The IIBEC Nominating Committee, chaired by Dave Hawn, has qualified the following officer candidates for the 2020 officer election:
First Vice President: Ted Sheridan, RBEC, RRC, RWC, REWC, PEng
Second Vice President: Chris Giffin, RRC, AIA, NCARB
Secretary/Treasurer: Amy M. Peevey, REWC, RRO, PE, CDT
Descriptions of the candidates follow. These candidate profiles and the 2020 ballot will be emailed to all eligible voting members on Monday, January 27, 2020. You may vote via electronic ballot by February 10, 2020; or you have the option of voting on-site at the Annual Meeting of the Members on Monday, March 30, 2020, during the IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show in Houston, TX. Early voting will be counted by the independent e-ballot firm Direct Vote Survey & Ballot Systems, 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.
First Vice President Candidate
Ted Sheridan, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC, PEng
I was born and raised in Ottawa and am a 1983 civil engineering graduate of the University of Waterloo. From 1984 to 2000, I 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, rising to the position of principal.
In 2001, in partnership with Doug Fishburn, I opened Fishburn Sheridan & Associates, Ltd. in Ottawa, where I am currently president. FSA now has four branch offices in Ontario and Québec.
I have over 30 years of direct experience and have completed and supervised over 2500 engineering and consulting projects—primarily in Ontario and Québec, and elsewhere in Canada and the U.S.—including everything from residential ice-damming issues to reroofing of automotive plants and schools, and recladding of commercial buildings.
I earned my PEng in 1987, my RRC in 1991 (the second awarded in Canada), my REWC in 2011, and my RWC and RBEC in 2012.
IIBEC Secretary/Treasurer 2018
Region VII Director, 2014-2017
IIBEC member for 26 years; attended 20 conventions
Attended numerous IIBEC seminars, 1991-present
Instructor/presenter at various IIBEC seminars, 1995-present
Original member of IIBEC’s Canadian region, 1990s
Member of IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter since its formation
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 and participate in the growth of IIBEC for over 25 years. IIBEC has gone through the disruptive but energizing process of selecting a new EVP/CEO in the past year, and our prospects for embracing new opportunities and tackling our biggest challenges have never been better.
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 organization structure is lacking. We are flexing our industry muscles in the face of major issues that could reshape our future livelihood. IIBEC’s visibility and clout have increased with our growth.
How should IIBEC approach these opportunities and perils? The following is my position:
Maintain a high level of service to members: IIBEC must continue with creating, supporting, and modernizing 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: IIBEC 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 IIBEC espouses. To do this, IIBEC 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: IIBEC needs to distinguish and proactively defend itself and its values to protect the livelihood of our members. We need to police the activities of our own members diligently to maintain our high ethical standards. We need to address the threats posed by groups that are adversarial to IIBEC goals, and find new ways to co-operate with other industry groups, in the interest of our members. We need to strategically plan for, identify, and act accordingly to engage these forces.
My wife Karen and I have been married 24 years and live in Ottawa, with two generally absent grown kids. I enjoy cottaging (especially cleaning out the eavestroughs) and most sports, which I play with great experience and little talent. Ted parle français, lentement et avec un bon accent anglo-ontarien.
Second Vice President Candidate
Christopher W. Giffin, RRC, AIA, NCARB
I am a principal with the engineering/architectural/material science consulting firm of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. (WJE), located in their Duluth, Georgia office. I have been employed with the firm since 1988, working in Chicago from 1988 to 2003 before relocating to Atlanta. I manage and oversee a wide range of building enclosure projects.
Bachelor of Architecture, Structures Option, 1992, University of Illinois at Chicago
RCI Region II Director (2017-2018)
Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) – No. 0715
Past president of the Georgia Chapter (2013)
Consultant member since 2009
RCI Document Competition Committee, chairman (2015 and 2016)
Continuous attendance at IIBEC/RCI Annual Conventions since 2007
Other Professional Affiliations
Architect in FL, GA, IL, NC, SC, TN, LA, and WI
Member of the American Institute of Architects
ASTM International D08 – Roofing and Waterproofing
Member of the National Roofing Contractors Association
Member of Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia
IIBEC International Conventions and Chapter Events
“Evaluating Storm Damage to Flat Roof Assemblies,” RCI convention, Dallas, TX, March 2009
“Case Study: Restoration of a Historic Clay Tile Roof,” RCI convention, Reno, NV, April 2011
“Structural Lightweight Concrete Decks and Moisture Related Issues,” RCI Georgia Chapter, Atlanta, GA, June 2013
“Metal Roofing,” RCI educational program, Atlanta, GA, September 2014
“Consultant & Contractor Collaboration: Understanding Roles and Responsibilities for the Successful Execution of a Building Envelope Construction and Rehabilitation Project,” RCI convention, San Antonio, TX, March 2015
“Case Study – Investigation of Water Leakage Problems in a Renovated Warehouse Facility,” RCI Region V meeting, Las Vegas, NV, June 2017
IIBEC Interface, The Journal of IIBEC
“Historic Roof Decks: Design Issues and Considerations,” April 2009, Volume XXVII, No. 4
“Building Code Occupancy Groups: Challenges for the Building Envelope Professional,” December 2015, Volume XXXIII, No. 11
“Waterproofing Systems for Plazas,” CSI, Mobile Bay Chapter, April 11, 2000
“Where’s That Water Coming From?”, Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii, August 2005
“Design Issues and Considerations for Improving Sustainable Roof Design,” AIA National Convention, San Antonio, TX, May 2007
“High Performance Roofing: Managing the Processes that Deliver,” North Carolina Health Care Engineers Association, Inc., 60th Annual Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC, August 2012
“Evaluation of New and Existing Decks for Plaza and Green Roof Waterproofing Systems,” NRCA 126th Annual Convention & International Roofing Exposition, San Antonio, TX, February 2013
Our industry is evolving at an ever-increasing rate, and it is incumbent upon us to stay current with the technology trends, building code advancement, and procurement issues while maintaining a level of common sense regarding these practices. If I am fortunate to be elected as second vice president, I intend to continue the progress of my predecessors by working to enhance and market our brand, protect the integrity of the public procurement process, and strive to identify and encourage young professionals to become leaders in the profession.
The organization’s brand assessment shed light on many facets of the organization—many of which we may already know, some items we may not have been aware of, and others we may have known but perhaps did not want to admit. Of particular interest is the aging population of our member base. Nearly 74% of our members are over the age of 46, with more than 45% of our members over the age of 56. In the next 10 years, it would be fair to say that just under half of our nearly 3400 current members could be retiring. To simply maintain and operate the organization as we do today, IIBEC will need to attract a minimum of 1700 new members in that same time.
Identifying our more junior future leaders and encouraging college-level students and young professionals to get excited and engaged into the practice of building enclosure consulting is going to be critical to our success. Current and future IIBEC leadership must continue to seek other avenues for expansion while maintaining the intent of our organization’s founders. Energizing the member base and encouraging professional growth in the areas of roofing, waterproofing, and exterior enclosure consulting by providing topical educational programs that give exceptional opportunities for learning and networking will be key to our success in attracting the younger professionals we will need.
I have been married to my wife Nancy for 24 years. I have two children, Kathleen (19) and Matthew (16); two German shepherds; two exotic birds; and two fish tanks. I am an avid golfer and enjoy playing any one of my electric guitars.
Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer
Amy M. Peevey, REWC, RRO, PE, CDT
Amy Peevey is a building enclosure engineer with an extensive background in forensic, new construction, and litigation support for buildings and building enclosures. Peevey’s experience includes the investigation, evaluation, analysis, new and repair design, testing, and construction monitoring/administration for building enclosure, structural, and construction material problems. She specializes in building enclosure design; design peer review; building envelope commissioning; failure investigation, evaluation, repair design, and construction monitoring of building envelope systems; as well as litigation support services related to building enclosure, structural, and other building systems.
BS Architectural Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1999
IIBEC Train-the-Trainer, Reno 2011
IIBEC Affiliated Chapter/Region Leadership Development Training Workshop, Raleigh 2011
Attended and provided numerous IIBEC (RCI) courses
Building Enclosure Symposium Chair, 2015–2017
Convention Committee Member, 2015–2017
Building Enclosure Symposium Committee Member, 2012–2015
Gulf Coast Chapter Board Member, 2011–2013
Consultant Member, 2008–present
“Curtainwall Laboratory Mock-Up Testing…,” 31st RCI International Trade Show and Convention, 2016
“The Perfect Storm: MHHS Texas Medical Center Hurricane Ike Restoration,” 27th RCI International Trade Show and Convention, 2012
“Common Installation Problems for Aluminum-Framed Curtainwall Systems,” Building Envelope Techology Symposium, 2011
Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Maryland
AWCI EIFS Certified Professional, 2012–present
Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians, SPRAT Level 1, 2016-2018
SWR Institute: Technical Committee member and Applicator Magazine Editorial Committee member, 2012–2015
Construction Specifications Institute (CSI): board member, Houston Chapter Director 2011–2015
ASTM International Committee E06 Performance of Buildings – Committee member 2003–2005
Since joining IIBEC in 2008, I have strived to become an active member and to contribute by reinforcing IIBEC’s principles and goals within our industry. IIBEC has been instrumental in defining the roles and responsibilities of building enclosure professionals and the development of my consulting career. The collaboration of the manufacturers, contractors, and professionals within IIBEC embodies my personal approach as a building enclosure expert to ensure successful project outcomes. As a member of the Executive Committee, I will continue to support IIBEC with the same level of passion and dedication with the committment to support IIBEC’s Strategic Plan.
Technical Notoriety/Professional Practice: As a professional in the building enclosure industry, I often find myself explaining the role and need for an IIBEC certified professional on projects. Therefore, my goal will be to develop recognition for each of the IIBEC certifications so that they become more mainstream and acknowledged as “professional” designations within our industry.
Networking/Collaboration/Branding: All successful endeavors are best supported by a multi-skilled and disciplined team working toward a common goal. As such, I would like to grow the personal and business opportunities within the individual IIBEC members, as well as partnerships within the IIBEC and international building enclosure community.
Education/Certification: As a majority of my IIBEC contributions have been centered on the growth of membership’s technical knowledge, I will continue supporting this effort by developing our educational and certification programs, as well as promoting their industry-wide support.
Thank you for the opportunity to run for IIBEC’s Executive Committee. I look forward to serving you.
Amy is married with two children. She is a native Texan, born in Austin, and has resided in the Houston area since 1999. When not working, she enjoys family time, restoring antiques, home renovations, service work, fitness, and organizing events.