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Local Building Industry Association CEO retires

Kristine Thalman's last day with the agency will be March 15.

By Kristen SchottPublished: February 15, 2011 09:50 AM

Building Industry Association Orange County (BIA/O.C.) CEO Kristine Thalman plans to retire from the organization, effective March 15. Thalman, who has been with the nonprofit trade association for nearly seven years, will remain on hand to assist with the transition to a new CEO.

"I've enjoyed having the opportunity to be employed by the 'best in the business' and will always cherish the relationships and friendships I have gained along the way," said Thalman. "I will miss BIA/O.C. a great deal, but its time for me to start a new chapter in my life."

Thalman came to the association in 2004 as CEO, where she managed the operations of the BIA/O.C., which represents some 1,000 companies and is the largest chapter of the agency's Southern California division. Thalman also has served as a board member of the Orange County Council of Governments, O.C. Housing Trust, the O.C. Taxpayers Association and the O.C. Leadership Forum, among other groups.

She plans to stay involved in the homebuilding industry.

"I want to thank Kristine for her fantastic contribution to the BIA, as her dedication over the past seven years has made a huge impact on our organization," said Bill Watt, president of the BIA/O.C. "She has successfully led BIA/O.C. to many key 'wins' in government advocacy, formed new committees, instituted new systems and policies to insure BIA/O.C.’s financial health and helped put on numerous high-quality BIA events. She will be missed greatly."

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