by Catherine Moon
Director of Region & Chapter Relations
The RCI Nominating Committee, chaired by Pat Downey (Region II) and comprised of members Jesse Torres (Region I), Dennis McNeil (Region III), Karl Schaack (Region IV), Gary Weaver (Region V), John Pitre (Region VI), and Doug Fishburn (Region VII), qualified the following officer candidates for the 2017-2018 officer election.
- First vice president: Michael E. Clark, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC, RRO, PE, CSRP
- Second vice president: Robert D. Card, RBEC, RRC, RWC, REWC, REWO
- Scott M. Hinesley, RRC, PE
- David Pierce, RRO
- Edward A. Sheridan, RRC, REWC, RWC, RBEC, PEng
Descriptions of the candidates follow. These candidate profiles and the 2017 ballot were mailed to all eligible voting members. Voting members who did not mail their completed ballots to Koonce, Wooten & Haywood, LLP, by January 16, 2017, have the option of voting on-site at the Annual Meeting of the Members on Monday, March 20, 2017, during the 32nd RCI International Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, CA. Mailed ballots will be counted by the independent tabulating firm, 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.
Elected candidates will take office at the conclusion of the 2017 convention and will serve on the RCI Board of Directors through the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Members.
Michael E. Clark, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC, RRO, PE, CSRP — Candidate for First Vice President
Mike Clark is the founder and president of Michael E. Clark and Associates, Inc., an engineering and building envelope consulting firm founded in 1996 and located in Macon, Georgia.
• Bachelor of science in civil/environmental engineering, Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, NY, 1979
• Attended numerous roofing seminars, training, and manufacturers’ courses, including many RCI classes, 1992 to present
• RCI Affiliated Chapter/Region Leadership Develop-ment Training Workshop
• RCI second vice president, 2016 to present
• RCI secretary/treasurer, 2015-2016
• Region II director, 2013-2015
• RCI General Consultant Knowledge (GCK) Exam Development Committee member
• Consultant member, 1992 to present
• Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) #0097
• Registered Waterproofing Consultant (RWC) #0044
• Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWC) #0030
• Registered Building Envelope Consultant (RBEC) #0017
• Registered Roof Observer (RRO) #1725
• Georgia Chapter founding member
• Georgia Chapter president, 2000, 2007
• Georgia Chapter vice president, 1999, 2006
• Georgia Chapter treasurer, 2004-2005
• Georgia Chapter secretary, 2003
• Instructor of the “Basic Roof Consulting,” “Advanced Roof Consulting,” “Professional Roof Consulting,” “Professional Building Envelope Consulting,” “Roof Technology and Science” I & II, “Rooftop Quality Assurance,” and “Exterior Walls Science and Technology” courses, 2002 to present
• RCI Advocacy Committee chairman, 2009-2013
• Georgia Chapter presenter of “There’s a Fungus Among Us: Mold in the Building Envelope,” 2002
• Region II meeting presenter of “Metal Retrofit Roofing Systems,” 2007
• Codeveloper and copresenter of the joint RCI/BOMA class “Roof Seminar for Building Owners and Managers,” 2009
Other Professional Activities:
• Registered Professional Engineer in GA and AL
• Certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP)
• RCI Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2000
• RCI 20-year member pin, 2012
• Roof Point Design Excellence Award for the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, Atlanta, GA, 2011
As a Consultant member of RCI for 25 years, I have watched as RCI has evolved. RCI’s stated mission is “to advance the profession of building envelope consultants.” In pursuit of this goal, our organization offers a host of outstanding continuing education programs, advocates vigorously within the industry for the use of independent building envelope consultants, and speaks out against the issues of cooperative purchasing and the use of proprietary specifications in roofing projects. The RCI staff is the finest in the industry. They, along with many volunteers, work hard every day to improve and grow RCI.
Since March of 2013, I have had the privilege of serving on the RCI Board of Directors by representing members as Region II director, secretary/treasurer, and recently as second vice president.
RCI’s first vice president position is primarily responsible for oversight of RCI’s region directors. The region director’s major responsibility is to act as a liaison between RCI affiliated chapters and RCI headquarters and the Board of Directors, and to help chapters and the region to grow and thrive. My experience as a region director will be used in my role as first vice president to assist the region directors in helping their chapters and regions.
RCI has shown that we can “grow” ourselves by increasing our membership. New members are joining RCI from all three building envelope disciplines. RCI grows when new chapters and branches are formed and existing chapters and branches grow.
I believe that my experience on the Board of Directors as region director, secretary/treasurer, and second vice president makes me especially well-qualified for the position of first vice president. If elected, I will endeavor to grow RCI and continue to advance the profession of building envelope consultants within our industry to the best of my abilities.
Mike and his wife Kitty have been married for 25 years, and have four children and five grandchildren.
Robert (Bob) Card, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC, REWO, GRP — Candidate for Second Vice President
Bob Card is a principal of Wetherholt and Associates, Inc., Kirkland, WA, founded in 1984. He has been a consultant with the company since 2001 and a principal since 2005. Active in the industry since 1989, he has worked for two other consulting firms and a roofing materials manufacturer in a variety of roles, including preparing specifications, drawings, and evaluation reports from surveys and investigations; generating leads and proposals for prospective projects and inquiries for consulting work; conducting building envelope investigation surveys; performing moisture scans; and providing management for his company. He also provides legal and expert witness testimony and performs quality assurance reviews on technical reports and specifications written by other Wetherholt and Associates consultants.
Bob attained his Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) #308 designation in 2003, Registered Waterproofing Consultant (RWC) #16 designation in 2006, Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWC) #27 and Registered Building Envelope Consultant (RBEC) #15 designations in 2012, and his Registered Exterior Wall Observer (REWO) #1 designation in 2016. He is also an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP) through Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
Bob has been a regular presenter for RCI educational courses around the country since 2004, and also presents for other industry organizations.
• Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA, 1979-1983
• Numerous courses from RCI, RIEI, GRHC, ACEC, CSI, and ACI, 1989 to present
Bob has been an active member of RCI since 2001. He has served on committees at the chapter and international levels and has helped update and regularly present educational courses for RCI.
• Charter member, Puget Sound Chapter of RCI
• Education Committee chair, Puget Sound Chapter of RCI
• RCI Document Competition Subcommittee member
• RCI Waterproofing Course update task force member
• RCI instructor since 2004
• RCI RWC Exam Development Task Force member
• RCI REWO Exam Development Subcommittee chair
• RCI Consultant Affiliate member
• Puget Sound Chapter of RCI, Consultant Affiliate member
Other Professional Activities:
• Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), professional member
• Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute, associate member and presenter
• Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, GRP member
• American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), member
• American Concrete Institute (ACI), member
• Outstanding Educator, RCI Inc., 2013
Many of our members have benefited greatly over the years from RCI’s outstanding education and registration programs. Looking toward the future, I believe that we need to continue to grow and strengthen these programs to keep RCI relevant and at the forefront of the industry. Consistently providing new and updated educational offerings in the building envelope arena will help to position RCI as the indisputable authority in this corner of the construction industry.
I am also convinced that RCI must continue to attract and develop new members from a broad variety of backgrounds and disciplines in order to continue to grow a solid and vibrant membership base and to establish a pool of competent and vibrant new leaders for the future. For decades now, RCI has enjoyed steady membership growth and a relatively active membership. RCI must continue to attract new members and we must purposefully engage this new generation of building envelope professionals and commit to identifying and developing the next generation of leaders for RCI.
Through outreach, education, seminars, symposia, our annual convention, and the active involvement of our members in related organizations, we can continue to expand our influence as a leading source of information and expertise for the building enclosure.
It is my hope that you will permit me to personally contribute to the development and strengthening of these foundational aspects of RCI, Inc. as the second vice president of the RCI Executive Committee.
Bob and his wife Linda have been married for 30 years and live in Olympia, Washington. They have two grown daughters.
Scott Hinesley, PE, RRC
Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer
Scott Hinesley is the president of REI Engineers, Inc., which has six offices in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. He is responsible for the overall management of the firm and its 65-plus employees.
• Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1995
• Attended numerous roofing seminars, training, and manufacturers’ courses, including many RCI courses, 1999 to present
• RCI Affiliated Chapter/Region Leadership Develop-ment Training Workshop, 2015 and 2016
• Region II director, 2015 to present
• Consultant member, 1999 to present
• Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) #0286
• Carolinas Chapter president, 2003
• Carolinas Chapter vice president, 2002
• Carolinas Chapter secretary, 2001
• RCI Interface Editorial Board member, 2013-2015
• RCI Ethics Committee member, 2013-2015
Other Professional Activities:
• Registered professional engineer in NC, SC, AL, FL, TN, LA, MS, and KY
• American Council of Engineering Companies/North Carolina Chapter, Board of Directors (current treasurer), 2012 to present
• American Council of Engineering Companies/North Carolina Chapter, Cochair of the Buildings and Infrastructure Committee, 2013-2014
I have benefited personally and professionally from my involvement with RCI, Inc., and if I am fortunate to be elected as secretary/treasurer, I hope to help RCI benefit from my efforts as a strong advocate of the organization.
In addition to learning the concerns of RCI’s Consultant members to effectively represent their interests, if I am elected to serve on the Executive Committee, I plan to focus on three primary issues during my tenure:
1) Public Purchasing Reform:
RCI has been instrumental in combating the trend of awarding public construction projects through cooperative purchasing; however, I believe there is room to enhance our efforts. If public entities and taxpayers understood the true costs of this delivery method, many decision-makers would be forced to rethink their approach. I plan to mount an informational campaign throughout North America to help educate the stewards of public spending on the pitfalls of cooperative purchasing. This process will include conversations with media outlets and other watchdog groups who can help spread the word to taxpayers. I will also endeavor to meet with state auditors requesting they investigate claims of waste in public procurement, and report accordingly.
2) Building Codes:
Historically, many of the codes that affect our members have been driven by organizations representing contractors and/or manufacturers and not necessarily building envelope consultants. It is my opinion that RCI should be the leading voice to help shape future codes as they relate to our professionnot only to ensure sound and safe construction practices, but to prevent building codes from supplanting the services of a building envelope consultant. Admittedly, I am not intimately familiar with all codes throughout the United States and Canada, so part of this process will require me to study and learn those that affect our members. I plan to work diligently with RCI staff and other industry leaders and organizations to ensure that we are not only at the discussion table, but considered by others as a leader during this process.
3) Promoting Student Development:
I believe our industry suffers from a lack of incoming talent. Although we have seen a recent rise in interest from younger generations, we still have a long way to go. It is my opinion that an increased outreach to universities can generate excitement about our field of work and help direct future graduates to the profession. RCI can work with colleges, universities, trade schools, and others to develop curricula to be taught at the college level with the ultimate goal of eventually creating a specific major related to the field. Our predecessors have done a fantastic job of laying the groundwork, and it is incumbent on us to continue to advance the profession by not only recruiting the best and brightest at an early stage, but also giving them an excellent path for a successful career.
Scott and his wife Sharon have been married for 15 years and live in Charlotte, NC, with their two sons Will (12) and Ben (10).
David Pierce, RRO
Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer
David Pierce joined the U.S. Air Force right out of high school in 1973 and spent six years working in avionics repairing autopilot systems on various types of aircraft until the summer of 1979.
While he was in the Air Force, David attended various colleges. Upon leaving the Air Force, he attended Spokane Falls College, working on his undergraduate degree in business. In 1980, while employed at Martin Marietta Aerospace (now Lockheed Martin), he was introduced to a “brand new” roofing product (EPDM) that was going to revolutionize the roofing industry by replacing “hot tar roofing.” Interested in this new technology, David left Martin Marietta and was hired by a roofing contractor to call on architects and builders to convince them to consider this new type of roofing. Over the next 14 years, Pierce worked for three different roofing contractors as an estimator, project manager, sales manager, and general manager. In January 1994, David saw a need for roof consultants with contracting backgrounds, and started his own company as a roof consultant. Today, David Pierce is the owner and president of Foothills Roof Services, Inc. (est. 1994). Located in Greenwood Village, CO, the firm’s services include roof condition assessments, building envelope consulting, design, bid documents, construction administration, roof management, and forensic investigations for roofing and waterproofing systems.
David has been involved with associations his entire career in the roofing industry. Within a few years of working in this industry, he became involved with the local roofers’ association, and shortly thereafter, he ran for the board of directors of the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA). David served on the board for ten years and was a member of the executive committee for eight years. He was vice president of the WSRCA and slated to become president, but left contracting to start his consulting business. David joined RCI in 1996, and has been active and involved with RCI ever since. He believes that volunteer work for an association (such as ours) is the least he can do for a business/career path that has been good to him. David is interested in becoming a member of the RCI Executive Committee to continue giving back to the industry, and to continue supporting the growth of RCI. While David served on the RCI Board of Directors for four years as a region director, the growth of our association really got going. His role on the board contributed to that growth, and David wants to continue the effort.
• Glendale Community College, Community College of the U.S. Air Force, Spokane Falls College (major in business and a minor in accounting)
• Littleton High School, Littleton, Colorado
• Numerous roofing technical courses from RCI, WSRCA, and NRCA seminars; roof manufacturer technical seminars/training; BURSI; Roofing Indus-try Educational Institute (RIEI); FMI, etc.
• RCI Consultant member, 1996 to present
• Registered Roof Observer (RRO), 1999 to present
• RCI Region IV/V director, 2010-2014
• RCI Denver Chapter president, 2011
• RCI Denver Chapter vice president, 2009 and 2010
Other Professional Activities:
Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA):
• Member, 1984-1994
• Board of Directors, 1986-1994
• Vice president, 1992-1994
• Technical and Research Committee chair, 1986-1989
Colorado Roofing Association:
• Member, 1984-1988
• Executive Committee member, 1984-1988
As an individual with over 35 years of roofing experience, I find that my involvement with professional roofing associations has been not only personally rewarding, but also has been important in helping educate those in our industry to understand roof systems and roof construction. Over the past several years, I have been able to visit chapters in my region to get to know our members, as well as get a feel for our members’ concerns and interests. I’ve appreciated the oppor-tunity to get to know my fellow region members and look forward to continuing those relationships. My goals, if elected secretary/treasurer and serving as a member of the RCI Board of Directors, will include:
• Continue to promote RCI as the premier education provider for sustainable building envelope education.
• Help to expand our membership and our outreach to fellow professionals and organizations to encourage their involvement in our association.
• Promote RCI’s image as the professional association leader in building envelope consulting.
• Support and promote leadership development by mentoring new and young members to become active in RCI and grow with our organization.
• Continue to be an advocate for RCI in all areas, including social, governmental, and civic representation.
Thank you for the opportunity to run for this office and to serve RCI.
David has been married to his wife Emma for 40 years and has three grown daughters and two granddaughters. When not working, he enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with his granddaughters.
Ted Sheridan, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC, PEng
Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer
Ted Sheridan was born and raised in Ottawa, and earned his civil engineering degree from the University of Waterloo in 1983. From 1984 to 2000, he 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, he opened Fishburn Sheridan & Associates, Ltd. (FSA) in Ottawa, where he is currently president. FSA now has three branch offices across Ontario.
Ted has over 30 years of direct experience and has completed and supervised over 2,500 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.
Sheridan earned his PEng in 1987, his RRC in 1991 (the second awarded in Canada), his REWC in 2011, and his RWC and RBEC in 2012.
• Region VII director, 2013-2016
• RCI member for 25 years
• Attended 19 conventions
• Attended numerous RCI seminars, 1991 to present
• Instructor at various RCI seminars, 1995 to present
• Original member of RCI’s Canadian region, 1990s
• RCI Ontario Chapter member since its formation
• RCI Ontario Chapter Advocacy Committee chair, 2015-2016
• RCI Education Committee member, late 1990s to early 2000s
• RRC Exam Development Task Force member, 2008
• REWC Exam Development Task Force member, 2010 and 2016
• General Exam Development Task Force member, 2013
• RWC Exam Development Task Force member, 2014
Other Professional Activities
• 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 RCI, as a reflection of its membership, for over 25 years. I believe that RCI is reaching a tipping point as an organization.
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 organizational structure is lacking. We are starting to flex our industry muscles in the face of major issues that could reshape our future livelihood. RCI’s opportunities and its perils have both increased with our growth.
How should RCI approach these opportunities and perils? The following is my position:
1. Maintain a high level of service to members: RCI must continue creating, supporting, and modernizing communications, member/chapter/region tools, educa-tional tools, and networking events like the convention and symposium. We need to attune services to a more youthful and diverse membership.
2. Look outward for ways to support our members through opportunity: RCI 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 RCI espouses. To do this, RCI should develop a plan to increase our profile and stature in the industry, and commit the necessary resources to make it happen.
3. Protect our members and our organization from potentially harmful industry forces: RCI needs to distinguish and proactively defend itself and its values to protect the livelihood of our members. This may require confrontation with some adversarial groups and new ways to cooperate with other groups in the interest of our members. We need to strategically plan for, identify, and act accordingly to engage these forces.
Ted and his wife Karen have been married 21 years and live in Ottawa with their two teenage (but alas, not driving) children and an aging but still vocal Schnauzer. Ted enjoys cottaging (especially cleaning out the eavestroughs) and most sports, which he plays with great experience and little talent. Ted parle français, lentement et avec un bon accent anglo-ontarien.