The exec has landed

Otto Epp’s focus has shifted from aviation to construction.

Otto Epp is the new executive director of the Central Alberta Home Builders Association.

Otto Epp’s focus has shifted from aviation to construction.

The former operations manager with the Red Deer Regional Airport, Epp began work this week as executive officer with the Canadian Home Builders Association — Central Alberta. He replaces Scott Boyd, who left the association several months ago.

“What I’ve been working on so far, it seems quite interesting and I think it’ll be quite an enjoyable position,” said Epp.

“There won’t be much down time, that’s for sure.”

In addition to familiarizing himself with the CHBA and its local operations and members, he’s already preparing for next spring’s Red Deer Home and Garden Show.

“It’s a steep learning curve. There’s a lot going on here.”

Epp was a maintenance manager at Toronto Pearson International Airport before he moved to Central Alberta in 2001 to work at the Red Deer Regional Airport. He remained operations manager there until January.

After helping with airport operation manuals on a contract basis, Epp decided to join the Central Alberta branch of the CHBA. He hadn’t previously worked in the industry, but had overseen the construction of two of his own homes from scratch.

“I’ve dealt with developers and contractors, and kind of know that side of it.”

Epp’s interest in the residential construction sector is also reflected in the fact he’s attended every Home and Garden Show since arriving in Red Deer.

He hopes soon to get out and meet the local CHBA members, explaining that their input will help him with his new job.

Although Epp currently resides in Springbrook, he plans to construct a home in Red Deer — with help from local builders.

“I’m thinking, this is the perfect position to be in for that.”

hrichards@bprda.wpengine.com

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