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BIAW awards the top builder, associate and remodeler of 2022

December 19, 2022

BIAW awarded its highest honors, Builder, Associate and Remodeler of the Year, during its annual Installation and Awards Gala Nov. 17. Past winners in their respective categories voted for the nominees based on their significant contributions to BIAW, their local association and the home building industry as a whole.

If you have questions about the builder, associate and remodeler of the year awards, please contact Association Services Director Brenda Kwieciak at (360) 352-7800 ext. 113 or

Gary Wray | Builder of the Year

2023 BIAW President Gary Wray has been in business for 37 years. A member of the

Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association (SICBA) for 12 years, Wray has been a BIAW director for the past 10 years. At SICBA, Wray served as a director from 2009 to 2019 and as president in 2014. He has sat on the

Advisory Council, Membership Committee and as a trustee for SICBA’s PAC. He was awarded SICBA Builder of the Year in 2014, SICBA Recruiter of the Year in 2016, and the BIAW Associate Advisory Council Builder Appreciation Award in 2014.

Wray has also served on numerous BIAW committees, including:

  • the Education Committee
  • Legal Committee
  • the Workforce Development Task Force.

He has also been the chair of:

  • the Local Association Presidents Council,
  • Legislative Policy Committee,
  • Washington Affordable Housing Council
  • and co-chair of the Legal Committee.

In his community, Wray sits on the board of directors for Civility First in Oak Harbor and chairs the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Island County, where he’s been a board member since 2008. He is also a member of Hearts and Hammers, a local non-profit organization that helps repair and rehabilitate the homes of those who are physically or financially unable to do the work alone. He also serves on the Island County Affordable Housing Group.

Kimberley Martin | Remodeler of the Year

An active participant at her local association of Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS), BIAW and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Kimberley Martin served as a BIAW director from 2006 to 2009, and again currently since 2016. She has served as a member of the Remodelers Council, Membership Council and the Workforce Development Task Force.

In 2019, Martin was honored with an Excellence in Remodeling award. She has also proudly sponsored the BIAW Spike Party at the silver level in 2021 and 2022. At NAHB, Martin is a member of the Gold Key Club, has served as a delegate since 2021, is a Professional Women in Building (PWB) Trustee, and is an active member of the PWB Council. She has also attended the International Builder Show for the last three years.

Martin is highly involved with MBAKS, serving as chair of several committees, including:

  • the PWB Council,
  • PWB Events Committee,
  • the Membership Committee
  • and also actively participates in the Remodelers Committee.

Martin has been the presenting sponsor of the PWB Annual Conference three times and achieved Life Spike in 2007. In 2019, she was honored with the MBAKS Sandy McAdams PWB Woman of the Year Award.

Nick Gilliland | Associate of the Year

Nick Gilliland serves as director for BIAW and his local association, Spokane Home Builders Association (SHBA). He participates in many BIAW committees, including:

  • the Executive Committee,
  • Membership Committee,
  • the Washington Affordable Housing Council,
  • and serves as chair of the Past Second Vice President Committee.

A Life Spike, Gilliland was recognized as SHBA’s Associate Member of the Year in 2018 and 2020. He has been a member of SHBA’s Membership Committee since joining, serving as chair in 2018. Gilliland actively promotes ROII growth and retention through his leadership of SHBA’s ROII Task Force. He was SHBA’s top membership recruiter in both 2018 and 2019, and in 2018 Gilliland was honored with the BIAW Associate Appreciation Award.

Gilliland is an NAHB delegate and NAHB Young Professionals Committee member. A supporter of BUILD-PAC, he has regularly attended the NAHB Leadership Meetings and is also a member of the Gold Key Club. Gilliland is also actively working with the SHBA-Next Council and association leadership to support other young professionals and association leaders to attend BIAW and NAHB meetings. Father of a son diagnosed with autism, Gilliland and his wife give back to their community by supporting the Issac Foundation and the Northwest Autism Center in Spokane

*Original article was written by Hannah Cassara, Content Specialist, and featured in the Nov./Dec. issue of Building Insight magazine.

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