For the third time in four years, Riverside BIA has been named the BIA of Southern California’s Chapter of the Year!
This is a very high honor, and we are proud of our exceptional Board, members and staff for making this incredible feat possible!
BIA of Southern California CEO Rich Lambros cited many reasons why Riverside BIA stood out from the pack this year, particularly highlighting the following:
- Desert Region—Riverside BIA assumed control of all of BIA operations in the former Desert Chapter’s coverage area this year. We’ve met continually with members, elected officials and staff of all cities in the region to help smooth the transition. We are exploring new alliances and ways to offer added value to member in the Desert region.
- Government Affairs—Riverside BIA has been tenacious in obtaining fee reductions and deferrals. In fact, though June 30, 2010, savings from fee reductions totaled more than $13.5 million! We waged a successful campaign to defeat the New Water Demand Offset Fee (NWDOF) of $3,280 in the Rancho California Water District. And ALL of the 16 school districts in western Riverside County that updated their School Facility Needs Analysis so far in 2010 reduced their fees!
- Membership—Our membership has remained strong in 2010. Through June, our net primary membership had increased 9.8%. Our May membership drive was enormously successful with 17 new members added in two days. And in the Desert Region, we’ve worked to rebuild and renew memberships.
What’s more, our illustrious CEO, Mark Knorringa, was named Executive Officer of the Year!
Lambros recognized Knorringa for his outstanding leadership during a tumultuous year for both the industry and the association. In particular, Knorringa was honored for his leadership of the Chapter’s tremendous Government Affairs program and the takeover of the Desert Region’s advocacy, membership and sign programs.
Lambros also noted the Riverside Chapter’s continually successful programs and events and said that Riverside was the only one of the BIA of Southern California’s five chapters with a net membership gain this year!
Again, we must thank our imaginative and supportive Board for its visionary leadership, as well as our hundreds of member volunteers and staff who work so hard throughout the year on behalf of the association and the industry!
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