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Ep. 59 - Russ Shiplet - Kitsap Building Association

Russ Shiplet / Kitsap Building Association

The Kitsap Building Association (KBA) was founded in 1955 in an effort to support residential home builders, contractors, developers and associate members of the building industry.  Serving as advocates for affordable housing, KBA works closely with Kitsap County officials and surrounding jurisdictions to ensure legislation, regulations, policies and codes are reasonable and do not place undue burdens on home builders, home owners and taxpayers.

In an effort to address the lack of an available workforce in the construction trades, the Kitsap Building Association developed the Builder Grant Program (BGP).  The BGP is designed to provide internship opportunities in the home construction industry with a focus on Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Painting & Coating, and HVAC.  Selected recipients receive $1,000 in grant funds to purchase tools, safety equipment and gear, as well as participate in trade-related courses and certifications.  Interns are teamed with a construction trade mentor, working fulltime over a six-month period to become more knowledgeable and gain hands on experience in their designated field of interest.

Russ Shiplet is a graduate of Western Washington University.  He received his MS in Occupational and Technical Education from Old Dominion.  Russ is a former Navy submariner, serving proudly on board the USS Henry M Jackson and USS Nevada as a Sonar Technician.  He has worked as a high school teacher, civil service educator, process improvement director, and currently services as the executive director for the Kitsap Building Association.

In his spare time, Russ oversees youth flag football leagues in Texas and WA state.  In addition, he serves as the senior national security director for American National Combines, providing professional football combines services to the NFL, Canadian Football League, Arena Football League, and the newly formed Alliance of American Football.



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Russ Shiplet / Kitsap Building Association