Audrey Borders, president of Bellingham’s Borders and Son Quality Roofing, has been named the 2013 president of the Building Industry Association of Washington.
The BIAW is the largest trade association in Washington state. It represents more than 8,000 members affiliated with the building industry.
Borders is the second woman to be named president of the organization in its more than 50-year history.
“Audrey is a dynamic leader,” BIAW’s Executive Vice President Art Castle said, in a press release. “She’s already been an integral presence as a senior officer, and I’m looking forward to continued work with her to accomplish her goals and further our industry in the coming year.”
Borders said she has several key goals for BIAW and the building industry in the coming year, one of which is to unite the local associations and membership throughout the state toward one goal—rebuilding the building sector.
“We need to work together to keep construction from going the same direction as fishing and logging in this state,” Borders said. “Both of those industries are essentially nonexistent today.”
Borders previously served as president of the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County from 2003-2005.
Beginning her career as a nurse, Borders worked alongside her late husband when the two started their roofing company in 1976.
When he fell ill in 1988, she took the reins and became a general contractor.
Borders also served as president of Whatcom Women in Business in 2000 and was nominated for Professional Woman of the Year twice.