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BHMA® Staff

Ralph Vasami, Executive Director

Ralph Vasami, Executive Director

Ralph Vasami, Executive Director

rvasami@kellencompany.com

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.

Peter Rush, Treasurer

Peter Rush, Treasurer

Peter Rush, Treasurer

prush@kellencompany.com

Peter brings deep experience to the field of association management--being the current Chairman and CEO of the global association management company, Kellen--and equally vast experience to BHMA. He served as the association’s executive director for 20 years. During his tenure, BHMA expanded into proactive codes and regulatory work, instituted the certified product directory, and doubled the number of available standards. He currently serves as BHMA treasurer.

In addition to BHMA, Peter has served as executive director of more than 10 associations in his career. His communication clients have ranged from AT&T to AlliedSignal to the U.S. Department of Energy and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as well as dozens of trade and professional organizations.

Larry McClean, Program Manager

Larry McClean, Program Manager

Larry McClean, Program Manager

lmclean@kellencompany.com

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

mtierney@kellencompany.com

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

jwoestman@kellencompany.com

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

kbishop@kellencompany.com

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.

Emily Brochstein, Program Manager

Emily Brochstein, Program Manager

Emily Brochstein, Program Manager

ebrochstein@kellencompany.com

Emily is a Program Manager for BHMA®, supporting the standards development program.  Currently Emily coordinates BHMA® standards publication, bringing her experience as a manager of a wide array of associations and not-for-profits. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, earning both a BS in marketing and an MBA.

Bonnie Sonnenschein, Communications Director

Bonnie Sonnenschein, Communications Director

Bonnie Sonnenschein, Communications Director

bsonnenschein@kellencompany.com

For the last 25 years, Bonnie has been developing and directing integrated marketing programs for global firms such as Steelcase, Burlington Industries and Stoheim. Currently, Bonnie manages the BHMA® Commercial and Residential sections, which includes its thought leadership programs, website development, branding, crisis planning, media outreach, social media, public affairs, and events and the launch of the residential programs brand. Bonnie also manages numerous other associations in the building and construction industry.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Public Relations Communications and Administration from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Katherine Hidchenko, Communications Manager

Katherine Hidchenko, Communications Manager

Katherine Hidchenko, Communications Manager

khidchenko@kellencompany.com

Katherine started as the Communications Manager for BHMA® in 2019, supporting BHMA® and Secure Home™’s various integrated marketing initiatives. Currently Katherine coordinates social media, email campaigns, website content updates and media outreach. Bringing in her experience as a public relations professional, she has worked for various industries including nonprofits.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Information Design and Corporate Communications from Bentley University.

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