Bob Keenan, the executive officer of the Building Industry Association of Tulare and Kings County, is retiring at the end of January after 25 years of service.
“It’s time for me to take a break,” Keenan said on Monday. “I figured it’s time after 25 1/2 years.”
Keenan, also known as “BIA Bob,” started working at the building association in 1990 advocating for home building and development issues. He counts cracking down on non-licensed contractors as one of the most important problems he has worked on during his tenure.
Keenan has also served in a variety of community organizations including the Hanford General Plan Update Citizens Advisory Committee, the Visalia Unified School District School Facilities Committee and the Porterville Building Standards Update Committee.
“Bob’s influence has extended far beyond the local chapter level and includes significant contributions to the legislative and regulatory environment statewide,” said Mike Knopf, president of Quad Knopf, Inc. in a news release. “His extensive knowledge of the building industry, combined with his passion, steadfast focus, and tireless determination have caused Bob to be recognized across California as a warrior for the building industry.”
Keenan plans to remain in Visalia with his wife, children and two grandchildren.
The association’s board of directors has hired Mike Lane, past president and chief executive officer of Lane Engineers Inc., to fill the director’s position.