The Pennsylvania Builders Association elected Peter Gallagher, vice president of sales and operations of Liberty Homes Custom Builders in Pocono Lake, as the group’s new vice president.
The PBA is a nonprofit trade organization in Lemoyne that offers homebuilders opportunities for networking and examining governmental issues related to the trade, including everything from building code regulations to taxes, Gallagher said.
"The biggest benefit is the government affairs end," Gallagher said. "As a group, we are able to combine all our resources. The bigger our association, the more powerful your voice."
This is particularly helpful when the organization's members are trying to either support or oppose legislation, he added.
As a small-business owner, Gallagher said he cannot afford to hire staff to examine these issues. Pocono builders are dealing with issues that include repairing buffers and stormwater management, especially for lakefront properties.
"The codes sometimes, we feel are excessive," Gallagher said.
As vice president, Gallagher will serve in place of the PBA president when the president cannot attend meetings and help keep the direction of the organization in line with its strategic plan, plus oversee activities on state and national levels. He also will be the liaison to all coalitions and task forces on which the organization is a member.
Gallagher said he has been active in the Pocono Builders Association as board member, secretary, treasurer, vice president and two years as president.
Gallagher is looking to advance further in the PBA.
"Hopefully, next year, I will move up," Gallagher said.
Gallagher lives in Tannersville with his wife, Susan, and their son, Tommy.