BIA provides a broad range of programs and services that fulfill its mission of promoting and safeguarding the clay brick industry. BIA promotes the industry through education programs like online training classes; market research including production, shipment and other data; publications such as Technical Notes on Brick Construction, Brick in Architecture and Builder Notes; and promotional programs such as public relations, advertising and a national architectural awards competition. BIA safeguards the industry through comprehensive advocacy and compliance efforts at the federal and state levels; representation in all model building code forums and national standards committees; and local advocacy programs that educate local planning and elected officials about clay brick.
BIA National is comprised of select geographic regions and several local councils. Learn more about BIA Regions and Councils.
BIA is the source for everything related to the clay brick industry.
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President, CEO & CFO
Ray Leonhard is a CPA with more than 30 years of professional experience. In January 2014, he was appointed to serve as BIA’s President & CEO, in addition to maintaining his previous role as CFO, which he began in 2007. In these roles he works with the staff and the Board of Directors to oversee the strategic vision of the association as a whole. Ray began his career as a senior auditor with Deloitte and later worked as a senior bank examiner. He has more than 25 years of not-for-profit and association experience.
COO & VP, Marketing
As Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Sears leads BIA’s marketing and communication programs and member services. He also heads up the Southeast Region and will help establish new local brick councils in key markets around the country. Before he began his career at BIA in 2004, Stephen spent several years in advertising account management and served as a political appointee under President George H.W. Bush. He graduated with a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University and holds a B.A. in Politics from Washington & Lee University.
Sr. VP Government & regulatory Affairs
Joseph Casper, a long-time Washington, DC-based government relations executive has returned to BIA to head up a bolstered Government and Regulatory Affairs effort. He came from the National Stone, Sand and Gravel (aggregates) Association, where he successfully argued for significant changes in proposed Department of Labor (DoL) rules. This work resulted in tens of millions of dollars in cost savings for aggregates producers during both the Obama and Trump Administrations. Joe began his career in the Reagan and first Bush Administrations, and successfully worked in 2016-17 on behalf of senior-level appointments of key DoL officials. Casper earlier worked at BIA from 2003-08, and established a staff capability in regulatory and government affairs, e.g., the formation of Brick PAC. Joe is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned a Master’s in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Lisa started with BIA in September 2016 as Executive Assistant to the President/CEO. Her prior experience includes eight years with a promotional products company and five years as an office manager in a medical practice. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She assists in preparation for BIA meetings, aids members with account registrations, and AIA presentation credits and registration.
Judy Grandinetti has worked for BIA since 2007. As Accounting Manager, she is responsible for recording and processing accounts payable and receivable, overseeing employee payroll, and developing monthly financial statements for national headquarters as well as all the regions. Judy received her BS in Accounting from The University of Scranton. She enjoys the diversity of her job and working with the great staff at BIA.
Charles "Chip" Clark, Jr., AIA, PE, LEED AP
VP, Engineering Services
As Vice President of Engineering Services, Chip Clark manages the Engineering and Research department. The department's activities include writing technical documents, building code activities, research, and review of projects, drawings and specifications. Chip is a Registered Architect in MD and a licensed Professional Engineer in VA. He is a member of the AIA, a member of the Masonry Society and its ASTM E-5 Committee, an associate member of the Masonry Standards Joint Committee, and is secretary of The Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a structural concentration from the University of Maryland.
Zach Booker, EIT
Zach Booker is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. His primary duties include responding to technical questions and researching and developing technical documents. Prior to working at BIA, he interned at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, where he assisted Metrorail in regard to maintenance and flood resiliency issues.
Cortney Fried is involved in researching and writing technical documents, researching brick systems, and building code and standard advocacy. She assists in managing the Engineering and Research Department. Cortney earned her Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering from Stanford University. Prior to joining BIA, she worked as a managing engineer with a prominent national forensic engineering firm for many years, directing teams investigating various types of architectural and structural problems in existing buildings,with a focus on a broad range of masonry types, ranging from historic brick mass masonry to modern brick cavity and veneer wall construction.
Vice President, Membership & Programs
Trish Mauer has been working with BIA since 2005 and currently serves as the VP of Membership & Programs. She is the main resource for all issues relating to membership, meetings, online education, the Brick in Architecture Awards program, Brick University, and the monthly Production and Shipment Reports. She is the staff Liaison for the Sales, Education & Training Committee as well as the Southeast Forum Committee. Trish attended Indiana University for two years and finished her undergraduate degree in Marketing at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.
Shannon has been a Community Planner for BIA for more than six years. She educates urban planners and elected officials in the Midwest on the benefits that clay brick has for communities. Shannon has more than 13 years experience working with local government agencies, and she also speaks at local conferences throughout the year on topics such as resiliency and sustainability. Shannon has a Master's degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois in Chicago.