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BIA promotes Makinster to Government Affairs Director
Vancouver, Wash – (March 6, 2019) – The Building Industry Association of Clark County (BIA) has promoted Ryan Makinster to the role of Government Affairs Director. Makinster was brought on staff in March of 2018 and has quickly expanded the reach of the BIA’s community presence and government relations efforts. “Ryan jumped in, rolled up his sleeves and learned the nuances of our industry in record time. The experience and expertise he brings to this role has already made a difference for our members,” shared Michael Shanaberger, BIA President and Director of Sales & Marketing for Romano Construction.
Ryan provides an active and visible presence in our local communities at city council meetings and county work sessions to represent the building industry. He works collaboratively with builders, developers and county officials to align priorities and goals to support the homebuilding industry and its efforts to offer affordable housing for all markets in Clark County.
Prior to joining the BIA, Makinster was the Executive Director of the Brewers Guild of Alaska and President of mAK Consulting a government relations, communications and organization management firm. Makinster has more than 18 years of non-profit administration, public relations, communications, and government relations experience. His previous responsibilities included member relations, industry education and advocacy, and managing the day-to-day operations of the organization. He was also responsible for communications, development and government relations.
Earlier in his career Makinster served as Executive Director for the Southeast Alaska Guides Association and Communications Consultant for Kenai River Sportfishing Association and as Chief of Staff to Representative Mia Costello. He has also worked as Communications and Events Director for the Alaska Chamber and Communications Director for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. Before that, he spent over 5 years as a legislative aide in the Alaska House of Representatives and Senate.
Makinster holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University. Makinster is originally from Longview, WA and graduated from Mark Morris High School.
If you wish to contact Ryan directly, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Clark County is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of all businesses involved with real estate, land development, homebuilding and construction.
Stephanie Frisch, PR Director