Raj Nathan, President, IAS

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President,
International Accreditation Service

Raj Nathan is President of the International Accreditation Service, Inc. (IAS). As President, Nathan is responsible for leading the organization's business activities and day-to-day operations.

IAS, a member of the ICC Family of Companies, is a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation that has been providing accreditation services since 1975. IAS accreditation programs are based on recognized national and international standards that ensure domestic and global acceptance of its accreditations.

With over 30 years of experience in business development, operations, accreditation and conformity assessment, Nathan has helped make IAS one of the leading accreditation bodies in the United States. In addition to managing U.S. accreditation activities, he also oversaw the successful expansion of IAS business operations into the Middle East, China, Turkey and South America. Nathan represents IAS before regulatory bodies and professional associations in the U.S. and globally and has also provided training on ISO/IEC standards for technical groups. Nathan has led peer evaluations of national accreditation systems in Japan, India, Singapore, and elsewhere.

Nathan holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor's degree in Engineering. He resides in Orange County, California.

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Shahin Moinian

Shahin MoinianShahin Moinian

President
ICC Evaluation Service

Shahin Moinian is President of ICC Evaluation Service, one of the International Code Council’s Family of Companies.  He joined ICC-ES as the Executive Director of ICC-ES Certification Programs in August 2010.  He oversees all product evaluation/certification activities within ICC-ES: building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, swimming pool and spas, private sewage disposals, and other related products.

ICC-ES is a nonprofit, third-party certification body that evaluates information from independent testing agencies and laboratories.  Data submitted from manufacturers must come from an accredited testing agency to be considered for an evaluation. ICC-ES then conducts thorough evaluations to determine whether a product complies with the applicable code, standards or criteria. If successful, an Evaluation Service Report or a listing is written and posted online.

Moinian also has served as Senior Vice President for ICC-ES Growth Strategies and Certification Programs. He began his career as a project engineer at a spa manufacturing company designing products and components. He then joined a listing agency as an assistant director and eventually the director of research, and then took over as director of codes and standards for Moen Inc.

Moinian is a licensed mechanical engineer in California and Ohio, with a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Cal-Poly, Pomona, and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University-Los Angeles. He has also taught mechanical engineering courses as an adjunct professor at California State University.

Moinian also is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers.

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John Belcik, CFO, COO

John BelcikJohn Belcik, CPA

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer
International Code Council

John Belcik, CPA, is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the International Code Council. He has served as CFO since 2009 and as COO since 2012. Belcik is responsible for the Code Council's daily operations as well as for planning and managing the organization's finances.

As COO and CFO based at the Code Council's Central District Office in Country Club Hills, Ill., Belcik's responsibilities extend from finance, budgets, accounting, and treasury to human resources, information technology, and meeting and travel services.

Prior to his work with the Code Council, Belcik served as CFO of the Illinois Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority for four years. He was a member of the management team at Wilson Sporting Goods for twenty years, serving in various roles of increasing responsibility culminating in his position as Vice President of Finance. He also served as the staff auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. for five years.

Belcik earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. From 2007 to 2012, he served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. He resides in Palos Heights, Illinois.

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Mark A. Johnson

John BelcikMark A. Johnson

Executive Vice President
Director of Business Development
International Code Council

Mark A. Johnson is Executive Vice President and Director of Business Development for the International Code Council. He is responsible for the management and oversight of product and business development, marketing, publications, sales, membership, the Learning Center, the Assessment Center, customer service and order fulfillment.

Johnson also serves as the Code Council’s business liaison with organizations, including ASTM International, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA), McGraw-Hill and Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

He previously served as President of ICC Evaluation Service, LLC, a member of ICC’s Family of Companies. ICC-ES is a nonprofit, third-party certification body that analyzes information from independent testing agencies/laboratories. 

After joining the Code Council in 2003, Johnson also has served as Vice President of Business & Product Development, and Vice President of Publications and Product Development.

Prior to his work with the Code Council, Johnson served in several capacities with the legacy International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), including Director of Publications and Product Development and Director of Operations.

Johnson is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, and has received ICC’s William J. Tangye Staff Recognition Award and its Outstanding Service Award.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Bachelor of Science in engineering, both from California State University, Fullerton, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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Dominic Sims, CEO

 

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Chief Executive Officer
International Code Council

Dominic Sims, CBO, is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Code Council.  He was appointed to the position in 2012. As CEO, Sims is responsible for the overall activities and financial performance of the association, including its six subsidiaries.

The Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, affordable and resilient buildings.  Every state in the U.S. and many global markets adopt the International Codes.

During his 15-year tenure, Sims has also served the Code Council as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President.  He has served on and/or chaired numerous national Committees and Task Forces across a span of topics, including code development, government affairs and resiliency.

Prior to his work with the Code Council, Sims served as the CEO of the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) and guided its consolidation between regional code organizations that formed the Code Council in 2003.  Sims has served on the boards of SBCCI, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) and several other professional associations. Before joining SBCCI, he was Executive Director of the Palm Beach County, Florida Planning, Zoning and Building Department, where he had responsibility for comprehensive development, construction, and licensing and compliance activities for a high-growth region in the United States.

Having worked in the building safety field since 1983, Sims has held numerous positions, both elected and appointed at the federal, state and local levels including the White House Panel on Seismic Safety, The Society for Standards Professionals (SES) Standards Committee and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Policy Committee.

His experience includes service as a Councilman/Vice Mayor for the town of Jupiter, Florida and Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Building Code Study Commission –which helped form his views on the importance of being active in public policy discussions concerning building safety.

Sims earned a B.A. in Organizational Management and Business from Palm Beach Atlantic University.  He resides in Pelham, Alabama.

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Alan Boswell, MCP, CBO

“Nobody gets where they’re going without getting out of their comfort zone from time to time” said Boswell, Chief Building Official for Tuscaloosa, Ala. “I never planned on getting so involved. But my former boss, Chief Building Official Dwight T. Junkin, pushed me to participate…. He pushed me to get all the ICC certifications I could.” Boswell_01

Alan Boswell isn’t sure where he would be if he didn’t have mentors coaxing him out of his comfort zone the few times his own resolve didn’t.

“Nobody gets where they’re going without getting out of their comfort zone from time to time,” said Boswell, Chief Building Official for Tuscaloosa, Ala. “I never planned on getting so involved. But my former boss, Chief Building Official Dwight T. Junkin, pushed me to participate in the Code Officials Association of Alabama and other organizations. He pushed me to get all the ICC certifications I could. Turns out he was preparing me to step up and fill his position when he retired. He wanted to make sure I was ready and well qualified.

“There have been many other mentors after I became Chief Building Official for the City of Tuscaloosa,” Boswell recalled. “Such as, Jimmy Brothers, a great friend and past president of ICC. He pushed me to get more involved with ICC and help make difference. Looking back, it’s sometimes hard for me to believe that I’m where I’m at today.

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“We all have a lot of thanks to give to our mentors and most of all it is important that we all become mentors in some way or fashion to help others along the way. I was taught growing up, the only time you look down to a person is when you were extending a hand to help someone up or to help them find their way.”

That dream and drive led Boswell to achieve Master Code Professional status, as well as to a lifetime of service in many organizations and on to election as a Director-at-Large on the ICC Board at the 2014 Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale.

Now, Boswell wants to make sure his colleagues have the same opportunities he did, even if they need a little urging sometimes.

“My fellow staffers have a timeline for certain goals,” he said. “And they have to meet those goals to make sure they stay competitive in their jobs. I don’t ask them to do anything I didn’t do. I tell them, ‘If I could do it, so can you’.

“They may not think much of me while they’re taking the certification test. But I see the pride after they get the certifications. The glow in their eyes.”

While he was still in school, Boswell had enough self-drive to start his own business, M.A.D. Electrical Contractors, which his brother still runs today. The company performs residential, commercial and some light industrial work, he said, an interest he developed in vocational school. “I had good grades, but I still went to vocational school,” he said. “You don’t have a lot of vocational schools anymore, and that’s a shame. I think we need more high school vocational programs more than ever now.”

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Boswell used his easygoing style and gentlemanly Southern drawl to excel for 20 years as an electrical construction salesman and instructor. At one point, though, his friends suggested Boswell find something a little less physically draining.

“When you own your own business, it’s not an eight-hour day,” he said. “It’s more like 12 to 14, and you’re always chasing the dollar, getting people to pay their bills, paperwork, and climbing ladders and under buildings.”

He applied and got a job as Assistant Building Official in Tuscaloosa. But he kept pushing out of that comfort zone, including serving on the Alabama Energy and Residential Code Board. He also was appointed by Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey in 2012 to serve on the Alabama Heating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Board. In 2012, he was selected to serve ICC on the Building Officials Membership Council Board. He serves on the Council to help improve the standing of code professionals in the community.

He earned the 2011 ICC “Code Official of the Year” award, which the Alabama House and Senate recognized him for.

When not working, Boswell enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, college football, Little League baseball, gardening and traveling.

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Now that he’s on the ICC Board, Boswell said he wants to put into practice a longtime philosophy: simplify. He and some others from his region say there needs to be a renewed focus on the original mission of life safety and codes, perhaps even eliminating some and refining others. Although he is passionate about his beliefs, Boswell knows the benefit of sitting on a thought for a while until it’s ready for reasonable debate. “I make my best decisions when I’ve had time to think a bit,” he said.

Boswell said running for the board and winning was the next logical step for him after serving as an officer for ICC’s Region IX. But leaving his post in Region IX also created an opportunity on that board to let someone new, with new ideas, step up as well. He remembers how important that is after all these years.

 

“If someone didn’t give me the chances I’ve had,” he said, “I wouldn’t be the person I am. That’s how you grow people.”

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William R. Bryant, MCP, CBO

Bill Bryant 2012 When Bill Bryant applied for the position of Plan Reviewer for Anne Arundel County, Maryland, it started him on a lifelong mission to create an atmosphere of cooperation and common sense with one goal in mind: “Keeping people safe.”

After a few years of observing code development from the industry point of view, Bill Bryant thought it might be time to try the regulatory angle.

By that time, he already had taught construction technology at the high-school level and was overseeing all phases of product design for a major commercial modular manufacturer, a job that required him to work on compliance with building codes throughout a 15-state region.

“I thought, ‘If I can do it on one side of the fence, I can do it on the other,’” said Bryant, who was elected an ICC Director-at-Large during the 2012 Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon.  He was elected President of the ICC Board at the 2018 Annual Conference in Richmond, Va.

When he applied for the position of Plan Reviewer for Anne Arundel County, Maryland, in 1989, it started him on a lifelong mission to create an atmosphere of cooperation and common sense with one goal in mind: keeping people safe. Today, he is the Assistant Director of Inspections and Permits for Anne Arundel County.

Bryant helped to shape the consolidation of the three model code groups that resulted in the ICC.  He was serving on the BOCA Board of Directors during the late 1990s, when he was named as one of ICC’s first board members.

Bryant remembers the move toward the consolidation as “painful at times. We all knew what the end result was supposed to be. We had to just keep our eyes on that as we trudged along. Each organization had its own way of doing things. There were so many compromises.  There also was a lot of thought that went into each decision and a lot of gut feeling. But I think we came up with something pretty special.”

He said he ran for election to the ICC Board for the same reason he got into the business in the first place: He saw a need to find a way to make the codes even better so people can be safer.

“These are really challenging times,” Bryant said. “There is a great need for some clear thinking. We need to revitalize the membership. We have to find out what they want; what they need. We may not be able to give them everything, but we can at least give them an answer.”

The economy has hurt the construction industry and the regulatory industry as well, Bryant said. He remembered bringing co-workers with him to code hearings, “and they loved it. They ask if we can go back. And I have to tell them no, there’s no money.

“We are seeing fewer and fewer people at the code hearings. But when we get the new cdp ACCESS going, everybody will be on the same level playing field. Leading up to the votes, they will see all the documentations and arguments. And then they will be able to vote from wherever they are.

“Now, we have people who just buy the code books every three years. But with cdp ACCESS, they will have the opportunity to get more involved. They won’t be able to say, ‘How did that get in the code?’”

Code hearings often seem to be where building officials and others in the industry discover the fire in their belly that will drive them in their careers. Bryant was no different. Working for a modular manufacturer, he often attended code hearings in various states and for the various legacy organizations.

While he was working for Anne Arundel County, Bryant was mentored by Paul Radaskus, then Director of Inspections and Permits for Anne Arundel County and a BOCA Board of Director member. Paul demanded all management members of the department get involved with the Code Development Process of become a member of a committee. Bryant took those words of advice seriously.  Several years later he was approached by then-BOCA Board President Paul Myers, who would become the ICC’s first Board President.

“He said he had seen me at some of the code hearings and on committees,” Bryant remembered. “He liked my passion, my leadership and technical expertise. He said, ‘I think you need to run for the BOCA Board.’ Already I had had some officials tell me that if I wanted to grow professionally, being involved in BOCA or another such organization is the way to go.”

So Bryant, who also served as the President of the Maryland Building Officials Association, was elected to the BOCA Board. After he helped guide ICC, as he says, through the “trials and tribulations” of the consolidation, he became one of the ICC’s first dozen certified Master Code Professionals (MCP).

Bryant wants to have that kind of effect on younger people in the industry. “You don’t see the younger people at code hearings,” he said. “You only see the core group. But with cdp ACCESS we will have the capability to reach out to them on their level through social media.”

Ironically, helping his son ultimately earn a Boy Scout Eagle designation years ago rekindled a passion he had put aside for many years: scuba diving.  Now, he’ll dive around Florida for fun, or maybe up the coast a bit closer to home.

Out of the water, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sherri, and his son and daughter, as well as fishing, hunting, shooting and his true passion: year-round barbecuing.

“I am a barbecue aficionado,” Bryant says with a smile. “When we had those big snows a few years ago, I dug a trench to the grill and around it to keep going all year.  A guy has to eat, after all.”

Kris Bridges

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.

Jim H. Brown, CBO, CFPS

Brown-1 Jim Brown, Deputy Building Official for the City of Gillette, Wyoming, said he is “proud and humbled” by his election as a Director at Large. He believes a lot of it has to do with the fact that he was instrumental in pulling together Region II for the ICC, which includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

Jim Brown didn’t start out wanting to be a Building Official. That desire built slowly and steadily, as if he were tracking a 10-point buck in the woods. After gaining the discipline and focus necessary, he was able to capture certifications, experience and, ultimately, the respect of his peers who elected him to the ICC Board in Portland, the first ICC Board Member to serve from the state of Wyoming, including the legacy code organizations according to Wyoming Chapter historian Bruce Wilson.

Brown, Deputy Building Official for the City of Gillette, Wyoming, said he is “proud and humbled” by his election as a Director at Large. He believes a lot of it has to do with the fact that he was instrumental in pulling together Region II for the ICC, which includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

“People had been trying to do it for years,” Brown said of organizing Region II. “But this time, it was the right time. And we had the right people.” Those people included his mentor John Darnall—a Gillette Wyoming native, former ICC Board Member and Tumwater, Washington, Building and Fire Official—and Bruce Wilson, Chief Building Official in Cheyenne, Wyoming. “And the Board recognized Region II at the Annual Conference in Portland.”

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That trail began in Carroll County, Maryland, where Brown was born, attended high school and worked until he entered the Air Force in 1976. He was trained as a Life Support Specialist/Forward Air Controller/Survival Instructor, responsible for the inspection and maintenance of air crew life support equipment such as flight gear, parachutes, survival kits and ejection seats. He also trained recruits as a survival instructor.

But after four years and attaining the rank of sergeant, Brown said he passed on a military career like his Dad, who served 35 years in with the Army. Instead, he decided to go back to general contracting around Carroll County, something he had done just before he entered the Air Force. He helped build homes in the county, included in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, where the rural atmosphere attracted high-profile clients.

“We built for several players on the Baltimore Orioles,” he said. “One of them was (Hall of Famer) Eddie Murray. They were 5,000 to 10,000 square feet. I also worked on some McDonald’s and Wendy’s. That’s where I got some experience in commercial work.”

As he was building these McMansions, Brown became intrigued with the code process and code officials, even after becoming a lead carpenter. “I liked the longevity of their business,” he said. “Meanwhile, my back, hands and arms were hurting.”

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So, when Carroll County was looking for a Building Inspector in 1988, Brown applied. And to his shock, he was hired. But county officials knew he needed training. “And that’s when my formal education in the codes began,” he said. “With CABO’s One and Two Family Dwelling Code.” Brown was also assisted in his early years by the county’s plans examiner Richard (Dick) Owings, who took him under his wing setting the stage for what was to come.

After a promotion to Commercial Plans Examiner in Carroll County, Brown jumped at the chance to become Commercial and Residential Plans Examiner for the City of Gillette, Wyoming, in 2005. He found out about the position opening in Wyoming through the ICC’s website career center. After teaming up with Darnall, whom he had met at an Annual Conference in Baltimore, and Wilson, Brown continued his mission of forging alliances among building and fire officials, but this time it was for the membership of the Wyoming Conference of Building Officials (WCBO) and the ICC. He remembered how fired up he got watching the old BOCA hearings. “They opened up a whole new world.” He wanted to do the same for others.

Before he knew it, Darnall was nominating Brown for a director’s position on the ICC Board while at a WCBO meeting in Cody, Wyoming. Brown is thrilled with the possibilities, including moving full speed ahead on cdp ACCESS. “cdp ACCESS is absolutely critical for engaging more of our Membership,” he said.

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The move to Wyoming also gave him a chance for another passion: hunting. “I grew up hunting,” he said. “Bear, deer … Maryland, Virginia.” Now, he’ll get out to fill his tags for deer, and maybe get some elk along the way. He and wife Patty also enjoy trail riding. Brown plays acoustic stand-up bass, a very special gift from his mom and dad. It is a 1938 Kay model that has brought him many years of joy playing music.

They also enjoy their grandson, Wyatt who was born in Wyoming, courtesy of daughter Amy and her husband Josh. Wyatt already has been out prairie dog hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, and on horseback Brown said. “And I love it all.”

And maybe someday he’ll have the chance to tell Wyatt about codes and how they’ll continue to help keep him, and the rest of the world, safe. And the ICC can grow with him.

“The ICC is relatively young,” Brown. “We will be setting a course that will take us through 2025. We have very, very exciting times ahead.”

Greg Wheeler, CBO

wheeler-1 Greg Wheeler learned he could be part of a code process that would ultimately help create a safe built environment not only in the United States, but throughout the world. That’s what he hopes to do as a Director on the Board; help people from throughout the country realize the codes are there not only to help, but to challenge them to improve the codes through strong involvement.

Greg Wheeler was working with an engineering firm at the Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport in the early 1980s when his bosses literally threw the book at him– the 1982 edition of the Uniform Building Code.

That was on a Friday. They said, ‘Read this over this weekend. On Monday, you’re our building inspector,” Wheeler said with a smile.

That weekend crash course helped start him on a road that led to his current post as Chief Building Official for the City of Thornton, Colorado, and to his initial election as an At-Large Director on the International Code Council Board. At the 2018 Annual Meeting, Wheeler was elected Vice President of the ICC Board. Before serving on the ICC Board, Wheeler had already served on and/or led a multitude of ICC committees, including the Codes and Standards Council, Chair of the Board of International Professional Standards, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee for the International Existing Building Code and Chair of the International Building Code Council.

wheeler-2He is a charter member and former president of the Colorado Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, a liaison to the Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee and a recipient of the Beryl Wallace Award.

An ICC legacy organization, the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), is where Wheeler cut his teeth on involvement in the code development process, courtesy of a man who would go on to become his mentor. But it wasn’t an easy sell at first. There were repeated attempts to get Wheeler to become a member of ICBO. ICBO sent one of their most effective advocates, who just happened to be in Wheeler’s area, to talk about the value of the membership.

“So the guy calls me and says, ‘I’m Bob Fowler and we need to talk,’” Wheeler said. “And I fell hook, line and sinker. What Fowler, the first Chairman of the ICC Board of Directors and the visionary behind the consolidation of the model code writing industry, told Wheeler stuck with him to this day. “He told me that being part of ICBO meant that you had help from all over the country whenever you needed it.”

Likewise, Wheeler learned he could be part of something as well;  a code process that would ultimately help create a safe built environment not only in the United States, but throughout the world. That’s what Wheeler wanted to do initially as an ICC board director, and now executive officer; help people from throughout the country realize the codes are there not only to help, but to challenge them to improve the codes through strong involvement.

“That especially goes for code officials,” Wheeler said. “Eighty percent of code changes come from industry and others not responsible for enforcement of the codes,” he said. “Only 20 percent come from code officials. The code process takes a lot of time. Chapters can have four or five meetings with anywhere from 20 to 40 people involved reviewing the proposed code changes to develop positions on each proposal.”

wheeler-3The time is well spent, though, Wheeler advises. It prepares one for those code action or final hearings where, “you can have input in the code development process by testifying on code proposals and submitting modifications yourself or on behalf of your chapter.  If you’re not at the hearings, other people are driving change that you will have to specifically address locally.”

And there are so many ways for members to be involved, Wheeler said, especially with the creation of the Membership Councils and use of social media. “My generation isn’t a blogging group,” Wheeler said. “But there are a lot of young people in the workforce who use social media as a primary communication tool and we need to continue to find ways to reach that very important segment of our membership.”

An Oklahoma native who attended Louisiana State, Wheeler admits to having divided college football loyalties. But his workplace focus always has been how to make things better. As an insurance inspector, he had an interest in the design of structures he was inspecting, so he started coursework in engineering. Those courses, combined with his weekend with the ICBO code book, motivated him to take on a 160-hour course on Building Inspection and Plan Review through Texas A&M.

From that point on, Wheeler couldn’t get involved enough in the code process or learn enough about the industry. He was recruited to be the Engineering Technician/Building Official for the City of North Richland Hills, Texas, just outside of Fort Worth, where he helped oversee a suburban sprawl that doubled the population to 40,000.

In 1987, it was on to the City of Grapevine, Texas, where he served as Building Official until moving on to his current post in 1994 with the City of Thornton, a suburb of Denver. When he’s not leading the department, Wheeler enjoys golfing, hiking with his wife Renee, hunting, and shooting trap and skeet. He and Renee also train Pointers and Labs, and they enjoy spending time with their grown children and grandchildren.