Posted on Apr 19, 2018

Last month, I was asked by the North State BIA’s Idea District to join in a panel discussion called “Beyond the Hammer” for youth who want to enter the construction industry. The renowned panel of presenters came from a variety of backgrounds and described how they got involved in the construction industry. They also discussed what they do on a day-to-day basis and provided tips and suggestions for getting a job in the real estate development and home building industry. The esteemed line-up included:

  • Burke Bair, BSB Design
  • Brian Durham, MacKay and Somps
  • Kerrie Kelly, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab
  • Brandon Koons, Liberty Bell Smart Home
  • Elizabeth Matulonis, NEXT New Homes Group
  • Catherine Sylvester, HELIX Environmental Planning
  • Libby Wickland, Providence West
  • John Zona, Tim Lewis Communities

What a team! Our perch for the event was the Sacramento Community Tap House and we had 30 up-and-coming attendees. For future Idea District events, visit