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Leader of influential WA builders group to leave post

SEATTLE — The leader of the influential Building Industry Association of Washington is leaving his post after more than two decades.

Tom McCabe announced today that he will step down as executive director of the construction-industry group at the end of December to pursue other ventures. BIAW says McCabe will remain active within the group.

During the 21 years McCabe led BIAW, the group grew from a membership of 2,000 businesses to more than 10,000 now.

The politically active construction-industry group has expanded its influence and presence in Olympia as well, often lobbying for conservative, pro-business candidates and causes.