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For John Laing Homes’ CEO Larry Webb, the Secret to Success in Any Market Is Catching — and Keeping — the Right People

H. Lawrence (Larry) Webb, 59, has served as CEO of Newport Beach-based John Laing Homes since the firm merged with Watt Homes in 1998. A former schoolteacher with a background in market research, Webb is known for his unique approach to marketing and innovative management style. He is active in NAHB and is past president …

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On a sunny Monday morning in Long Beach, a woman boards a streetcar for a 35-minute ride to downtown Los Angeles, where she’ll visit the Jewelry District to pick up some parts for her husband’s business and return in time to join him for lunch. The year is 1946. It is a time when Southern …

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Masters at their Craft

For more than 44 years, the Gold Nuggets Awards have honored the best and brightest in the building industry for their achievements in architectural design and land-use planning. Over the years, CBIA members have proven their prowess among those in the industry, consistently taking top honors. This year is no exception. During an awards ceremony …

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How to make green building a profitable business strategy

Green Fever. It seems everybody has it these days. The question is, how much of the green frenzy is media hype — a feel-good, save-the-environment story that has everyone jumping on board — and how much has merit from a homebuilding business perspective? For those interested in the dollar-to-dollar return-on-investment associated with building green, most …

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Checks & Balances

1992: It’s the Economy, Stupid 2003: More Housing, Stupid By Timothy L. Coyle CBIA Senior Vice President/Governmental Affairs “It’s the economy, stupid!” Popularized by the Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign team in 1992, this term conveyed to the electorate at the time two key political messages: 1) that (in those recessionary times) people were hurting; and …

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