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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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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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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SCIP – Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice

When CONSTRUCT announced last year that the 2015 convention would be held in St. Louis we were thrilled. We knew we had a great opportunity to show off our hometown and Hager Companies.

We were lucky enough to entice two groups to our headquarters for a tour.  The first was held yesterday and by all accounts it was a success.

Last year, through connections on Twitter, we were able to reach out to the President of SCIP, Dave Stutzman, to offer a tour of our facility and dinner for any interested SCIP members.  SCIP holds their annual meeting the day before CONSTRUCT opens. Our BHMA Testing Lab and Engineering Lab are located at our St. Louis headquarters and we felt both might offer noteworthy learning opportunities to the SCIP members.

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Introducing – Mark Hoialmen

Please join us in welcoming Mark Hoialmen as an architectural specification consultant for Hager in the Georgia area.

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Mark began his career in Atlanta in the advertising industry working with manufacturers from semiconductors to apparel. Later, as Director of Marketing for a production software firm, he delivered the company’s newest Windows conversion in manufacturing software to the dental lab industry. An opportunity to start a business as a group health insurance benefits broker was presented and Mark began providing group insurance coverage to software companies and a few architect firms in Georgia for the next 9 years.

Mark decided on a new course after selling his company to a national brokerage firm and opened his own representative company in the acoustic treatment industry. Now working for Hager, Mark has nine AIA accredited presentations for architectural firms and a specification writing team behind him to help with door hardware specs.

Mark lives in the North Atlanta area with his wife Mady and their 14 year old son Wyatt.

If you are in Georgia and need to catch up on AIA CED/HSW credits before the end of the year or would like to learn more about our products, give Mark a call at 678-215-2859 or email: [email protected]

 

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Archispeak – A podcast for architects

There are a lot of publications and trade groups who would like us to advertise in their magazine, either digital or print and sometimes both! While we think all are worthwhile our goal is to support our partners while broadening the Hager brand.  Our partners include distributors, facilities managers, end users, general contractors and architects.

Through our social media platforms we follow several architects in order to promote and share their services and projects. However there are three architects that caught our eye when they decided to try something new. They started a podcast called Archispeak for “all things architecture” by architects, in late 2012.  The hosts are Evan Troxel, Neal Pann and Cormac Phalen.  We’ve been following them for a while.

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They talk about everything! Really – from premature renderation to architects and egos, nothing is sacred. They also work hard to provide a resource to emerging architects. We were thrilled when they picked up a steady sponsor in ARCAT.

ARCAT, in case you don’t know, provides free building products specifications. We hear from architects all the time how difficult writing hardware specs are so in order to try to simplify their work load our specifications are listed on ARCAT’s website.

We had been thinking about sponsoring a few shows for a while but needed it to be the right time. For the next few months we have a convergence of events happening so we felt this was it. Episode #70 is out now. There is a special opportunity for listeners of the show if you are attending CONSTRUCT or the Texas Society of Architect trade shows but you have to listen to the podcast to find out what it is.

In the meantime thanks Evan, Neal and Cormac for providing great content that everyone in the AEC community can learn from.

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Lock Function Chart

We are in the process of uploading a BHMA lock function chart to our website to make it easy to quickly match what lock function is being specified to our Grade 1, Grade 2 & Grade 3 locksets. This chart will be able to be found under Resources / Product Information / Locks.

Founded in 1925, as the Hardware Manufacturers’ Statistical Association, the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) role has been developing standards for the wide range (and getting wider) of builders hardware. There are three levels of grades for locksets based on the number of cycles an owner can expect the product to withstand. Grade 1 is the heaviest duty, passing 2,500,000 cycles while Grade 3 passes just 350,000 cycles. The price difference between Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 varies and may present an occasion to save the owner money on a project. Specifying a Grade 1 lock on a main entry office door is highly recommended but there is opportunity to save dollars by utilizing a Grade 2 lock on a door opening used less frequently, like a closet door. That said it is important not to undersize the lock grade on a door opening in order to save money as it could cost more in repairs in the future. More …

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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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