August 18, 2022

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San Diego Building Industry Association Head Borre Winckel to Step Down

Borre Winckel. Photo via @BIASanDiego Twitter

Borre Winckel, the president and CEO of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County, announced Tuesday that he plans to retire later this year.

“My entire career was devoted to bringing housing costs down,” Winckel said. “Despite my best efforts, the outcome was often a partial decrease in supply and an increase in costs, usually due to well-intended but misguided state regulations.”

“I feel strongly that everyone should have access to a home, and San Diegans should have many more housing options to choose from than what the market supplies. I keep hoping that enough consensus can be reached to solve our housing crisis through more supply. This will take bold political leadership and compromise. If not, housing will remain a talking point, not an action item,” he continued.

The BIA represents nearly 800 companies that plan, design and build the places where San Diegans live, work, and play. The association’s mission statement describes it as “the region’s voice on housing,” advocating for the building industry and attempting to influence decisions affecting the ability to build and develop in San Diego County.

Winckel spent the last dozen years as head of the BIA, taking over in 2008. Prior to that, he guided Riverside County as executive director of the Riverside County BIA, where he worked from 1996-2008.