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Get Involved in the BIA - Join Our Committees

Get the most out of your BIA membership: join a committee or council. The relationships you build will be invaluable to your business. Look over the brief descriptions below and see which committees and councils interest you.

Contact the BIA at (614) 891-0575 or use this form to join.  Download the Committee Council Application PDF.

Associates Council

Meets the second Thursday of each month at 8:15 am at the BIA.

Join this council to meet other associate members, as well as builders. You’ll plan and participate in some of the BIA’s most popular major events, including Networking Night.

  • Chair - Amanda Sexton, Distinctive Residential Design
  • Vice Chair - Ann Misiolek, Parksite
  • BIA Staff Liaison - Linda Winrod, Marketing & Membership Sales Director

Build Political Action Committee (PAC)

Meets on an as-needed basis. Closed meeting.

Network with key BIA members, as you support candidates who understand the need for economic growth and who support housing at all economic levels.

  • Chair - Mark Braunsdorf, Compass Homes
  • BIA Staff Liaison - Jim Hilz, Executive Director

Builders & Developers Council

Meets the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 pm at the BIA.

This council gives members a unique opportunity to develop relationships with government officials as they work together on issues impacting local construction and land development. They connect on issues such as eliminating barriers to affordable housing and acquiring developable land. The council also deals with technical building issues including building codes, inspection problems and code changes.

  • Co-Chair - Jason Coffee, J. Coffee & Associates
  • Co-Chair - Kevin Kershner, Stantec Consulting Service, Inc.
  • BIA Staff Liaison - Jim Hilz, Executive Director
  • BIA Staff Liaison - Malcolm Porter

Education Committee

Meets the second Wednesday of every other month at 8:30 am at the BIA.

Join this committee and help the BIA offer training and workshops that benefit members and their businesses. The committee plans and coordinates the BIA’s educational programming so the home building industry can recruit, educate and retain skilled employees.

  • Chair - Mark Toot, Legacy Custom Homes
  • BIA Staff Liaison - Bernadine Pesika, Professional Development Director

Membership Committee

Expand your business contacts and help the BIA grow by joining the membership committee. It works to increase the BIA’s ranks and our rate of membership retention, along with creating a greater awareness of membership benefits.

  • Chair - Wessley Miller, PNC Mortgage
  • BIA Staff Liaison - Linda Winrod, Marketing & Membership Sales Director

Professional Standards Committee

Meets on an as-needed basis. Members of this committee are by appointment only.

Encourage high quality construction and good customer service in our industry by becoming a part of this committee. It provides self-policing for builders and remodelers, while it helps create favorable perceptions of building industry professionals in our community.

  • Co-Chair - Chris Stanich
  • Co-Chair - David Wickline, Jr., Excel Companies, Ltd.
  • Co-Chair - David Wickline, Sr., Wickline Builders, Inc.
  • BIA Staff Liaison - Bernadine Pesika, Professional Development Director

Professional Women in Building Council (PWB)

Meets the first Friday of each month at 8:30 am at the BIA.

Make connections with women and men interested in promoting professionalism in our industry when you join the Professional Women in Building Council. PWB focuses on networking, education, mentoring and community outreach.  This council is the voice of women in the building industry, and it supports our members at the local, state and national levels

There is an annual fee of $75 in addition to BIA Membership Dues to join this council.

  • Chair - Laura Comek, Crabbe, Brown & James, LLP
  • Vice Chair - Alice Wissman, Jimenez-Haid Builders
  • BIA Staff Liaison - Patty Halper, Assistant Executive Director

Remodelors Council

Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 3:00 pm at the BIA.

Remodelers benefit from joining this council because it helps them learn new and more effective building techniques, as well as ways to influence regulatory changes. Importantly, the council gives remodelers a unique opportunity to gain favorable visibility, particularly through its high-profile annual Showcase of Remodeled Homes tour.

There is an annual fee of $70 to join this council.

  • Chair - Tia Kellner, Worly Plumbing Supply
  • Vice Chair -Patrick Affourtit, Blendon Gardens                          
  • BIA Staff Liaison - Patty Halper, Assistant Executive Director

Sales & Marketing Council (SMC)

Meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 am at the BIA.

Join this council to network with sales and marketing people, and learn the best and newest ways to promote your business. This mini membership will keep you connected to the BIA, and you will receive a subscription to NAHB's Ideas digital magazine. SMC coordinates the prestigious annual awards program, MAME (Marketing And Merchandising Excellence).

There is an annual fee of $95 to join this council.

  • Chair - Xanath Van Frayen, Stewart Title
  • Vice-Chair - Chryssa Gartner, Dominion Homes
  • BIA Staff Liaison - Linda Winrod, Marketing & Membership Sales Director
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