2018 IDA Board of Directors Voting Guide
Below are candidates for the IDA Board of Directors. Please take time to review their biographies so you can make an informed decision when it's time for you to vote.
Voting will begin February 2, 2018 at 10 a.m. EST and closes March 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. EST. Information regarding voting will be emailed or mailed to you. For more information contact Chris Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Region 4 (Vote for 1)
Raynor Garage Door Co. of Kansas City, Shawnee, Kansas (Region 4)
Mike grew up in the business sorting nuts/bolts, sweeping the warehouse floor, and eventually working on the service side. He then moved into sales and eventually joined the company management team. The company is family owned and operated. Except for a short period post-college, he has worked alongside his folks for more than 20 years.
He is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing overseeing the sales team, vendor relations, advertising and marketing strategies as well as other management responsibilities. When his parents retire, he will take over the business.
Mike and his wife, Amy, have been married for 20 years and have two children ages 16 and 12. They enjoy spending time boating, fishing, relaxing at the lake, as well as many other outdoor adventures.
He is a past Director, President, and Chairman of the Board for The National Association of the Remodeling Industry – Kansas City Chapter. He continues to be active with the organization currently serving on the Kansas City NARI Futures Fund Committee. The Fund focuses on fundraising and giving efforts toward attracting individuals to careers in the remodeling industry. It also helps improve training, educational and job opportunities that are available from remodeling contractors, subcontractors, and related supplier companies. He serves on the Membership Committee with the Kansas City Home Builders Association. As an Eagle Scout, he is very active in the Boy Scouts of America as a volunteer. He and Amy serve on the FFA Alumni Association as volunteers.
Mike states, “I wish to serve on the IDA Board to give back to the organization. I hope to contribute in a way that builds on the strong leadership that is already in place. I hope bringing fresh ideas to the table and having open dialog will help IDA continue to grow and serve other dealers and suppliers to be better ambassadors for our industry. I look forward to working with my peers to better myself, my company and our IDA!”
Randy Schmitt (Incumbent)
All Purpose Door Company, St. Louis, Missouri (Region 4)
Randy entered the door business in 1975 as a District Sales Manager for a major manufacturer. He has also worked for several door dealers in St. Louis before starting his own dealership in 1989. He purchased All Purpose Door in 2001 and still owns operates both Schmitt Door Company and All Purpose Door.
Randy has a bachelor’s degree in marketing along with professional development education pertaining to his door business. His wife, Joy, is a retired Registered Nurse. They have three boys, with the oldest operating a part-time business in his home town when he is not working as an automotive technician. When possible, Randy and Joy enjoy their summer weekends at the lake.
A member of the Men’s Club at his church, he also operated the sound board for all activities for 10 years. He has been on the IDA Board of Directors for the last three years, serving on the Membership & Affiliates, IDAExpo® (Co-Chairman in 2018), Technical & Education, and Strategic Planning Committees. He is also a director of the IDA Scholarship Foundation which in the fall 2017, exceeded $1,000,000 in scholarship awards since its founding.
Randy is also president of the Central States Door Dealer Association (CSDDA). CSDDA has almost 100 members consisting of both door dealers and manufacturers and suppliers. It also has Chapters in St. Louis, Central Illinois, Chicago and Milwaukee. Each one has several meetings each year to provide members education, industry information, and the opportunity to keep abreast of industry developments.
Randy states, “I volunteered to serve on the IDA Board of Directors three years ago, and have had the opportunity to become friends with and establish business relationships with fellow board members from around the world. I have been able to bring this information and knowledge to my fellow dealers in Region 4.”
He added, “Since my appointment to the co-chairman of the 2018 IDAExpo, I will be become the Chairman of the 2019 IDAExpo upon my re-election to the IDA Board. This will be the initial co-located IDAExpo with the American Fence Association (AFA). It will be held in Indianapolis in 2019, doubling the size of our current event, and will continue into 2020 and 2021. I’m asking for your support so that we will be able to carry out this major milestone in our industry. I’m thanking you for your support and I look forward to serving as your representative for another three years.”
Region 7 (Vote for 1)
Keith Moore (Incumbent)
Overhead Door Co. of Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Region 7)
Keith started his career in the garage door industry as a garage door trainee in 1985 for Over Door Service in Hattiesburg. In 1989, he co-founded Southern Door Company of Hattiesburg which became The Overhead Door Company of Hattiesburg in 1992. Following 12 years of successful growth, it became time to expand and Keith co-purchased a Clopay/Wayne Dalton dealership. In 2008, he co-founded The Overhead Door Company of Laurel, and in 2013, The Overhead Door Company of McComb was opened. In 2014, The Overhead Door Company of the Meridian Area and OHD of MS Gulf Coast were opened. Keith works out of the Hattiesburg office as General Manager and oversees the new expansion. Keith’s son Clint is Sales Manager for The Overhead Door Company of MS Gulf Coast.
Keith attends the New Zion Baptist Church where is serves as Treasurer and Young Adult Sunday School Leader. He also serves as a fire fighter in his local Fire Department. He and his wife, Missy, live in Petal, Mississippi, with their son, Chandler. They enjoy traveling in their RV and spoiling four grandchildren.
Keith is concluding his first 3-year term as an IDA director serving Region 7. As an IDA director his as served on the Membership and Affiliates Committee, IDAExpo Committee, and the Technology and Education Committee. He has also served as a director of the IDA Scholarship Foundation.
He states, “I have enjoyed serving the past 3 years as a Director. I am proud to say that I helped the IDA Regional Conferences again become a reality to serve the membership. I would like to continue to serve to see these continue and expand. I have enjoyed being able to in a small way give back to the industry that has been so good to me and my family.”
Magic City Door, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama (Region 7)
Joe worked as a Regional Sales Manager for Wayne-Dalton Corporation for 5 years, and currently owns Magic City Door in Birmingham. His company has served central Alabama since 1999. The firm sells and installs residential and commercial doors, operators, and dock equipment. Joe is the president and owner overseeing daily operations and the profitability of the corporation.
He serves on the Wayne-Dalton Dealer Council, and has been a member of the Birmingham City Sales Club for 17 years. The club was founded in 1936 and is heavily involved in local philanthropies include, the Wounded Warriors Project. He and his wife are active members of their church where he has served as a Deacon for 3 years. They currently teach a young married small group. In addition, they support local service ministries including Graces Kitchen, Know More About Orphans, and Open Hands Overflowing Hearts childhood cancer research.
Joe is a 1989 graduate from the University of Alabama Birmingham with a marketing degree. He and Amy have been married for 21 years and have 3 daughters ages 19, 17, and 12. His current hobbies and interests revolve around his family and their activities. They all love SEC football.
He states, “The door and operator industry has provided employment for me, and the employees of Magic City Door. Serving the IDA as a director would be an opportunity for me to give back to other door dealers and the door industry. Professionalism is one of our key values at Magic City Door. Being on the Board would be an opportunity for me to help develop this value within the door industry.”
Region 9 (Vote for 1)
Roy G. Bardowell, Jr.
Luxor Garage Door Service, Huntington Beach, California (Region 9)
Roy began his extensive tenure in the industry in 1973 with Automatic Doorman Inc., Patterson, New Jersey as a press operator. In 1978 he moved to Montreal, Canada assisting a friend with the creation of new commercial and residential door operator manufacturing business. In 1995, he was promoted to Production Supervisor, Lynx Industries. Later in his career, he did sales work for Manaras-Opera, and technical support for Micanan Systems. He later assisted in the start up of Guardian Door & Access Systems in Santa Fe Springs, California. Roy is a co-founder and co-owner of Luxor Garage Door Service with his son Roy III.
Roy has two year of mechanical engineering study at William Paterson University in New Jersey. He has been married to Lina for 37 years and they have two sons, Roy III and Jesse. He enjoys all wilderness activities.
Roy has an extensive volunteer service history. He has provided seminars and workshops at many IDAExpo and Regional Conferences/Shows such as CDI, CSDDA, and MIDODA. He was an Assistant Boy Scout Master in 2003. He is a member of the UL standard technical panel for the UL 325 standard. Roy has contributed articles for industry publications, and has been active with DASMA in the past.
He states, “I truly respect the IDA and the affiliates. I desire to have a role in its growth and development. Some have described me as the door operator guru and I would like to continue sharing my knowledge and door experience as a resource to all IDA members. As an IDA director, I believe this could be more easily accomplished.”
He added, “I would like to see the IDA expand its services and membership, and have a few ideas to get his accomplished. I personally will expand the role of director by considering myself as a representative for Region 9. This means keeping an open door policy for any California doorman and assisting them anyway possible. I will promote the IDA at every chance with a focus on growing the membership. I love being engaged and proactive in our industry, and as a director will endeavor to be a true IDA asset.”
Safe 'n Secure Garage Door Specialists, Inc. dba Besser Bros Garage Doors,
Santa Ana, California (Region 9)
Byron is the President/CEO of his company where he has maintained the position for the past 24 years. His responsibilities include the overall management of the business. He is extremely involved in the implementation of an integrated software program which will allow the firm to go paperless. In addition, he concentrates on marketing and sales constantly seeking ways to improve the business position within their current market.
Byron graduated high school in South Africa in 1984, and went on to earn a degree in Business and Financial management in 1988. He emigrated from South Africa in 1994, at which time he started Safe ‘n Secure Garage Door Specialists, Inc.
He and his wife Robyn have 5 children between them. His eldest daughter is a Probation Officer with the County of Los Angeles. His middle daughter will graduate from Cal Berkeley in May, and is youngest daughter is a high school senior. His stepdaughter will graduate from Alabama in May, and his stepson is a freshman at the University of San Diego. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and boating. The family loves to travel and take in new sights.
As a volunteer, Byron has coached kid’s softball and soccer for the past 15 years. He has supported many charities including donating doors to Shelter Homes and supporting the local fire and police departments.
Byron is an IDEA Accredited Dealers as well as an IDEA Sanctioned Trainer. He served 8 years on the CODA Board of which he was elected president for 2 consecutive terms. In addition, he served a 3 year term as a Director on the IDEA Board.
He states, “I feel that during the past 24 years I have gained a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge within our industry which I would like to share, and help contribute to the success of my fellow dealers. The Industry, although we have seen significant changes during the past decade including a recession which hurt a lot of dealers, has provided my family with a good quality of life and has opened many opportunities. My hope, if elected as a Director, is to be able to give back to the Industry that has been so supportive to me, allowing me to make a valuable contribution. I see this as an opportunity to give back.”
Frontier Pacific, Hayward, California (Region 9)
Brenton actually grew up in the garage door industry. His father and current business partner started his own garage door company when Benton was 9, and he has spent his entire life working with garage doors in a variety of ways. After many years working in the family business as an installer, salesman, and manager, he started his own business in 2006.
During the recession, Brenton moved to southern California and worked for IDA Dealer Vice President, Chuck Colton at Ontrac Garage Doors. In 2010, he took a sales position with Amarr/Entrematic working in sales and management roles until 2017. In January 2017, he returned to the dealer side of the industry partnering with his brother and father in what is now two garage door companies. One is based in Hayward, California and the other in Cedar City, Utah.
Brenton grew up in southern Utah where he gained a love for the outdoors. He enjoys almost anything that involves being outdoors and with nature. He mostly enjoys camping with his wife and 2 kids, and competitive sport shooting with his family. After getting married, he moved from Utah to southern California, where his wife previously lived, and then to northern California for work. Both he and his wife fell in love with the Bay Area and the great weather and availability of everything they could enjoy.
As a volunteer, Brenton served as a fire fighter/EMT with the Cedar City fire department, and was an inaugural member and Co-Chair of the IDA Young Professionals Network. He has served as an IDAExpo®session organizer and guest speaker. In addition, he has written articles for the International Door & Operator Industry
Brenton states, “I want to continue my service to our industry and hope that the experience I have gained over the years will help others be successful. I have experience as a door company business owner, as well as being an employee of a garage door manufacturer. I believe this will give me the ability to look at the many aspects of our industry and help make decisions that move it in a direction beneficial to all members.”
Industry Members (Vote for 4)
Blain St. Ama
Entrematic, Haslet, Texas (Industry Member)
Blain has spent the past 24 years with Amarr Garage Doors, now Entrematic. He has served in the following positions:
Service Manager, Texas Distribution Center Warehouse
General Manager, California Distribution Center Management
District Manager, Southwest Sales and operations - dealers and distribution centers
Regional Manager, Southwest Territory dealer sales management
Director National Accounts, Pro dealers and national retail partners
Director of Sales, Dealer Sales for US and Canada
He is currently serving as Senior Director of Sales and leads the day-to-day operations of the sales division. Blain works with Regional and Territory Sales Managers focusing on dealer needs and market strategies. He consults with dealer to improve local business opportunities and coordinates sales operations with all departments/divisions of the Company.
Blain and his wife Amy have been married 19 years and the have a daughter (17) and son (15). Amy is a school teacher. He received his MBA from Texas Christian University in 2017, and his BBA from Tarleton State University in 1991. He loves family sports as his son and daughter are heavily involved with high school volleyball, football, and baseball. He also spends time hunting wild hogs and whitetail deer with his son. Most of his free time is devoted to coaching youth sports, football and baseball.
Blain states, “I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the garage door industry for the past 24 years, growing professionally and personally. I am proud to be a part of our industry and look forward to serving on the IDA Board.”
He added, “It has been my good fortune to work with and learn from garage door professionals across North America. Listening to our dealers serves to increase our understanding of current and critical needs facing us today. I feel I can help expand programs that address those needs and contribute toward improving the professionalism of our industry which is vital to our future.”
Miller Edge, Inc., Jennersville, Pennsylvania (Industry Member)
Tim has worked in and around the door industry for the last 28 years. He began as an installer and service technician for the Overhead Door Company of Washington, DC, and then as a Vice President and later owner of a new door distributor. He is very familiar with all aspects of the garage door industry. He has been with Miller Edge for 20 years and serves as Vice President sharing his industry knowledge to the company’s service of the door industry.
Regarding his position with Miller Edge he states, “I look for opportunities to be creative, energetic, highly successful, and loving. I thrive when I am working on state of the art, forward thinking projects. I am excited by the idea that even though what I am working on today may be obsolete tomorrow; it doesn’t stop me. My work is cutting edge and fast paced. It is highly challenging, rewarding and never boring.”
Tim is a casual volunteer having done work with charities, church groups, sporting events, sports teams, school activities and home town events.
Married for 27 years, Tim has a 12 year old son. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Communications, he is also an IDEA Certified Door Dealer Consultant. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, outdoor activities, woodworking and golf.
He states, “When I was an Overhead Door dealer, I did not recognize the value of the IDA organization. I honestly thought it was a bunch of my competitors walking around a trade show. I did not take advantage of the networking opportunities with other like dealers, nor did I take advantage of the educational opportunities. I now understand the value that IDA offers, and I want to use that experience to further the IDA mission among the dealer base.”
David Dawdy (Incumbent)
Cornell Cookson, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania (Industry Member)
David actually got into the industry because he was willing to learn, could weld, and wasn’t afraid of heights. He is now completing 35 continuous years in the overhead door industry having served in many positions including installer, company salesman, factory sales representative, door company general manager, regional and national manufacturers’ sales manager, product development and improvement director, fire protection code and standards specialist, trainer, author and educator.
David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance from Kansas State University in 1982. His interests include Indian motorcycles, various shooting disciplines, hunting, soft and hard water fishing and occasionally golf. He has one son, Kristopher, who lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
He has served the industry in numerous ways including: IDAExpo speaker and seminar leader, IDEA Rolling Door Certification training at the IDAExpo and Regional events, DASMA Technical Committee member for rolling doors and windows, NFPA-101 Technical Committee member for life safety code, UL Standards Technical Committee member for standards development, and the International Code Council hearings advocate to fire protection development. He is completing his first 3-year term as an IDA Director and is serving on the following IDA Committees: Strategic Planning, Heritage & Nominating, Communications & Public Affairs, and the Technical & Education (Chairperson).
David is currently Director of Strategic Marketing; Fire and Life Safety for Cornell Cookson. He is responsible for new product research and development, fire and life safety code expertise, channel development, training, and strategic market positioning.
He states, “I started attending annual ‘conventions’ when our association name was the Door and Operator Dealers Association (DODA), and quickly realized the opportunity to learn as much as I could as fast as I could to become a more marketable employee. I didn’t know anything about our industry at the time, but I exploited these events as personal learning academies, and as my history demonstrates, it has returned great dividends.”
“The skills and the unexpected collection of mentors and close friends I gained along the way have certainly defined my career and greatly influenced my life. I believe in returning that experience to the association in whatever way it can be used to raise the bar of education and expertise. Volunteering my time and experience for those individuals serious about advancing their careers in this industry is what it is all about. I firmly believe that the greatest benefits of this association are education and fellowship, and the two go hand in hand perfectly. Always continue to learn, never forget how to weld, and don’t ever be afraid of heights.”
Clopay Building Products, Mason, Ohio (Industry Member)
Justin has 14+ years of experience with Clopay in Product Management. He is active with Clopay’s Dealer Advisory Board and has been a presenter at Clopay’s Leadership Conferences (CLC). In 2017, he was a presenter at the IDAExpo, and will present during the 2018 IDAExpo as well; “Connecting Buyers to the Right Garage Door”. He is a member of the DASMA Thermal Marketing Committee and has served as a Clopay spokesperson/garage door product and safety expert on national home improvement television and radio broadcast programs including: HGTV/DIY Network, “I Want That”, PBS “For your Home”, “At Home with Gary Sullivan”, and “On the house with the Carey Brothers”. He has worked with wind load code officials to help improve homeowner safety.
Currently Justin serves as Senior Product Manager for Clopay and is responsible for the performance and growth of the company’s residential garage door product line.
Justin received his BSBA Business Management degree and MBA from Xavier University. He is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Married to Sara with two boys, he enjoys running, listening to his son Colin and the Cincinnati Boy Choir perform, and cheering on his son Zach’s basketball team. He has served as a Cub Scout Den Leader for the past four years.
He states, “With my industry experience, I’ve seen the industry evolve and change to better meet customer’s needs. We are an industry that focuses on safety, from code compliance to product design. We are more professional than ever, with a focus on how to best provide customers value. Not only does this trend make me proud to be a part of it, but I’m committed to continuing the trend to make it even better.”
He added, “My work in the DASMA Thermal Marketing Committee is focused on how to most effectively communicate the benefits of garage doors in a fair way for all garage door manufacturers. My experience with building code officials has been focused on making safer homes and working to ensure that building inspectors understand the codes and enforce them effectively. My presentation at last year’s IDA Expo was designed to help dealers better meet customer needs and understand what’s important to them as homeowners. In short, this is my business, my profession, and I love what I do! I want to help, learn, elevate and grow the industry. Being a key contributor to IDA would be a great way to do just that. Thank you for your consideration!
ASO Safety Solutions, Inc., Rockaway, New Jersey (Industry Member)
Olaf entered the door and access systems industry in 2010, and received intense internal training from ASO for six months including hands on production. Following his training, Olaf was assigned sales responsibility for the U.S. market of the company. He joined the IDA in 2010 during the IDAExpo in Indianapolis. In 2011, he joined the DASMA Operators and Electronics Committee, and has served since 2014 as a voting member. In September 2014, Olaf became an accredited expert for the examination of automatic doors and gates by the BVT in Germany.
Olaf has 10 years of elementary/middle school and 3 years high school. He received a degree from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Germany following 3 years apprenticeship in wholesale and commerce.
He has 10 years sales experience for a technical wholesaler, and was Sales Manager for Kleenex in Europe for 4 years. Olaf was Head of Sales for Scandinavian’s biggest company, Maersk in DK for 4 years and served as CEO for a daughter company of the company for 8 years. He has served 7 years as Vice President and Head of Sales for ASO Safety Solutions.
Olaf is the produce father of 2 boys who live in middle Germany, and enjoys spending as much time as possible with them; they are his biggest hobby. He enjoys watching a good American movie such as “The Godfather”, and from time to time enjoys a relaxed round of golf. He claims not to have much roof left for other hobbies, and that he likes his job a lot. From the age of 12 until 28, he served as a lifeguard for the German Life Saving Association (DLRG), and also coached and trained a youth soccer team for 4 years.
He states, “I want to contribute to the good work the IDA Board is doing by sharing intensive international experience and the vast insight ASO has gained in general in 30+ years of experience worldwide safety markets. I my 8 years in the industry, I’ve always been treated very well by many different IDA officials. I have met great people and would really like to give back some of the outstanding support they have always offered me. I want to support the organization in any possible way.”
Martin Door Manufacturing, Draper, Utah (Industry Member)
Shawn started in the door industry in 1984 repairing roll formers, presses and maintaining other manufacturing equipment. He worked in the parts department and eventually moved into National Sales. He then worked for a garage door dealer and next joined Northwest Door by opening their first distribution center in Salt Lake City. After four years, Shaun moved to Southern California to open a Northwest Door garage door distribution center. He then returned to Salt Lake City as National Sales Manager for Martin Door. After 15 years, he joined Amarr Door as Sales Manager with a territory including Northern California, Northern Nevada, Idaho and Utah. He returned to Martin Door as Vice President of Sales in 2015, and is responsible for all sales, the sales team, and customer service and marketing.
Shaun is a former IDA director and served on several committees for three years. He previously served on the Board of the South Mountain Home Owners Association which sets standards and protocols for homeowners in a new development.
Engaged to be married on June 14, 2018, he and Christi have 5 children ages 23, 19, 18 year old twins, and a 16 year old. All children’s names begin with an “M”. They have three dogs. As he states, “Our house is either buzzing or barking.”
Shaun is an avid University of Utah football fan, and tries to attend all home games. He and Christi enjoy traveling with their ‘craziest trip’ being attending a Jimmy Buffett concert in Paris, France.
He states, “I left the garage door industry for a very brief time. While I was gone, I realized how much I missed the people and the garage door business. I love what I do and am a strong advocate for promoting our industry.”
Sunwood Doors, Los Angeles, California (Industry Member)
Debbie is Vice President Operations of Sunwood Doors, Inc., Los Angeles, California. The company manufactures wood sectional garage doors, one piece doors, entry doors, and gates. She has held the position since 2001, and is responsible for overseeing sales, purchasing, accounting and human relations.
She received a BA in Business from California State University Fullerton. She has been married to a garage door dealer for 28 years and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also likes to travel, garden, read, work on DIY Projects, and watch historical biographies.
Debbie was a director of the California Operator & Door Association (CODA) in 2010, and served as treasurer from 2011 to 2014, and president from 2015 to 2016.
She states, “I would like to serve on the IDA Board because I believe in our industry. I have seen many changes in the industry during the years. IDA evolves with those changes and I believe serving on the IDA Board is a good way to stay current on changes in our industry and give back at the same time. IDA and CODA have helped me make valuable connections and friendships that have helped grow our business.”
Windsor Door, Little Rock, Arkansas (Industry Member)
Hans began his career in the industry working in field sales for a door installation business founded by his family in Texas. He has progressed through their organization and in 2011 he assisted in his family’s acquisition of Windsor Door and currently serves as the company’s Vice President of Sales. He sits on the Executive Committee of the firm and is involved in major decisions regarding product development, growth initiatives, new business development, finance, and general management.
Hans is married and he and his wife, Sarah, are the proud parents of two children. He received a B.S. degree from Missouri Valley College and a M.A. degree from Lindenwood University. His current volunteer service includes serving on the Board of Trustees of Missouri Valley College, a chapter advisor for Alpha Sigma Phi, and various committees of the Dallas Builders Association. Hans is a USA Cycling elite level competitive cyclist, and enjoys running, reading, travel, and family.
When asked why he wishes to serve on the IDA Board, he responded, “I believe that a strong association can be a key facilitator in the general success of our industry. I also believe our industry is at a point where it is of utmost importance to foster the development of the next generation of leaders. The IDA can play a role in recognizing these leaders, promoting collaboration, and solidifying our place as a strong and vibrant Industry.”
“I plan to be an active member of the Board who represents the needs of our members, if elected,” he added.