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New director at DCBIA

by Linda Hiller

As the new executive director of the Douglas County Building Industry Association, Carole A. Thompson brings a varied background with her to head the 173-member Carson Valley organization.

Thompson fills the executive director position, recently vacated by Sandy Cable, who has gone to work for a private business.

Thompson’s varied background includes traveling as a professional singer while in college, warming up for groups like Sonny and Cher and Paul Revere and the Raiders, five years as a high school drama teacher, creating a multi-handicap Girl Scouts troop, and designing a multi- dimensional historical program for school assemblies that is still being used in Illinois, and for which she was awarded a Superior Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society.

“I am very proud of that,” she said. “I created an interactive program with period music, period art and period literature for school assemblies. It could be used here, too.”

n Her association background. Thompson’s work as executive director for the builder’s association will be driven by their needs, in addition to her own experiences.

As the former executive director of the Underground Contractor’s Association in Chicago, Thompson will draw from that organization’s successes, as well as failures. She also worked as a “contract packager” for companies including John Deere and General Motors.

One of the coming focuses for Thompson will be to develop more member services by providing a DCBIA insurance package and adding free educational seminars on subjects including construction safety to members as an adjunct to their individual businesses.

“Right now, though, I am trying to get to know each member of the DCBIA so I can know what makes them tick.”

The DCBIA annual spring Home Show, to be held in May 2000, will feature a “Taste of Douglas County” this year, Thompson said, modeled after an event she was a part of in Illinois.

“We want it to be affordable for families, though, so the samples will be around a dollar each,” she said.

n She’ll get involved. Thompson, 57, came to the area in 1998 from Elmhurst, Ill., a suburb of Chicago and currently live in Dayton. She and her husband, Robert, a retired United States Post Office accountant and clerk, plan to move to the Valley as soon as spring 2000. The couple have four children and one grandchild.

“We just love the area here. with the gazebos and old houses,” she said. “It’s like going back in time.”

With her background in history, art, music and theater as well as business, Thompson said she is looking forward to getting in involved in the Douglas County community.

“I’m a builder of more than homes,” she said. “I like to build dreams, too.”

To reach Thompson at the DCBIA office, call 783-1782.