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Two Contractors Appointed to the Board

01/10/2005
CONTACT:     Sally Ridenour (503-378-4621 ext. 4016)
 
Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski has appointed Tom Skaar and Gwen Elster to the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB).
 
Skaar is from Portland and co-owns Pacific Western Homes. He has been building and developing homes, apartments, commercial buildings and properties in Oregon for more than 25 years. Skaar is a member of the Metro Home Builders Association, Oregon Home Builders Association and has also been actively involved with city planning commissions and development advisory committees.
 
Skaar hopes to help the CCB with its streamlining efforts. “I’m interested in making things better for contractors and consumers,” said Skaar. “I hope to help the board continue to enhance efficiency and reduce red tape.”
 
Elster is from Redmond and co-owns New Windows, Inc. with her husband, Peter. They have owned their business, which specializes in retrofitting windows and siding, for three and a half years.
 
Elster appreciates the board’s emphasis on education and awareness. “It’s important that contractors and consumers understand the laws and rules that affect them,” said Elster. “It’s also important that contractors and consumers know how to work together successfully.”
 
The nine-member board is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. Members include two public members, one elected official and six contractors. The board sets policy and hears claims appeal cases. The CCB licenses more than 41,000 contractors.
 
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