How long have you been on the Board of Directors and what's your current position?
I have just begun my 3rd year on the ABAA Board of Directors. Currently I am the Vice Chair. I really enjoy interacting with the other Board of Directors and the ABAA staff. We are a close group and have a common goal - to educate the Air Barrier Industry. I truly look forward to every meeting.
What made you want to be a part of ABAA?
I am the Technical Applications Manager for Tremco with a focus on air barriers. I knew ABAA would be a great resource to me with my role in the Air Barrier Industry. I first got involved with the ABAA when I took the ABAA Installer Training Class in 2008. I have been involved with ABAA ever since.
What city do you currently live in & where's the farthest place you've travelled to?
I currently live in Cleveland, Ohio, but my job takes me all over North America on a regular basis. Lately I have been travelling about 40% of the time. The farthest I have gone is to Australia. Here is a photo of me and my colleagues walking over the Harbor Bridge in Sidney.
What was your favorite TV Show and Band while you were growing up?
As a family we watched 8 Is Enough, Love Boat and Mash. I still remember watching the final episode of Mash with my whole family. I am the youngest of 6 kids and we still laugh at how we were the remote control for my Dad. Fortunately for us there weren't very many channels to surf through. My favorite band was Duran Duran - I had posters of all the band members all over my bedroom. I still enjoy singing along to their songs and feeling nostalgic to my days of big hair, blue eye liner, and genie pants.
What is one of the least intelligent things you have done and then wondered "What was I thinking?!"
I remember taking my kids on a long bike ride - I thought it would be great as we were in Lake Placid, NY and it is so beautiful there. Perhaps being the home of the Olympics made me a bit over zealous with how far we could go. We finally decided to turn back and head back to the hotel, but to my dismay it was mostly uphill. To add to it - it was a hot summer day and I did not have a cell phone on me or any money. I stopped at a restaurant and asked them for water for all of us. We all jumped right into the pool when we got back!
What are you most excited about with regards to ABAA's future?
I have seen many changes in the organization over the last two years. This year's ABAA Conference in Chicago was awesome - I was able to bring 7 of my colleagues with me and there was so much we wanted to attend and do that we had to spread out in order to cover all the presentations that we were interested in attending. I am most excited to have more Contractor involvement. I know there are several things that we are working on in order to achieve that - and I know that contractor involvement is key to our success.