Joe Race has been the Executive Director of the Building Industry Association of Stark County for 27 years.

The BIA is a non-profit trade association serving the interests of builders, remodelers, tradesmen and construction material suppliers by providing safe, affordable homes and quality jobs in East Central Ohio through promotion, advocacy, networking, and education.

Joe started in the construction industry at Pella Window & Door Company in Bedford Hts., Ohio and eventually became a Pella Store Manager in Canton in 1987. His builder customers asked him to consider becoming Executive Director of the BIA in 1996 and it has turned out to be a wonderful endeavor.

Joe is married to his wife Laurie and they have two daughters…. Ellen is a graduate of THE Ohio State University and works for the Columbus Crew Soccer Team and The Ohio State University Athletic Dept.  Their daughter Amy will graduate from the University of Cincinnati in April with an education degree and hopes to be a teacher.