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IBS 2023: Biggest show in over a decade

March 18, 2023

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show® (IBS) made its return to Las Vegas, Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2023. The show drew nearly 70,000 residential construction professionals from around the country, including more than 1,200 from Washington state, making it the largest show since 2008.

IBS success thanks to BIAW member Bob Camp

A long-time leader from the Master Builders Association of Pierce County, Bob Camp, served as chair of the NAHB Convention and Meetings Committee in 2022, leading the effort to plan and execute IBS 2023. This included organizing events like the trade show, leadership meetings, the House Party and Sheryl Crow concert. Thanks to Camp’s leadership, IBS 2023 was a huge success!

Camp joined MBA Pierce in 1985 and was quick to become involved at BIAW and NAHB. For 20 years, he served as a National Delegate from Master Builders Pierce to NAHB, earning him the status of NAHB Senior Life Director in 2009.

NAHB grants $10k to support BIAW’s document fee lawsuit

During IBS, BIAW President Gary Wray and General Counsel Jackson Maynard secured $10,000 from NAHB’s legal committee to support BIAW’s document fee lawsuit.

Maynard approached the committee for additional funding to support BIAW’s appeal before the Division II Court of Appeals.

Filed in early November 2022, the lawsuit aims to stop the collection of a new surcharge that adds nearly $200 per document to the cost of common real estate filings. BIAW argues the new fee is unconstitutional because it will be used to fund subsidized housing and other projects rather than offsetting the cost of processing and archiving the documents, as required by the state constitution.

MBA Pierce’s Jessie Gamble: Membership Matters

On Feb. 2, Master Builders Pierce Executive Officer Jessie Gamble presented on a panel titled, “Membership Matters: Preparing for and Managing Your HBA During a Recession.”

During the session attendees heard an economic forecast from NAHB’s Assistant Vice President of Economics and Forecasting Danushka Nanayakkara Skillington, a panel of three executive officers from across the U.S. and NAHB Senior Consultant Donna Franza. Gamble spoke on the strategies Master Builders Pierce is implementing to prepare during the economic downturn.

Overall, Washington was well represented across NAHB and IBS with several other members and staff representing BIAW and local associations at meetings and presentations throughout the week.

IBS 2024 is scheduled for Feb 27-29, 2024 in Las Vegas.


*Original article was featured in the March 2023 issue of Building Insight magazine.

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