Whatcom building group names annual award winners

The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County has announced honors granted to four members for outstanding contributions during 2012.

Remodeler of the Year: Marinus Van de Kamp, president and CEO of the design and construction firm Landmark Enterprises Inc. in Bellingham.

Van de Kamp earned a degree in construction technology in 1978 at the MTS in Ede, Netherlands. He worked in construction before moving to the United States in 1987, where he became a co-owner of Landmark Enterprises in 1990.

He is a former director of the Building Industry Association of Washington, and remains an active member of the BIAWC’s Master Remodelers Council.

Associate of the Year: Stephanie Artino, CPA and owner of Artino Advisory Group PS.

Artino has been BIAWC’s treasurer for four years, and has also chaired the organization’s charity golf tournament committee for the past two years. She works with BIAWC’s finance committee, and is a contributor to its board of directors.

Artino was a partner for many years at Metcalf Hodges, and has since branched out to start her own firm in Bellingham.

Most Valuable Political Player: Charlie Crabtree, owner of CCC Services, a business services firm in the Laurel area of Whatcom County,

Crabtree was recently elected chairman of the Whatcom County Republican Party. He was also an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention this summer.

Builder of the Year: Dick Skeers, owner of Skeers Construction Inc. in Bellingham.

Skeers Fairhaven Reality and then Tamarack Properties, before launching his current company.

He is a life director of BIAWC, and was organization’s president in 1980, 1989 and 2001. He also serves as a state director for the Building Industry Association of Washington.

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