The 2014 Joint Conference sponsored by VPMIA and VBCOA was held in Richmond, attracting more than 250 participants, instructors, and vendors in attendance. Many deemed this year’s event a great success, with attendees benefiting from the array of trainings offered including the debut of the 2012 code change training, along with pertinent technical offerings. The Virginia chapter of IAEI instructed on generators, Virginia Elevator Safety Association sponsored an event on residential elevators, and VBOCA brought training on the new swimming pool code, with all three components receiving quite a bit of positive attention.
There were many highlights from this year’s event, however two most noteworthy include DHCD’s Emory Rodgers receiving the D. Paul Jack Active Lifetime Membership award from VPMIA, and DHCD’s Skip Harper being sworn in as VPMIA president.
Rodgers, who has dedicated years to the code enforcement industry, both in Virginia and on a national level, was presented with the D. Paul Jack award by Fairfax County’s Guy Tomberlin, ICC board member, for his outstanding service in code development and enforcement. Among Rodger’s many accomplishments, Tomberlin noted his time as building official for Arlington County, VBCOA board member, followed by becoming president in 1985-86. Rodgers also served on numerous code development committees, served nationally as a BOCA board member and its eventual president, as well as served on the CABO board of directors. He continues to keep Virginia in the forefront as the deputy director of DHCD’s Building and Fire Regulations Division.
Formally serving as assistant building official for Louisa County and now working for DHCD in the State Building Codes office, Skip Harper was formally sworn in as the VPMIA president. Following his swearing in Skip gave a moving and thoughtful speech sharing with all those attending the awards banquet many of his significant life events forming who he is today and his outlook on life. Skip said that it is these life lessons that he will bring to his presidency in his effort to continue to move the organization forward.
It was a great three days filled with valuable training, information and networking with industry vendors, and organization memberships meetings.