I’d like to welcome all our new members and existing members to a new year with CATT. As the incoming president let me introduce myself. I co-own McEneaney Construction with my brother Kevin. We are life-long residents of Truckee and have been in the construction industry our entire lives. Our company primarily performs interior finish sub-contracting work in Martis, Lahontan and Clear Creek Tahoe. As a business, McEneaney Construction has decided to invest time and resources into CATT for two reasons. First, we have always felt that participating in the events and utilizing the advertising opportunities has allowed us to grow as a business and bounce ideas off our colleagues. Second, and most important, donating resources helps support CATT’s effort to lobby local officials and investigate political candidates views as they relate to a positive building environment.
Despite the COVID pandemic, our local housing market and building industry is thriving. Naturally, we all experienced some hiccups, but as a whole our industry managed to pivot and deal with new compliance requirements while demonstrating safety and resiliency. To that end, CATT under the leadership of Kellie Cutler as Executive Director achieved a couple of notable accomplishments. On October 7th CATT closed on the purchase of our home office on Soaring Way. This has been a long-time goal of CATT members since it began and truly a labor of love (and time) for founding member Mitch Clarin. Huge thanks to him.
Additionally, CATT has fulfilled another long-time goal of hiring our first full-time legal affairs advocate. Last month CATT welcomed Peter Fenolio, who is now devoted to filling the large shoes that Pat Davidson left behind after her retirement. Pete is certainly up for this large task bringing with him a decade of experience in policy and politics at the state and local level and a desire to improve the building environment in North Tahoe where he was raised.
Lastly, I want to thank Pat and Kellie for talking with Congressman Tom McClintock and his staff to get the payroll protection money shifted from taxable income for the owners who took advantage of it to a non-taxable benefit. That’s another huge victory for us all. I am looking forward to reporting other important wins as the CATT Board of Directors establishes our top priorities for the year while representing the interests of a growing membership.
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