Team Member Profile: Brian Clarke, AHC, CDT, CSI – Director, Architectural Specifications & Technical Support

Brian has been with Hager Companies for 14 years and was recently promoted to Director of both the Architectural Specifications Department and Technical Support. We sat down with him recently to ask him a few questions, following a similar format to the DHI Doors + Hardware Faces feature.

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Childhood ambition:  Race car driver

First Job:  Wendys

What led you to the hardware industry:  My dad, Wes Britton, and my grandfather were both in the door and hardware industry.

Proudest professional moment: When I passed my AHC exam and was able to share the news with my dad.

Guilty pleasure:  Spending time at my house with the chickens, dogs, cats and horse.

Favorite book/movie: Tombstone

Mentor/hero: My father, Wes.

Best advice you ever received:  Make sure you give your employer 100% effort every day, no matter what is going on in your personal life.

Best advise you never received: Don’t let someone else’s work performance interfere with your work performance.

The advice you would give someone entering into this industry: Keep an open mind about everything. There are always two sides to each situation.

If you would like more information about Hager specifications, Brian will be happy to help you. He can be reached at 314-633-2803 or [email protected]

 

 

 

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Case Studies

We are constantly asking our sales representatives for projects that we can use in case studies and project profiles.  With blogs and social media now part of mainstream reading, content marketing has become imperative in order to share your brand and message.

We asked Tess Wittler, an experienced construction marketing professional, to share why case studies are important for our, and your, business and how it isn’t as daunting as one may think to write one. This article was published in November’s issue of the DHI Doors + Hardware Magazine and reprinted with their permission.
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The Framework for Writing a Compelling Case Study by Tess Wittler

Does hearing the phrase, “We need a case study written on [blank]” make you cringe? If you are like many other architects, engineers and building material manufacturers I’ve worked with, you would rather pluck out every single nose hair one by one than write a case study. For ages, writing a case study in this industry seemed daunting and tiring, and when it was finished, it seemed as if you’d spent all this energy to create a dry, boring marketing piece that would rarely be used.

Not so! Content marketing has transformed how we look at our marketing materials, including case studies. In fact, according to the 2016 B2B Content Marketing Trends – North America study conducted by the Content Marketing Institute / MarketingProfs, 82 percent of those responding said they use case studies as one of their content marketing tactics – second only to social media content (other than blogs).

Yes, despite so many in the building industry recognizing that they need to invest more in their content marketing efforts, many still aren’t – and their lack of energy toward this effort is precisely the opportunity that can catapult your organization ahead of the rest. Case studies are one of the key components to making this happen.

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Texas Society of Architects 2016 Convergence – Booth 229

We’ll be heading down to San Antonio, Texas in a few weeks to exhibit at the 2016 Texas Society of Architects Design Expo. This is one of the premier regional architectural shows in the country. Architects take this show seriously and are extremely generous with their time on the expo hall floor.

Last year we highlighted our new 9400 Series stainless steel sliding barn door hardware. This year, we added the Conestoga to our sliding door hardware line, which is powder coated black aluminum for a rustic appearance. There are four styles of hangers offered; three face-mount and one top-mount. Sliding barn doors continue to be a popular choice with architects and end users. In addition to saving floor space, sliding doors also meet ADA requirements and are easy for people with disabilities to use.

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With the Conestoga as the latest addition, we feel our sliding door hardware product line provides a variety of design choices for your architectural needs. Of course, we will have many other product lines on display too.

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Project Profile: Community Education Building, Wilmington Delaware

In its second year, the Great Oaks Charter School is part of a collection of schools that includes Academia Antonia Alonso School and Kuumba Academy. The building was originally a bank, operating as MBNA then Bank of America. It was donated in 2012 by Bank of America to the Longwood Foundation to start the Community Education Building (CEB).

Owner:                                     Community Education Building

Architect:                                  Homsey Architects, Inc.

General Contractor:                 Wohlsen Construction

Distributor:                               Premier Door, Frame and Hardware

Hager Sales Rep. Agency:      Hardware Specialty Group

 

Hager Company Hardware in CBE School in Wilmington DE Oct 2015 credit photograph by Eric Crossan 302-378-1700

 

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CONSTRUCT + CSI

This time next week several of our team members will be making their way to Austin, Texas for CONSTRUCT.  If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time.  If you’re on the fence we wrote about the benefits a few weeks ago which you can read here.

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Stop by Booth 516 and say hello to our team:

Adam Bucko      Western Regional Sales Mgr
Debra Powers    Architectural Rep for TX & OK
Ken Kimutis      Kimutis/Chisum, local Sales Reps
Will Chisum      Kimutis/Chisum, local Sales Reps
Brian Clarke     Dir. Arch Specs & Tech Support
John Cohrs       Sr Architectural Spec Writer
Bob Wilkins      Dir. of Marketing & Product Dev
Ginny Powell    Digital Marketing Specialist

If you work in the St. Louis area and are looking for a local CSI chapter, the Continuing Education Programs was just published by the Greater St. Louis CSI chapter.  Besides continuing education credits with programs like Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment and Sustainability in Construction Administration, there will also be a tour of the Arch River Grounds on October 19th. Of course, the annual Golf Classic, being held on September 21st, is always a fun time. Find out more information on the Greater St. Louis CSI Chapter’s new website here.

As you can see Hager is committed to the mission of CSI. We work hard to make sure our specifications are clear, concise and fair. Our goal is to provide door hardware that meets code while supporting the architect and end user in their goal of a safe and secure building.

We hope to see you next week!

 

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Summer Vacation

Our Vice President of International Sales was able to cross a trip off his bucket list this summer. He and his lovely wife planned and worked toward this trip and lucky for us shared some photos. Of course, this being a blog about the door and hardware industry we are sharing photos of …… doors. And what doors they are!

Several of these photos were taken at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. You can catch additional photos over on our Instagram account here.

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CONSTRUCT – 2016

In a just a month, we will be in Austin, Texas exhibiting at CONSTRUCT 2016.

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CONSTRUCT is the trade show for the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). The Institute brings together all aspects of the building divisions, from architects, specifiers, product representation, and contract administration. CSI’s mission is to “advance building information management and education of project teams to improve facility performance.”

CONSTRUCT supports that mission by providing a plethora of educational opportunities including a day set aside specifically for young professionals called YP Day.  This is a fantastic opportunity for those just starting out in the industry, 35 years and younger, to learn a lot in a single day.  This day goes beyond typical design education into real world scenarios.

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Come Two by Two. A Look Inside Noah’s Ark

This article was published in the August edition of the DHI Door + Hardware Magazine and reprinted here with permission.

Come Two by Two. A Look Inside Noah’s Ark, by Ginny Powell

Tucked into the “All American City” of Lakeland, Florida, is not just a community, but the realization of a dream initiated by a small group of parents nearly 20 years ago. It’s called The Village at Noah’s Landing.

Nearly two decades ago, a small group of parents of adult children with special needs met while watching their children take part in sporting activities. They began talking with each other about what would happen to their kids if they were no longer around. Who would oversee their care?

Their worries were further reinforced when they discovered that the options for care in and around Lakeland were extremely limited. But instead of becoming defeated, these five sets of parents took action. Big action. In 1997, they created Noah’s Ark of Central Florida.

The first homes were built between 2002 and 2007 and are located near downtown Lakeland. Called Noah’s Nest, this clustering of four houses is home to 17 residents living independently with the support of their fellow residents, family, and friends.

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A Dream of Building a Community
While Noah’s Nest was a great start, the dream was always to build a bigger community for adults with developmental disabilities. The Villages of Noah’s Landing, with Phase 1 scheduled to open later this summer, is precisely that.

Phase 1 can accommodate up to 132 developmentally disabled residents and only takes up a fraction of the property’s 62 acres. When all phases are complete, the community will offer a wide selection of social, recreational, educational and vocational choices, and provide for the health care needs of its residents.

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Hager Cartoons

Hager has been around for so many years you never know what may happen during an off-site meeting. In this case, one of the gentlemen we were meeting with shared some amazing artwork he saved from past Hager marketing campaigns, specifically the cartoons.  If you aren’t aware of the Hager cartoons here are a couple that has been posted on the blog here and here. We also have a few on our Pinterest page here.

The photos are a little rough since they were taken with a smart phone and we were in a conference room.

 

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  From 1957: this was an”Everything Hinges on Hager!” hand-drawn draft. Pretty amazing!

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From 1956: at the top of the page is a very rough sketch, hand drawn.
At the bottom is a more detailed version, hand drawn.

Which then turned into this:

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What an amazing treat to see the initial drawings that eventually turned into an entire cartoon series. Thanks to Lee Rottman with Feature Group USA for sharing with us!

 

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