At the annual conference of the Virginia Building Code Officials Association (VBCOA) held earlier this month in Front Royal, the organization presented their prestigious Jack A. Proctor Meritorious Service Award for Long-Term Special Achievement to Emory Rodgers, deputy director of building and fire regulations for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.
In presenting the Award to Emory, VBCOA President Kris Bridges said, “Emory has provided VBCOA with 35 years of service. That in itself is worthy of recognition. But,
Emory has been much more than simply a member of VBCOA. Those 35 years have been marked with numerous accomplishments and achievements in the name of building safety.”
Bridges continued, “Emory is an Army veteran, one the many veterans who continue to serve the public. He was a VBCOA Board member almost immediately upon being hired in Arlington County and soon became an officer, becoming President in 1985-86. Like most of our officers, he did not stop there. Emory served on numerous code development committees, served nationally as a BOCA board member and its eventual president, while concurrently serving on the CABO board of directors. He was doing all this while running one of the largest inspections offices in Virginia. When most of us would have stayed retired, Emory chose to lead us once again by taking on the challenge as the deputy director of building and fire regulations. He wasted little time making his mark and has taken Virginia’s codes to an even higher level of excellence. Emory’s service to our country, Virginia, VBCOA and to the entire building safety community are a credit to himself and all those he has mentored over the years.”