Association News

The Building Industry Association of Southern California recognized the Orange County Chapter with three prestigious awards at the annaul installation breakfast.

The Executive Officer of the Year award was presented to BIA/OC CEO Kristine Thalman for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the building industry. 

BIA/OC board member Michelle Pate received the Individual Achievement Award for Community Involvement. Pate is co-chair of the BIA/OC Membership committee and an active member of the HomeAid board of directors.

BIA/OC treasurer Michael McCann received the Orange County Volunteer of the Year award. McCann has been active on the Orange County Chapter executive board for three years. In addition, he serves as the Urban Infill Committee Chair and is a key committee member with the Asset Opportunity Group.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of our board of directors, members, and the hard work of our staff,” said Thalman. “To be recognized by one’s peers is truly the ultimate compliment.”

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Andy Bowden, a principle at Land Concern Landscape Architecture in Santa Ana,  has been installed for a second term as president of the BIA of Southern California's 50+ Housing Council.

The Council provides networking, education and other activities for professionals involved in the building housing for adults aged 50 or older.

Joining Bowden as officers for 2010 are first vice president Susan Sirota; second vice president Valerie Hardman; treasurer Anthony Sandoval and secretary Julia Moore. Returning board members include Pamela Bashline, Brian Dawson, Annie Gerard, Linda Howard, Scott Hysler, Chuck Kalman, Rita LamkinRalph Spargo, Janet Welch and Rob Williams. New board members are David Kent, Gina Nixon, Dan Ogden and Kristie Vikse.

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Silvio Ferrari has joined CBIA's Governmental Affairs as a technical analyst.

In his new role, Ferrari will be responsible for providing technical support as it relates to AB 32, building codes and various other issues. He has more than six years of experience in the building industry, most recently serving as project manager for KMS Development where he was responsible for site design and construction management.

Ferrari holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of California, Davis.

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BIA Cares, the charitable foundation of the Building industry Association of San Diego County, purchased, assembled and delivered nearly 200 bicycles to 14 childrens’ charities during its holiday bike drive.

The childrens’ charities that benefited included San Diego Center for Children, StarPal Foundation, Pro-Kids Golf, San Diego Center for Community Solutions, Casa De Amparo, San Pasqual Academy, Channel 10 - Toys for Tots and United Cerebral Palsy.

Over the last 14 years, BIA Cares has donated over 500 bicycles to worthy childrens’ charities. The BIA Cares foundation has raised more than $2.9 million for local charities in its 20 years of operation.

For more information on BIA Cares, please visit

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Association News is compiled by California Builder editor Greg Robertson. Information on promotions, awards and other news in the local BIAs and HBAs can be sent to him at