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WELCOME TO THE BIA OF

Stark & East Central Ohio

A Non Profit Trade Association Providing Homes And Jobs In East Central Ohio

About Us

We believe that homeownership should be within reach of all Americans.

We are a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of residential builders, multi-family, light commercial, and remodeling contractors and their consumers. – Michael Gruber, 2021 President

A Broad Range of Services

Membership Benefits

The Building Industry Association of Stark & East Central Ohio is more than simply a trade association. This non-profit organization offers a broad range of services to meet the diverse needs and interests of its members, the local building industry, and the community.

Industry Promotions

The BIA produces several events throughout the year that bring public attention to the building industry. These events help members sell products and become recognized in a positive framework. Annual events include Industry Night, the Stark County Home & Garden Show, the Tuscarawas County Home & Garden Show, the Parade of Homes, and Spring and Fall Circuits of New Homes.

Local BIA

By joining the BIA, you also become a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the Ohio Home Builders Association (OHBA). These organizations work at the local, state, and national level to maintain a positive atmosphere for growth in our industry. Download OHBA Benefits in PDF Format

Government Relations

The BIA is constantly lobbying local government to make sure building industry concerns are addressed. Appears and testifies on zoning and building codes and impact fee issues. Serves on the County Board of Building Appeals. Fights excessive regulation at the local, state and federal level. Provides help with utilities.

Social Activities & Events

A range of social activities for members includes the Installation Banquet and Golf Outing. Social events are held at a variety of places with speakers, different themes, and programs that offer a real way to increase business contacts and learn more about the building industry. Also, the BIA has approximately 10 committees that offer its members the opportunity to meet other members, share skills, increase knowledge, and receive recognition.

Money-Saving Benefits

The BIA offers opportunities to save money on several products and services by obtaining group rates for its members. The areas a member can save money include phone services, workers’ compensation, car purchasing and rentals, and legal research. Current members also offer discounts to other members.

Publications
Several publications are available at every level of the BIA to our members only. The local newsletter updates members on upcoming events, legislative updates, and member services. BIA members also receive a copy of the local Membership Directory for convenience in contacting fellow members. Members also receive free copies of “Builder” magazine and “Nation’s Building News.”
Community Involvement

The BIA supports many charitable organizations with members’ time and from contributions through the BIA Foundation.

BIA of Stark & East Central Ohio

Committees & Contacts

Building Codes

Ted Hake, Chair
Staff Contact: Joe Race

DUTIES:

  • Maintain relationship with local county and municipal code officials.
  • Participate on Chamber of Commerce codes subcommittee, Stark County Residential Board of Building Appeals, or other similar public/private entities.
  • Prepare bulletins on local code actions affecting BIA members.
  • Prepare system to alert local members when pending decisions of interest to industry are being considered.
  • Keep elected and appointed officials abreast of problems facing the industry which result from or can be solved by local action.
Developers Council

Martin Van Gundy IV, Chair
Staff Contact: Joe Race

DUTIES:

  • Maintain relationship with local county and municipal officials including county commissioners, regional planning, EPA, zoning, county sanitary and subdivision engineers, and other related entities and officials.
  • Develop and coordinate local goals.
  • Prepare bulletins on local actions affecting BIA members.
  • Prepare system to alert local members when pending decisions of interest to industry are being considered.
  • Keep elected and appointed officials abreast of problems facing the industry which result from or can be solved by local action.
Membership Services

Steve Lapp, Chair
Staff Contact: Joe Race

DUTIES:

  • Plan and conduct programs for new membership development.
  • Establish goals (immediate and long-range) for membership.
  • Welcome new members, contact and retain new members, and network.
  • General Membership Meetings: arrange to meet new member at function, introduce them to others, and sit together.
  • Encourage new members to attend orientations.
Build My Future

Steve Smith, Chair
Staff Contact: Joe Race

DUTIES:

  • Maintain relationship with schools (high school and vocational) that have construction training curriculum.
  • Encourage students to pursue careers in construction – all trades.
  • Develop enrollment in NAHB Student Chapter program with students.
  • Conduct networking and educational opportunities for interaction with association, members, students, and faculty.
  • Plan and develop work and training participation at job sites on projects.
  • Plan and develop funding opportunities.
Build PAC

Steve Smith, Chair
Staff Contact: Joe Race

DUTIES:

  • Keep the BIA of Stark & East Central Ohio relevant in local, state and national political affairs.
  • Develop and coordinate local goals.
  • Plan events to raise money for the growth of the Political Action Committee.
  • Develop other strategies to raise money for Stark County & East Central Ohio Builders PAC.
Golf Outing

Mike Gruber, Chair
Staff Contact: Joe Race

DUTIES:

  • Plan the annual outing in the following areas: facility, favors, meals and hole prizes, etc.
  • Set-up at the course as needed.
  • Set-up and clean-up at the dinner facility as needed.
  • Volunteer services for the day of the outing (ex: assist at registration, help with various contests, distribute and collect sponsor signs).
Program & Education/Sales & Marketing

Jason Bing, Chair
Staff Contact: Joe Race

DUTIES:

  • Prepare a planned series of programs for the year.
  • Publicize events through fliers, newsletters, etc. Encourage builders to attend.
  • Conduct educational programs and seminars on subjects of interest.
  • Help to plan and promote special events as needed (ex: Cleveland Indians Outing, Holiday Open House & Installation Banquet).
  • Promote seminars and educational programs.
Complaint & Conciliation

Robert Soles, Chair
Staff Contact: Joe Race

DUTIES:

  • Review and consider complaints received in writing from homeowners regarding a builder member of the association. Try to help the builder and homeowner resolve the dispute to their mutual satisfaction.
  • Follow Complaint & Conciliation Procedures approved by the board of directors.
Home & Garden Show

Holly Waldenmyer, Chair
Staff Contact: Joe Race

DUTIES:

  • Plan, organize and produce a Home & Garden Show to benefit the industry and exhibitors.
  • Promote the Home & Garden Show and sale of exhibit space through brochures, advertising and publicity.
  • Arrange special entertainment and attractions.
  • Maintain ticket and box office supervision.
  • Recruit volunteers for help in admissions and miscellaneous duties.
Parade of Homes

Steve Smith, Chair
Staff Contact: Joe Race

DUTIES:

  • Plan and conduct a Parade of Homes to highlight our industry and association members.
  • Select site and date for board approval.
  • Set up rules and regulations.
  • Assist with ideas to boost attendance.
  • Help with logistics such as parking, transportation and entertainment.
Spring & Fall Circuit of New Homes & Condos

Mike Thomas, Chair
Staff Contact: Joe Race

DUTIES:

  • Plan and conduct a Spring & Fall Circuit of New Homes to market members’ homes for sale in our five-county area.
  • Set up rules and regulations.
  • Set up budget with treasurer and Finance Committee.

BIA of Stark & East Central Ohio

Job Openings and Builder Needs

If you have a job opening or have a specific builder need, let us know and we can see what we can do to help.

Current News, Notes, & Data

Our bi-monthly newsletter “The Splinter” provides information about all of our events and activities.

Housing starts activity is published monthly and includes archives from previous years.

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