This arrived seconds ago from California Building Industry Association spokesman John Frith about the sudden death of BIA Chairman Ray Becker:
Since many of you interviewed him during the past year, I thought I would let you know that CBIA's Chairman, Ray Becker, died Tuesday at home at age 59. Ray was a veteran of California's development struggles, having worked for Lennar in Riverside County for many years before taking on the job of shepherding DMB Associates' master planned community near Hollister through the entitlement process four years ago. Funeral arrangements are pending.
We have created a tribute page on our Web site http://www.cbia.org/go/cbia/about-cbia/tribute-to-ray-becker/ and his official bio is also posted http://www.cbia.org/go/cbia/about-cbia/cbia-leadership/
From a PR person's standpoint, Ray was a gem to work with. He was knowledgeable, articulate, and non-confrontational. He understood the constraints the media work under and was willing to educate reporters and editors about our industry and the challenges it faces. For that and many other reasons, he will be missed.
We will also post his obit once it becomes available.
Vice President/Public Affairs