03 Mar National Association of Home Builders
Barry Rutenberg, a Gainesville, FL based home builder and remodeler with more than 35 years of experience in the building industry, is the 2011 First Vice Chairman of the Board of the more than 160,000 member National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Rutenberg is president of Barry Rutenberg and Associates, Inc. in Gainesville, and his firm has developed more than a dozen communities and 1,000 homes in the Gainesville area.
He has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. He has been a member of NAHB’s Board of Directors since 1980 and served on more than 20 NAHB committees, councils and task forces. He also has served as an NAHB national vice president representing Florida and Puerto Rico three different times: 1994-1995, 2001-2002 and 2007-2008.
Rutenberg has also served as chairman of NAHB’s Building Materials Task Force, and in that role he has testified before the International Trade Commission and committees of the U.S. Senate and the Canadian House of Commons.
A third-generation home builder, Rutenberg was president of the Florida Home Builders Association in 2000. He also served as the 1978 president of the Builders Association of North Central Florida, the local association representing home builders in the Gainesville area. He was selected by his peers as Florida Builder of the Year in 1994, and as the Gainesville Builder of the Year in 1982, 1993 and 1998. In 2007 Rutenberg joined his father, Arthur Rutenberg, as an inductee in the Florida Housing Hall of Fame. Arthur Rutenberg was inducted in 1996, and when Barry joined him in 2007 they became the first father-son team in the Florida Housing Hall of Fame.
Rutenberg is involved in a wide range of philanthropic and civic organizations. He serves on the Board of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of Directors of the Conservation Trust for Florida, and on the Issues Advisory Board of Florida Defenders of the Environment.
He graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in 1970 and earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard University in 1972.
Rutenberg’s wife, Kris, is a speech language pathologist on the clinical faculty at the University of Florida. They are the parents of two adult children and have two grandchildren.