This year’s conference was held at the beautiful Inn at Virginia Tech, located on the campus with Cathy Cook, the Blacksburg building official and president of VBCOA, presiding. More than 80 participants attended a number of interesting and relevant trainings and informational topics were covered, including cdpACCESS, records retention, code update training on the administrative and Virginia Rehabilitation Code, as well as code modifications and appeals. In addition, participants were treated to tours of Virginia Tech’s signature engineering building and its seismic instrumentation system, along with a tour of the quarry where the Hokie Stone is from.
Cathy Cook introduced Anne McClung, Blacksburg’s director of planning and building, and Marc Verniel, Blacksburg’s town manager, during the luncheon, and the annual banquet included guest speakers Ron Rordam, mayor of Blacksburg, and Sherwood Wilson, Virginia Tech’s vice president for administration. Guy Tomberlin, the International Code Council’s vice president, presided over the installation of officers with Sean Farrell, code compliance supervisor from Prince William County, being sworn in as the VBCOA president. Supporting Farrell will be John Walsh from the city of Richmond, serving as first vice president, David Beahm of Warren County as second vice president, and Greg Fields of Alexandria will be serving as Sergeant of Arms.
As president, Farrelll hopes to accomplish many member-driven initiatives throughout the next year with just a few mentioned here including reaching out to primary and secondary stakeholders to establish or enhance partnerships and build on common interest, as well as moving forward the leadership and membership development and outreach objectives contained within the VBCOA’s strategic plan. In addition, he will be working to increase membership by 100 and expand the High School Technical Training initiative into the Virginia Community College system.
We wish Farrell and the VBCOA board the best of luck during this busy year.