January 18 , 2005

Once again the legislature and the building industry forge ever closer ties. As one lobbyist for SAHBA moves into the state legislature; he is replaced by a legislator turned lobbyist ! The ever revolving door . . This is a copy of SAHBA President Ed Taczanowsky's column from the January issue of Blueprint magazine.

Here We Come
By Ed Taczanowsky, President

What exciting times for SAHBA!  There are so many new things happening, I hardly know where to start.

First is our newly formed chapter in Cochise County .  What a great partnership and honor to represent the members of the Southeast Arizona Contractors Association (SACA) as our new brethren.  SACA is under the direction of the Chapter Board of Directors headed by Robert Kirk of Southwest Desert Images.  SAHBA looks forward to representing its members in a positive manner on industry issues in Cochise County. 

On the state level, we say goodbye to our lobbyist Jonathan Paton who was elected to the State House of Representatives.  What an exciting time for him. 

The challenge to replace him was met.  SAHBA hired Copper State Consulting Group, headed by Stan Barnes.  Barnes spent six years in the Arizona legislature prior to forming his lobbying firm.  In his public service career, Barnes served on almost every key committee at the state level.  He brings us full-time representation in Phoenix, and his firm brings broad-based expertise to our legislative needs.

SAHBA has hired Fennemore Craig P.C. as our Corporate council.  John Kofron will assist SAHBA on non-profit corporate matters, general commercial litigation, and other Association needs, and attend our Executive Committee.  Kofron has been practicing for over 30 years and his expertise is in construction law.

Jeff Gross of Gallagher & Kennedy will serve SAHBA as Council on legislative, City, County and Town matters.  Gross has practiced law for over 17 years and is a certified real estate law specialist, bestowed by the Arizona State Bar.

Add to that our terrific staff and volunteer leadership and look out 2005.  Here we come!
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