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.
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.
Advocating for the importance of using certified, credentialed professionals with the experience to create the balance between life safety and security in the non-residential door and hardware industry.
Advocating for issues that impact the life safety of building occupants, such as school classroom temporary door locking devices and annual fire door inspections in healthcare
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
GERALD S. HEPPES, SR., CAE
DHI Chief Executive Officer
JAY MANZO, CPA
H & G/Schultz Door
Saint Louis, MO
DAVE BAKER (2015-16)
STACEY M. CALLAHAN (2015-18)
ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions
New Haven, CT
DALE P. GARRETT, DAHC,FDAI,FDHI (2015-18)
Contract Hardware, Inc.
CHARLES R. HUMMEL, FDHI (2015-16)
Cook & Boardman, Inc.
Winston Salem, NC
IRA R. HYMOWITZ, AHC, FDAI (2015-18)
Weinstein and Holtzman, Inc.
New York, NY
RICK LIDDELL, FDHI (2015-18)
Dakota Dunes, SD
JAY PHILLIPS (2015-16)
JAMES R. TARTRE, CDC, FDHI
JAMES JEFFERY WHERRY (2015-18)
Steel Door Institute
MARK WILSON, AHC (2015-16)
Allegion Canada Inc
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
MARK HALLGREN, AHC, FDHI
The Hallgren Company
Jerry Heppes, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Stephen R. Hildebrand, FDHI
Executive Vice President
Vice President of Operations
Paul Baillargeon, AHC, FDAI
Vice President, Technical Consulting
Allied OrganizationsAllied organizations of the Door Security & Safety Foundation.