IIBEC Hosts Chapter Leaders, Region Directors, Board Members for Leadership Development Workshop

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October 21, 2022

IIBEC gathered 65 attendees—comprising chapter leaders from 22 chapters and branches, region directors, and members of the IIBEC Board of Directors—October 20–21, 2022, for its Leadership Development Workshop at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Chris Giffin

IIBEC President Chris Giffin opened the event with remarks about current membership levels; development of the CBECxP exam; a recent surge in registration numbers for the upcoming IIBEC/Architectural Engineering Institute Building Enclosure Symposium; and plans to celebrate IIBEC’s 40th anniversary during the 2023 IIBEC International Conference and Trade Show in Houston, Texas. He also thanked event sponsors IB Roof Systems, Siplast, Lightning Protection Institute, and Situra for their support of the workshop.

Amy Peevey

IIBEC First Vice President Amy Peevey applauded the work of chapters in holding and promoting their events, and she encouraged chapter leaders to provide feedback on IIBEC’s strategic plan, which will be updated in 2023. Peevey added that, in lieu of the Platinum Award, next year’s chapter awards will feature a ruby award in honor of IIBEC’s 40th anniversary.

IIBEC Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Pallasch highlighted key IIBEC accomplishments in 2022 as part of a discussion about the IIBEC Strategic Plan, including the advancement at the ICC Building Code hearings of two key proposals related to secondary roof drainage and the defeat of cooperative procurement legislation in Ohio. He also pointed attendees to IIBEC’s newly updated Code of Ethics, and he elaborated on the different elements of IIBEC’s ongoing consultant marketing campaign.

Chris Dawkins

IIBEC Secretary/Treasurer Chris Dawkins then spoke on the topic of chapter administration and meetings, followed by IIBEC Chapter Development Committee Chair Steve Drennan’s talk about annual transition planning for chapters and the IIBEC Outstanding Chapter Awards program.

Rick Gardner

RCI-IIBEC Foundations Development Director Rick Gardner shared the foundations’ efforts to raise enough money during Giving Tuesday (November 29, 2023) to send 40 students to the 2023 IIBEC Convention and Trade Show next March, building on the more than 30 students the foundations helped send to the 2022 IIBEC Convention and Trade Show. Additionally, the foundations are sending 24 students to the IIBEC/AEI Building Enclosure Symposium next month in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

After the lunch break, IIBEC Director of Education Kristen Kennedy talked about the challenges chapters face in delivering educational content to their members, and Chris Dawkins returned to talk about chapter advocacy and the need to coordinate such efforts with the entire IIBEC team.

Attendees then took part in two breakout sessions, moderated by IIBEC’s region directors, during which they shared their own experiences as chapter leaders in the building enclosure industry.

John Boling

IIBEC Director of Government Relations John Boling share actions IIBEC has taken in support of its strategic plan, including a portfolio of policy statements approved by the IIBEC Board of Directors. Brian Pallasch, IIBEC’s executive vice president and chief executive officer, followed Boling’s presentation with a brief overview of IIBEC’s 40th anniversary in 2023. Articles and historical photos will be featured in IIBEC Interface, and a “birthday party” will be held March 5, 2023, during the 2023 IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show.

The day concluded with a Town Hall during which attendees could ask anything of Pallasch, Giffin, and Peevey. A reception and a tour of IIBEC’s Raleigh headquarters followed the day’s presentations.

IIBEC Senior Director of Membership and Credentials Alec Jeffries and Membership and Credentials Specialist Simone Patterson rounded out the two-day workshop Friday morning with presentations on IIBEC credentials, continuing education hours, and membership development. Additional breakout sessions preceded adjournment of this year’s workshop.

Chapter leaders departed energized, ready to share their knowledge and ideas on how to improve the performance of their chapters in 2023.