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Ralph Vasami, Treasurer

Ralph Vasami, Treasurer

Ralph Vasami, Treasurer

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Ralph Vasami, Esq has a broad background in engineering, business management, operations, finance, strategic planning and law. He is actively involved with leading clients’ efforts to modify and enhance national building codes, and is regularly called upon to facilitate client strategic planning meetings.

Ralph is a pioneer in the vinyl window and door industry. As chairman of the Vinyl Window & Door Institute, he was responsible for gaining model building code acceptance for vinyl as a fenestration product. He was also instrumental in setting up testing and standards for the products as well as the current industry certification program.

Ralph received a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University and a law degree from Pace University. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Larry McClean, Program Manager

Larry McClean, Program Manager

Larry McClean, Program Manager

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Since joining BHMA® in 2015 as Program Manager, Larry works alongside Tim Bennett as the main conduit for BHMA® in regards to the Certification program, BHMA® membership, coordination of BHMA® in-person meetings and other administrative work that is necessary to carry out tasks aligned with the BHMA® vision and its objectives.  Larry came to BHMA® after working in the field of Intellectual Disabilities, having managed multiple classrooms and staff. He brings to BHMA® the valuable skills that he mastered in the educational setting to help classrooms run effectively and to meet expectations set by government guidelines and regulations.

Michael Tierney, Standards Director

Michael Tierney, Standards Director

Michael Tierney, Standards Director

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For 20 years, Michael has served as the Product Standards Director for BMHA®, where he coordinated the development and revision of the BHMA® performance standards for building hardware products.

Michael came to BHMA® following a 20-year career in manufacturing management at United Technologies, Honeywell, Black and Decker and Yale Security. He is a principal member on technical committees for the National Fire Protection Association; the A117.1 Committee for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, and ASTM.

John Woestman, Director, Codes & Regulatory Affairs

John Woestman, Director, Codes & Regulatory Affairs

John Woestman, Director, Codes & Regulatory Affairs

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John is Director of Codes & Regulatory Affairs. In this capacity, he provides building codes, advocacy and technical services on behalf of several Kellen clients. In addition to his role with the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA®), John also provides his expertise to the Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association (CLMA) and the Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association (XPSA).

The result of his long-standing involvement in the ICC code development process has been several revisions and updates to locking arrangements in the means of egress and corresponding requirements in the 2015 and 2018 I-codes.

John has a mechanical engineering degree from Iowa State University and a MBA from the University of Iowa.  He is a member of the International Code Council (ICC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and ASTM International.

Karen Bishop, Standards Manager

Karen Bishop, Standards Manager

Karen Bishop, Standards Manager

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Karen has extensive technical and managerial experience in the commercial openings industry. Before joining BHMA®, Karen served as a senior engineer for product certification, development and testing at the Allegion Hollow Metal Group.

She also served as a senior engineer for new product development at Steelcraft. Karen has held leadership roles at several associations, including Steel Door Institute and National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers, among others.

Heather Currier, Director of Communications

Heather Currier, Director of Communications

Heather Currier, Director of Communications

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Heather Currier has worked with a variety of building, design and construction clients during her 17+ years in association marketing and communications. The depth and variety of her experience means she can create innovative solutions for her clients’ communications programming. As Director of Communications, Heather manages marketing strategy, annual meeting promotion, website strategy and redesign, rebranding and logo designs, and social media strategy and implementation. She has extensive experience in editorial and publications management, antitrust related issues and statistical data collection. Heather graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband, and dog Ferris.

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