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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.
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!
Sponsored by ISO
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.
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.
Periodic Updates to our Members from the Code Council
In an effort to keep our membership informed about urgent updates from the Code Council,we send out periodic messages in real time. See the list of recent news that has been distributed below.
For the past ten years, the Chief Executive Officer, staff and Board of Directors have worked hard to put the International Code Council in a strong position to withstand external factors that could impact the association. The association has built a resilient family of solutions for the building safety community. Even during these tough times, there are many things to celebrate, including the 40th anniversary of Building Safety Month. For an overview of what the Code Council accomplished last year, view our 2019 annual report.
COVID-19 is greater than anything that could have been anticipated, but we are happy to report that we are continuing to serve our members and clients with the products and services they need to keep our communities safe. Our visionary planning and preparations have allowed us to pivot to working remotely without interruption in our services.We are confident that your association and our industry will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to answer our annual conference survey. The responses were extremely helpful as the Board of Directors contemplated the best path forward given the current climate. After much discussion and deliberation, the Board has decided not to hold a Code Council Annual Conference, Expo, and Annual Business Meeting in 2020. Given the health concerns for large gatherings, a possible resurgence of the virus in the fall, and declining budgets for many building safety departments, the Board felt this was the best decision for keeping our members and staff safe.
We know that many of you rely on our conference for your annual training needs. We are exploring ways to expand our virtual educational offerings. This month we are running a series of free webinars for Building Safety Month on disaster preparedness, water efficiency, the effects of COVID-19 on our industry, and deck safety. We hope you can join us.
If you haven't already, please visit our Coronavirus Response Center, which has the information you need to navigate the pandemic. As many communities begin to reopen, we encourage you to check out the article, Considerations for reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please contact our Customer Success Center team at email@example.com or 888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233), ext. 0, with any questions.
Here are some important deadlines coming up in the next couple months at the Code Council.
- The application deadline for the Emory R. Rodgers Leadership in Building Safety Fellowship is May 1.
- Do you know someone exceptional in the building safety industry? Submit your nominations for the Code Council Awards and 2020 Honorary Members by May 1.
- We’re accepting applications for new members to the Professional Development Council, which helps to ensure quality training and certification programs. If you are interested in having a say in the governance of our national testing and education programs, now is the time to apply. The application closing date is May 22.
- Apply to be a part of the 2021-2022 Code Development Cycle Committees that help to shape the International Codes, the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world. Applications are being accepted until June 1.
- We are accepting applications for the 2020 Code Council College Scholarship Program until June 29. This scholarship is exclusively for children of Code Council members.
- Nominations for the Innovation in Code Administration Award are open until June 30. This award recognizes fire and building departments for new and innovative approaches to delivering code administration services as part of their overall approach to community risk reduction.