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The Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego chapter installed its 2014 board of directors Wednesday at its annual meeting, held at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse.

Ron Rudolph was sworn in as the new board chairman, replacing Du Wells, who is now the board's immediate past chairman on the board.

Rudolph thanked members and listed his goals for the year, namely the chapter’s strategic plan.

"Being an effective communicator to deliver the chapter’s message to our members is what I will strive for,” Rudolph said.

He also said he wants to enhance better health and safety the association promotes, and establish a culture of "best-in-class" safety for members and eventually the entire industry.

Rudolph also touched on political advocacy, and increasing the government influence the chapter has in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., to advance the association’s merit-shop philosophy and free enterprise.

He added that the chapter needs to continue to lead in workforce development and training apprentices to become the next industry leaders.

Rudolph ended his speech by challenging everyone to bring in one new member each in 2014.

“We need to make a commitment and continuously deliver value to a sustainable and diverse association,” Rudolph said.

Other elected members of the board included Doug Clevenger, treasurer; Diane Koester-Dion, secretary; Richard Freeman, attorney; Philip Piel; Alex Galicia; Bill Lefever; Brian Cox; Ernie Pearn; Paul Rowan; Rick Marshall; Walter Fritz; Jacqui Gamboa-Gaano; and Ken Bertalan.

The 2014 apprenticeship training trust committee was also sworn in and includes Bill Smyth, chairman; Wells, secretary; Eric Bader, treasurer; Brian Lynch, trustee; Matt Harbin, trustee; Jennifer Davis, trustee; Kevin Hartnett, trustee; and Richard Freeman, trustee.

The chapter’s California health trust was also sworn in: Jack Good, chair; Robert Ray; Matt Parker; and Linda Powell.

Sponsors of the event included West Coast Air, BPI Plumbing, Laser Electric and Schwartz Semerdjian Ballard & Cauley LLP.

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