The Builders Association of Western Nevada's board recently elected Tom Finch as its president for the coming year.
He was installed Tuesday during a general membership meeting of officers and directors. Assemblyman James Settelmeyer served as master of ceremonies and Assemblyman Tom Grady swore in new members.
Finch, who has been a member of BAWN since 2001, worked his way up through the board and served last year as the organization's vice president.
As president, Finch will represent BAWN at local, state and national events, many having to do with governmental affairs that deal with the construction industry.
His first trip will take him to Orlando, Fla., in February to attend the International Builders Show & National Association of Home Builders' Winter Conference.
He will be serving during a time that continues in some areas to be a challenge for Nevada.
"Right now, residential construction in Nevada is down and commercial construction is still doing well," Finch said. "We're not there yet to the 'R' word (recession), which if it does come, could affect that building sector."
Finch attributes many of the economic woes to the subprime mortgage lending problem that has continued to hit close to home.
"What we see is the result of many first-time buyers not being well educated about loans and terms," he said. "The initial payments were affordable, but when the rise took effect, many couldn't make the payment."
He does have a positive message, though for BAWN members.
"There is light at the end of the tunnel and we've gotten through tough times before," he said. "To the membership I would say you will get out of it what you put in.
"BAWN is here to help local contractors and builders, but they must each do their part," Finch continued. "I think after the election things will turn around. We will be two years into the valley and it will be time to come out the other side."
Finch, is a graduate of Leadership Carson City 2006.
"The leadership experience gives its participants the tools needed to be more effective in whatever they pursue," he said.
Finch can be reached at 690-4443, by visiting the BAWN office at 806 Randell St. or calling 882-4353.
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