Building Industry Magazine - October - (Page 28)
MARRONE AND THE POWER OF
The new CEO and chief lobbyist of the BIA-Hawaii focuses on ways
to benefit members, businesses and homeowners
he biggest challenge facing Hawaii's building industry,
says Gladys Quinto Marrone, the new CEO of the
Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii), is
the $700,000 median price of a home, which is projected to
hit the $1 million mark by 2018.
According to the petite veteran attorney and researcher,
barriers to increasing the housing supply include unnecessary regulatory requirements, prolonged permitting processes and the lack of infrastructure.
"It's quite clear that we have a supply and demand issue:
not enough supply plus high demand equals high prices,"
she says. "We need to build more homes at all price points
if we want to preserve our middle class, provide opportunities for the next generation and desire a viable and sustainable future in Hawaii."
The Kalihi-raised Marrone, a proud 1985 Farrington
alumna, on Labor Day was named the new CEO and chief
lobbyist of BIA-Hawaii, succeeding Karen Nakamura, who
is retiring after 16 years as CEO of the highly regarded notfor-profit trade organization.
"BIA-Hawaii is very fortunate to have Gladys Marrone
leading us into new ways of work in our industry," says
Nakamura, who plans to lead Karen T. Nakamura
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Associates. "Her experience and knowledge of our industry
reinforces the importance of BIA's mission: serving as the
voice of the construction industry and ensuring the quality
of life for the people of Hawaii."
The selection of Marrone, the organization's government relations director since 2011, ended several months
of "an exhaustive search nationwide" by the BIA Search
Committee, says BIA-Hawaii President Brian Adachi.
Adachi, of BKA Builders, Inc., adds that "when it was all
said and done, Gladys was the best candidate." Her government relations experience helped make her the final choice,
he says, because that's "one of the primary focuses of our
Before joining BIA-Hawaii, Marrone was a planner for
Group 70 International, Inc., director of research and legal
affairs for the Land Use Research Foundation (LURF) of
Hawaii, associate director of policy and planning for the
Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs and research attorney
for the Hawaii State Senate Majority Research Office. She
earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from
the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor
from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the
University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Industry Magazine - October
VOLUMES OF RECOVERY
NEW CEO AT BIA-HAWAII
PACIFIC BUILDING TRADE EXPO PROGRAM
POISED FOR A REBOUND
PRESENTING THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF HAWAII
Contracts Awarded/ Low Bids
Spotlight on Success: Daniel K. Inouye Fighter Squadron Facility
Concept to Completion: Hale Kula Elementary School
Faces: Remodel It Right, Remodel It Green Expo
Building Industry Magazine - October