ICC President Guy Tomberlin is dedicated to supporting the “Blueprint to the Future,” and Vision 2023 initiative; these are the Code Council’s long-term strategic business plans that were developed to ensure the association’s continued success while achieving its public safety mission. “Putting the plans in place has really helped give our association a sense of direction,” Tomberlin says. “We remain optimistic that there will be a marked improvement in the economy in the near future, but the plans we put into place consider various rates of recovery. The Code Council is a relatively young association and we’re committed to constant improvement.”
Tomberlin is extremely pleased with the incorporation of cdpACCESS, “this could very well be the gateway for many more opportunities as we continue to move into the electronic era.” As we move forward with implementation and increased utilization, it will really help with determining what the landscape may look like for the future of code production and related products. Remote participation will enable a greater engagement with ICC activities, especially for the next generation of ICC Members. This will also be very helpful to those who have experienced reduced budgets and restricted travel allowances.
We have already begun to restructure training, education and certification based on the results of the Vision 2023 efforts. I fully believe that the membership will see a different more user friendly approach and more ownership of the process.
In 1985, at the urging of his apprenticeship instructor, Guy Tomberlin applied for one of three inspector positions advertised with the Fairfax County, Va., building department. “I think I was the third applicant during a very busy time in the construction industry, so there was really nothing special about me getting the job,” Tomberlin quips. Thus began, however, an almost 30-year career in code enforcement that now has him serving as the President on the Code Council Board of Directors.
Tomberlin has held the positions of Residential Inspector, Commercial Mechanical Inspection Supervisor, Chief Plumbing Inspector, Code Specialist, and Manager of Building Code Services before he was named Branch Chief Residential/Light Commercial Inspections. He manages the daily operation of residential/light commercial inspection, ensuring that residential and light commercial construction complies with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, the Fairfax County Code and departmental policies and procedures. He interprets technical provisions of codes and ordinances and makes recommendations for code changes.
“I have a unique position,” Tomberlin explains. “I assist the building official with day-to-day operations. I’m the technical resource for various county divisions and agencies. My involvement in the plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas industry, along with the ICC, provides a perspective that the County has really been able to take advantage of.”
Fairfax County is the largest jurisdiction in Virginia, with a population of more than 1.2 million residing in a 400-square-mile region. One of the county’s long-term initiatives has been gaining national exposure by participating in organizations such as the Code Council. Tomberlin began answering that call in 1987 when he began getting involved with an ICC legacy organization. Since then, he has provided 25 years of active participation, including service on the International Plumbing and Mechanical Code Development Committees. He has earned more than 20 national certifications from the Code Council, including Certified Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Property Maintenance Official, and served a two-year term on the International Accreditation Service (IAS) Board of Directors.
“Serving on the IAS Board was a rewarding experience,” Tomberlin says. “It was great for a code official to be able to see how one of ICC’s subsidiaries operates. I was able to get in on the ground floor by serving on the Accreditation Advisory Board before moving to the IAS Board. IAS President Chuck Ramani served as an excellent mentor throughout my tenure on their board and he continues to be a role model of mine.”
Tomberlin also served as a charter member of the Plumbing Mechanical Gas Listing Committee for another Code Council subsidiary, the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES). During an 18-month period from 2007-2009, the committee developed 23 listing criteria for the new ICC-ES PMG Listing Program. At that time, more than 30 products earned PMG listings based on the criteria during his service on the committee. “The committee’s work was very impressive,” Tomberlin says. “I can’t wait to see, 10 years from now, how the program has grown and evolved.”
Planning for the future is one of Tomberlin’s major initiatives while serving on the ICC Board. He believes the major components of the Blueprint and Vision 2023—developing codes and standards based on the evolving environment, ensuring those codes and standards form the basis for supporting products and services, providing new and added value to existing services and investing in added value of Member benefits—will allow the Code Council to rebound stronger from the current economic climate. Tomberlin says he will also promote open communications with Code Council Members and all stakeholders as he continues to serve as a Board member. “I am completely accessible for any and all matters,” he says. “I will carry all issues forward to the appropriate level and venue. I fully support the concept of transparency of Board matters, both upward and downward.”
Tomberlin has served as Chair of the Executive Council of ICC’s Region XII Chapter. He is also a past president and officer of the Virginia Plumbing and Mechanical Inspectors Association (VPMIA) and the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association (VBCOA). During his two terms as president of VPMIA, the Chapter saw its membership grow to 300 and received the final Chapter of the Year Award presented by a legacy organization before the ICC consolidation. During his term as president of VBCOA, the Chapter reached the 1,000 milestone in membership. Tomberlin was presented a VPMIA Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a two-time recipient of the VBCOA Meritorious Award.
Away from the office—and his code enforcement, committee and ICC Board service—Tomberlin describes himself as a “weekend hacker” triathlete. His training efforts have paid off. He is a multiple winner of the ICC Fun Run at the Annual Conference. Tomberlin and his wife of more than 30 years have two adult children: a daughter who is married and resides close by with their newest addition to the family, a beautiful granddaughter, and a son who is employed in the restaurant industry.