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December 04, 2006
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Local developers receive award for meritorious service from builders association
Ainslie-Widener Award

2006 Tidewater Builders Association President John E. Olivieri (left) presents Ainslie-Widener partners (from left) Bob Widener, Jeff Ainslie and John Ainslie with the first-ever Tidewater Builders Association Meritorious Service Award at the annual Builders Ball and Installation of Officers Dec. 2.

The first-ever Tidewater Builders Association Meritorious Service Award was presented to a Virginia Beach builder/developer, Ainslie-Widener, Friday, Dec. 2 at the TBA’s annual Builders Ball and Installation of Officers at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The award, presented by the nonprofit trade association, recognizes a company that demonstrates an extraordinary high level of commitment to the home building industry. Accepting the award were company partners, John Ainslie, Jeff Ainslie and Bob Widener.

TBA 2006 President John Olivieri recognized the company for its commitment to the TBA Building Trades Academy, which provide training designed to direct low-income resident into a career in the building trades. Ainslie Widener recently contributed $50,000 to keep the program in operation after a cut in Federal funds.

In addition, the company donated $10,000 toward the TBA Scholarship House and has been designating a portion of every closing toward the TBA Shelter Response Foundation, which assists citizens who have lost their homes due to emergencies or disaster.

The business partners have also contributed their time and expertise to the industry, with John Ainslie currently serving as TBA president, and Jeff Ainslie and Bob Widener having served as president in the past.

Widener is currently chairing the TBA Building Task Force, which is developing a plan for a new association headquarters.

Jeff Ainslie is heading a task force charged with securing long-term funding for the Building Trades Academy. He served as chair of the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board and this summer arranged a hard hat camp for area guidance counselors to familiarize them with careers in the building trades.

Ainslie-Widener was also developer for The Estates of Pitchkettle Farms, site of TBA’s 2006 Homearama.

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