By Catherine Moon, Director of Region & Chapter Relations
The RCI Nominating Committee, chaired by Pat Downey (Region II) and comprised of members Jesse Torres (Region I), Ray Makiejus (Region III), Karl Schaack (Region IV), Gary Weaver (Region V), John Pitre (Region VI), and Doug Fishburn (Region VII), qualified the following officer candidates for the 2018-2019 officer election.
- First vice president: Robert D. Card, RBEC, RRC, RWC, REWC, REWO
- Second vice president: Scott M. Hinesley, RRC, PE
- Secretary/treasurer: Michael Gardner, RRC, RRO and Edward A. Sheridan, RRC, REWC, RWC, RBEC, PEng
Descriptions of the candidates follow. These candidate profiles and the 2018 ballot have been mailed to all eligible voting members. You may vote via mail by completing the ballot and using the provided return envelope to Koonce, Wooten & Haywood, LLP, by January 19, 2018; or you have the option of voting on-site at the Annual Meeting of the Members on Monday, March 26, 2018, during the 33rd RCI International Convention and Trade Show in Houston, TX. Mailed ballots will be counted by the independent tabulating firm, and that count will be combined with the on-site votes to determine the winner of each office. No proxy votes will be accepted at the Annual Meeting of the Members.
Elected candidates will take office at the conclusion of the 2018 convention and will serve on the RCI Board of Directors through the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Members.
Bob Card is a principal of Wetherholt and Associates, Inc., Kirkland, WA, founded in 1984. He has been a consultant with the company since 2001 and a principal since 2005. Active in the industry since 1989, he has worked for two other consulting firms and a roofing materials manufacturer in a variety of roles, including preparing specifications, drawings, and evaluation reports from surveys and investigations; generating leads and proposals for prospective projects and inquiries for consulting work; conducting building envelope investigation surveys; performing moisture scans; and providing management for his company. He also provides legal and expert witness testimony and performs quality assurance reviews on technical reports and specifications written by other Wetherholt and Associates consultants.
Bob attained his Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) #308 designation in 2003, Registered Waterproofing Consultant (RWC) #16 designation in 2006, Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWC) #27 designation and Registered Building Envelope Consultant (RBEC) #15 designation in 2012, and Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWO) #1 designation in 2016. He is also an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP) through Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
Bob has been a regular presenter for RCI educational courses in the US and Canada since 2004, and also presents for other industry organizations.
- Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA, 1979-1983
- Numerous courses from RCI, RIEI, GRHC, ACEC, CSI, and ACI, 1989-present
Bob has been an active member of RCI since 2001. He has served on committees at the local and national level and has helped update and regularly present educational courses for RCI.
- Charter member, Puget Sound Chapter RCI and Portland Chapter RCI, Consultant Affiliate member
- Education Committee chair, Puget Sound Chapter RCI
- RCI Document Competition Subcommittee member
- RCI Waterproofing Course update task force member
- RCI instructor since 2004
- RCI RWC Exam Development Task Force
- RCI REWO Exam Development Subcommittee chair
- RCI, Consultant Affiliate member
Other Professional Activities:
- Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), professional member
- Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute, associate member, presenter
- Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, GRP member
- American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), member
- American Concrete Institute (ACI), member
- Outstanding Educator, RCI International, 2013
Many of our members have benefited greatly over the years from RCI’s outstanding education and registration programs. Looking toward the future, I believe that we need to continue to grow and strengthen these programs to keep RCI relevant and at the forefront of the industry. Consistently providing new and updated educational offerings in the building envelope arena will help to position RCI as the indisputable authority in this sector of the construction industry.
I am also convinced that RCI must continue to attract and develop new members from a broad variety of backgrounds and disciplines in order to continue to grow a vibrant and sustainable membership base and to expand the pool of competent new leaders for the future. For decades now, RCI has enjoyed steady membership growth and a relatively active membership. RCI must continue to attract new members, and we must purposefully engage this new generation of building envelope professionals and commit to identifying and developing the next generation of leaders for RCI.
Through outreach, education, seminars, symposia, our annual convention, and the active involvement of our members in related organizations, we can continue to expand our influence as a leading source of information and expertise for the building enclosure.
It is my hope that you will permit me to continue contributing to the development and strengthening of these foundational aspects of RCI, Inc. as a member of the RCI Executive Committee.
Bob and his wife Linda have been married for 31 years and live in Olympia, Washington. They have two daughters, Corinne (25) and Lauren (22), both of whom have enjoyed attending RCI conventions. They also reside in Olympia.
Scott Hinesley is the president of REI Engineers, Inc., which has six offices in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. He is responsible for the overall management of the firm and its 70+ employees.
- Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1995
- Attended numerous roofing seminars, training, and manufacturers’ courses, including many RCI courses, 1999 to present
- RCI Affiliated Chapter/Region Leadership Development Training Workshop, 2015, 2016 and 2017
- RCI Secretary/Treasurer, 2017 to present
- Region II director, 2015 to 2017
- Consultant member, 1999 to present
- Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) #0286
- Carolinas Chapter president, 2003
- Carolinas Chapter vice president, 2002
- Carolinas Chapter secretary, 2001
- RCI Interface Editorial Board member, 2013-2015
- RCI Ethics Committee member, 2013-2015
Other Professional Activities:
- Registered professional engineer in NC, SC, AL, FL, TN, LA, MS, and KY
- American Council of Engineering Companies/North Carolina Chapter, Board of Directors (current vice president), 2012 to present
- American Council of Engineering Companies/North Carolina Chapter, co-chair of the Buildings and Infrastructure Committee, 2013-2014
I have benefited personally and professionally from my involvement with RCI, Inc., and endeavor to continue to help RCI benefit from my efforts as a strong advocate of the organization.
As outlined in my previous campaign for Secretary/ Treasurer, I plan to focus on three primary issues during my tenure:
1) Public Purchasing Reform
RCI has been instrumental in combating the trend of awarding public construction projects through cooperative purchasing; however, I believe there is room to enhance our efforts. If public entities and taxpayers understood the true costs of this delivery method, many decision-makers would be forced to rethink their approaches. Over the past several years, I have been active in efforts to educate the stewards of public spending on the pitfalls of cooperative purchasing, job order contracting and other exclusionary procurement vehicles. I intend to continue these efforts throughout my service on the Executive Committee and beyond.
2) Building Codes
Historically, many of the codes that affect our members have been driven by organizations representing contractors and/or manufacturers and not necessarily building envelope consultants. It is my opinion that RCI should be the leading voice to help shape future codes as they relate to our profession—not only to ensure sound and safe construction practices, but to prevent building codes from supplanting the services of a building envelope consultant. I plan to continue to work diligently with RCI staff and other industry leaders and organizations to ensure that we are not only at the discussion table, but considered by others as a leader during this process.
3) Promoting Student Development
I believe our industry suffers from a lack of incoming talent. Although we have seen a recent rise in interest from younger generations, we still have a long way to go. It is my opinion that an increased outreach to universities can generate excitement about our field of work and help direct future graduates to the profession. RCI can work with colleges, universities, trade schools, and others to develop curricula to be taught at the college level with the ultimate goal of eventually creating a specific major related to the field. Our predecessors have done a fantastic job of laying the groundwork, and it is incumbent on us to continue to advance the profession by not only recruiting the best and brightest at an early stage, but also giving them an excellent path for a successful career.
Scott and his wife Sharon have been married for 17 years and live in Charlotte, NC, with their two sons, Will (13) and Ben (11).
Mike Gardner is the president and owner of CMW Roof Consulting, Inc., founded in 2017. Mike has been involved in the roofing industry since the late 1970s.
Prior to forming CMW Roof Consulting, Inc., Mike worked with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. from 2007 to 2017.
Before joining WJE, Gardner worked for 28 years in the construction industry, primarily focused on the installation and repair of roofing and waterproofing systems. Mike began his career working for his family’s roofing company in southern California, where he had a unique opportunity to learn about various roofing and waterproofing systems, from both an application and performance standpoint. For the ten years prior to becoming a roof consultant, Mike served in a supervisory role as an operations manager and a superintendent for two large national commercial roofing contractors in the Denver metro area.
Gardner’s current focus of services includes condition surveys, failure analysis, moisture surveys, preparation of construction documents, construction administration services, and litigation support for the building envelope.
Mike attained his Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) #669 designation in 2010, and Registered Roof Observer (RRO) #900 designation in 2008.
- Graduated Quartz Hill High School, Quartz Hill, CA, 1982
- Attended Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO (mathematics and political science), 1997-1998
- Attended Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO (mathematics and political science), 1999
- Attended and graduated from Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins, CO (BA, liberal arts – political science), 2012-2013
Mike has been an active member of RCI since 2007. He has served on committees at the local and national level and has presented educational courses for RCI.
- RCI Denver Chapter president, 2009-2010
- Golf Committee chair, RCI Denver Chapter, 2009-2010
- Presenter of Roof Technology and Science I, RCI Denver Chapter, 2010
- Chapter Development Committee, 2013-2014
- RCI Region V director, Board of Directors, 2014-present
Other Professional Activities:
- Associate member, Colorado Roofing Association (CRA)
The construction industry is continually growing and changing. Over the years, our members have benefitted from RCI’s expanding education and registration programs. Going forward, I believe that RCI needs to continue to grow and strengthen our education programs, and solidify and promote our registration programs to keep RCI relevant and at the forefront of the industry. I believe that providing new and updated educational offerings in the building envelope arena will help strengthen RCI and allow RCI to be recognized as the indisputable authority in building envelope consulting in the construction industry.
In addition to education and registration offerings, I believe that increasing our membership is very important to the success of RCI. RCI’s membership has shown steady growth over the years, but we still need to continue to grow. I believe that RCI should target the upcoming generation of building envelope professionals and, together with our current leaders, develop the next generation of leaders for RCI.
It is my hope that you will vote for me, allowing me to personally contribute to the development and strengthening of these foundational aspects of RCI, Inc. as a member of the RCI Executive Committee.
Mike is a single father of one son (Weston) in college. He lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, outside of Denver, Colorado. Mike enjoys golf, camping, fishing, hunting, and numerous other outdoor activities.
Ted Sheridan was born and raised in Ottawa and is a 1983 civil engineering graduate of the University of Waterloo. From 1984 to 2000, he worked for several consulting engineering firms in Ottawa, specializing first in roofing and waterproofing quality assurance, and then in building envelope design and investigation work, with related structural engineering, and rising to the position of principal.
In 2001, in partnership with Doug Fishburn, he opened Fishburn Sheridan & Associates, Ltd. (FSA) in Ottawa, where he is currently president. FSA now has four branch offices in Ontario and Québec.
Ted has over 30 years of direct experience and has completed and supervised over 2,500 engineering and consulting projects, primarily in Ontario and Québec, and elsewhere in Canada and the U.S. They include everything from residential ice-damming issues to reroofing of automotive plants and schools, and recladding commercial buildings.
Sheridan earned his PEng in 1987, his RRC in 1991 (the second awarded in Canada), his REWC in 2011, and his RWC and RBEC in 2012.
- Region VII director, 2014-2017
- RCI member for 26 years, attended 20 conventions
- Attended numerous RCI seminars, 1991-present
- Instructor/presenter at various RCI seminars, 1995-present
- Original member of RCI’s Canadian region, 1990s
- Member of RCI Ontario Chapter since its formation
- Chair, Ontario Chapter Advocacy Committee, 2015-2016
- Member of Education Committee, late 1990s-early 2000s
- Member of RRC Exam Development Task Force, 2008
- Member of REWC Exam Development Task Force, 2010 and 2016
- Member of General Exam Development Task Force, 2013
- Member of RWC Exam Development Task Force, 2014
Other Professional Affiliations
- ASTM D08 voting member
- Professional Engineers of Ontario
- Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec
- Construction Specifications Canada
- Ontario Building Officials Association
I have had the good fortune to watch the growth and participate in RCI for over 25 years. RCI is welcoming a new executive director this year and will have an unprecedented opportunity to embrace new opportunities and regroup to tackle our biggest challenges.
We have a strong and vital infrastructure to support our members in the key areas of education, engagement, and networking. We are pursuing increased membership in related technical areas where organizational structure is lacking. We are starting to flex our industry muscles in the face of major issues that could reshape our future livelihood. RCI’s opportunities and its perils have both increased with our growth.
How should RCI approach these opportunities and perils? The following is my position:
- Maintain a high level of service to members: RCI must continue to create, support, and modernize communications, member/chapter/region tools, educational tools, and networking events like the convention and symposium. We need to attune services to a more youthful and diverse membership.
- Look outward for ways to advocate for our members: RCI has done an effective job of organizing and equipping our members with the basic tools needed to succeed as consultants in the industry. However, our stronger group voice now enables us to improve opportunities for our members by advocating for their business interests and for the ethics and values that RCI espouses. To do this, RCI should develop a plan to increase our profile and stature in the industry, and commit the necessary resources to make it happen.
- Protect our members and our organization from potentially harmful industry forces: RCI needs to distinguish and proactively defend itself and its values to protect the livelihood of its members. We need to police the activities of our own members diligently to maintain our high ethical standards. We must address the threats posed by groups that are adversarial to RCI goals, and find new ways to cooperate with other industry groups in the interest of our members. We need to strategically plan for, identify, and act accordingly to engage these forces.
Ted and his wife Karen have been married 22 years and live in Ottawa with an aging but still vocal Schnauzer and two generally absent grown kids. Ted enjoys cottaging (especially cleaning out the eavestroughs) and most sports, which he plays with great experience and little talent. Ted parle français, lentement et avec un bon accent anglo-ontarien.