Ray Leonhard is the new CEO of the Brick Industry Association, and the association also has a new COO.
Leonhard was BIA CFO and administration VP. He succeeds Gregg Borchelt, who retired after 40 years in the industry. Borchelt was awarded the BIA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2014 C. DeWitt Brown Leadman Award by the Mason Contractors Association of America. He is only the second person outside the contractor community to receive the award.
BIA's new COO is Stephen Sears, who was promoted from marketing and member services VP. Sears will lead communication programs and member recruitment. He also will help establish local brick councils across the country. Details: www.gobrick.org.