HAWLEY – Laurie Lourie has resigned as executive director of the Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA).
Lourie has accepted a position as the executive vice president of the York Builders Association.
The resignation goes into effect June 20.
Lourie began her career over 21 years ago in a part-time role and was later promoted to the full-time position.
In an interview, Lourie said she is most proud of helping the WCBA grow and the charity work performed by the organization.
In 1993, her first year with the builders, the association’s membership totaled 38. Wayne County currently serves over 170 members.
Lourie also spearheaded a community outreach program, bringing together the association’s members and residents of Wayne County through charity projects.
The program was recognized with a statewide award for the development of the Playhouse Raffle in 2013, a fundraiser that raised $19,700 for the Make-a-Wish program.
Five children enrolled in Make-a-Wish and living with life-threatening illnesses were granted their wishes through the funds raised by the WCBA.
“I am very sad to leave Wayne County Builders," Lourie said in a news release.
She said the association "is a big part of the community and of my life. It’s my family."
Lourie said she will dearly miss her friends in Wayne County, but she is looking forward to the new opportunity.
Maria Coutts, president of the WCBA, said it was a "privilege and honor" to have worked with Lourie.
"Over the past 24 years she has grown our association into one of the most successful associations in the state,” Coutts said.
The president added, "She has always put the members first while fulfilling our goals and vision.”
Last year, Lourie’s dedication to WCBA was honored nationally with the Association Excellence Award: Small Office Executive Officer from the National Association of Home Builders.
Lourie will continue to be active with the state and national associations, including her position with the Pennsylvania Builders Association as the vice president of the Executive Officers Council and the chair of the Education Task Force Committee.
Meanwhile, WCBA is looking to hire an executive officer.
About the Wayne County Builders Association
The Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) is a non-profit association consisting of more than 170 members in the construction industry and is affiliated with the Pennsylvania Builder Association and the National Association of Home Builders.
The association's membership is comprised of home builders, remodelers, subcontractors (plumbers, electricians, etc.), manufacturers and financial institutions, among others.
WCBA is committed to providing advocacy, support and growth opportunities for professionals in the building industry; and to serve as a resource for consumers in the community.