Peers Honored at RCI Annual Awards Luncheon

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May 3, 2017
President Robért Hinojosa gives a heartfelt handclasp to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Mike Blanchette.

RCI members celebrated their peers’ outstanding professional career and volunteer efforts on behalf of the association over the past year at the Annual Awards Luncheon on March 19 in the California Ballroom of the Anaheim Hilton. David Hawn served as emcee before the packed crowd. He recognized Art Sark for attending all 32 of RCI’s conventions.

The late Don Bush Sr. was honored with a tribute that will be a part of RCI’s Annual Awards Luncheon from now on. Bush, who died December 28, 2016, at the age of 78, was the longtime chair of the RRC Exam Development Subcommittee, having earned the very first Registered Roof Consultant designation in 1988. He served as president of the association in 1991 and was named a member of the Jury of Fellows in 1992. Current RRC Exam Development Subcommittee Chair John Gimple noted that “RCI would like to commemorate the time, effort, and heart that Don Bush, Sr. devoted to the development and continual updating of the RRC exam; this registration has become the backbone of the widely recognized and highly respected RCI Registration Program repertoire.”

The late Don Bush, Sr. was honored.

Earning top honors among awardees was Mike Blanchette, who received only the fourth-ever RCI Lifetime Achievement Award. Mike was feted for a “lifetime of service and contributions to the success of RCI.” Blanchette, in a letter of thanks afterwards, expressed, “Truth be told, I just always wanted to give something back to anyone and everyone in our organization. My career as a consultant has been extremely rewarding…” Blanchette is a past president of RCI and longtime treasurer of the RCI Foundation.

Robért Hinojosa (left) and Jerry Teitsma (right) are presented with entry to the RCI Jury of Fellows by David Hawn.

Entry to the prestigious Jury of Fellows is a goal many contributing volunteers to RCI may desire. This year, the Fellows awarded this honor to outgoing President Robért Hinojosa and longtime RCI educator Jerry Teitsma. Both men can now add “RCIF” to their long list of accomplished career designations.

Albert Duwyn (right) receives the William C. Correll Award from David Hawn.

Another major award given on behalf of the Fellows was the William C. Correll Award, for “people who have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, leadership, ethics, unselfish dedication, or significant contribution to the growth and recognition of RCI, Inc.” The award was granted to Past President Albert Duwyn, current chair of the RCI Foundation Canada Board of Directors.

Wanda Edwards is awarded the Herbert Busching Award by Fellow representative David Hawn.

The Herbert Busching Award is occasionally presented by the Fellows. The award is granted to “people who have contributed to the research, standards, and education of the roofing, waterproofing, and/or exterior wall industries.” RCI Senior Director of Technical Services Wanda Edwards, PE, was granted the award.

Pat Conway (left) receives the Horowitz Award from Russ Raymond.

The Richard Horowitz Award is granted each year for the best technical article published in RCI Interface the previous year. The award is chosen by a committee chaired by Russ Raymond, who this year presented the award to Pat Conway for his article, “Masonry Movement and Joint Failures,” in the July 2016 issue of RCI Interface.

Jon Cannon was the recipient of the Michael DeFrancesco Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by President Robért Hinojosa.

A major coveted award given each year by the president is the Michael DeFrancesco Volunteer of the Year Award. This year, the award was granted to Jonathan Cannon for his outstanding committee involvement and contribution. Cannon is chair of the Chapter Development Committee, and as such serves as emcee of the annual Leadership Conference. He was also on the Emerging Professionals Committee and the Advocacy Committee.

Kenrick Hartman, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC, PE, LEED AP BD+C, was presented with the Emerging Professionals Award after earning four major RCI registrations in one year.

The Emerging Professionals Award is given to a professional who has shown exceptional leadership, professionalism, and/or industry contribution at an early stage in his or her career in the field of roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall systems. This year, Kenrick Hartman, with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, was granted the award. Hartman earned his RRC, RWC, REWC, and RBEC—all in the past year.

Brian Gardiner, left, and Joshua Summers receive Outstanding Educator Awards from Robért Hinojosa. Other recipients, absent at the awards, were Ray Ramos, Keith Davis, and Pat Downey.

Recognized as “Outstanding Educators” for RCI were several individuals who have taught RCI-developed classes at both a chapter and national level. They have taught over 60 hours of lectures each and maintained a 4.0 out of 5.0 on their evaluations. They are: Brian Gardiner, D. Keith Davis, Raymond Ramos, Joshua Summers, and Patrick Downey.

Winners of the Document Competition were announced by committee Chair Chris Giffin. Profiles of the winning projects will be highlighted in the July issue of RCI Interface. The winners were:

  • Report Writing. 1st place, Neil Garry, Bell & Spina; 2nd place, Jeffrey Levine, Levine & Company, Inc.; 3rd place, Peter Meijer, Peter Meijer Architect, PC.
  • Small Project. 1st place, Joakim Aspegren, RA, Architecture Restoration Conservation, PC; 2nd place, Joakim Aspegren, RA, Architecture Restoration Conservation, PC; 3rd place, Richard Froberg, Miller Dunwiddie Architecture.
  • Large Project. 1st place, Douglas Arena, Bell & Spina Architects; 2nd place, Charles Sietmann, Building Technology Consultants, Inc.; 3rd place, Richard Froberg, Miller Dunwiddie Architecture.

Recipients of the Outstanding RCI Affiliated Chapter Awards, announced by Secretary/Treasurer Bob Card, were as follows:

  • Platinum level (901-1200 points).
    • Chicago Area Chapter of Roof Consultants Institute
    • North Texas Chapter of RCI
    • Roof Consultants Incorporated Ontario
    • Roof Consultants Institute – Western Canada Chapter
    • SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc.
  • Gold level (601-900 points)
    • Florida Chapter of RCI, Inc.
    • Georgia Chapter of the Roof Consultants Institute, Inc.
    • Great Lakes Chapter Roof Consultants Institute
    • Ohio Valley Chapter of Roof Consultants Institute, Inc.
Outstanding Volunteers James Ripley (left) and Stephen Hentz (right) received plaques. Russell Ibbotson also received an Outstanding Volunteer plaque but was not present at the luncheon.

Robert Hinojosa recognized three individuals as Outstanding Volunteers over the course of his presidency. The following received certificates of appreciation:

  • Stephen Hentz
  • Russell Ibbotson
  • Jim Ripley

Certificates of Appreciation were granted to the following committee and task force contributors at the end of their terms:

  • 2016 REWC Exam Development Task Force
    • Patricia Aguirre
    • George “Mike” Bock
    • Paul Buccellato
    • Gerald Delaune
    • Stephen Hentz
    • David Honeycutt
    • William Hope
    • Anthony Polotto
    • Edward “Ted” Sheridan
    • Ray Wetherholt.
  • Building Envelope Symposium Committee
    • Kathy Sweeton
  • Education Committee
    • Kamran Farahmandpour
    • James Hoff
    • Matthew Innocenzi
  • Emerging Professionals Committee
    • Jeffrey Garrison
    • Joshua Hankins
    • Jeremy Bridwell
  • Nominating Committee
    • Dennis McNeil
  • RRO Exam Development Committee
    • Michael Caniglia
    • Jonathan Maynard
    • Joshua Tatum
  • RCI Interface Review Board
    • Kenneth Leggett
Outgoing region directors were recognized. Left to right: President Hinojosa, Ray Makiejus, Ted Sheridan, Scott Hinesley, and Bill Waterston. Markian Duma was not present.

Outgoing region directors were given a round of applause and plaques for all of their work over the past several years. They were:

  • Region II Director Scott Hinesley
  • Region III Director Raymond Makiejus
  • Region VII Director Edward “Ted” Sheridan
  • Region I Director Markian Duma
  • Region I Interim Director William Waterston

In addition, new RRCs, RROs, REWCs, REWOs, and BECs were recognized and announced by their respective registration exam development chairs: John Gimple, Paul Buccellato, Stephen Hentz, Ray Wetherholt, and Robért Hinojosa (for the BECs). Groups shots and lists of those individuals have been published on the RCI Newsfeed.