The San Diego Union-Tribune – BIA ‘Builder of the Year’ to be named at icons

The San Diego Union-Tribune

By: Colin McBride

Less than two weeks from today, one San Diego home builder will be given the honorable title of “Builder Of The Year” at the local building scene’s icon Awards ceremony.

For San Diego Building Industry Association (BIA) members, the icon Awards are as important as Hollywood’s Oscar Awards. This will be the third annual icon Awards organized to recognize the best of the local home builders here as well as to honor the industry’s most outstanding trade and design professionals.

“This prestigious industry-wide recognition comes with legitimate bragging rights,” said San Diego’s BIA President Borre Winckel. “The ‘Builder of the Year’ award is a fitting tribute to the devotion by an extraordinary building company, thanks to which the industry is better off.”

The awards program will be held September 14 at the Downtown Westin in the Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets for the 2012 Annual icon Awards are sold out.

Local celebrity, national cooking show host, three-time cookbook author, and 12-time Emmy winner Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien will again emcee the annual awards celebration and dinner.

“We are so excited to have Sam back two years in a row to be our emcee” said Liz Ramirez, icon event co-chair.

Vanessa Linn, icon event co-chair, seconded her enthusiasm.

“His humor and larger-than-life personality makes the awards program fun and entertaining,” said Linn.

The icon Awards program consists of 30 award categories that apply to builders, contractors, landscapers, marketing and advertising firms, public relations agencies, interior designers and architects within the San Diego, Riverside or Imperial Counties that have made notable contributions to creating quality new single family homes, multi-family residences for sale or rent, specialty and mixed use, office and retail commercial and/or urban projects.

Here’s a peek at a few categories and finalists:

Rookie of the Year

Carlos Blanco — Vascan Tile Inc.

Matt Croft — Sudberry Properties, Inc.

Martin Duggan — Blue Moon Advertising

BIA Industry Professional of the Year

Kay Grimes — Cornerstone Communities

John LaRaia — CityMark Development

Alex Plishner — Shea Homes

Best Project — Attached

Circa 37 at Civita, Sudberry Properties, Inc.

Origen, Shea Homes

Solaire, ColRich Residential, LLC

Best Project — Detached

Arista at the Crosby, Davidson Communities

Brightwater, Pardee Homes

Sorrento Heights, Pardee Homes

The title sponsor for the icon Awards is U-T San Diego. Presenting sponsor is Fixtures Living and AmeriFirst Financial as the Spotlight Sponsor. Additional support will come from Wells Fargo as the Show Sponsor, N.N. Jaeschke & Professional Community Management as the Wine Sponsor, Davidson Communities as the Champagne Sponsor and Garden Communities as the Dessert Sponsor. : 2012