Bio/Firm Description: I am the Executive Director and Structural Services Director of the Masonry Institute of Michigan. In this capacity, I am the principal officer of the Institute and responsible for all Institute affairs in support of their mission statement to promote and advance the masonry industry. I am also a part time faculty member at the University of Toledo where I teach Advanced Structural Design in the College of Engineering, Engineering Technology Department.
I began working in the engineering industry at the age of 16 by working as a field technician where I tested the compressive strength of concrete and the compaction of fill materials on construction sites. This experience was invaluable to me in my career, as it gave me a better understanding of constructability. After this, I began work as a construction inspector at HNTB Michigan. In this position, I continued learning about construction means and methods. Following this, I worked as a geotechnical engineer at Somat Engineering where I performed the design of deep and shallow foundation systems, and earth retaining structures. I then led the Midwest region at Bergmann as the discipline manager of structural engineering. Subsequently, I worked as a senior structural engineer at Fishbeck in Grand Rapids, MI prior to beginning in my role with MIM.
I am the current chairman of the BIM-M subcommittee through The Masonry Society, and I am a voting member on the Structural Members and Design subcommittees for the current TMS 402/602 code cycle.
Willing to Work in (US States and Territories): Nebraska,North Dakota,Ohio,Indiana,Iowa,South Dakota,Kentucky,Michigan,Minnesota,Wisconsin
Work Online: Willing to present Webinars/Online Offerings
About The Masonry Society
Formed in 1977, The Masonry Society (TMS) is an educational, scientific, and technical society dedicated to the advancement of scientific, engineering, architectural, and construction knowledge of masonry.
The Society is a not-for-profit, membership driven organization that gathers, correlates, and disseminates information for the improvement of the design, construction, manufacture, use, and maintenance of masonry products and structures.
As part of these efforts, TMS develops standards, guides, and other resources, educates through seminars, workshops, conferences, and collaborates with the construction industry, design profession and other leaders desiring to see a better and more resilient built environment.