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Ginny Favede to Replace Tom Cerra as Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council Head

The Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council, a contractor’s trade association dedicated to the advancement of the construction industry, have announced their selection of former Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede as their new executive director.

Favede will replace Tom Cerra, who has led the OVCEC since 1969, and has assumed emeritus status.

“We are confident that Ginny’s previous leadership roles and economic development experience will take OVCEC to new heights in its mission of supporting our association’s members,” said the council’s president, Kim Carfagna.

The council serves as the voice of leadership for the advancement of quality construction in the Ohio Valley. As executive director, Favede is charged with creating value for the association’s members by promoting high-quality professional development opportunities and vigorously advocating on behalf of the council’s members.

“I am honored to have been selected as the OVCEC executive director. I am looking forward to working with the board, volunteers, current staff and members to further the vision and mission, and to facilitate continuous improvement and evolution of the organization and industry. I am dedicated to building upon a proud legacy of creating opportunity for a prosperous future for our members as our region strives forward,” Favede said.

Favede will also serve as co-chair of Project BEST, a construction industry labor-management organization encompassing over 500 contractors and 6,000 building trades craftsmen and apprentices serving the Upper Ohio Valley region, including Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Favede is a graduate of Ohio State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She served as a Belmont County commissioner for the last eight years and for five years as a St. Clairsville councilwoman. Under Favede’s guidance, Belmont County, along with Marshall and Ohio counties in West Virginia, was noted as the fifth-fastest-growing economy in the nation by the U.S Department of Commerce.

Favede also served as an advocate at the state level, serving as the second vice president of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio Executive Board of Directors, and on the national level as the vice chair of the Community, Economic and Workforce Development Committee of the National Association of Counties.

Favede is a member of St. Mary’s Church, the St. Clairsville Noon Rotary Club and the Junior League of Wheeling. She is also the past president and current member of the Ohio State University Alumni Club of Belmont County and the past president and current member of the St. Clairsville Downtown Revitalization Task Force.

Favede and her husband, Dr. Lee Favede, live in St. Clairsville with their two children — Cecelia, a first year medical student at OSU’s College of Medicine, and Frankie, a senior at The Linsly School.

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