The Building Industry Association of Orange County has named Bryan Starr its new CEO, replacing Kristine Thalman, who will retire March 15 after nearly seven years with the nonprofit agency.
Starr, who has served as the trade association's deputy executive officer of external affairs for the past six years, will lead the BIA/O.C. in its efforts to advocate for the local homebuilding industry. He was selected based on his experience with the local association, the building industry and his strong leadership abilities, said Bill Watt, president of the BIA/O.C.
"Over the last few years, he (Starr) has been instrumental in helping the battered building industry by saving BIA/O.C. members tens of millions of dollars in development fee reductions and regulatory relief," said Watt. "We are confident that he is going to be an effective leader of this organization."
In addition to his work with the association, Starr currently serves as vice chairman of Orange County Waste and Recycling and a private-sector representative to the Orange County Council of Governments Board of Directors. He also is involved with the Irvine Land Trust, Orange County Housing Providers, the OCTA Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the Orange County Fire Authority/Building Industry Advisory Task Force.
The BIA/O.C. represents nearly 1,000 companies that employ more than 100,000 individuals affiliated with the homebuilding industry. It is the largest chapter of the BIA of Southern California.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve the building industry in this new capacity,” Starr said. “I’m ready to hit the ground running to make this transition as seamless as possible.”
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