Industry Q&A: RCI, Inc. Is Now IIBEC

Bob Card addresses the IIBEC audience at the Meeting of the Members.

A Conversation With Robert “Bob” Card, President of IIBEC

Q: RCI Inc. recently rebranded itself as the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC). Please describe the thinking behind the change. How does the new name reflect the nature and goals of the organization?

A: After many years of being known as the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI), it became apparent that a significant number of our members are also practicing in the disciplines of waterproofing and exterior walls. We wanted our name to better reflect who we are and what we do, and to describe our outreach beyond the North American continent. Additionally, the IIBEC (pronounced “eye-bec”) staff continually received calls from RCI timeshare customers mistaking that company with RCI, Inc.

Q: How has the membership reacted to the new name and rebranding effort?

A: Nearly all the comments I’ve received since the transition was announced have been positive. There are some who are not pleased, of course; change can be hard after so many years of familiarity with an organization’s name.

Q: How does your background help prepare you for the challenges you’ll face as president of IIBEC?

A: I have been in the building enclosure consulting industry for about three decades now, starting at a very basic level, and seen how technology has changed much of how we communicate and store and access Information. I expect our industry to continue to see an increasing rate of change, and I hope to leverage my experience to help determine how best to adapt evolving methods to best serve our members and the industry at large.

Q: What are some of the key initiatives IIBEC will be focusing on in the year ahead?

A: The rollout of our new IIBEC brand and logo will continue to be a priority, with lots of outreach planned for the next several months. We are working to develop a new credential, CBECxP (Certified Building Enclosure Commissioning Provider), which we believe will be a significant addition to our lineup of professional registrations. Our IIBEC Manual of Practice is being updated and should be completed by year’s end. We are also currently working to identify and hire a new EVP/CEO to replace Lionel Van der Walt, who is moving soon to a new challenge. Collaborations with other organizations are vital in an association. IIBEC cooperated with the National Women in Roofing (NWIR) and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) prior to the rebranding and will continue to tighten these relationships, as well as explore other organizations to collaborate with. The core purposes and values IIBEC has laid out in 2018’s RCI, Inc. Strategic Plan will carry over to the new IIBEC branding. The Strategic Plan can be found at https://rci-online.org/rci-shares-new-strategic-plan/.

Q: What does the future hold? Can you share any long-term goals?

A: We want to strategically shape and position IIBEC so that the next generation of leaders can take the association to a significantly more impactful place in the building enclosure industry. We are working for greater diversity within the leadership pipeline to better reflect the changing workplace and improve the quality of our conversations. And, we’re working to implement a more global outreach, in order to both learn from the experience of others, and contribute to improving the quality of the built environment around the world.

Q: What are some of the educational resources and events IIBEC makes available to its members?

A: We offer numerous classes in the various disciplines related to the building enclosure, both on a national and a local level; we present a packed schedule of technical presentations at both our annual conventions and our building enclosure symposia, as well as at our biannual Canadian building enclosure symposia. Our members also regularly present technical education for other organizations within the design and construction industries. IIBEC chapters facilitate regular education programs through their chapter events, which expand internationally. A big step for IIBEC in 2020 is the partnership with the National Research Council of Canada to host the 2020 ICBEST conference.

Q: How does IIBEC help people who are not members of the organization, including people in such roles as end users, facility managers, school boards and others?

A: At the simplest level, IIBEC can provide contact information to building owners, managers, and design professionals for local consultant members who can assist with their projects. More strategically, by educating and advocating for our members, we are striving to improve the quality of the built environment for everyone. Through our advocacy initiatives, we have built recognition within the United States and Canada at federal, state and local levels.

Q: Where can people go for more information about the organization?

A: Our website (www.iibec.org) is a great place to start; one can find a lot of excellent information there about our organization and our members. Members themselves are also a great resource for information; most are happy to share about the benefits of IIBEC membership. Of course, our amazing IIBEC staff can also provide information related to most any aspect of the organization. Our chapters also hold local meetings and events, which is a great place for someone to learn about the resources IIBEC has both locally and nationally.

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

RCI Inc. Is Now the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC)

As of April 1, 2019, RCI Inc., a nonprofit association originally incorporated in 1983 as the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI), officially became the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC). (The acromyn is pronounced “eye-bec”).

The change, approved by the organization’s membership after extensive study, brand assessment, and industrywide feedback, aligns the association’s name and brand with its purpose and strategy heading into the future. RCI has grown from a small core of dedicated roof consultants to represent some 3,600 members, comprised of building enclosure consultants and other industry stakeholders specializing in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall specification and design. 

The evolving focus of the institute’s members in embracing the entire building enclosure called for a name that would clearly define its purpose as:

  • An international association 
  • A professional institute representing building enclosure consultants – architects, engineers and others such as ex-contractors who have gained the required education and experience 
  • A knowledge hub and leading authority on all things building enclosure (roofing, waterproofing and exterior walls) 
  • An institute attractive to professionals of all ages, races, and gender
  • An industry leader endeavoring to increase exposure, recognition, and usage of the institute’s resources by nonmember architects and engineers, government agencies (state and federal), as well as end-users such as school boards, universities, facility managers, etc. 

Kindly note that all correspondence, financial transactions, contracts, and references to RCI should be changed to the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants or IIBEC.

The IIBEC website is now under construction. For more information, visit https://rci-online.org.