ABC Announces Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

WASHINGTON, June 8—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Tia Perry, formerly ABC’s director of business development and partnerships, will now serve as its director of inclusion, diversity and equity in support of ABC’s 69 chapters and 21,000 members.

Bringing with her 15 years of association experience to this new role, Perry will serve as a strategic thought leader to advance ABC’s IDE strategy, including the measurement and monitoring of the association’s initiatives, and development of new programs and practices that effectively increase IDE awareness.

“ABC, its chapters and member companies are committed to putting the best talent on the construction field,” said Michael Bellaman, ABC president and CEO. “In a fair and open competitive construction industry, innovation in value creation is imperative to winning work and sustaining a world-class business. Achieving an inclusive and culturally competent workforce that is welcoming to all people, where employees and suppliers are limited only by their own potential and desire, is the essence of the merit shop philosophy. Tia Perry will be instrumental in helping ABC, our chapters and members achieve this commitment.

“Playing a pivotal role in implementing ABC’s strategic plan, she will provide thought leadership, strategic thinking and insights to inform and further develop best practice systems, processes and culture that bring meaningful impact to ABC’s IDE strategy, further creating the conditions for talent to enter and achieve their career dreams in the construction industry,” said Bellaman.

Currently an American Society of Association Executives Diversity Executive Leadership Program Scholar, Perry is also the staff liaison to ABC’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee, providing support, leadership and direction to the association’s education, awareness and business practices. In addition to managing the committee, Perry also spearheads ABC’s Diversity Resource Groups, National Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Excellence Awards program and annual Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Summit. She also recently completed the University of South Florida’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate Program.

Prior to joining ABC in April 2015, Perry began her association career with the Transportation Intermediaries Association. During her nine-year tenure, Perry developed and managed sales and membership efforts, affinity programs and member services, including non-dues revenue. Perry serves in several volunteer capacities; most recently she served as a volunteer leader and mentor for the Academy of Construction and Design Program.

ABC’s diversity outreach is led by the association’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee, which was established in 1999 as a key component of ABC’s value proposition to develop people, win work and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.