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.
Childhood Ambition: I 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 Job: Working 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 moment: When I passed my CDT. It is a very difficult exam and required a lot of studying.
Biggest challenge: My biggest challenge today is keeping up with technology, particularly the advances in electronic access control.
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate and home decor stores.
Favorite book/movie: My 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.
Mentor/hero: I 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.
Best advise you never received: Trust 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.
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]