Joe Vaccaro resigns as OHBA’s CEO

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Joe Vaccaro, chief executive officer of the Ontario Home Builders Association (OHBA), has announced he will resign from the association after its Oct. 4 annual meeting.

Vaccaro, who has been the CEO since 2011 and has a 15-relationship with the OHBA, is leaving to “assume a founding leadership role in private industry,” association president Bob Schickendanz said in statement last Tuesday (Aug. 31).

“This is a tremendous loss not only to the OHBA and our HBA family but the residential construction and renovation industry and essentially “#homebelievers” right across Ontario and beyond,” Schickendanz said.

“While Joe’s significant contributions and leadership will be properly honoured and recognized at a future date, I want to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt thanks and deepest appreciation for Joe’s tireless efforts, passion, commitment, knowledge, wisdom and leadership for these many years.

“While this announcement comes as a surprise, I know all of you wish both Joe and his family good health, happiness and much success as they embark on a new journey and the next chapter of the Vaccaro story,” he wrote.

In a note Vaccaro said he will be leaving OHBA to become a co-founder in a new technology venture that will create solutions specifically for our building and development industry challenges.”

He did not name the company. “In this new role, I will continue to be a problem-solver for our industry, with some new tools, approaches, and resources to continue to make great things happen.”

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