Mark Kablack, our free safety, is a principal in the law firm of M.A. Kablack and Associates
out of Westborough. Mark is currently the Chairman of the state’s Zoning and Chapter
40B Subcommittee. He previously served as Chair of the Government Affairs Committee.
Mark specializes in Real Estate Law, Environmental Law, Land Use Planning and Municipal
Permitting and Regulation. As Chair of the Subcommittee Mark keeps a watchful eye
on zoning issues proposed or promulgated by the state and is a staunch defender of
the 40B which enables local Zoning Boards of Appeals to approve affordable housing
developments under flexible rules if at least 20-25% of the units have long-term
affordability restrictions. The 40B program has undergone changes from time to time
since its inception and continuous monitoring is required. There are few people in the
state that have a better understanding of zoning and 40B regulations than Mark. Mark is
a frequent contributor to Bay State Builder regarding zoning and land use.
Guy Webb, our cornerback, has been the Executive Officer of the Home Builders and
Remodelers Association of Central Massachusetts for 25 years. His knowledge of the
building and energy codes have made him the perfect defender of unnecessary and
costly code changes. Guy has been attending the Board of Building Regulations and
Standards (BBRS) meetings for over 7 years and has been instrumental in advancing
builder members to both sit on the board and participate in various advisory committees.
Guy frequently testifies before the BBRS to insure fair and equitable regulations for
all our members and although working with and against BBRS is not part of his job
description as an Executive Officer he continues to attend meetings and hearings to
fight for all members of the association. Guy keeps the state Board of Directors apprised
of issues of concern as they arise and is a frequent contributor to the Bay State Builder
regarding building and energy codes.
Ben Fierro, the states middle linebacker, is a partner in the Boston law firm of
Lynch and Fierro and has served as counsel and lobbyist to the state home builders
association for 22 years. Additionally, he was on the staff of the association as associate
counsel from 1981 through 1986. Ben is responsible for strategy and implementation
of the recommendations by the Government Affairs Committee and the state Board
of Directors. Ben has been key in mustering members to testify at legislative hearings,
meet with key legislators and heading up participation in fund raising efforts for
state politicians who understand the importance of providing safe and affordable
housing. Ben is a consistent contributor to the Bay State Builder providing insight and
information regarding the happenings on Beacon Hill. Ben’s knowledge of the issues
facing the home building industry is second to none.
Of course, besides these six outstanding individuals, the association has been rewarded
with many members who also give of their time serving on the Government Affairs
committee, the Utilities subcommittee, the Building Codes committee and the state
Board of Directors. Keeping our industry strong, secure and viable takes not only a high
level of vigilance but it is also truly a team effort. Your association has been successful
because of the strength and commitment of our members.