Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! The season of giving, receiving, family, friends and resolutions is upon us. We say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 and in so doing we ponder what we have achieved and where we would like to be as an industry in the years ahead.
Giving & Receiving – “You get out of the BIA what you put into it” This saying of course is a staple in virtually every institution and no less true today with the BIA than it has ever been. So let me be the first to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to our BIA Riverside County Team which includes Boardmembers, Members, Associates, Volunteers and Staff alike, for all you have put into this organization and most importantly our Chapter. We remain BIA standard bearers and leaders within this institution and because of our team, our events are second to none. Because of our team, we have amazing relationships at all levels of government helping to incentivize development, keep fee’s low, improve the local economy for jobs and affordable housing and we strike fear into the hearts of bad policymakers county wide. Because of our team NO ONE recruits more members to strengthen the durability of our organization than Riverside County Chapter. Our membership team works hard, competes intensely and have a great time doing it. I couldn’t be prouder of all of our accomplishments in the past year. What you have given has come back to this industry in extraordinary ways. Thank you.
Resolutions – Each year we look back and ponder the question, “What could I have done better?” the answer is, everything. That being said, what’s most important is that we did our best and I know we did. Next year we will face both existing and new challenges. It’s bad for everyone if the economy decelerates, but if the economy improves or even stays the same, as we have already seen new fee studies are beginning to trend as various entities attempt to determine which way the economic wind is blowing. Unfortunately the marketplace is rarely factored into their equations and so we must remain involved, proactive and vigilant. Our relationships now mean more than they ever have. Within the organization we must set higher goals for membership and I have no doubt we can do it. I call upon all of you to engage your business partners, give big and increase your level of participation. Get involved, we need you!
Family & Friends – Over the years as we have gotten to know one another I have become friends with many of you. These relationships that we all have here of course have their networking value and mutually beneficial opportunities, but I feel they are more than that. We sincerely know each other, we look out for each other and we look forward to seeing one another at the next event. There are lots of organizations and groups out there that run a great business model, but they don’t have our level of personal investment, fun and numbers consistently. That’s because when we are all together here, we are more like family. I wish you all the best this holiday season and look forward to serving another year with all of you.
Coming Attractions – January 29th we will once again host our annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast, sign up early and consider becoming one of our Event Sponsors for greater recognition opportunity.
Dr. Esmael Adibi of Chapman University routinely has his finger on the pulse of things to come, he never minces words and he always keeps it interesting. I highly encourage you to attend.
In closing, I would like to thank all of you for the confidence you have instilled in me to serve another term as your President. I am looking forward to all of the great things we can and will accomplish this year.
Stay safe and have a Happy Holiday season.
Jay Pierce, President
Building Industry Association of Southern California
Riverside County Chapter