Frank Miano, the top executive of the Home Builders Association of Maryland for almost two decades will leave the trade group at the end of his contract next year.
The Woodlawn-based organization that represents 1,200 builders, developers, contractors and suppliers said it plans a nationwide search for a replacement.
Mr. Miano, 69, said he had anticipated leaving at the end of his second five-year contract to serve as executive vice president and chief of the professional organization. He said the departure is voluntary.
Mr. Miano said the association's board decided this week that he would work until the end of next year, help lead the search for his replacement, and aid in the transition at the association.
"It's a joint decision, that's what it is," said Dwight S. Griffith, a Harford County builder who is president of the association. "There wasn't anything specific that led to it."
Mr. Griffith said the association, which has a staff of about 25, lobbies for the housing industry in Annapolis and organizes education programs and other services for builders and consumers.
Mr. Miano has held the position since March 1987.