Before pursuing a career in the building code industry, Kris Bridges served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years. During this time, Bridges was involved in safety projects that helped develop his interest in furthering his code education. He attended Baker College and graduated magna cum laude with an associate degree in code administration.

“If you want something you don’t have, you have to do something you haven’t done,” Bridges said.

In 1995, he began his career as a Property Maintenance and Amusement Inspector for Danville, Va., gaining valuable experience in inspecting and ensuring compliance and maintenance of property and amusement devices.

After six years, Kris secured a position as a Combination Code Inspector in Martinsville, Va. In this position, he investigated and advised multiple stakeholders on  building safety issues. As one of his many achievements, Bridges created and implemented work practices to help mitigate the economic downturn for the highest unemployment rate in Va. by enabling participation at state, regional and national levels.

Currently, Bridges is the Building Official for the city of Martinsville, Va. He is a Master Code Professional (MCP) who maximizes the safety and integrity of buildings by uncovering and recommending effective remediation strategies for overt and latent issues.

Bridges holds 22 certifications including Certified Building Official, Combination Inspector, Commercial Combination Inspector, Commercial Building Plans Examiner, Commercial Energy Inspector, Commercial Energy Plans Examiner and Commercial Building Inspector. In addition, he was appointed to the Virginia Manufactured Housing Board by the governor, is the Past President of the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association (VBCOA) and is currently serving his second five-year term as ICC Region VII Treasurer.

He has received multiple awards including the 2010 VBCOA President’s Award; 2010 Martinsville Fire and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Unit Citation for Exemplary Customer Service; 2011 Fire Safety Commendation, National Society, Sons of the American Revolution; 2014/2015 ICC Region VII Chairman’s Award; and 2015 VBCOA Meritorious Service Award.

As a new member of the ICC Board of Directors, Bridges looks forward to supporting the members and bringing brand recognition to ICC. He believes that the Code Council plays a significant role in building safety and hopes to promote the association’s reputation and the important job of the code official.

Bridges demonstrates his commitment to building safety through his participation as chair for several Code Council committees including the International Residential Code Committee and the International Swimming Pool and Spa Drafting Committee. Bridges previously served on the ICC Evaluation Service Board of Managers.

In his spare time, Bridges is active in Boy Scout Troop 326 and has served on the Disabilities Services Board and Mental Health Association Board. Grilling and cooking for family and friends is one of his many hobbies.