IAS Board meets during ICC 2008 Annual Conference
|The ICC International Accreditation Service Board and staff discuss the accreditation body’s activities during the ICC Annual Conference. IAS accredits testing and calibration laboratories, inspection agencies, building departments, fabricator inspection programs and IBC special inspection agencies. A recognized accreditation body since 1975, IAS is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation.|
|Bobby J. Fowler Award
Code Council Immediate Past President Steve Shapiro (right) and Awards Committee Chairman Tim Ryan (left) present the Bobby J. Fowler Award to Bob Weber, code consultant and former Building Official and Director of the Clark County (Nev.) Building Department.
Fire Service Award
Chief John Mueller (center), Deputy State Fire Administrator for the state of New York, accepts the International Code Council Fire Service Award from Code Council Immediate Past President Steve Shapiro (right) and Awards Committee Chairman Tim Ryan.
Educator of the Year Award
Doug Thornburg (center), Technical Director of Product Development for the International Code Council, receives the inaugural Educator of the Year Award from Awards Committee Chairman Tim Ryan (left) and Education Committee Chairman Greg Johnson. The award is given in memory of long-time code instructor Brent Snyder for his contributions to Code Council members, their educational pursuits and their professional development.
Chapter Merit Award
On behalf of the Rainier Chapter in Washington state, Chapter President Paul Ilg (second from right) and Chapter Vice President Jeff Cook (second from left) accept the Chapter Merit Award from Code Council Immediate Past President Steve Shapiro (right) and Awards Committee Chairman Tim Ryan.
Code Official of the Year
Code Council Immediate Past President Steve Shapiro (right) and Awards Committee Chairman Tim Ryan (left) present the Code Official of the Year Award to Khan Nguyen, Building Official for Costa Mesa, Cal.
Code Council Immediate Past President Steve Shapiro (right) and Awards Committee Chairman Tim Ryan (left) present the ICC Affiliate Award to Jim Messersmith, Coordinating Manager of Regional Code Services for the Portland Cement Association.
Chapter of the Year Award
On behalf of the Heart of America Chapter, HOA President Tina Rakes accepts the ICC Chapter of the Year Award from Code Council Immediate Past President Steve Shapiro (right) and Awards Committee Chairman Tim Ryan.
Chapter Merit Award
On behalf of the Tennessee Building Officials Association, TBOA President Tim Ward (center) accepts the Chapter Merit Award from Code Council Immediate Past President Steve Shapiro (right) and Awards Committee Chairman Tim Ryan.
ICC President’s Award
Valerie Shapiro (right), wife of Code Council Immediate Past President Steve Shapiro, accepts the ICC President’s Service Award from her husband.
Community Service Award
On behalf of the Sun City (Ariz.) Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau, Deputy Fire Marshal Ken Rice (second from left) and Assistant Chief James Haner (second from right) accept the International Code Council Community Service Award from Code Council Immediate Past President Steve Shapiro (right) and Awards Committee Chairman Tim Ryan.
Chapter Merit Award
On behalf of the Michigan Association of Housing Officials, Past President Howard Asch (second from left) and Chapter President Dave Vincent (second from right) accept the Chapter Merit Award from Code Council Immediate Past President Steve Shapiro (right) and Awards Committee Chairman Tim Ryan.
Chapter Merit Award
On behalf of the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association, VBCOA officers accept the Chapter Merit Award from Code Council Immediate Past President Steve Shapiro and Awards Committee Chairman Tim Ryan. From left: Ryan, VBCOA Immediate Past President Guy Tomberlin, VBCOA President John Glover, VBCOA First Vice President Lynn Underwood, VBCOA Second Vice President Jim Collins, VBCOA Sergeant-at-Arms Joel Baker, and Shapiro.
Adolf A. Zubia, Fire Chief for the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was elected President of the International Code Council Board of Directors during yesterday’s Annual Business Meeting. A member of the ICC Board since 2003, Zubia oversees 122 personnel and a $10.5 million annual budget for the City of Las Cruces. He is Chair of the Fire and Life Safety Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Immediate Past President of the New Mexico Fire Chiefs Association.
Ronald L. Lynn, Building Official and Director of Development Services for Clark County, Nevada, was elected Vice President of the Board. Lynn also serves on the International Accreditation Service Board of Directors and acts as a liaison between the two boards. A Certified Building Official, Lynn is Chairman of the Nevada Organization of Building Officials, Nevada Earthquake Safety Council, and the Western States Seismic Policy Council’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction Committee.
James L. Brothers, Director of the Decatur, Alabama, Building Department, was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Board. Alabama’s Code Official of the Year in 1997, Brothers serves on the Legislative and Codes Advisory Council for the American Society of Interior Design and is Past President of the North Alabama Code Officials Association and the Code Officials Association of Alabama.
John Darnall and John LaTorra were re-elected to three-year terms on the Board. Darnall is Assistant Director of Development Services for the City of Tumwater, Washington. LaTorra serves as Building and Inspection Manager for Redwood City, California.
Other Board members elected to three-year terms were: Patrick Parsley, Building Official for the City of Fairmont, Minnesota; Ravi Shah, Director of Urban Development for the City of Carrollton, Texas; and Cindy Davis, Building Official and Zoning Officer for Butler Township, Pennsylvania.
Voting members approved Amendment 1-2008 to the Code Council Bylaws. The measure would provide six seats on the Board of Directors that would be elected from geographical areas of the country. Membership did not approve proposed bylaw changes to add two public interest seats to the Board.
|Code Council Immediate Past President Steven I. Shapiro (left) welcomes newly elected Board Officers President Adolf A. Zubia, Vice President Ronald L. Lynn and Secretary/Treasurer James L. Brothers.|
The effectiveness of the International Code Council’s open Code Development Process played out in the concluding sessions of the Final Action Hearings in Minneapolis as major changes dominated the proceedings.
Earlier in the week, Adolf Zubia, Fire Chief for the City of Las Cruces, N.M., was elected by participants at the Annual Conference to serve as the new President of the International Code Council.Read a statement from newly elected President Zubia, sent from the floor of the Final Hearings.
As your incoming president, I’m sending warm greetings to all the Members of the International Code Council who could not attend the Annual Business Meeting and Final Action Hearings here in Minneapolis. You would be proud to see how many dedicated Members have prepared for these final hearings and votes, and witness firsthand how effective our Code Development Process is in weighing so many difficult issues while acting to advance public safety. Our Code Development Process is open, it’s hard work, it’s transparent, it’s intense, it’s vigorous – but it’s working
As I leave for home today, this remarkable gathering of dedicated professionals in public service – which includes both First Responders and First Preventers, produces in me an almost overwhelming feeling of appreciation for what this organization can achieve to help protect our people. It is a feeling of great pride in what we have accomplished and it directs my focus to what lies ahead.
Over the last several days, safety issue after safety issue has been raised, discussed, argued, countered, argued again and finally put to a vote in what must be the most transparent and democratic rule-making process in government or industry.
Just before the Final Action Hearings began, the assembled Membership elected me to serve as the new president of ICC. I am deeply honored by this privilege and in my acceptance speech I pledged to do all I can to serve every one of you to the best of my ability, aided by the advice and support of the most effective team this organization has ever had. Following in Steve Shapiro’s footsteps is not easy but with his guidance and that of the full Board of Directors, I face the year ahead with optimism, enthusiasm and a lot of humility.
As the code hearings now approaching their conclusion make clear, we are exploring improvements in the areas of structural and fire safety alongside sustainable and energy efficient building, all of which will have enormous impact on virtually every aspect of safety in the built environment. Look at the compromise that was reached to assure safer egress from tall buildings in an emergency: the thoughtfulness, thoroughness and common sense of that code change. Our system works.
At the same time, outside of the code process, we are introducing through ICC-ES more effective and efficient methods of verifying and certifying innovative and sustainable products coming into the market to meet rapidly growing demand.
With the use of real time electronic voting devices, the hearings themselves reflect new technologies deployed to assist ICC in its vital mission. In fact, it will be a major goal of my presidency to expand access for current and would-be members to information about participation in the many important functions of this remarkable organization.
As part of that effort, ICC will expand the resources available at our website to explain more fully, both to our Members and to the communities we serve, the central importance of the code development process. That effort will include posting updated information at the site about participation in code development, eligibility to vote, the ethical responsibilities that accompany participation, the calendar of the code cycle and the range of issues under consideration.
The ICC brand is built on the ethical reputation of our code development process. To ensure its standing into future, we must continuously renew and strengthen it. Only by this means can our communities continue to rely on ICC for updated and practical safety codes.
I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the months ahead, learning from what you do and exploring what we can do together to advance the central safety mission of the ICC.
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