Riverside BIA Wins National Award

The Riverside BIA hosts numerous member-focused events throughout the year, such as last week's Summer Winery Event.The Riverside BIA recently received an Award of Excellence from the Executive Officers Council (EOC) of the National Association of Home Builders for the Best Membership Recruitment / Retention Plan Implemented.  The award was presented during the annual National Association of Home Builders' 2011 EOC Seminar in Naples, Florida.

 "I am very proud of the accomplishments of my association and the hard work of our staff," said Mark Knorringa, chief executive officer for the Riverside BIA.  "To receive an Association Excellence Award and to be recognized by one’s peers is truly the ultimate compliment."

Winning an Association Excellence Award is truly a great honor, said David Ellis, president of the Executive Officers Council and executive officer of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.  

"Each award recognizes the outstanding effort, commitment and achievement an executive officer and the association membership made to further the value of involvement in the association," he said.

The winning entries will become part of the Executive Officers Council's Idea Loan File in an effort to help other executives and associations across the country provide better service to members and their community. The council's membership consists of the staff executives who manage the more than 800 state and local home builders associations that comprise the National Association of Home Builders.

Riverside BIA Awarded Chapter of the Year & EO of the Year Honors

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!

Thank you!!

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