The RCI Nominating Committee, chaired by Pat Downey (Region II), has qualified the following officer candidates for the 2019 officer election:
- First vice president: Scott M. Hinesley, RRC, PE
- Second vice president: Ted Sheridan, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC, PEng
- Jonathan Cannon, RRC, RRO, REWO, CDT
- Chris Giffin, RRC, AIA, NCARB
- John Shepherd, RRC, RRO
Descriptions of the candidates follow. These candidate profiles and the 2019 ballot will be emailed to all eligible voting members on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. You may vote via electronic ballot by February 12, 2019; or you have the option of voting on-site at the Annual Meeting of the Members on Monday, March 18, 2019, during the RCI International Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, FL. 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.
Elected candidates will take office at the conclusion of the 2019 convention and will serve on the RCI Board of Directors through the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Members.
First Vice President Candidate
Scott Hinesley, PE, RRC
Scott Hinesley is the president of REI Engineers, Inc., which has seven offices in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. He is responsible for the overall management of the firm and its 80-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 Development Training Workshop, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
- 2nd vice president, 2018
- Secretary / treasurer, 2017
- Region II director, 2015 to 2017
- 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 Affiliations
- 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 vice president), 2012 to present
- American Council of Engineering Companies/North Carolina Chapter, co-chair 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 1st Vice President, I will continue my efforts as a strong advocate of the organization and its members’ interests.
As outlined in my prior campaigns, I will continue to focus my efforts on three key issues during my tenure:
- Public Purchasing Reform – RCI has been instrumental in combating the trend of awarding public construction projects through irresponsible procurement vehicles. Public entities are slowly realizing the true costs of these delivery methods, and decision-makers are starting to rethink their approach. I plan to continue my efforts to spread the word throughout North America and help further educate the stewards of public spending on the pitfalls of these exclusionary practices. This process will include conversations with media outlets, elected officials, and other watchdog groups who can help spread the word to taxpayers for support in enacting legislation to stop the abuse. I will also endeavor to meet with state auditors requesting they investigate claims of waste in public procurement, and report accordingly.
- 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 profession—not only to ensure sound and safe construction practices, but to prevent building codes from supplanting the services of a building envelope consultant. I will continue 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.
- Promoting Student Development and Diversity – I believe our industry suffers from a lack of incoming talent. Although we have seen a recent rise in interest from younger and more diverse 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.
My wife Sharon and I have been married for 18 years and live in Charlotte, NC, with our two sons Will (14) and Ben (13).
Second 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.
- RCI secretary/treasurer 2018
- Region VII director, 2014-2017
- RCI member for 26 years; attended 20 conventions
- Attended numerous RCI seminars, 1991-present
- Instructor/presenter at various RCI seminars, 1995-present
- Original member of RCI’s Canadian region, 1990s
- Member of RCI Ontario Chapter since its formation
- Chair, Ontario Chapter Advocacy Committee, 2015-2016
- 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 RCI as a reflection of its membership for over 25 years. RCI is welcoming a new executive director this year and will have an unprecedented opportunity to embrace new opportunities and regroup to tackle our biggest challenges.
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 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:
- Maintain a high level of service to members: RCI must continue with creating, supporting, and modernizing communications, member/chapter/region tools, educational tools, and networking events like the conventions and symposia. We need to attune services to a more youthful and diverse membership.
- Look outward for ways to advocate for our members: 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.
- 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 its members. We need to police the activities of our own members diligently, to maintain our high ethical standards. We must address the threats posed by groups that are adversarial to RCI’s 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 22 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.
Candidates for Secretary/Treasurer
Jonathan Cannon, RRC, RRO, REWO, CDT
I had the fortune to join the building envelope community as a green young professional in 2001. As with most young professionals, I had not been exposed to the intricacies of the building envelope until I found myself standing on a roof in the hot Texas summer, drenched in sweat, being asked by a 40-year veteran roofer if something was done correctly. I liked the guy, so I said yes (I had no idea). He just laughed and very colorfully expressed it was not. He called his crewman over and explained to both of us how to correctly execute the detail. My education as a building envelope professional had officially begun. In the eight years following that hot summer, I continued to learn and experience every facet of our industry. I learned from mistakes and got it right occasionally, too. In 2009 I took the leap and formed the Hollon+Cannon Group, where I continue my professional growth as principal and senior consultant.
Anthem College, 2001
- Chapter Development Committee
- Committee chair (2014-present)
- Committee chair (2012-present)
- Advocacy Committee (2016-present)
- Marketing/Thought Leadership Subcommittee chair (2017-present)
- Emerging Professionals Committee (2014-present)
- Central Texas Chapter (president: 2007, 2010, 2014)
- Vice president (2006, 2008, 2009, 2013)
- Immediate past president (2008, 2011, 2015)
- Secretary (2013)
- Executive director (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
- Charter/founding member (2006)
- RCI Leadership Develop. Wksp. (2006, 2009, 2013-2018)
- RCI 2017 Strategic Planning Session
- Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) – No. 606
- Registered Roof Observer (RRO) – No.517
- Registered Exterior Wall Observer (REWO) – No. 23
- Michael DeFrancesco Award (Volunteer of the Year Award) – 2017
- Emerging Professional Award – 2015
As the Advocacy Subcommittee chair of Marketing and Thought Leadership, I have been well into the weeds on branding and marketing efforts over the past few years. I lead the Advocacy Committee’s discussion centered around what RCI can do to bolster its image and name recognition with architects/engineers, contractors, and owners.
Over the past 35 years, RCI and its members have performed a herculean task of forging an association that operates at the highest level of professionalism in education and furthering the industry. On the shoulders of those individuals, I believe I can bring a much-needed perspective to forming of our future message. Whether we change the name of the association or not, we need to unify behind a message and disseminate that message beyond our membership and into the industry. I have many thoughts on this matter and specific ideas. I welcome you to explore those ideas at www.voteforcannon.com.
Quality Association Growth
I believe we have an extraordinary opportunity to grow this association with quality new members who can contribute to every facet of the association. My efforts on the Advocacy and Emerging Professionals Committee have centered on identifying potential growth populations that we, as an association, need to be targeting.
RCI has yet to target young professionals in their first three to five years in the A/E community. These individuals are paramount to not only the direction of the A/E community, but the growth of RCI. I think most young professionals we connect with are more than willing to participate, but professional obligations hinder their involvement. We need to encourage companies to allow their younger associates to participate in local RCI chapters or attend the RCI events. If elected, I would advocate for young professionals—especially those who have a few years of experience and need the knowledge provided by RCI education and the institutional knowledge of RCI members. I welcome you to explore additional ideas at www.voteforcannon.com.
RCI Chapter Leader
As a chapter leader for the past 12 years and the chair of the Chapter Development Committee for the past four years, I have experienced the trials and tribulations faced by our chapters. I have lived it and continue to advocate for our chapters. In my experience, RCI intends to lean more and more on chapters for participation in each new endeavor. The truth is that chapters are currently underprepared for what RCI, Inc. wants and needs them to participate in. If elected, I will continue to advocate for chapters on every level. I welcome you to explore specific thoughts and ideas on chapters at www.voteforcannon.com
I have been involved in numerous efforts of RCI, Inc. for more than a decade. My committee involvement has allowed me to stay abreast and contribute to the major issues facing our association. I do not have the real estate in this position paper to get into each major issue facing us as we take the next steps in our growth, but I will highlight a few of the issues I believe will be laying the foundation for future moves and the direction of the association with my opinions on each. To get to better know me and my thoughts on RCI-related issues, please visit www.voteforcannon.com.
My wife Kristi and I have been married for 13 years and live in Austin, Texas, with our three high-spirited daughters, Finley (5), Rowan (4), and Fallon (2), better known as “all the Cannon ladies”!
That weathered old roofer I talked about earlier is no longer with us, but I will always remember and be thankful for his mentorship. I have been blessed in my career by being surrounded by wonderful mentors who have taught me more than I could ever express. I welcome the opportunity and your support to continue their legacy.
I try every day to provide my clients with the highest level of service possible. I take pride in everything I do. If elected to be the RCI secretary/treasurer, I will provide that same level of dedication to our members. Please consider (and vote for) Jonathan Cannon for RCI secretary/treasurer.
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.
University of Illinois at Chicago
Bachelor of Architecture, Structures Option, 1992
- RCI Region II Director (2017-2019)
- 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 RCI Annual Conventions since 2007
Other Professional Affiliations
- Architect in 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
RCI 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
RCI Interface, The Journal of RCI
- “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 secretary/treasurer, 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 recent RCI 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, RCI 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 RCI leadership must continue to seek other avenues for expansion while maintaining the intent of RCI’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.
John D. Shepherd, RRC, RRO
In 1968, my dad bought out his roofing company partner and I, at the tender age of 12, became his #1 helper. 50+ years later, I am the principal of Shepherd Consulting Services (founded in 2001) and Thermal Imaging of America (founded in 2012).
I became a journeyman roofer in 1973, started my first roofing and waterproofing business in Seattle, WA, in 1980, and started my second roofing and waterproofing company in California in 1986. In 1993, while at the WSRCA convention, I attended an RCI Region VI presentation titled “Hurricane Watch” and there met my first roofing and waterproofing consultants. This was a life-changing experience, which led to becoming a fulltime construction forensic consultant.
I am a 20-year plus member of RCI, and I have been on committees and/or national and chapter boards of directors continuously from 1999 to 2018. In 2000, as Region VI director, I started the RCI Hawaii Winter Workshop and the RCI Summer WSRCA Convention Workshop, two programs that endure to this day.
- Attended 2000 hours of continuing education sessions.
- Presented more than 150 hours of continuing education.
- Developed or co-developed over 70 educational seminars.
- Speaker on digital photography, RCI convention, 1999
- Region VI Director (1999-2001)
- RCI liaison to the WSRCA (2000-2005)
- Participant in RCI Strategic Planning Session (2001)
- Member Annual Convention Committee (2005-2006)
- Member Chapter Development Committee (2004-2009)
- Member, Advocacy Committee (2009-2018)
- So Cal Chapter founding member (2003)
- So Cal Chapter Board (2004-2010)
- President (2009-2010)
- So Cal Chapter Education Committee chair (2004-2010)
- So Cal Chapter Liaison to California Real Estate Inspectors Association (2007-2010)
- RCI Hawaii Winter Workshop Committee chair (2008-2012)
Professional License and Registration
- Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) – No. 212
- Registered Roof Observer (RRO) – No. 019
- Certified Building Science Thermographer
- Haag Certified Commercial and Residential Roof Inspector – No. 200911150
- RICOWI Wind Investigation credentials
- RICOWI Hail Investigation credentials
- Certified Tile Specialist (Tile Roofing Institute)
Other Organization Involvement
- Member ASTM D08 Committee (2008-present)
- Member WSRCA Assoc. Advisory Council (‘99-‘01)
- Michael DeFrancesco Award (Volunteer of the Year Award) – 2008
The professionalism, quality of education, and credentials available through RCI have allowed me to provide for my family and successfully serve my clients. I am thankful to the many RCI members who helped me become the consultant I am today.
RCI has helped me fulfill my dream career and, at the age 63, I feel it’s time to make what could be a multiyear commitment to RCI via the board of directors.
If you choose to elect me as treasurer/secretary, I will continue to work to ensure that current and future members of RCI have the same positive experiences I’ve had with RCI.
My goals as a member of the RCI Board of Directors:
- Federal Government Work – Billions of dollars go to reroofing projects on government facilities across the U.S. RCI has worked hard to get the federal government to require RRCs and RROs on roofing projects, and the RCI Advocacy Committee has worked hard on getting access to a sub-set of NAICS codes that can be used to find these projects. If elected to the BOD, I will push for the development of education programs that put RCI credentialed members on the pathway to qualifying, bidding on, and winning such projects.
- Forensic Consulting Credentials – As someone who has made a career out of solving problems, I enjoy when RCI provides programs on forensic investigations. I think this topic could be more finely tuned with education specific to this field. If elected, I will propose such courses that offer hands-on testing and investigation experience for existing protocols and standards, and for developing standards for issues that are not adequately addressed. This is a big challenge to undertake, but if successfully implemented, it could eventually result in a construction forensic consulting certification.
- Government Issues/Policies – I would like RCI to have consultants from each state designated to monitor all industry-related state bills up for review (before a final vote). Timely notification to members with immediate action plans can mobilize RCI members to stop or support certain bills. I propose developing a method to track legislative bills in all states.
- Improve Industry Awareness of RCI Credentialed Members – I believe this is the key (along with more awareness of RCI Interface magazine and its library of documents) to becoming the go-to association for all building envelope issues. I will work to bring the regions and chapters into this conversation by looking to develop protocols for government outreach at all levels. A training module should be developed to increase awareness about the benefits of using RCI credentialed members.
- Education Development – Utilizing my experience in developing education programs, if elected, I will work hard to get my ideas out and to energize those who enjoy education development to share their wealth of knowledge with the rest of RCI.
- Chapter Development – I support the continued growth of RCI chapters.
My wife Joanne and I have been married 27 years. We have two children: Sarah, 18; and James, 13. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, God, organic gardening, BBQing, and archery. I have won gold medals in a number of major outdoor tournaments in 2017 and 2018, and have my sights on two indoor archery events in early 2019.