Welcome from the 2010 Professional Women in Building President

Editor's Note: Following the lead of NAHB, CBIA's Women's Council has changed its name to Professional Women in Building, a title that better reflects the council’s mission and profile of its members. "As the demographics of our council membership changed, we evolved into a more professional organization and needed a name that more accurately reflected who we are and what we do,” said PWB Chair Karen Dry, principal of the consulting firm Building Basics in Thousand Oaks. CBIA's 2010 PWB President Anne Viricel has written the following letter to members and potential members to kick off her term.

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As your CBIA Professional Women in Building President for 2010, I want personally greet each of you, our valued members and prospective members, colleagues and friends.

I have been an active BIA member for nearly 10 years and a CBIA Women’s Council member since 2007. It was my honor to serve as the BIA of Southern California Women’s Council President in 2007 and 2008, representing the hundreds of Council members in our Southern California chapters.

I currently serve on the Southern California Region's Executive Board as Vice President of our 11 Councils (term 2009-10), and I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Baldy View Chapter (VP of Education). I also sit on a number of CBIA Committees.

There are many reasons why participation in the CBIA and in local Chapters makes good business sense. My firm has grown appreciably based upon the relationships we have built with organization members. As a result, we are a member of five Chapters statewide. We value our membership and encourage active participation by our staff. I most certainly encourage you all to become involved to the extent practical for your organizations, as well.

Although the building industry currently faces challenges of historical significance, I believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that Professional Women in Building can play a significant role in returning our industry to its place as a vital part of California's economy.

I wish to extend my personal thanks to Allison Tabor for her excellent leadership in 2009. I also want to thank the entire Women’s Council 2009 board and volunteers, as well as the CBIA staff for all of their efforts to bring us to a place of great value to our CBIA and Women’s Council members alike.

Allison led us through a year of “Making a Difference” wherein we worked to become involved in making a difference in our state and local councils, our industry and our communities. In 2010, our goal will be to "Go the Distance," that is, to make it through the current challenges and emerge more successful, more efficient, and more focused on our goals.

We begin 2010 with a new name, and with a renewed sense of purpose toward achieving our collective mission. Planning to enhance our educational and political agenda is already under way, and with the support of the outstanding CBIA staff, the 2010 Board and volunteers, it promises to be a remarkable year.

Please feel free to communicate with me or any of our Board members, if we can be of assistance. You may reach me directly at Michael Brandman Associates at (909) 884-2255 or at AViricel@Brandman.com. I look forward to hearing from you.


Anne L. Viricel, PhD
2010 CBIA President of the Professional Women in Building