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DCIBA’s Fran Houle steps down

by Linda Hiller

Fran Houle, executive director of the Douglas County Building Industry Association since Sept. 1, 1996, announced her retirement effective Feb. 28.

“The decision to leave the Douglas County Building Industry Association is wrought with a great deal of regret,” she said. “The association has been a part of my life since I was branch manager of Nevada Banking Co., and serving as executive director for the last 2-1/2 years, I have come to view all of them as part of my family.

Houle has been active in the community for many years in a number of community organizations. She served two terms as president of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority, was the founding president of the BOSS (Be Overly Street Safe) Coalition and a trustee for the Douglas County Education Foundation.

Prior to becoming executive director of DCBIA, Houle was a co-owner Alifrans and was vice president and branch manager at the Gardnerville branch of Nevada Banking Co.

n Where’s she going? Houle will be leaving the Carson Valley to move to Las Cruces, New Mexico to be near her 93-year-old mother, who lives in Albuquerque. Houle’s father died in November and her husband, Andre, has already relocated to the southwestern state.

n Cable will step in. Replacing Houle at DCBIA effective March 1 will be Sandy Cable, executive director of the Business Council of Douglas County since November 1995.

“I know that my replacement, Sandy Cable, will represent the association with professionalism and tremendous energy,” Houle said.

Cable has been active in a number of community organizations, including Soroptimist International of Carson Valley and on the chamber’s board of directors. She is a current member of the Douglas County Education Foundation Board of Trustees. Her professional experience includes business ownership, management and education.

Ray Tomalas, president of the DCBIA said Houle has been a tremendous asset to the growth of this group.

“We are sorry to see her go, but believe we have found an excellent replacement with Sandy,” he said. “She has a multitude of experience in community and government relations and an extensive background in development, construction and management.”

n Like coming home. Cable said she is excited about the opportunity to work with the DCBIA.

“It’s like coming home,” Cable said. “I was a member of the organization some time ago and have remained closely involved with their activities. This is a new opportunity with new challenges but with old friends.”

Cable’s replacement at the business council will be announced soon, she said.

Her decision to move from that full-time position to the part-time job at DCBIA was based on a desire for more free time, she said.

“I was working 40 to 60 hours a week with the business council,” she said. “I’ve been with them for 3-1/2 years and it’s a great group, but right now I need to have a life. This is a great opportunity for me.”

Cable said she plans to get more involved in working with the Soroptimist organization and the education foundation, to play golf and go skiing more as well.

“I’ll still be working but I’ll finally have a life,” she said. “Change is good.”

Cable said she will continue the DCBIA’s path as determined by current members who hired her, and will do her best to carry on Houle’s good leadership.

“I’m not sure how I’m going to fill Fran’s shoes, but I will take the organization in the direction they have decided to go, which is why they hired me,” she said.

n Forecast ’99. The DCBIA was originally formed in 1974 and called the Douglas County Contractors Association. The organization will be hosting “Forecast ’99,” at the Genoa Lakes River Bend Grille on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Houle will be present at that time, and said she plans to leave soon after.

“I’m staying because I gave my word,” she said.

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