Rutenberg named Builder of the Year


FILE PHOTO - Barry Rutenberg, owner of Barry Rutenberg and Associates, Inc. which builds Arthur Rutenberg Homes, is the chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 9:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:37 a.m.

For taking his fight on behalf of the building industry to the "highest level in the country," Barry Rutenberg was named Builder of the Year at the Builders Association of North Central Florida's 57th annual installation banquet Friday at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.

Outgoing president Matt Webster recognized Rutenberg's work as this year's chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, using the position to influence national policies and political issues that affect everyone.

Webster said Rutenberg has dedicated his life to defending the rights of homeowners, subcontractors and fellow builders and developers, while sharing information with the local association and participating in local issues.

His Barry Rutenberg & Associates is a franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes.

Associate of the Year, the organization's highest honor for a nonbuilder member, went to Kim Wolfmeyer of Advanst Technologies for her work at every BANCF event.

Gainesville Commissioner Todd Chase received BANCF's Good Government Award for "outstanding leadership and contributions to our industry by truly recognizing the needs of our community," as his plaque read.

Webster said Chase promised to run government like a business and has done that with every comment and vote.

Kara Bolton of Kara Bolton Homes was installed as president of BANCF, replacing Webster of Charles Perry Partners Inc. This year, the former Kara Sutton married Adam Bolton, president of Robinshore Inc., who served as BANCF president in 2009.

Other new officers are: President-elect Vinnie Moreschi of CPPI; Associate Vice President John Roscow of Holden, Carpenter, Roscoe & Kurdziel, PL; Treasurer Eric Gonzalez of E.G. Gonzalez Custom Homes; and Secretary Randi Elrad of Crime Prevention Security Systems.

CPPI received the Making a Difference Company award for employee participation in events and committees.

Roscow received the Chair of the Year award for chairing the By-Laws Committee serving as liaison between the association and the City Commission.

Spike awards -- for member recruitment and retention -- went to Webster, Moreschi, Rutenberg, Matt Dillon of Enterprise Fleet Management and David Hilman of Custom Design Renovations.

Webster said the association added more than 100 new members.

Steve Burroughs of Sears Contract Sales was named Ambassador of the Year for welcoming new members.

Webster presented President Awards for work on behalf of BANCF to Erik Anderson, Scott Buchanan, Annette Cornwell, Eric Drummond, Derek Dykes, Andreana Graham, Brian Leslie, Ivan Oelrich and Amy Whitfield.

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