President’s Banquet, Election Results Among Final-Day Highlights of 2023 IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show

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March 7, 2023
Chris Giffin passes the presidential pin to Amy Peevey.

The President’s Banquet and results of IIBEC officer and board of directors elections were among the highlights on Monday, March 6—the final day of the 2023 IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show in Houston, Texas, at the Marriott Marquis Houston.

With the trade show having wrapped on Sunday, attendees took advantage of the many educational opportunities still available to them on the last day of the convention. Among the 11 education sessions that filled the morning and afternoon were “Wind Tunnel Testing of Edge Metal,” Implications of Building Codes for the Repair of Buildings and Building Enclosures,” “There’s a Lot of Hot Air in Consulting: What’s It All About?” and “The Business Case for Challenging the Status Quo and Improving Employee Culture.”

During his final address at IIBEC president, Chris Giffin highlighted IIBEC’s major accomplishments from the past year and pointed to the process for revamping the IIBEC awards program and the renaming of the Document Competition as the Excellence in Building in Enclosure Consulting Award. Giffin also held up a copy of the first RCI Interface and a recent issue of IIBEC Interface, pointing out how the organization’s publication has evolved from a four-page newsletter to an advertising-supported, four-color magazine that runs longer than 40 pages per issue.

Brian Pallasch

IIBEC Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Pallasch then presented a “State of the Association” address, noting that 481 of IIBEC’s 3356 members were new this year and that this past January had seen the largest number of new IIBEC members than any month in the group’s history. Pallasch also highlighted advocacy wins from the past year and the organization’s recent success in amending the International Building Code.

Mike Blanchette, chair of the RCI-IIBEC Foundation, gave a report on the foundation’s activities, mentioning that it had been a good year for the foundation but also an expensive one, “so keep those donations coming.”

Giffin thanked IIBEC’s outgoing board members—Ted Sheridan, Mike Fell, and Jennifer Hogan—before passing the president’s pin to Amy Peevey, the organization’s first female president. “What a true honor to be serving as IIBEC president for this upcoming year,” Peevey said in her first comments as president of IIBEC. She thanked IIBEC’s volunteers, whom she called “the backbone” of the organization, before thanking the other members of IIBEC’s Executive Committee. “I look forward to the continuing growth and to serving the IIBEC membership,” Peevey said.

Newly elected IIBEC Secretary/Treasurer Jennifer Hogan

The Annual Meeting of the Members also included the announcement of the winner of the IIBEC election for the position of secretary/treasurer between Jennifer Hogan, B.Arch.Sci., CET, REWC, RRO, LEED AP, Certified Passive House Consultant, and Brian P. O’Donnell, RA, REWC, REWO. Hogan was announced as the winner of the election. Additional elections recently took place for the directors of Regions I, II, III, and VII.

The final executive committee and IIBEC Board of Directors for 2023–2024 are:

Executive Committee

President: Amy Peevey, RRO, REWC, PE, CDT

First Vice President: Robért Hinojosa, PE, RBEC, RRO, REWO, CDT, CEI, CIT

Second Vice President: Chris Dawkins, PE

Secretary/Treasurer: Jennifer Hogan, B.Arch.Sci., CET, REWC, RRO, LEED AP, Certified Passive House Consultant

Immediate Past President: Christopher Giffin, RRC, AIA

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer: Brian Pallasch, CAE

Region Directors

Region I: Julie Palmer, LEED AP

Region II: Nicholas Tribble, RRO

Region III: Charles T. Sietmann, RRO, REWO, CCCA, CIT

Region IV: Jon Cannon, RRC, RRO, REWO CDT

Region V: Julie McDonald

Region VI: Burt Carver, RRC, RRO

Region VII: Stephanie Robinson, P.Eng.

The day drew to a close with the RCI-IIBEC Foundations’ Live Auction and Reception, which raised money for the United States and Canadian RCI-IIBEC Foundations, and the President’s Banquet, which included entertainment by the Jersey Tenors.

The 2024 IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show takes place March 8–11, 2023.