Volume 13, Issue 9 - November/December 2012

Ones To Watch

Arlene Stewart Named FHBA Top Associate
Arlene Stewart, owner of AZS Consulting in Gainesville, Fla., a firm which specializes in energy efficiency and green building consulting, was named the Florida Home Builders Association’s (FHBA’s) 2012 Associate Member of the Year.

Stewart is a member of the Builders Association of North Central Florida and recently earned life director status on the FHBA board of directors for having served more than seven years. She has chaired the FHBA Green Building Council and the bylaws/resolutions committee. She was named the 2009 FHBA Woman of Distinction in conjunction with the Southeast Building Conference.

She also serves on the Building Officials of Florida Code Development Committee, and is a nationally recognized energy code advocate.

Chiappetta Joins Ultrafab

Gene Chiappetta has joined Ultrafab Inc., the Farmington, N.Y., based weatherseal manufacturer, as a product manager for the fenestration market. Chiappetta will manage sales, marketing and product development for all sealing products targeting the door and window industry.

Chiappetta has more than 14 years of experience in the fenestration industry. Prior to joining Ultrafab, he served in sales and account management capacities at Truth Hardware and Royal Building Products. Chiappetta earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Hartford.

Caldwell Hires Human Resources Director
Caldwell Manufacturing Company, based in Rochester, N.Y., announced that Gidgett Ingalls, a human resources professional with 20 years of experience, joined the company as director of human resources and strategic planning. Previously Gidgett was vice president of human resources and strategic planning for SIGMA Marketing Group.

Gidgett earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Labor Relations at Cornell University. She is certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and also a member of the National Human Resources Association (NHRA).

AAMA Announces New Technical Staff Appointments

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced new staff appointments as part of its strategic objectives to add value to its membership by expanding the AAMA educational platform and accelerating the development of standards based on gap analysis.

These appointments include Ken Brenden, technical director; Dean Lewis, educational and technical information manager; and Rich Rinka, certification manager. As technical director, Brenden will review content of all AAMA technical document drafts and ballots; represent AAMA at selected industry organization events; oversee all code and regulatory activities as well as certification-related programs. He will also supervise all department staff with areas of responsibility including guidance and monitoring of new department employee training. Additionally, Brenden will provide input regarding strategic objectives and daily operation of the association.

As AAMA’s educational and technical information manager, Lewis will develop and review all educational course content, including FenestrationMasters; review and edit content of all AAMA marketing materials and media inquiries pertaining to technical activities, as well as review recommended revisions to the InstallationMasters training manual and related materials. The role also involves assessing marketplace and member needs to identify needed educational course content, plus maintenance and identification of education accreditations that AAMA should hold.

As AAMA’s certification manager, Rinka will direct all of the association’s certification-related activities, with direct management responsibilities for the AAMA air, water and structural Gold Label Certification Program, as well as the AAMA Thermal Certification Program (silver label). Also, Rinka will manage all aspects of the ANSI accreditation requirements in addition to certification-related audits and act as advisory staff liaison to assigned member groups within the association. Rinka, formerly of AAMA member company Momentive Performance Materials, began his employment at AAMA on October 13.

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