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Learn Live Speakers
ICC is proud to work with these knowledgable individuals who are making a difference in the built environment.
Eric “Doc” Wright
Eric “Doc” Wright, PhD, is a veteran, business philosopher, founder of Vets2PM, LLC and its PDU University, co-founder of the 501(c)3 Veteran Project
Management Mentor Alliance, Author of Amazon #1 Best Sellers Game Changers and 101 Lessons Learned Helping Military Veterans Achieve Meaningful,
Lucrative Post-Service Careers, and multi-topic Keynote speaker.
His work has helped thousands of military veterans, managers, contractors, and government personnel achieve meaningful, lucrative post-service careers! In fact, Vets2PM is the 2019 Department of Labor Gold Award Winner for its veteran hiring initiatives! You can find him as docwright2012 on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or at www.vets2pm.com/blog.
Mike Bouse is the current Program Manager for the Building Department/Fire Prevention Department/Third-Party Providers Accreditation Program for the International Accreditation Service (IAS).
John Delesandro supervises the licensing and training of New Jersey’s code enforcement officials, a role he’s held for over 20 years. The NJ system of licensing and certification requires college-level training and examination on the discipline-specific ICC codes, as well as a rigorous system of continuing education to maintain each license or certification.
Over the past 20 years, John has overseen the creation of several new certification programs and the development of new curriculum to obtain a license in NJ, as well as spearhead the creation of online learning to maintain licenses/certifications. John is a certified public manager and trainer in addition to being a volunteer firefighter and actively involved in serving the fire service in the state in various roles. Additionally, John has been a member of the ICC’s Professional Development Council (PDC) since 2014 and has served as the Chair of the Education Committee for ICC since 2017.
Mahmut Ekenel, Ph.D., PE, FACI is a Senior Staff Engineer at ICC Evaluation Service. He received his MS in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University, and his PhD in Civil Engineering from Missouri S&T University, where he also worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher. His research interests include fiber-reinforced polymer and fiber-reinforced cementitious matrix strengthening of structures, fiber-reinforced concrete, concrete mixture optimization, and anchorage to concrete. He is a registered Civil Engineer in California and Ohio.
Dr. S. K. Ghosh heads the consultancy, S. K. Ghosh Associates LLC, Palatine, IL, a member of the ICC Family of Solutions.
Dr. Ghosh has influenced seismic design provisions in the United States for many years. In addition to authoring many publications in the area of structural design, Dr. Ghosh has investigated and reported on structural performance in most recent earthquakes. He is currently leading a World Bank project on building code enforcement in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Ghosh is an Honorary Member of ACI, and is a Fellow of ASCE, SEI, and PCI. He is a member of ACI Committee 318, Standard Building Code, the ASCE 7 Standard Committee (Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures), and the Board of Governors of ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute.
John is the Technical Manager/ Education and an Instructor for the International Code Council (ICC). A certified Master Code Professional and Certified Fire Marshal; he has forty- five (45) other certifications, including thirty- six (36) from the ICC. Having earned a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Delaware, he has also studied Architecture at Georgia Tech and completed courses in Emergency Management and Fire Prevention at the National Emergency Training Center.
Formerly the Director of the Department of Permits and Inspections for Frederick County Maryland, he is an ICC Honorary Member, has served on the ICC- Evaluations Services (ICC- ES) Board of Directors, the ICC Code Correlating Committee, the Board of Directors for BOCA International, Inc., Maryland’s Governor’s Smart Code Strategy Group, Chaired the ICC Board for International Professional Standards and is an Honorary Member and Past President of the Maryland Building Officials Association.
He currently teaches ICC administrative, building, residential, existing building, permit technician, property maintenance, zoning, green building, fire, wildland/urban interface, energy courses, and is a contract instructor at the Dept. of Homeland Security, United States Fire Administration, National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, MD. He received the ICC Educator of the Year award in 2010.
John (JC) Hudgison is a native of Columbus, Georgia. He advanced his education by attending and graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Architecture & Design (B. Arch), and is scheduled to attain a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Troy University in 2022. JC is currently the Construction Services Center Manager and Chief Building Official for the City of Tampa, FL. Prior to working for the City of Tampa, John worked for the Columbus Consolidated Government in Columbus GA and John I Rivers Associates as an Architecture Intern.
John has more than 13 years of experience in the fields of architecture, building code, construction, and construction management. In the ten years of service to the Columbus Consolidated Government, he managed numerous projects including new public buildings, streetscape improvements, and a wide range of renovation and rehab projects at various scale. JC has also demonstrated keen skills at introducing innovative processes to improve service delivery to the public. JC has progressively taken on new roles and responsibilities at the department and tackled numerous special projects spanning other service areas of the City. Most recently, JC served as Director of Building Inspections and Code Enforcement where he directed the plan review and inspections program relative to the construction as well as Property Maintenance and Special Enforcement Divisions.
Kimberly Paarlberg is a Senior Staff Architect in Technical Services with the International Code Council (ICC). Her experience with ICC includes work in the plan review and code development departments with responsibilities for code development, providing code interpretations, instructing technical seminars and authoring and reviewing instruction materials, code commentary and publication articles. Kimberly serves as code development secretary for the IBC Means of Egress/Accessibility and IBC and IRC Structural committees. She is ICC representative for development of the referenced technical standard, ICC/ANSI A117.1 “Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.” Kimberly is the staff for the ICC Health Care Committee (HCC) and the Building Code Action Committee (BCAC). She is also secretariat for the ICC 300 - Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating and Grandstands, and the ICC 500 - Design and Construction of Storm Shelters.
Sam Palmer is the Assistant Director at Clark County Department of Building & Fire Prevention Bureau in Clark County, Nevada. Sam is a Professional Engineer in Nevada, Utah, Arizona and a CEM in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan.
José Roig has been a public servant for the City of Austin since 2007. Currently, serving as the Interim Director for the Austin Code Department (ACD) where he provides strategic oversight and leadership to the department.
Shawn Strausbaugh has served over 20 years as a Municipal Code Official and Building Code Official in both PA and VA jurisdictions, before joining the International Code Council (ICC) in March of 2018. During his tenure as a Code Official Shawn served as the Chair of the ICC Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee (PMGCAC) on the inaugural Committee and as a general member on his second term. Previously while employed with Arlington County, VA Inspection Service Division as a construction plan reviewer and plan review supervisor, Shawn served as chair of the code change committee for the Virginia Plumbing & Mechanical Inspectors Association, Virginia Building Code Officials Association and ICC Region VII which covers the states of DE, MD, NJ, WV, VA, PA and the District of Columbia. Shawn has served on several ICC code development committees as a general member and chairperson.
Beth Tubbs is a Senior Staff Engineer with the International Code Council (ICC) Codes and Standards Development department. She has been with the ICC since 1995, and in her current role has active involvement in a wide variety of activities including code development and support and representing ICC in various committees both on a national and international level including the IFSS and Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee (IRCC). She is a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and a member of the Board of Directors for the Society. She is also currently the staff secretariat to several ICC committees including the International Existing Building Code, the International Fire Code, and ICC Performance Code. In addition, she is currently the lead staff on the ICC Fire Code Action Committee which has been dealing with topics such as exterior wall finishes/cladding and energy storage systems. She holds a professional fire protection engineering license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of California.
Dave Walls is the Vice President of Business Support Initiatives for the International Code Council (ICC), overseeing initiatives relating to the development of support products and materials related to sustainability, as well as domestic and international business development activities.
Prior to joining ICC, Dave served as the Executive Director of the California Building Standards Commission, which oversees the adoption and publication of the California Building Standards Codes. He successfully directed the development of CALGreen in 2010.
Learn Live Schedule
The online training format includes AM and PM sessions. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are noted with each session where they are available. Click on the title below to see full description.
A review of the most critical changes in the 2021 IBC structural chapters including special inspection and structural observation provisions. This presentation highlights a number of the new or revised sections and their implications on the design, plan review and inspection of buildings and structures, including information on referenced standards that have been updated to a new edition.
This presentation will cover the best practices for building departments of all sizes. In this course, we’ll focus on recognized best practices (as well as noteworthy practices currently being tested) in the areas of plan review, inspections, permitting, management/administration, legal, customer service, and information technology. These best practices have been collected by the ICC Major Jurisdictions Committee and IAS Building Department Accreditation Program.
A group of distinguished international panelists will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the building safety industry throughout the world. Topics will include economic impact, best practices and pandemic strategy.
Nick Hill: New Zealand and Australia; Mohamed Amer: Dubai;
Verne Emmanuel: Caribbean;
The Code Council will debut significant changes to be released in the 2021 International Building Codes. Get a sneak peak of the updated IBC, IRC, IFC and IPC, and get a head start on your building safety peers!
2021 IRC: John Gibson
2021 IFC: Beth Tubbs
2021 IPC: Shawn Strausbaugh
After the morning sneak peak, choose between the IBC, IRC, IFC and IPC break out sessions to go deeper with a code-expert! This networking session will give you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss 2021 code changes.
2021 IRC: John Gibson
2021 IFC: Beth Tubbs
2021 IPC: Shawn Strausbaugh
Join ICC and attendees for a Virtual Happy Hour during a presentation of the 2020 Code Council Awards.
COVID-19 has forced every industry to adapt to a virtual world. This session will provide tips and tricks to help you thrive in the new environment, including: virtual meeting management, online learning time management and engagement.
Earlier this year, the Code Council released Recommended Practices for Virtual Inspections. This overview will include suggestions for implementing an effective and consistent RVI program and how to assist AHJs in adapting readily available technologies in their own inspection program.
Lunch and Learn: Digital Codes Demo
ICC Evaluation Service will introduce and answer your questions about the 3D printing revolution! What is it? How is it used in the building safety world? How can you use it? What is the future of 3D printing?
Dr. Berok Khoshnevis
The session will explore drivers, issues and code related provisions for energy storage, including fuel cells battery systems and PV installations. Current energy storage drivers including increased use of onsite renewables and grid modernization and stability will be covered. Issues associated with fires safety, hazardous materials will be addressed from a fire engineering perspective, and finally an overview of how the I-Codes address energy storage including the International Fire Code and International Building Code, and key standards.
Opportunites for a successful career in building safety are increasing every day. Find out about the industry need for new professionals and hear about our panel's experience in joining the building safety industry.
Lunch and Learn: Oracle
Follow up for a Q&A Panel with our Career in Building Safety speakers to hear about the evolution of the building safety industry: past, present and future!
The 2021 International Plumbing Code Methods of Venting will provide an in depth look at venting methods prescribed within the 2021 IPC. This toolbox of venting options provides a multitude of ways to properly design and install sanitary waste and vent systems with safe and cost effective venting methods. This overview will also assist with the design requirements and the installation practices related to 2021 IPC compliant sanitary waste and venting methods.
Join us for a conversation with Eric "Doc" Wright, Founder & CEO of Vets2PM, LLC, and Amazon #1 Best Seller, as he shares his experience as a Veteran entering a new career. A dynamic, guided virtual networking session will follow our keynote address.
Deceased Members and Colleagues
The list below includes Code Council members and colleagues who have passed away since the completion of the 2019 Resolution honoring deceased members. The list will be updated as needed and will be included on the next Resolution available for ratification.
If you know of someone who should be included on this list, please send the name and location to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairfax County, VA
International Code Council
Neal A Caraway,
Punta Gorda, FL
Charles "Chip" Case,
St. John, NB, Canada
South River, NJ
Myrtle Beach, SC
Georgetown Co., SC
Paul J Moriarty,
NYS Dept of State
St. John, NB, Canada
Southern Tier BOA
Joseph Benjamin Roy, Jr.,
Jim W. Sealy, FAIA,
Madison Heights, OH
A comprehensive 5-day Online Education Event
Join your fellow professionals and the International Code Council for a virtual experience where you can earn valuable CEUs.
The format includes AM and PM sessions with daily and weekly participation options available. Topics discussing the latest in building safety will include:
- Industry global impact of COVID-19
- Remote Virtual inspections
- A sneak peek at 2021 I-Code® changes
- An introduction to 3D printing technologies and techniques
- Exploring career options in the building safety industry
- Also, partake in networking and panel discussions
- In recognition of Veterans Day, we ask that you join us on Friday, November 13th for an inspiring guest speaker
Keynote Speaker Announced
Eric “Doc” Wright
Doc Wright is the Founder & CEO of Vets2PM, LLC, and Amazon #1 Best Seller, with expertise in financial and project management, accounting, leadership, adult instruction, and PMP® exam application completion and audit defense. Eric is dedicated to helping Military Veterans profoundly change their lives through project management, entrepreneurship, and AI.
Doc served active duty during the Gulf War Era in the U.S. Navy and Post-911 as a federalized California National Guardsman. His project portfolio includes several enterprise-wide financial system upgrades, multiple accredited curricula, retail and customer service delivery, audits, and human capital projects.
He has also held many academic leadership and faculty positions and is the Treasurer of the Space Coast Chapter of the Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses.
Global Resiliency Dialogue
Buildings and people are facing increasingly severe natural hazards caused by extreme weather.
This increased risk is felt by countries around the world.
International collaboration can lead to deeper understanding and better outcomes.
Building code developers/researchers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States have launched the Global Resiliency Dialogue, a joint initiative to inform the development of building codes that draw on both building science and climate science to improve the resilience of buildings and communities to intensifying risks from weather-related natural hazards.
The Findings on Changing Risk and Building Codes statement outlines the work to be undertaken by the members of the Global Resiliency Dialogue, including:
- Identifying strategies for the identification of future risks and the development of building code solutions that support adaptation to those risks
- Cooperating on the development of international building resilience guidelines and further exploration of the relationship with land use planning instruments that help determine the location of buildings
- Supporting research initiatives to better understand climate science, to assist in aligning expectations for building durability and resilience with the projection of future hazards
- Developing and deploying messages and resources that enhance understanding of building codes, support a common understanding of risk and communicate the importance of up-to-date building codes
- Advancing risk and impact analysis to recognize the multiple economic and social benefits provided by resilience investments and the desirability of alternative approaches that fully capture the benefits and costs provided by the building codes
Latest News and Resources
- Code Council White Paper: Considerations for Converting Outdoor Spaces into Temporary Seating Spaces Based on the 2018 I-Codes (10/20/20)
- ICC Community Development Solutions Partners with Inspected to Make Remote Virtual Inspections Easy and Keep Projects Moving (09/10/20)
- Draft: Download the International Protocol on Building Temporary Healthcare Facilities in Emergency Situations (09/04/20)
- Code Council Pulse: Follow Up Code Official Survey On Pandemic Response and Needed Resources (8/11/20)
- Code Council: Building Safety and COVID-19: Analysis of U.S. Code Department Responses to the Pandemic (07/01/20)
- Code Council: Additional Annual Conference Updates (6/15/20)
- ICC Pulse Podcast: COVID-19 and Safety Practices for Reopening Buildings (06/04/20)
- Code Council: Annual Conference Update (5/11/20)
- Code Council White Paper: Considerations for Reopening Following the COVID-19 Pandemic: Buildings in the Community and the Role of the Code Department (5/1/20)
- Code Council White Paper: Considerations for Reopening Following the COVID-19 Pandemic: Code Department Operations (5/1/20)
- Code Council White Paper: Guidance for the Disinfection of Building Water Systems Using the IPC (04/22/20)
- Code Council Events and COVID-19 (4/13/20)
- Code Council White Paper: Structures Used for Temporary Healthcare Use (04/10/20)
- ICC Pulse Podcast: Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (04/10/20)
- Code Council BSJ Article: Health and safety considerations for building safety professionals during COVID-19 (04/07/20)
- Code Council Important Updates (3/31/20)
- Code Council BSJ Article: Federal resources: COVID-19 information for code professionals (03/26/20)
- Code Council BSJ Article: Coronavirus: FEMA reimbursement eligibility for emergency protective measures (03/23/20)
- Code Council BSJ Article: CISA releases guidance on essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 (03/20/20)
- Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy (9/16/20)
- COVID-19 Supplement for Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place (9/8/20)
- Interim FEMA Policy FP 104-009-19: Pandemic: Work Eligible for Public Assistance (9/1/20)
- CDC Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 (9/1/20)
- AIA Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Buildings (6/24/20)
- Resources to Urge U.S. Senators to Support Direct and Flexible Funding for Counties of All Sizes (5/28/20)
- COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season (5/21/20)
- U.S. House of Representatives approves $3 trillion coronavirus relief HEROES package (5/15/20)
- FEMA Fact Sheet: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Alternate Care Site (ACS) “Warm Sites” (5/12/20)
- EPA, CDC Release Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Spaces Where Americans Live, Work, and Play (4/29/20)
- FEMA Fact Sheet: Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting (04/21/20)
- White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again (04/16/20)
- Treasury Launches Web Portal and Begins Disbursement of CARES Act Funding to State, Local, and Tribal Governments (04/13/20)
- CISA releases Version 3.0 of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker Guidance (04/13/20)
Affiliate Partner Resources for COVID-19
- Available Funding for Virginia Building Departments to Support Virtual Training (5/26/20)
- BTEA’s Contractor’s Guide to Construction Site Shutdowns in New York City (5/14/20)
- New York State’s Regional COVID-19 Metrics: Where Regions Currently Standguidance for construction employers and workers,
- OSHA’s COVID-19 Informational Website for Workers and Employers
- NY, NJ, CT, PA, DE, and RI Create Multi-State Council for COVID Recovery
- CA, OR and WA Create Western States Pact for COVID Recovery
- MI, OH, WI, MN, IL, IN, and KY Announce Partnership for COVID Recovery
- Building Trades Employers Association (BTEA): COVID-19 Contractor Resource Center
- SEAC's Considerations for Continuing Permitting and Inspection Activities During COVID-19
- JLC Coronavirus Construction Limits: State-by-State Tracker
- Worldwide Outbreak Information
- U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services: Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
- National Governors Association (NGA) website
- Urban Institute: State Revenue Down 49.4% year over year for April 2020
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signs Executive Order requiring the use of face coverings on construction sites.