Team Member Profile – Sheryl Simon, CSI, CDT – Manager, Architectural Specification Consultants

Sheryl Simon has been with Hager Companies for 13 years and was recently promoted to Manager, Architectural Specifications Consultants. We sat down with Sheryl to ask her a few questions.

Sheryl Simon at one of the many CSI STL events she volunteers for. Sheryl currently is 2nd VP for the chapter. Photo credit: George Everding

Childhood AmbitionI was always interested in design. (I’m not sure if it’s an ambition or an obsession.) Even as a young child I was always re-arranging the furniture. My parents never knew what to expect when they came home. 

First JobWorking at a very busy ice cream stand. The lines seemed to never end but it was fun interacting with all the customers. 

What led you to the hardware industry: I married into it and very quickly became a hardware geek. 

Proudest professional momentWhen I passed my CDT. It is a very difficult exam and required a lot of studying. 

 

Sheryl Simon and August Hager – Jobsite visit at Ballpark Village

Biggest challengeMy biggest challenge today is keeping up with technology, particularly the advances in electronic access control. 

Guilty pleasureChocolate and home decor stores.

Favorite book/movieMy favorite movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. It reminds me that our life’s most important work is often work we never planned to do. 

 

Sheryl sharing her knowledge at the inaugural Young Professionals Day tour in 2015 at CSI CONSTRUCT – St. Louis

Mentor/heroI have had many mentors over the years and I am thankful for all of them. 

Best advice you ever received: When one door closes another one opens. It’s a pun on the industry but very appropriate. 

Sheryl receiving congratulations for her Hager Companies 10-year anniversary

Best advise you never receivedTrust your instincts.

What advice you would share with someone entering this industry:  The construction industry is one of the most exciting and diverse industries. It is forever changing so never stop learning and be receptive to change. If it’s something you want to pursue go for it! I’m glad I did. 

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We reached out to a few of Sheryl’s colleagues and this is what they had to say.

“Sheryl is the go-to person for many architects and this can be contributed to her attention to detail and the fact she genuinely cares about the specification process and everyone involved in it. Sheryl is determined to hold herself to a higher standard and expects more from herself than others expect from her. Being meticulous and keeping information organized allows Sheryl to provide the very best service to her clients. She also has a wonderful outlook on life and somehow always finds something to laugh about, even when things may be going a bit sideways.”
Brian Clarke, AHC, DHT, DHC, FDAI, AAADM, CDT, CSI – Director, Architectural Specifications & Technical Support

From the Two Twelve Clayton Case Study
“This project was interesting to me because I’d never done a high-rise project before, and I learned a lot through the process. Stair towers in a 26-story building are much different than they are in a four-story office building and they require different types of hardware. Sheryl got into the details with me to help me understand what was needed and why. As architects, we wanted to make the doors as ‘invisible’ as possible. We worked with Sheryl on concepts to design doors that functioned to satisfy code requirements, yet were the least disruptive to the design.”
Josh Goodman, AIA, Director of Operations, HDA Architects

 

If you’re located in the Midwest and need help with specifications, door submittals or would like to schedule a lunch and learn, please contact Sheryl at [email protected] 

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Friday Fun

At Hager, we are passionate about door hardware. It’s one of the reasons we added locks, exit devices, and door controls to our product line several years ago.  Last year we partnered with Salto Systems to create our Hager powered by Salto electronic access control line. Our goal is to provide our customers with the products, service, knowledge, and partnership to elevate the value they bring to the channel.

Yet, we can’t forget our history so today we are going to throw it back a few decades with a light-hearted post.

These cartoons were created from the “inspired pens of America’s most famous cartoonists” – Tom Henderson, Virgil Partch, Lichty, Irwin Caplan, and Larry Reynolds in 1952 for our “Everything Hinges on Hager” campaign.  Let us know if any resonate with you!

Monday was Labor Day which marked the official end of summer, but there is still time to get out and enjoy the sun (make sure to lather up with sunscreen!).

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Product Announcements

We’ve had a busy first quarter and we wanted to share our most recent product announcements in case you missed any!

January 8, 2018 – 3300 Series Grade 3
We added the 3300 Series Grade 3 tubular leverset to our lock line. Offered in four functions – passage, privacy, entry and single dummy, along with five finishes: US3, US10B, US15, US26, US26D. It’s field reversible with a thru-bolt design for ease of installation. This Grade 3 lock provides a perfect solution for multi-family and assisted living facilities when suiting with Grade 1 and Grade 2 products.

 

 

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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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Project Profile: International Training Center (Phase V)

Project Profile:             International Training Center (Phase V)

Client:                            United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America

Architect:                       Carlile Coatsworth Architects

General Contractor:     Penta Building Group

Distributor:                    Hallgren – Las Vegas

Installers:                       American Door Installation

Door Openings:            200

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) maintains its International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. With the completion of Phase V this campus consists of nearly a million square feet. At the core of this facility are the training areas that will keep union carpenters skills up to date with emerging technology.

Phase V comprises a 223,000 square feet building which houses 30 classrooms, a working shop, ballrooms and a museum/lobby area. There are over two dozen custom display cases dispersed throughout the lobby full of historic UBC artifacts. More …

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Project Profile – Ballpark Village

Baseball season is in swing and in St. Louis that means a sea of red will be worn from now until October.  We had the distinct honor of being part of the construction team on the new Ballpark Village located next to Busch Stadium that opened last fall.

Architect:                              Design Collective, Inc.
Developer:                           The Cordish Companies
General Contractor:           The Paric Corporation
Distributor:                           H&G/Schultz Door

As soon as the project was announced our specification team offered their services. Using all grade one commercial hardware due to the high use and abuse the door openings will receive the architect specifically liked our Roton 1200-600XHD continuous geared hinges with a round cover channel.
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Door Hardware Submittals

Door hardware is approximately 1% of a total construction project and yet it is definitely one of the most challenging.

The definition of a door hardware submittal is a collection of documents that contain all the pertinent information to complete a project. This compilation is based on the project manual, drawings and field conditions.

It is imperative the door hardware schedule is correct as the general contractor and several sub-contractors, ie. painters, masons, framers & electricians, use the schedule to help in their field of work. Once the project has been completed the owner/end user can use the hardware schedule for maintenance and upkeep. More …

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Project Profile: Ninkasi Brewing Company Administration Building

Project Profile:               Ninkasi Brewing Company Administration Building

Architect:                        Chuck Bailey Architect AIA LLC

General Contractor:      Chambers Construction

Distributor:                     Bell Hardware

Hager Sales Agency:    Commencement Bay Architectural Group

Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow and recently built a new administration building in Eugene Oregon. Designed by Chuck Bailey Architect, this building is en route to reach LEED Certifications. The building housing Ninkasi’s administration offices which includes a climbing wall for their employees and a recording studio that is used to record local and regional bands that Ninkasi Brewing Co. partners with. Sounds like a fun place to work!

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CONSTRUCT CSI 2014

We will be exhibiting at the 2014 CSI CONSTRUCT Show in Baltimore, Maryland this September 10th & 11th. This is always a fun show for us for a variety of reasons but mainly the people. We always meet new friends and it is great catching up with old pals.

Each year we try to think of something clever and useful to giveaway as “the” prize. We were struggling with this a few weeks ago when we heard that in 2015 the CSI CONSTRUCT show will be in St. Louis – our home city. Boy that got the ol’ juices flowing on possible prizes. We wanted to showcase both St. Louis & our company and with that in mind we developed the “Meet Me in St. Louis” prize package.

Stop by Booth 349 and unlock the opportunity to win the following:

 

If the key you choose unlocks the deadbolt you will be able to drop your business card into the box. At the end of the show we will draw one card and that will be the lucky winner.

We hope you will stop by, test how lucky you are and also take a look at our newest products.

See you in Baltimore!

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CONSTRUCT Bloggers Panel

Photo via CSI

 

The construction industry has been slow in accepting social media and blogging as a form of communications, educating and networking. This writer has been in the door and hardware industry for 20 years and on social media for 6 years so it was with interest I attended the Blogger’s Panel at the 2013 CONSTRUCT show. The panel was filled with other like-minded industry professionals that understood the value of this new platform. More …

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