July 2015 Newsletter

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, Build Industries board of directors discussed the following matters:

  • The Board of Directors completed their annual review of the authorized powers vested in Build’s President and CEO.
  • The CEO and Board of Directors also acquainted themselves with Build’s newest Board member: John Brooks. Brooks, who is a CPA, oversaw the growth and successful development of the Trinity School in Santa Clarita, where he is the Chief Financial Officer. Build’s Board of Directors voted and elected Mr. Brooks to be the Board’s next treasurer.
  • Build President and CEO, Matt Lynch discussed the departure of one of Build’s primary managers: Patty Cooper. Ms. Cooper will be relocating and will be leaving her position as manager of Support Services, which is comprised of the SEP and ILS departments. In Patty’s absence, the SEP and ILS programs will resume their separation, in which each department was managed by a separate program manager.
  • Executive assistant, Francine Leon has taken on the project of applying for a grant with the Department of Water and Power to fund the removal of the front lawn at the company headquarters in Sylmar. The initial plan was to replace the lawn with a garden. However, according to Mrs. Leon drought related stipulations would require that the garden only be comprised of drought resistant plants.
  • Another key item of discussion centered on the impending municipal efforts to significantly increase the minimum wage. President Lynch notified the Board that the city of Los Angeles plans to institute a minimum wage increase which will require that all employers in the city pay each employee a minimum of $15 per hour by the year 2020. The Board also discussed key components of the ordinance and the effect it will have on the prevailing wage, which is the basis used to establish wages paid to clients in the Work Activity Program. The Board and CEO also discussed ways that Build can remain viable and competitive during such wage mandates, including the possibility of only hiring part time employees, going forward.
  • The CEO and Board of Directors discussed the current vacancy at the Chatsworth WorkSource center and efforts to find a new tenant. There had been an initial agreement reached with a new prospective tenant, but the prospect has not yet provided a final response and follow-up. In the past, President Lynch has also mentioned the possibility of listing the space for as low as 50 cents per square foot to help ensure that the location is attractive to potential lessees.
  • Build CEO and President Matt Lynch, also discussed the renewal of Build’s contract with its corporate auditor. Mr. Lynch also discussed his recent initiative to encourage the auditor to amend the company’s federal and state income taxes, which resulted in a refund of an additional $6500 to the company.
  • The CEO and Board of Directors were also happy to announce that the ongoing legal issues with Build’s previous worker’s compensation insurance provider had been finalized and resolved.
  • The Board had a conversation about Build’s potential proposal for an increase in funding, since this year’s state budget offers no increased funding for programs that serve the intellectually disabled.
  • Build Chatsworth WorkSource center manager, Leonel Fuentes, has written a grant for neighborhood improvements. The grant was for ten thousand dollars. If secured, the grant would be sufficient to fund automatic door openers at the Chatsworth Work Source Center.
  • Mr. Lynch also discussed the annual Small Business Breakfast coordinated by the San Fernando Valley United Chambers of Commerce. President Lynch also discussed his contact with a Wells Fargo executive, who was one of the event’s esteemed awards of recognition recipients. Build and Wells Fargo are now entertaining the idea of a corporate alliance, and an ongoing business relationship, aimed at helping distribute Build’s Good Samaritan kits to help the homeless.
  • The 9th District Court of Appeals’ has decided to rescind the law which mandated that vendored programs in California observe 14 holidays annually. The law’s repeal will also mean that California programs, for the disabled, will no longer be forced to subscribe to a method of billing which requires programs to bill at a half day rate even if a client were in attendance for 65% of that day. The first 8 staff members who read this newsletter and contact Matt, Francine or Joel will receive a gift!!
  • The Board continued its ongoing review of the mounting challenges, to Build’s work activity programs. These challenges are resulting from state and national movements to change the nature of the Department of Labor’s 14 (c) requirements which authorize subminimum wages for clients enrolled in work training programs, and Supported Employment work enclaves. President Lynch made the point that Build has always maintained a strict adherence to the principle of not allowing consumers employed at any company work enclaves to work for less than minimum wage. However, due to the fact that more than 60% of the enclaves in California pay subminimum wages, the President and Board of Directors felt it essential that they consider all of the current disadvantages Build faces in securing additional enclaves, as well as keeping the current enclaves competitive, without paying enclave participants subminimum wages.
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