Cloverdale contractor honoured

Gary Friend has been inducted into the Greater Home Builders Association Hall of Fame.

Gary Friend of South Ridge Developments in Cloverdale has been inducted into the GVHBA's hall of fame.

Gary Friend of South Ridge Developments in Cloverdale has been inducted into the GVHBA's hall of fame.

A Cloverdale businessman has been inducted into the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association Hall of Fame.

Gary Friend of South Ridge Developments Ltd., was inducted at the association’s awards of excellence, presented Oct. 3 at an event in Coquitlam.

The awards honour association members who have demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment and dedication to their profession.

Friend is also a past president of the association. He served in 2005.

He’s also the recipient of the 2010 Canadian Home Builders Association National Beaver Award, presented to an outstanding new home builder, developer or renovator in recognition of their dedication and services to the association on a national level.

Bob de Wit has been appointed the new chief executive officer for the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association.

He replaces outgoing CEO Peter Simpson, who is retiring at the end of October. Simpson is also a 2012 hall of fame inductee.