The Homebuilders Association of Vancouver’s (HAVAN) board of directors has appointed Ron Rapp, formerly of Morningstar Homes, as HAVAN’s interim CEO for a period of six months.
Rapp has served as a board director for the past seven years including board chair. He also sits as director and chair of government relations committee for CHBA BC. He has a wealth of experience in industry; tremendous knowledge of the association; key relationships with staff and with industry and government influencers; and most importantly a passion for the association, as the voice and face of residential construction.
“The board’s mandate is to ensure the association continues to move forward and deliver on its core values of increased advocacy, education and opportunities for our members,” said HAVAN board chair Garett Wall. “We are fortunate to have someone of Ron’s calibre and in-depth industry knowledge to step up on such short notice. Ron’s history with the association will help to make the transition seamless.”
Rapp is taking over from Bob de Wit, who is taking a medical leave to focus on his health and family. An active CEO role is critical to ensure the association moves forward with its strategic plan initiatives and increases its role in government relations on behalf of its members. Residential construction is the largest employment sector in British Columbia and HAVAN is committed to do everything it can to support the industry.
“The circumstances under which I am joining HAVAN are unfortunate, however I am extremely honoured to fill-in for Bob during his medical leave,” said Rapp. “I am familiar with the board, the staff and the association’s initiatives. I’m passionate about our industry, and with the federal election upon us this fall, we have a lot of work and initiatives to push forward. I’m excited to take on the role.”