IIBEC Executive Committee Selects New CEO

The IIBEC Executive Committee recently undertook a search for a new CEO/EVP to replace Lionel van der Walt, who is moving on to another opportunity. With the help of a staffing company, and after holding several rounds of interviews, IIBEC’s new CEO has been selected, and it is Brian T. Pallasch, CAE.

IIBEC Second Vice President Ted Sheridan said, “Brian seemed to be instantly comfortable and already immersed in IIBEC culture and values during the interviews, without appearing to really try — like a round peg in a round hole.”

IIBEC President Bob Card noted, “The EVP/CEO search included interviewing several great candidates, each of whom would have been an excellent find. However, we felt that Brian’s high level of preparedness for the interviews and his ability to quickly establish a rapport with the Selection Committee in both formal and casual settings set him apart from the others.” 

When asked for his take on the search, First Vice President Scott Hinesley said, “The EVP/CEO search resulted in the consideration of more than 80 individuals, which was pared down to six highly qualified professionals for face-to-face interviews. Each of the six candidates possessed impressive experience and credentials, and I believe any one of them would have served the Institute well. However, Brian’s mix of leadership and legislative experience stood out to me as being extremely beneficial to the continued execution of our strategic plan. Combined with his even-keeled personality and self-described ‘impatience’ for getting things done, Brian will be key in helping IIBEC build on the momentum we’ve gained in the last year and a half. I look forward to working closely with him to serve the needs of the Institute to continue to advance the interests of its members and the industry at large.”

Pallasch is currently Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in Washington, D.C. He has been responsible for managing ASCE’s government relations department, including federal and state legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, grassroots initiatives, and policy development, since joining the staff in 1999. Since 2008, Pallasch has been responsible for managing ASCE’s strategic initiative regarding infrastructure, including development of the Infrastructure Report Card, as well as the Failure to Act economic studies.At ASCE’s 2019 Legislative Fly-In event, Pallasch prepared members to educate their legislators on the need to invest in the nation’s infrastructure.

Prior to joining the staff of ASCE, Pallasch was Director of Government Relations for the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Alexandria, VA, for three years, where he was responsible for all federal and state relations. He served as President of the American League of Lobbyists in 2007-2008, after holding a seat on the Board of Directors from 2004-2006. Pallasch also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Eno Center for Transportation.

Pallasch stated, “IIBEC is a robust international organization that offers value to its members. I am honored to be leading IIBEC and look forward to working with the staff and volunteer leadership to enhance our support for building enclosure consultants. The people at IIBEC—the board, the staff and the volunteer team—are clearly dedicated to supporting IIBEC members in addressing challenges in an evolving market. Their engagement was a key draw to joining IIBEC, and I look forward to utilizing my expertise with their success to date in leading the next growth phase. I am eager to build coalitions with other architectural, engineering, and construction associations to propel IIBEC forward.”

Pallasch holds a master of arts degree in international affairs from the American University, and a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and international affairs from the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife and two children.

Pallasch begins his duties with IIBEC on June 10.

For more information, visit www.iibec.org

NRCA CEO Reid Ribble Testifies Before the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

NRCA CEO Reid Ribble testified before the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress today during its hearing, “Speaking from Experience: Former Members on Congressional Reform.”

Ribble was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and served Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District for six years. The committee heard from a bipartisan panel of six former members of Congress who shared their congressional experiences and offered potential areas for reform.

Ribble; former Reps. Tom Davis (R-Va.), Vic Fazio (D-Calif.), Martin Frost (D-Texas) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.); and former ambassador Tim Roemer (D-Ind.) spoke regarding a broad range of issues, including staff recruitment, transparency, technology, building civility and trust, and improving the quality of life for those working in the legislative branch.

To view Ribble’s testimony, click here.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

BLUEFIN Announces New CEO, President and Five Staff Promotions

BLUEFIN, LLC, announces two internal executives assume roles of president and chief executive officer (CEO) and the following five staff promotions effective immediately.

Jeremiah “Miah” Dancy becomes president of BLUEFIN and Richard Rast moves from president into the newly created role of the CEO.

As president, Dancy takes on overall responsibility for day-to-day operations of BLUEFIN. Dancy formerly served as the chief operating officer and joined BLUEFIN in November 2011. This move builds on his extraordinary achievements, proven success in managing BLUEFIN’s largest client over the years, and more than 20 years of experience in construction and facility asset management. 

Rast will focus on strategy, potential new acquisitions, and relationship management with key clients and partnerships in the industry as CEO. He has more than 35 years of experience as an owner and manager of several firms providing facility asset and energy management, consulting, and technology expertise to the facilities industry. Rast started BLUEFIN almost 15 years ago and began planning this succession to support the continued growth of the company well into the future.

“Miah’s new role as president is a move we’ve been planning for a while, and now is the right time to make this change. I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve built in these nearly 15 years,” said Rast. “I’m excited to have Miah as president, and I’m confident BLUEFIN is in good hands for many years to come.”

BLUEFIN is a leader in facility asset management for commercial roofs, pavement and building envelope. Though sales earnings are proprietary, according to Rast, BLUEFIN had its best year in company history in 2018 with record revenue and profits. The company also completed the acquisition of PRSI, its second acquisition in as many years, opened two new offices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Olympia, Wash., and added dozens of new people in 2018 to support that growth. According to Rast, BLUEFIN is on track for an even better 2019.

In addition to these leadership changes, BLUEFIN is pleased to recognize the following staff promotions.

Dave Greene, REWO, RRO has been promoted to senior project manager. Greene joined BLUEFIN in June 2014 and implemented significant improvements to some of BLUEFIN’s most significant projects, including creating and leading a safety program that resulted in an improved EMR score of 0.85. 

Victor Espitia has been promoted to project coordinator. Espitia joined BLUEFIN in November 2015 as a survey technician and has worked tirelessly as part of BLUEFIN’s field team. Through his project management and people management skills, Espitia has improved the value BLUEFIN provides to clients.

Chris Stanek has been promoted to the senior project support specialist. Stanek joined BLUEFIN in September 2014. Stanek will now manage the project support team, help develop BLUEFIN’s computer-aided design capabilities, and support automated mapping for BLUEFIN’s proprietary roof management software, Roof Express.

Sean Stranger-Thorsen has been promoted to senior survey technician. Stranger-Thorsen joined BLUEFIN in May 2016. He takes a committed approach to training and teaching new employees the assessment process and how to work safely. His leadership in the field has been a strong asset to numerous field projects.

Lidiya Aman has been promoted to project support specialist. She began working on a part-time basis as a data entry specialist for BLUEFIN in June 2017. Aman takes increasing levels of responsibility through this new role including ownership of two projects and ensuring data is reviewed and cleaned to satisfactory condition for client review.

“I’m very proud of the whole team’s achievements, and it is a privilege to continue supporting the work each person at BLUEFIN is doing day in and day out,” said Dancy. “I’m looking forward to taking on these new responsibilities and watching and supporting BLUEFIN and our people grow.” 

For more information, visit bluefinllc.com.

Reid Ribble Succeeds Bill Good as NRCA CEO

Former NRCA member and chairman of the board, Reid Ribble, is serving as NRCA CEO.

Former NRCA member and chairman of the board, Reid Ribble, is serving as NRCA CEO.

Bill Good retired from NRCA Dec. 31, 2016, after 28 years as the organization’s CEO and 41 years of service. Former NRCA member and chairman of the board Reid Ribble officially succeeded Good as CEO Jan. 3.

A roofing contractor by trade, Ribble joined Kaukauna, Wis.-based The Ribble Group Inc., a family business, in 1975 and became company president in 1980. Ribble served as NRCA chairman of the board from 2005-06 and NRCA’s senior vice chairman from 2004-05. He also was president of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Board of Trustees from 2008-10. Ribble also has served as a member or chairman of several NRCA committees.

In 2010, Ribble was elected to the U.S. Congress serving Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District and was re-elected twice. Ribble earned the reputation of being honest and able to work with representatives from both sides of the aisle.

“I am looking forward to service and representing those who set the standard for professionalism in the roofing industry and working with NRCA’s staff on initiatives that will help add even more to that value,” Ribble says.

Good will remain with NRCA in a part-time capacity during a five month transition period. He officially will retire May 31.