Board of Directors Leadership
Board members serve 3 year staggered terms
Sales Development Director
Ben joined the Board of Directors in 2017 - As a lifelong resident of Sonoma County, Ben always puts his community first. Local values with a global impact is an ideology that he has championed throughout his career in sales and clean energy. As a top professional in the solar industry, Ben ensures Simply Solar's, industry-leading, sales and customer service process – one that is driven by a true passion for solar power and the benefits it provides to communities.
Chief Executive Officer
Marin Builders Association
Chief Executive Officer
In collaboration with the Board of Directors, Rick is responsible for the leadership of the Marin Builders Association. He manages all strategic planning, program development, and finances. Rick specializes in building effective organizational structure and creating sustainable initiatives.
Rick served as President and CEO of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Vallejo Chamber of Commerce. He holds degrees from UC Davis and Presidio Graduate School. Rick serves on several local Boards in Marin County.
Whiteside Concrete Construction
Michelle is a proud Marin Native with a love for business, building, design, and creating. She started her career in mortgage banking and real estate and continues to be a player in the RE industry, maintaining an active broker’s license today. Always looking to tackle new business challenges, Michelle saw an opportunity in hospitality in the early 2000s. She owned and operated 3 Marin County restaurants before making her pivot into construction. In 2008, Michelle joined her husband, Dave, at Whiteside Construction- a company he founded in 1986. She is a c-level executive who has been instrumental in the continued growing success of the business. Michelle’s passion for building her community and helping others is the foundation of her career in construction.
Hubbell Daily Architecture + Design
From an early age, Brad envisioned himself as an Architect. Part of that vision included exposure to other cultures and fields of study. To that end, he has studied in New Orleans, Seattle, Paris and Sydney, covering an undergraduate degree in painting and a Masters in Architecture.
Brad enjoys a collaborative approach, working closely with other trades and his clients to achieve inspired and unique solutions to every project. In his 30+ years of architectural design, Brad has worked on projects from San Francisco Victorians to contemporary, modern homes and is drawn to projects that demand creative and practical responses to meet the clients’ needs and styles.
Brad Hubbell and his wife and designer, Suzanne Daily, incorporated Hubbell Daily Architecture + Design in 2003. HDA has a growing, varied body of projects throughout the Bay Area.
Nicole is CEO of GreenLynx, a C21 and General B contractor, and reuse facility in Santa Rosa. She began reclaiming materials from commercial TI jobs in San Francisco while working for her grandfather and mother. Since then, she has overseen over 200 construction, deconstruction and salvage projects around the Bay Area and New York.
Nicole has also worked for non-profits focused on the environment and Native American youth. Nicole is Chair of the Reuse Alliance, founded the Bay Area Deconstruction Workgroup, and she organized the new “Building Women” group of Marin Builders Association.
Nicole graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Conservation Resources and Native American Studies, and UC Davis with an MS in Community Development. Nicole is married and lives in Novato with her two children.
Immediate Past President
Dan Ross was born in Atlanta, Georgia, grew up in Chula Vista and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1974. Today he is the owner/president of Ross Painting, which he began in 1986.
Dan has been a member of MBA since the late 1980s and has been a member of Painting Contractors Association (PCA) since 1986 and was on the national board of directors for 7-years.
Dan married Dina Spadini in 1982. He has two beautiful daughters and one gorgeous granddaughter.
Contractors Business Centers
Business Development Manager
Mary joined the Board in 2017. Mary has worked at Contractors State License Schools for 30 years in all capacities helping students further their construction careers. Her many professional accomplishments include Presidents Club Member at CSLS for the past 27 years, Certified RRP, Mentor of the Year Award, and Student Counselor of the Year. Mary volunteers for Habitat For Humanities, Contractors Caring for Kids and American Cancer Society Race for the Cure. Mary attended Diablo Valley College where she studied business.
Mary's first love is her family. She has been married to her best friend, Ken for 31 years. They are parents to two wonderful adult children- son Adam and daughter Ashley who just had a daughter, Amelia Rose. She is their first grandbaby and the apple of their eye!
Golden State Lumber, Inc.
Vice President of Operations
Danny is Vice President of Operations at Golden State Lumber in San Rafael. He grew up working in the restaurant industry in Marin both catering, and at his family’s restaurant. After graduating from Saint Mary’s College he began his career at Golden State Lumber in 2002. Over time he has learned the business through many different roles within the organization. Danny currently resides in Petaluma with his wife and two children.
Director and Past President
Dibble & Company
Oliver has over 30 years in the building trades in roles from Apprentice to Project Executive. With early experience in his family's contracting business, he has been associated with a number of high profile projects throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Oliver has been a licensed general contractor since 1980, member of the Marin Builders Association since 1986 and is a past President of the Board of Directors (2003).
Director and Past President
Thompson Builders Corporation
Clayton has served on the Board since 2013. Clayton has built his 27-year career with Thompson Builders Corp. and is currently Vice President of Business Development. His construction experience encompasses new construction, modernizations and seismic improvements of schools, public buildings, housing developments, and other large-scale general building and engineering projects. Clayton oversees Project Managers on large scale projects to ensure the project progresses according to schedule and budget and is responsible for all aspects of bidding and pre-construction for alternative delivery type projects.
Zohar (Zack) Ilinetsky
Green Bay Remodeling, Inc.
Zack Ilinetsky, Partner and COO at Green Bay Remodeling Inc., has over 10 years of experience in the construction industry. A result-oriented and driven leader, Zack has been part of every task imaginable in the building process. He uses his years of hands-on experience to manage his residential projects' many details, which have ranged in size from 1,000 to 14,000 square feet, serving over a 120-mile radius in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has always prioritized recruiting the highest quality employees and encourages continuous improvement through training and learning about new developments in the industry, resulting in knowledgeable Project Managers, successful builds, and 100% satisfied clients.
Lamperti Contracting & Design
Sean Kelly is the owner of Lamperti Contracting and Design. Lamperti has been in Marin since 1965. Sean was first involved with Lamperti as a sub contractor and then took over ownership in 2005. Lamperti is very well known as a high end Kitchen and Bath remodeling company and Sean works very hard to maintain that reputation. He has been in the construction business in Marin since starting his first company, Elite Builders in 1990. He is actively involved in every aspect of the business. Sean Kelly is excited to be a part of the board so that he can provide needed services to other builders in this community.
Director and Past President
Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP
Daniel F. McLennon is managing Partner of Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP’s San Francisco office. He has over 30 years of experience as Counsel to the construction industry. His services include contract drafting and review, work-outs, mediations, arbitrations, and lawsuits involving license and discipline issues, etc. Dan frequently serves as arbitrator and mediator for the courts of San Francisco and Marin County and is a frequent author and speaker. He is active in numerous trade associations.
Brian has owned and operated McLeran Roofing Company for over 40 years. His father, Charles E. McLeran adopted the motto, “Dependable Roofing Service” when he established McLeran Roofing in Larkspur in 1929. Charles’ simple motto has been the guiding principle of the company since its early days. Brian learned the trade from his father and took over daily operation in 1978. McLeran Roofing has grown over the years under Brian's leadership,but the core belief in quality workmanship, product knowledge and customer service remains a company tradition. McLeran Roofing is a charter member of the Marin Builders Exchange.
Brian worked with the Marin Builders Association and Marin Sanitary Service to establish the Roof to Roads recycling program for roofing materials.
Clare Michael Interiors
Clare has been a member of Marin Builders since 2017 and she currently co-chairs our Building Women Group. With over 23 years of design and project management experience for kitchen and bath remodeling, Clare creates tasteful, comfortable interiors with a specialization of open, natural, and functional kitchens and bathrooms.
"How my clients and business is served has much to do with nine years working in village development with the Institute of Cultural Affairs on three continents with my family in tow. The mosaic of cultural images, tribal habits, religious traditions became embedded in my personal journey opening the door to thinking more inclusively", says Clare.
"These impactful experiences provided curiosity about, “what’s out there? “and “what’s next?”. A great tool to remedy “construction exhaustion”.
Cal-West Rentals, Inc.
Ronnie Neuerburg is an Account Manager at Cal West Rentals who works with contractors to source heavy equipment and small tools to get their job done as safely and efficiently as possible. He believes in under-selling and exceeding expectations. His goal is to create long term healthy relationships with customers who he can one day call friends.
Ronnie lives in Santa Rosa and is engaged to be married in June of 2023 and is excited to see his beautiful family grow.
Fresh Coat Painters Serving Marin
Kim Pace graduated from University of California, Davis in Environmental Design and has always had a passion for architecture, design, creating community, hospitality and sustainability. Kim led global Marketing and Client Service Teams for Fortune 100 Clients and start-ups for several years but found her niche while developing private real estate and a restaurant in Mexico. She launched Fresh Coat Painters Marin in 2020 and is ranked within the Top 25 of over 100 Fresh Coat locations in the United States. Kim created 'Doors of Hope' to offer painting front doors and donating a portion to local Marin charities. She served as a Board Member for Family Works for five years, volunteers for Big Brother Big Sister of North Bay and is a member of BNI Network 54.
Director and Past President
Old Town Glass
John ended up working in the family glass and window business 10+ years ago on a whim, after spending 5 years at Charles Schwab & Co, Inc. in Retail and then International Finance. As CFO he handles all estimating and sales.
Old Town Glass offers expert advice, whether you are an architect, contractor, homeowner, or designer. They frequently work with clients on the design, specification, and installation. Their expertise includes AAMA Installation Master’s Trained Installers. Old Town Glass is a licensed C-17 Glazing Contractor, offering both domestic and European glass window and door systems.
John's diverse experience from working in Community Development for the City of Novato while in high school, software development at Autodesk and international financial services at Schwab, lends a unique skill set that applies well to the construction industry.
Joshua Townsend brings nearly two decades of public and private experience in leading specialized teams to engage communities to find success. His diverse expertise includes strategic outreach, marketing, governmental affairs, and crisis communication. He has trained and mentored staffs that are innovative in driving messages as well as its problem-solving ability. He has cultivated relationships through partnerships with non-profit organizations, government and corporate clients while serving on a number of business organizations Board of Directors.
Ghilotti Bros., Inc.
Born and raised in Novato, Cole is a lifelong resident of Marin County. After studying Agribusiness at Cal Poly SLO, he briefly worked in vineyard management in Napa Valley, before making the transition to construction. As a Project Engineer for Ghilotti Bros., he helps facilitate the safety, quality, and timely delivery of heavy civil construction projects. When he’s not in the office, Cole likes to spend his time fishing, hiking, and playing golf.
UpCycle Builders, Inc.
Rob Walker, founder of UpCycle Builders, Inc., is a fourth generation San Francisco builder. Rob worked for several years as a carpenter for a high-end contractor in San Francisco before founding UpCycle Builders, Inc.. A graduate with honors in Finance and Statistics from the University of Southern California, Rob worked as an equity trader for a large investment bank, and later in investor relations. Prior to USC, Rob attended San Francisco University High School.