Howard Building Corporation news
HBC Is Growing!
150 and counting!
HBC Is Hiring!
We are looking for dedicated and talented people to join our team in Orange County and Los Angeles. For more information, go to the Careers page on our website.
HBC says goodbye to one employee and welcomes a new hire!
HBC says goodbye to Erin Pearce after almost two years of hard work and fun. Erin and her family are moving to the State of Washington. She will be missed and we wish her lots of success!
Gary Conrad: Building HBC One Relationship at a Time
After more than 30 years as a leading principal at HBC, Gary Conrad is retiring. His tireless efforts to build the company's visibility and reputation in the market significantly contributed to what HBC is today, a leader in Southern California's tenant improvement construction industry. We sat down with Gary to chat about his role in the beginning of the company, significant moments in its growth, and how he looks to the future.
In Loving Memory of Tello Hernandez
HBC is profoundly saddened at the passing of Eleuterio “Tello” Hernandez. After 15 years with HBC, it is hard to imagine the company without him. He passed away on December 10. We’d like to take a moment to celebrate Tello’s spirit and honor his legacy.
Women in Construction Week: An Interview with Sarah Webb
As part of a nationwide movement, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and the greater construction community annually devotes the first week of March to highlighting the growing role of women in the industry. Every year, the community showcases, empowers, and celebrates women who devote their careers to this field. HBC joins the celebration by sitting down with one of our very own women in construction, Sarah Webb, to talk about her experiences and insights. Sarah is a Project Manager at HBC, and over the span of a successful 35-year career, has managed projects for LoanDepot, Belkin, The Bouqs Co., and UST Global, among others.
HBC Salutes Our Veterans!
As Americans, and as civilians, we occasionally take for granted the freedom and liberties our everyday lives are accustomed to, and that our forefathers fought so courageously to establish. The brave men and women who have served our country, and who continue to serve today, risking their own lives for the betterment of others, deserve our gratitude and respect on daily basis, not just one a year. This month, we remember and thank our Veterans, across all branches, for their service and sacrifice.
Welcome to the team, Olivia Crever!
HBC is pleased to announce that Olivia has joined our team as Director of Client Relations. Her previous position as Client Services Manager for a well-respected global design firm has given her a wealth of experience in identifying and developing strategic growth initiatives. At HBC, she will be responsible for amplifying our presence in Southern California by developing relationships with new and existing clients. Olivia comes highly regarded and has extensive connections within the industry.
The Life and Legacy of Gary Conrad
Reflecting on the life and legacy of one of our founders is by no means accomplished in one article, one celebration, or one moment of silence. Understanding the enormity of Mr. Conrad’s contribution to HBC may be achieved only by devoting an entire career to the industry or working alongside him building the company into what it is now. Although words pale in comparison to his dynamic, charismatic personality, we continue to celebrate Gary Conrad and the inextricable influence he will always have on HBC and the industry.
Recognizing Our Project Management Staff
We’d like to take a moment to recognize our project management staff working on the front lines and making sure every project is running smoothly. Our project management teams function like a well-oiled machine, bidding on potential projects, coordinating the intricacies of current projects, and meeting the demands of everything in between. They are collaborators, creators, and innovators, and they are a crucial component of our growing family of 170.
Celebrating Women in Construction
As we quickly approach the end of March, we’d like to commemorate all the women in construction and, in particular, shine a spotlight on a few women at HBC. Last year, we interviewed one of our Project Managers, Sarah Webb, to glean insight about how to have a successful career in construction. If you missed it, you can find the article here.
Leadership in the Midst of a Crisis
Nobody could have predicted the sequence of events that occurred as a result of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Aside from major, irrevocable consequences caused by a virus that nobody had heard of just a few months prior, businesses across the world have been forced to adapt quickly. As a result, businesses and communities are rising to the occasion and demonstrating resiliency, courage, and fortitude in a situation where a straightforward solution is muddled underneath layers of “what-if” scenarios. There are truly inspiring stories of leaders who are facing the unknown head-on while providing stability to others in the midst of a global crisis. Here is how HBC’s employee-owners are navigating the coronavirus outbreak.
To Our Clients & Industry Partners
Howard Building Corporation (HBC) has been able to maintain regular business hours and keep a vast majority of jobsites open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our standard business practices, however, have been anything but regular. Our office staff has adapted to a work-from-home model, and our field staff has been adapting to new jobsite guidelines. As we move into the next phase of California’s reopening, we will transition again, this time towards some semblance of “normal.” While we don’t know what this new phase looks like, we know HBC is prepared to take the challenge in stride.
Genevieve West Recently Promoted to Vice President
HBC is pleased to announce that Genevieve West has been promoted to Vice President. In her new role, she will oversee the Business Development and Marketing departments while serving as an additional layer of executive support.
HBC Welcomes Chad Epeneter!
Chad Epeneter has joined HBC as a Director of Client Relations in the Los Angeles office. He has previously held management roles at Lincoln Property Company, CBRE, and DPR Construction. At HBC, Chad will be joining Olivia Crever and Nima Namdar as part of the Business Development team. They work alongside our Project Management and Executive teams to provide the very best service for our clients.
Welcome to the team, Josh Farmer!
Josh Farmer joins the Howard Building Corporation team as a Project Manager in the Los Angeles Office. With over 10 years of construction experience, he is well respected in the industry and has the qualifications to prove it:
Mark Fuller joins USGBC-LA's Board of Directors
Mark Fuller, Executive Vice President of HBC, has been elected to be on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) chapter. He will join 24 other sustainability leaders from throughout the architectural, engineering, and construction industry to lead the conversation in creating a healthy and sustainable future.
An ESOP Story: Howard Building Corporation
How did HBC evolve into an ESOP?In the early eighties, a young Mike Howard sought a solution to a problem he saw in the industry. The term “tenant improvement,” as we now understand it, was not yet a fully developed category. Construction firms were doing it all, from core and shell to the interior. It was a noble pursuit, but by the time these firms got around to the interior, resources had run low. Little time and money were being spent on building the interior—the heart—of these spaces. Mike Howard’s solution? Howard Building Corporation (HBC).
Welcoming Three New Superintendents to our Team!
We are happy to announce the newest additions to our Superintendent team – Mark Koch, Dave Young, and Mike Quintero!
HBC Welcomes Jordan Sherman to the Team!
We’re thrilled to announce an exciting addition to our Business Development team! Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Jordan Sherman, our new Director of Client Relations. We couldn't be more excited to have her on board as we continue to prioritize and enhance our client relationships.
Celebrating Two Well-Deserved Promotions to Assistant Superintendent!
HBC is excited to welcome Derian Barillas and Francisco Flores to their new roles as Assistant Superintendents. They have both demonstrated tremendous skill and dedication in their previous roles, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish as Assistant Superintendents. Let’s learn more about them!
Joseph Chan Nominated as CFO of the Year
We're thrilled to share that our esteemed CFO, Joseph Chan, has been nominated for the prestigious Los Angeles Business Journal CFO of the Year award!
Mark Fuller Talks About HBC's Culture
Celebrating Sarah Webb's Retirement
After an impressive career spanning 40 years as an industry veteran, Sarah Webb is retiring. In 2013, Sarah joined Howard Building Corporation (HBC) as a Project Manager, and she has been loved and admired by clients and colleagues alike. During her time with HBC, Mrs. Webb completed over 1.5 million square feet for high-profile clients such as Appfolio, Pacific Life, loanDepot, and Belkin. In 2021 alone, she was recognized by GlobeSt.com, CREW-OC, and the Orange County Business Journal for her contributions to the industry.
Women of Influence at HBC
HBC’s very own Sharon Christensen, Director of Administration, and Annie Mark, Senior HR Generalist, were featured in Los Angeles Business Journal’s special edition of “Women of Influence: Construction, Architecture, and Engineering.” Both were nominated due to their tremendous contributions to HBC, and we could not be more proud of them! Read on to learn more about Sharon and Annie.
Congratulations to our New Vice Presidents!
We would like to congratulate the newest Vice Presidents of HBC. Learn more about each of the VPs here.
Honoring Our Veterans
HONORING OUR VETERANS Today, and every day, we thank and honor our Veterans. We recognize and appreciate the unique skills and leadership that military members possess, and we seek to foster recognition and inclusion of these qualities in our workplace.
Construction Corner with Olivia Crever & Matt Loorya
HBC’s Director of Client Services, Olivia Crever, recently sat down with Vice President, Matt Loorya, to discuss how the industry has adapted during the pandemic. Click to hear thoughts and ideas on where we are now and where we think things are headed. Check it out!
Women in Construction: In Review and Moving Forward
As we close out Women’s History Month this year, we’d like to reiterate that the progress we’ve made will help propel us forward for the work we have yet to do. HBC has made great strides in recruiting, training, and promoting female industry leaders and, as a result, we’ve seen the following positive changes:
Paul McGunnigle Awarded USGBC-LA’s Heart of the Chapter
The Los Angeles Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LA) recently hosted their annual Green Gala to present the 10th Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards and recognize community leaders committed to building sustainable environments. Attendees included an online guest list of local government and industry professionals, including architects, general contractors, construction managers, real estate developers, LEED professionals, and other sustainability supporters. This year, USGBC-LA wanted to recognize the leaders spearheading the sustainability movement and instilling humanity into the built environment.