Professional Women in Building Council

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The Home Builders Association of Berks County Announces

the Creation of a Professional Women in Building Council

At a meeting held at the end of March, 2016, the Board of Directors of Home Builders

Association of Berks County announced the creation of a Professional Women in Building

Council. It is intended that women in all areas of the building industry – including owners,

builders, remodelers, architects, engineers, banking and real estate – will work together for

the common goals of promoting the construction industry and the role of women in the


The Berks County Professional Women in Building (“PWB”) will be a chapter of a

similar organization designed by the National Home Builders Association. The PWB will allow

its members to connect with other professional women on a local, state and national level.

“Research has shown that approximately 47% of privately owned businesses in the

United States have women as the majority owner or an equal partner. The creation of a PWB

council allows us to bring to Berks County an organization that has been extremely successful

on the national level. We are excited to see what this council will do” said 2016 Home

Builders Association President James E. Gavin.

Cathy Sloan of Aluminum Associates in Temple, Berks County, and First Vice President

of the Berks County Home Builders Association spearheaded this initiative. She stated, “I

have been involved in the building industry for over 20 years and have been participating in the PWB

on the state and national level for the last several years. It has been a real inspiration learning how

much of an impact woman have in the building industry. I am extremely excited to be able to bring

this opportunity to our local association and bring all woman involved in the building industry

together to work as a team.”

The Home Builders Association of Berks County currently ranks as one of the top ten

building associations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to serve as a

leading advocate for the building industry by promoting trust and value in the community. All

awards are the result of peer review by competent professionals in the building industry.