About the Foundation

Awareness + Education = Advocacy

The Foundation’s mission is to promote secure and safe openings that enhance life safety through awareness and education to the building design, code authority, and facility management communities. A primary objective within this mission is to support the annual fire/egress door inspection initiative by creating awareness of this important update to the NFPA 80 and 101 standards, and their inclusion in the International Building Code and International Fire Code. Through our educational efforts we help stakeholders understand the code implications and complexity of the products and applications.

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Create awareness of the critical role the architectural openings industry plays in achieving and maintaining the balance between life safety and security.

This balance begins with technical expertise of the proper product applications and code compliance during initial construction, continuing throughout the building’s life cycle with ongoing maintenance, upgrades, inspections, and remediation.


Provide education on basic architectural opening products and applications to better understand the importance of fire and egress door assemblies within a building.

This basic understanding places an emphasis on the code-mandated requirements of maintenance and inspection of fire and egress door assemblies.


Conduct research on key issues of interest in the areas of life safety and security involving doors and hardware, providing these key stakeholders audiences, as well as the general public, access to that research.

Through our relationship with the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI), we utilize resources of considerable experience and expertise to conduct these outreach activities in the building construction community, thereby ensuring that the critical balance of life safety and security is maintained within architectural openings that serve the general public.

 The design community, code officials, and facility managers rely on the advice and expertise of a door and hardware consultant to keep them current on standards and technology as it pertains to safety and security. These current standards and technology need to offer the best possible combination of fire protection and security.

With continued support for the Foundation, it is our hope that we can continue to reach out to all types of organizations and individuals that have an interest in maintaining the integrity of the safety and security of every door opening across the country.

Board of Trustees

John W. Manes, DAHC/EHC, FDHI
Spalding Hardware Systems
Calgary, AB


Ralph Vasami, ESQ
Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association
New York, NY 10017-6603

Gerald S. Heppes, SR., CAE
DHI Chief Executive Officer
Chantilly, VA 20151

Mark Hallgren, AHC, FDHI
The Hallgren Company
Lubbock, TX 79424

DHI Board of Governors Liaison
Mark J. Berger
Securitech Group, Inc.
Maspeth, NY 11378

Richard J. Barnhard, DAHC/CDC, FDHI
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Dale P. Garrett, DAHC, FDAI, FDHI
Contract Hardware, Inc.
Bothell, WA 98011

Charles R. Hummel, FDHI
Cook & Boardman, Inc.
Winston Salem, NC 27104

Jay Manzo, CPA
H & G/Schultz Door
Saint Louis, MO 63146-3526

Scott A. Sabatini, DAOC, FDAI, CCPR, FDHI
Door + Hardware Consultants
Oxnard, CA 93035

Charles J. Strauss
Matthews, NC 28105

Timothy T. Taylor, AIA
Washington, DC 20006

Mailing Address:
Door Security & Safety Foundation
14150 Newbrook Drive
Suite 200
Chantilly, VA 20151

Phone: 703.222.2655
Fax: 703.222.2410
Email: info@doorsecuritysafety.org

Foundation Staff

Jerry Heppes, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Direct: 703.766.7010

Stephen R. Hildebrand, FDHI
Executive Vice President

Direct: 717.368.6359

Sharon Newport
Vice President of Operations

Direct: 703.766.7009

Paul Baillargeon, AHC, FDAI
Vice President, Technical Consulting
Direct: 703.261.3002

Cathy Cohen
Executive Assistant
Direct: 703.222.2655

Allied Organizations

Allied organizations of the Door Security & Safety Foundation.