The new year brings new leadership to the Wilmington – Cape Fear Home Builders Association. Cameron Moore became the Executive Officer of WCFHBA and the CEO of BASE as of January 1. Cameron has been serving as the Governmental Affairs Director for BASE for the last seven years. He says he intends to hit the ground running as we get to know a little more about him, his plans for the coming year, and why cat people might have a bone to pick with him!
What are you looking forward to most for the Association in 2014?
First and foremost, I want to thank Donna Girardot for giving me the initial opportunity seven years ago to come and work for such an amazing person and such a great organization. I have learned and continue to learn something every day from her, and I will be forever indebted to her for all the years of her leadership and mentoring. But even through all that I have earned a true Friend, and for that I am truly grateful!
I am thrilled to work with our incoming 2014 President, as well as our Board of Directors. I am also really excited to continue to expand upon the great work that our members and volunteers do every day to make this Association one of the strongest in North Carolina. Over the course of the last seven years I have worked with so many of our volunteers in so many capacities. All of them are extremely dedicated and truly want to see the WCFHBA succeed. I want to be there for them and help guide them to make sure they get the tools they need so they can be successful. I would be remiss to not also mention the Associations staff. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful, dedicated, professional staff. By the time you are reading this they have already hit the ground running — tirelessly working every day to meet our member’s needs.
What do you think is the greatest challenge the Association faces in the coming years?
The greatest challenge that I see is even though the effects of the recession are starting to thaw, our region is still lagging behind economically, particularly in relation to many other parts of the State. This in turn continues to give our members some pause as they re-enter the market. To make sure we remain an integral part of our member’s success the WCFHBA is going to have to change the way we do business. We are going to be a forward thinker, strategically offering our members more substantial products and services that in turn increases their effectiveness and provides them with invaluable tools that impacts their bottom line. We must carry on the customer service approach that the Association must continue to strive to be our members’ least expensive, yet most productive employee.
How do you think your background and experience have prepared you for your new role?
I have always enjoyed watching things get built and how they function in the real estate market. To me it is just intriguing. I have been very fortunate to spend the better part of the last 14 years of my life in the development/real estate industry. From working as the former planning director at the Town of Leland to working as a project manager for B&K Coastal LLC., to working with the Business Alliance for a Sound Economy as one of their main lobbyist. All of these jobs have afforded me with the unique opportunity to see a lot of differing viewpoints when it comes to the development/real estate industry.
How can members assist you in your new role?
This one to me is simple – I want to know if we are meeting their needs, and if we are not I want to know how we can. I want to hear from them, and I want to learn from them.
What do you hope to accomplish in your first year?
My overarching goal for the first year is to continue to advance the Association forward. To do this I will not only challenge myself, but our staff as well to search out innovative, constructive as well as cost effective ways to grow the association. Some of my main goals in 2014 are to increase our overall membership by 25% by the end of 2014. The second thing is to have MarketGraphics® – Coastal Carolinas as well as our WCFHBA private health exchange fully functioning and in operation by the middle part of 2014. The third thing is to impress upon our membership the need to support our Political Action Committees not only at the State level (NC BUILD-PAC) but also here locally (Smart Growth for Wilmington).
And now a few personal questions. When you’re not sitting in the Executive Officer’s chair, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m an avid outdoorsman, so surfing, hunting or fishing. I also enjoy “boat time” with my wife and two daughters.
What’s the last book you read? Does Men’s Health, Surfers Journal, or Wildfowl count?
You’re stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want with you? Boat, paddle, and a knife.
And finally, are you a dog person or a cat person? Definitely Dog!