A Taranaki builder has worked his way up the Master Builders Association ranks to the position of national president.
Former Master Builders vice- president Dave Fabish, of David Fabish Ltd Construction, was elected to the role at the association's 2012 annual general meeting in Tauranga last weekend.
Master Builders chief executive Warwick Quinn said it was standard for the vice-president to move into the president's position for a two-year term.
One of the president's main roles was to represent the members' perspectives on the board of trustees, he said.
Mr Fabish had worked hard to earn himself the title of national president, Mr Quinn said.
"They come up through the ranks, if you like, from when they first join the organisation."
The president receives a small salary for his work, which is extremely time- consuming, he said.
"They spend an enormous amount of time out of their business, which they have to try to operate at the same time."
The role of Master Builders president allowed one to gain a greater understanding of the industry and members' expectations, as well as meet with ministers to discuss issues facing the sector, he said.
"It also helps them to lead the organisation to a new place and they're at the forefront of that."
Mr Fabish said a big issue facing the association at present was educating members about the Licensed Building Practitioners scheme - one of the changes in the Building Act 2004 to encourage better building design and construction.
"It's critical that this is implemented correctly," Mr Fabish said.
The association was currently in good shape but the New Zealand building industry was proving a bit sluggish, he said.
"The building industry is at a very low level of work."
New home consents were the lowest since records began in 1965, but Master Builders members had handled the downturn well, he said.
"It's encouraging that our members have been robust and resilient."
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