy, can-do spirit, and authentic appreciation for all will remain his legacy. Alan credited much of his achievement and growth in his business (AJJ Associates/Landscape Resources, Inc.) to the BIA, but the BIA is equally indebted to his numerous years of service and unwavering commitment to our industry. 

During his years of affiliation with the BIA, Alan served on SCC (as a member and former Chair), the SMC (as a member and on the Board), he served nearly a decade on the membership committee, and was a Build SD PAC member, who not only contributed but lent a hand on most sign drops. He could be found in the crowd supporting new developments at all Project Green Light initiatives. The BIA and its Councils and members are forever grateful for Alan's contributions.

We express deep sympathy at the loss of Alan, a BIA Icon. He is survived by his beloved wife, Charlotte. If you can, please contribute to a GoFundMe established for her benefit during this sudden loss:
CONGRATULATIONS to the BIA San Diego Sales Marketing Council For Winning Gold Award as BEST SMC!!!
The SMC San Diego is the proud recipient of their 4th consecutive national win, recognized by NAHB/NSMC. It is their 4th silver and their 2nd Gold SAM Award. Virtually present to receive the award were 2020 President, Ericka Moody and past SMC Presidents Lori Asaro and Chaz Hinz and Board Member Jo-Anne Redwood. The SMC credits this incredible achievement by developing new programs, such as the R.I.S.E. Awards (also up for a Nationals Award), New Homes Hotsheet and a variety of valuable virtual educational programs and events that kept members engaged.
TRI Pointe Group becomes Tri Pointe Homes
TRI Pointe Group, Inc., one of the largest homebuilders in the nation, announced it will consolidate its 6 regional homebuilding brands into one unified name: Tri Pointe Homes®, along with its 15 divisions across the U.S. Tri Pointe has won multiple Builder of the Year awards, and was also named one of the Best Places to Work by the Orange County Business Journal for four consecutive years. 
Pre-Sales Begin at New Lennar Community  
Lennar announced the pre-sales launch of their new community Aventine on Jan. 23rd. Located in East County, Aventine is a collection of new single-family homes and presents three distinctive two-story designs to choose from. Located just off the I-94 & I-125 freeways, Aventine enjoys a great location with easy access to nearby shopping, dining and entertainment – along with great outdoor recreation just minutes away. These 4-bedroom, 3-bath homes at Aventine range from approximately 1,950-2,143 sq.ft. and are priced from the low $600's. The model homes are anticipated to open in April.
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