Date: 6 December 2022
The Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council (AGMCC) announced six new members of its board: Dana Landis, PE, Building Enclosure Consultant and Architectural Engineer with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. and President of the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants; Michael Laughlin, Executive at Large of District Council 21, Representative of Glaziers Local Union 252, and President of the Atlantic and Cape May County (N.J.) Building Trades Council; Patrick McIntyre, CEO of Synergy Glass & Door Service of Collingdale, Pa.; Jeremy McLain, Vice President of Operations with Chandler Architectural Products of West Springfield, Mass.; Kyle Sharp, CEO of Sharp Glass of San Antonio, Texas; and Mike Villeneuve, professional glazier based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
AGMCC and its board oversee the North American Contractor Certification (NACC) and Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) programs. The AGMCC board is an 18-member panel that provides an equally balanced voice from the glazing industry and stakeholders. Members include 50 percent representation from glazing contractors and glaziers; the remaining 50 percent includes general contractors, architects, component manufactures, curtainwall consultants, specifiers, and other glazing project stakeholders. Members are elected to serve a two-year term.
Landis represents design and construction industry interests. Laughlin, McIntyre, McLain, Sharp, and Villeneuve represent glazing interests on the board. The six replace founding AGMCC board members Jim Stathopoulos, Paddy Byrne, Terry Webb, Joseph Ashdale, Felix Munson, and Michael Spence, whose terms have expired.
New board member McIntyre explained his decision to join the AGMCC board. “I bring a dual perspective. My background includes the knowledge of a glazier in the field understanding the hands-on requirements for installations. I’ve also built my company and understand how to run a business. Both perspectives are important to shape the NACC and AGMT certification programs – and ideally help them lead to more work for certified companies and individuals.”
Villeneuve will bring a Canadian perspective to the board. “I’m hoping to bring helpful input in future decision-making as AGMCC hopes to expand the AGMT certification in Canada.”
McLain added that he was heavily involved in the certification process for Chandler Architectural Products and sees NACC as a vital operational exercise. “I want to help the NACC and AGMT programs to become more user friendly. I also want to expand awareness to other glazing contractors, construction managers, owners, and architects to make them recognize the benefits of certified installer companies and employees.”
The new members bring both insights and ideas to the role. For example, Sharp has expressed interest in evaluating the potential for different levels of individual certification aimed at less experienced glaziers as they work up to the current five-year requirement for AGMT certification. “I want to give input and help the NACC and AGMT programs keep going and growing.”