Meet the Officer Candidates for 2021

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February 11, 2021
The 2021 officer elections is now open. An email was sent to eligible voting members on January 27, 2021, and will be sent additional reminders until voting closes on March 8, 2021 at NOON EST. This year, there will not be mail in ballots and proxy votes will not be accepted.

 

Elected officers will begin their terms at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of the Members. Due to Covid-19, the 2021 IIBEC Annual Meeting of the Members will be held virtually on March 8, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 PM ET. Register for the meeting here.

 

On February 10, 2021 IIBEC held a Candidate Forum. Candidates running for secretary/treasurer delivered their platform, and answered questions submitted by the membership. The recording of Forum can be found below.

 

 

Find your candidate(s)’ profiles below.

First Vice President Candidate

Christopher W. Giffin, RRC, AIA, NCARB

Candidate for First Vice President

Professional Experience

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.

IIBEC Experience

  • 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 AL, FL, GA, IL, NC, SC, TN, LA, and WI
  • NCARB certificate
  • 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
  • Member of ASCE 7-22

Other Professional Organizations

  • “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

Publications/Presentations

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

Position Statement

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.

Personal Information

I have been married to my wife Nancy for 25 years. I have two children, Kathleen (21) and Matthew (18); two German shepherds; one exotic bird; and one fish tank. I am an avid golfer and enjoy playing any one of my electric guitars.

Second Vice President Candidate

Amy M. Peevey, REWC, RRO, PE

Candidate for Second Vice President

Professional Experience

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.

IIBEC Experience

  • 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

Education

  • 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

Professional Work History

  • 2020- Present: Vidaris, Inc., Regional Director – Southwest
  • 2018-2020: DeSimone Consulting Engineers, Director
  • 2008–’18: Building Exterior Solutions, co-owner/principal
  • 2000–’08: WJE, senior associate
  • 1999–’00: Law Engineering, staff engineer

Publications/Presentations

  • “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 Technology Symposium, 201

Position Statement

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 commitment 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.

Personal Information

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.

Secretary/Treasurer

Chris Dawkins, PE

Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer

Professional Experience

Chris Dawkins serves as principal building consultant and forensics engineer with Beech Consulting, Inc. and Engineered Solutions International, LLC, and has more than 35 years’ experience in building construction and civil engineering disciplines. His primary consulting practice is focused in building enclosure components assessment and existing building forensics investigations and also includes or has included facilities master planning; construction phase services for new buildings construction, renovations to existing buildings, site grading and paving operations and urban streetscape projects; and civil engineering design. He has practiced as a building consultant/consulting engineer since 1993, after serving for 12 years in a variety of assignments with the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

IIBEC Experience

  • IIBEC Region II Director – 2019-2021
  • IIBEC Codes & Standards Committee – 2020-2023
  • Georgia Chapter of RCI, Inc. executive board member (secretary, treasurer, vice president, president and past president) 2014-2018
  • Co-Taught:
    • IIBEC Professional Building Consulting, Atlanta, GA, February 2020
    • RCI Exterior Walls Science & Technology Atlanta, GA, August 2017
  • Continuing Education Lectures Developed and Presented:
    • 2014-2020 to IIBEC GA, VA, Mid-South Chapters, and Nashville,
    • TN, and Alabama Branch Meetings on “2009 & 2013 Case Studies – Hailstone Impacts Damage to Various Roofing Systems and Lessons Learned”
  • Consultant Member of RCI, Inc./IIBEC since 2004

Other Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Professional Engineer in GA and NC
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • 2015-2020 Lecturer at The Environmental Institute, Marietta, GA on “How Moisture Gets Into Buildings”

Professional Work History

  • President and Founder, Beech Consulting, Inc. Duluth, GA 2003-Present
  • Principal Building Consultant and Civil Engineer, Engineered Solutions International, LLC, Atlanta, GA – 2008 – Present
  • Associate, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. Raleigh, NC and Norcross, GA – 1993-2003
  • Public Works Officer, Presidential Retreat, Camp David, MD – 1990-93
  • Company Commander and Equipment Officer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7, Gulfport, MS with 8-month deployments to Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Sicily, Italy and Naval Station, Roosevelt Roads (Ceiba), Puerto Rico – 1987-89
  • Executive Assistant/Aide to Commander, Atlantic Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Norfolk, VA – 1985-86
  • Public Works Officer, U.S. Naval Support Activity, Souda Bay, Crete, Greece – 1983-85
  • Assistant Public Works Officer, Naval Air Facility, El Centro, CA – 1981-83

Education

  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 1987, GA Tech
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1981, NCSU

Position Statement

My first exposure to IIBEC was attending RCI’s 1997 BES, which was outstanding and most relevant to my practice. Afterward, I regularly sought out RCI’s classes because they were exceptional, both technically and with a strong bent toward application and real-world conditions. RCI’s continuing education reputation led me to get actively involved with our Georgia Chapter.

IIBEC’s community is blessed by our founders and early leadership for establishing a rock-solid foundation of advocacy and advancement of consulting excellence within our industry. We stand on their shoulders, but there is still much more to achieve. If I am privileged to serve as Secretary/Treasurer, I will steadfastly work as part of our international team, in support of IIBEC’s strategic plan vision that we are “universally recognized as the leading authority for building enclosure consulting,” with emphases on: Growth of Membership and Chapters (let’s smartly get to 5,000 members and beyond); Education (let’s continue to nurture this foundational pillar of our association’s culture); and Recruitment and Development of Future Leaders (our current chapters/branches and committees’ leadership and volunteers are an exemplary team that, with support and encouragement, will sustain and increase our excellence going forward). In short, my guiding leadership principle is to “energetically serve our membership”.

I have created the margin within my day job to be able to commit the time needed for this role and would be honored by the opportunity to serve as Secretary/Treasurer. Thanks for taking time to read this document and I would appreciate your vote.

Personal Information

I grew up in Greensboro, NC, but presently call North Georgia home with my wife, Lee. We have a daughter and two sons and two grandsons. Outside of professional life, personal passions include guitar, golf, boating, and travel.

Robért J. Hinojosa, RBEC, RRO, PE, CDT, CEI, CIT

Candidate for Secretary/ Treasurer

Professional Experience

Robért Hinojosa is the principal engineer and owner of the engineering/consulting firm RJH & Associates Inc., located in Miramar Beach, FL, with three branch offices located in Charlotte, NC, Houston TX,
and London, ON.

IIBEC Experience

  • IIBEC, Inc – President 2016-2017, IIBEC Fellow (F-IIBEC)
  • 1st  Vice President (2015-2016)
  • 2nd Vice President (2014-2015)
  • Secretary/Treasurer President (2013-2014)
  • Region II Director (2011-2013)
  • RRC – #0569: RW C – #0025: RRO – #0465: REW C – #0011: RBEC – #0005

Professional Affiliations/Work History

  • PE – Registered Professional Engineer FL, TX, NC and over 30 other states in the US.
  • CDT – Construction Document Technologist through CSI
  • Level 1 certified Infrared Thermographer through Infraspection Institute
  • CSI – Professional Member Sealant
  • SWRI – Waterproofing & Restoration, Institute Associate Member

Technical Publications

  • “Field Testing of Wet-Film Thickness and Dry-Film Thickness of Waterproof Coatings,” published in The Journal of RCI Interface, December 2009, Vol. XXVII, No. 11, Pg. 22-28.
  • “Designing, Specifying, and Testing Windows for Water Penetration Resistance: The Effects of Changes in the AAMA 502 Test Standard,” published in The Journal of RCI Interface, April 2010, Vol. XXVIII, No. 4, Pg. 6
  • “Safety Considerations for a Steep-Slope Metal Roof Restoration,” published in The Journal of RCI Interface, October 2010, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 9, Pg. 11-22
  • “Bonded Pull Test: Not Just for Roof Membranes Anymore,” published in Interface Technical Journal, December 2011, Pg. 6-10.
  • “Utilizing Infrared Imaging for Detection of Filled Cells in Exterior CMU Walls,” published in IIBEC Interface Technical Journal, October 2012, Pg. 21-25

Education

  • Bachelor of Science (BS), Civil Engineering Texas A&M University
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) University of Houston
  • Continued education at seminars, courses, plant tours, and many IIBEC courses.

Position Statement

IIBEC is the organization that is and should be the driving force in the roofing and building enclosure industry and profession for education and registrations.

In this time of COVID and the year 2020, it should be IIBEC’s role to continue to solidify and promote our organization and the building enclosure consulting industry.  Now, more than ever, IIBEC needs to support its members and chapters by modernizing communication, education, and networking events like the convention and building enclosure symposium.

With the aging population of our member base, it is more important than ever to promote the organization to attract younger and a more diverse membership. I believe that attracting younger members from universities, trade schools, and at early stages of their career is paramount to bringing in new members to our industry and continue the growth of IIBEC.

IIBEC should continue to develop and increase our recognization and profile in the building enclosure industry and ensure that our registrations become more recognized.  Advocating for our members and registrations needs to be a priority, and we need to develop plans and commit resources to promote IIBEC within the industry.

I have had the great fortune of being involved in IIBEC throughout my career and have benefited both professionally and personally.   If elected again to the EC, I will continue my staunch effort to advocate for this organization, its registrations, members, and their interests

Personal Information

My wife, Shelly, and I have been married for 14 years. We have two children: Lance, 13 and Alina, 11. In my personal time I enjoy boating  with my family and participating in long-distance running events.  I have run over 40+ full marathons (26.2 miles) including all the world major marathons: Boston, Chicago, New York, Berlin, London, and Tokyo. I am working toward my goal of running a marathon on all 7 continents and in 2019 ran a marathon in Antarctica.

Gene Keeton CxA+BE, BECxP

Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer

Professional Experience

While attaining my bachelor of science degree at Southwest Missouri State University, I began working as a design draftsman for a major window, storefront, and curtainwall manufacturer. I spent two years detailing shop drawings for the glazing industry and five and a half years in curtainwall R&D and applications. During this time, I designed a complete curtainwall system, including dies, tooling, fabrication, and testing. In 1997, I took a position as the manager of an AAMA-certified testing laboratory at which I was exposed to hundreds of products and projects. This experience helped to form my understanding in the complexities of the building enclosure systems and the requirements necessary to create a successful building enclosure. In 2000, I returned home to Monett, Missouri, and started KDENT, Inc. to provide shop-drawing services to the glazing and panel industry. In 2002, KDENT received the first consulting project and has completed hundreds of projects, which include design consulting, inspections, testing, forensic investigations, expert witnessing, and litigation support. Today I enjoy enclosure design, teaching what I have learned, and spending time with my kids, grandkids, and my soulmate.

IIBEC Experience

  • IIBEC Member since 2011
  • IIBEC Region III Director / IIBEC Board 2017-2021
  • BECx Task Force
  • CBECxP ISO 17024 Certification Program
  • Manual of Practice Update BECx Section

Professional Affiliations

  • IIBEC
  • AIA – American Institute for Architects
  • NRCA – National Roof Contractors Association
  • USGBC – U.S. Green Building Council
  • NSBA – National Small Business Association
  • Monett Chamber of Commerce

Work History

Over 30 years’ experience in all phases of curtainwall, storefront, window, and door design, fabrication, and engineering, including supervision of system prototype, development, erection, and testing. Twenty years of exterior wall, waterproofing, and roofing consulting.

  • KDENT, Inc. – owner / president 2000-present
  • C3 MasterMind, LLC – owner 2019-present
  • S & C Custom Fabrications, LLC – owner 2002-2008
  • Manager of technical services at Mid America Testing Laboratory – 1997-2000
  • Curtainwall research and development manager for EFCO Corporation – 1990-1997

Education

  • Bachelor of science, Southwest Missouri State University – drafting design technology
  • The University of Wisconsin Madison – Accredited Qualified Commissioning Process Provider
  • R. Grace-certified third-party inspector – waterproofing and air barrier systems
  • CETCO-certified third-party inspector – waterproofing systems
  • University of Wisconsin Certified CxA+BE – Commissioning Authority Plus Building Envelope
  • University of Wisconsin Certified BECxP – Building Envelope Commissioning Process Provider
  • Certified Level 1 Infrared Thermographer

Position Statement

It has been a privilege and a pleasure being the Region III director and a member of the board. We have completed our association’s rebranding and we are moving forward fast with the Building Enclosure Commissioning Provider Certification. There is no good reason for a building to leak and 75% of building leaks occur at fenestration openings.  If we are to be acknowledged as the go-to association for learning in the building enclosure industry, we need to continue our educational efforts and focus on the continuity, compatibility, and constructability of all six sides of the box.  C3 is the principles required to ensure our buildings do not leak. I am asking for your continued confidence as I strive to improve our industry by expanding our education to include these fundamental principles, and I ask for your vote.

Personal Information

  • Guest lecturer, Drury College, Hammons School of Architecture, Springfield, Missouri
  • Lecturer EFCO Corporation Annual Technical Seminars
  • Published article, “Structural Requirements For Curtain Wall Anchorage,Glass Magazine, July 1997
  • Guest instructor, The University of Wisconsin Madison – “Commissioning The Exterior Enclosure”
  • IFR-Certified private pilot, August 2010, twin-engine certified – May 2012
  • Guest lecturer, University of Arkansas Fayetteville – “Design Studio, Building Enclosure”
  • Founding chair – BEC Ozark Regional Chapter