Contractors congregate to celebrate holidays |

Contractors congregate to celebrate holidays

Courtesy of Vicki Kahn/Sierra SunRich Loverde, left, presents Steve Kane with an award for best subcontractor of the year as Tom Just, right, looks on.

If youre looking for a contractor to build your dream house, there were plenty of them to choose from recently the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoes (CATT) Christmas holiday party recently at the Resort at Squaw Creek.

About 340 guests came for dinner, a live and silent auction, dancing to The Bystanders and to honor those who have excelled in the local building industry in the past year.

Truckees Mark Tanner of his eponymous company was awarded the builder of the year award. Others nominated for builder of the year included John Corda Construction, Steve Isbell Construction, Rich Loverde Builders, Joe Morris of GLA Morris Construction, and Bruce Olson Construction.

Special awards were also given to Griggs Custom Homes for its Russell Valley Sheep Camp Fence project for the public works/recreation project of the year, East West Partners and Robert Marr Construction for the Sunset Idea House for Alternative building methods project of the year, MWA Architects for The Rock development for commercial project of the year, M.D. Construction andamp; Consulting for 12565 Settlers Lane, Old Greenwood for residential project of the year, Kurt Westerlund of Advanced Framework for volunteer of the year, Cris Yturri of ABC Supply for supplier of the Year, architect Dennis Zirbel for professional of the year, and Steve Kane of A.C. Electric for subcontractor of the year.

Some of those leaving the hard hats and hammers behind for the night were, Katherine Palmer-Corann and Mitch Clarin, Julie and David Coates, Carey and Paul Griggs, Tom Just, Ruth and Breeze Cross, Janet and Rich Loverde, Carol and Bill Kaufman, Alice and Bill Doyle, Tillio Olcese, Pat and Frank Ross, Dennis and Barbara Schlumpf, architect Peter Gerdin, attorney Bob French, Tim Taylor, Carolyn Wallace Dee, Ted Owens, Francesca and Gerald Wallace, Sandy and Mike Pelletier, Deborah and Larry Lapkin, Robin Haynes, Johnny Bias, Erik Starks, Karen and John Mills of Mountain Home Center, Cass and Gerry Rodriguez, Cindy Gustafson and Wally Auerbach, Amy and Sam Marsh, Elisabeth and Tom Grossman, Clair Provan and Todd Mather, Betty Scott and Andrew Cross, and CATT executive director Pat Davison. In her spare time, Vicki Kahn is a Realtor with Prudential California Realty in Tahoe City. You can e-mail her at

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