“Small business makes America tick.”
It’s that belief and a desire to help small businesses tick louder that has brought Kate McCaslin to Lancaster County. For the last two years, she’s been president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter, and she traveled quite a distance to get here. Before coming to Lancaster, she was president of the Inland Pacific Chapter of ABC in Spokane, Washington, which is more than 2,400 miles from Lancaster County.
“Inland Pacific covers eastern Washington and western Idaho. I worked there for a total of about 18 years. I was there from 1982 to 1990. I also served as a county commissioner. When that ended, the job at Inland Pacific opened up again, and I said that I’d do it on an interim basis for three months. I would up being there for 10 years.”
Then the position in Lancaster County opened, and she applied. “I said that this will be my last grand adventure. I had been east before, but I had never been to Pennsylvania.” Getting here for the first time proved to be interesting. “When I flew into Dulles, I encountered snow, so my first interview was by Skype. Eventually I got here, and I feel very blessed to have been chosen for the job.”
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