After 4½ years in the job, FaLeana Wech has resigned her position as executive officer of the North Peninsula Building Association.
She will now serve in Olympia as public relations and communications director for the statewide Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW).
That doesn’t mean she’s leaving Sequim, or her current “bosses” — the members of the NPBA.
Every member of the NPBA also is a member of the BIAW.
Wech said she’ll continue to make her home in Sequim, though she’ll be working in Olympia five days a week.
Her entire family lives on the peninsula, including her husband, Matt, her daughter, Cecilee, and her dad, Jerry Hines, who owns Hines Construction.
She said the travel is worth it. “It’s been a desire of mine to work in Olympia advocating on behalf of builders and related tradespeople. It’s something I’ve always aspired to do.”
Wech said she’s always had an interest in politics, which she studied at Whitman College.
She also was conversant with the construction industry — after all, she grew up in it.
So when the NPBA was looking for a new government affairs/executive officer, she was a natural fit.
Wech said the past four years, which have been marked by a national economic downturn, have been “very challenging.”
She says the organization remains “175 members strong.”
And, she added, “We look forward to continued improvement in the economy so we can build our membership back to the point it used to be.”
She said the signs all point to better times ahead: “We’re seeing really good news in the Seattle markets. Housing shortages, land shortages. There is concern about buildable land inventory.”
The peninsula’s recovery has been a “bit slower,” but Wech said the rural areas of the state usually lag behind the big cities by a year.
She’s upbeat, but cautious. “I think we won’t get back to 2007 levels, but we hope to see an improvement.” She said the level of activity seen locally in 2002 and 2003 will likely be the “new normal.”
The NPBA represents builders and associates of the building industry, advocating constant improvement of building and business practices to provide quality construction in the community.
The NPBA board has convened a search committee to select a new executive officer and will conduct interviews during July.
Visit www.NPBA.info/News for more information on the job posting.