ASHLEY EBNET, Executive Officer
The building industry is always changing and that’s the kind of exciting challenge that brought Ashley Ebnet to the Anchorage Home Builders Association. “I enjoy that every day is different and challenging in its own way,” said Ebnet, AHBA’s executive officer. “It allows me to be creative and develop new solutions that best align with our mission.”
Ebnet holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and associate’s degree in marketing from Capella University. Prior to her position with AHBA, she spent several years working in the dental industry. Ebnet views AHBA as an opportunity to work on a variety of different initiatives throughout the community, with the end goal of bettering Alaska. “AHBA is here for Alaskans, run by Alaskans, in hopes of doing what’s best for our community,” Ebnet said.
Ebnet believes deeply in AHBA’s mission of protecting the American dream of homeownership. “We meet with local and national legislators on numerous issues from building codes to enforcement issues and even energy efficiency,” Ebnet said. “This is all in hopes of creating fair and accommodating regulations for Alaskans.”
Ebnet believes lack of labor is a nationwide challenge in the building industry. She says builders struggle to find qualified and dependable employees and this results in higher building costs. AHBA is working with the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the Anchorage School District to empower students to explore careers in the building industry via their nationally accredited apprenticeship program. “We want to influence the younger generation to take a role in building up our state,” Ebnet said.
Beyond her passion for building up her community, Ebnet enjoys spending time with her two children, fishing and traveling.