Home builder elected to trade group


Published: Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 9:01 p.m.

Gainesville home builder Barry Rutenberg was elected 2009 third vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, putting him in line to chair the 200,000-member trade group in 2012.

The election was Thursday during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

The NAHB lobbies on issues related to building laws and regulations, provides public relations for the industry and is a source of expertise to help its members do business.

Its members build about 80 percent of new houses in the U.S.

“I’d like to thank all the people who have supported this goal and now it’s time to work for the betterment of not only the building community, but our community at large,” he said by phone while boarding a plane in Las Vegas on Friday. “The reaction from both within the building community and the broader community has been most heart-warming.”

Rutenberg has served on the board since 1980 and as association vice president of Florida and Puerto Rico three times, most recently in 2007-08.

He served as chairman of the group’s Building Materials Task Force, for which he testified before the International Trade Commission and committees of the U.S. Senate and Canadian House of Commons.

He has also served as president of the state and local home builder associations, and on various state and local boards often involving growth and environmental issues, including Sustainable Alachua County, the Conservation Trust for Florida and the Florida Defenders of the Environment.

As owner of Barry Rutenberg and Associates Inc., an independently owned franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes, he has developed more than a dozen communities and 1,000 homes in 30 years.

In 2007, he was inducted into the Florida Housing Hall of Fame, joining his father, Arthur Rutenberg, as the only father-son team so honored.

He was named Florida Builder of the year in 1994 and was a three-time Gainesville Builder of the Year.

Contact Anthony Clark at anthony.clark@gvillesun.com or 352-374-5094.

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