President & CEO & CFO
Ray Leonhard is a CPA with more than thirty years of professional experience. In January 2014, he was appointed to serve as BIA’s President and CEO, in addition to maintaining his previous role as CFO which he began in 2007. In these roles he will work with the staff and the Board of Directors to oversee the strategic vision of the association as a whole. Ray began his career as a senior auditor with Deloitte and later worked as a senior bank examiner. He has more than 25 years of not-for-profit and association experience.
COO & VP, Marketing
As Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Sears leads BIA’s marketing and communication programs and member services. He also heads up the Midwest/Northeast Region and will help establish new local brick councils in key markets around the country. Before he began his career at BIA in 2004, Stephen spent several years in advertising account management and served as a political appointee under President George H.W. Bush. He graduated with a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University and holds a B.A. in Politics from Washington & Lee University.
Sandy Speer is Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and has been with the Brick Industry Association for more than 15 years. Having started in the Marketing Department, she is now assisting her fourth BIA president with board and council communications, meeting attendance coordination, administration of the Lifetime Achievement Award program, and the Brick PAC for a Strong America, among many others. Sandy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University.
Judy Grandinetti has worked for BIA since 2007. As Accounting Manager, she is responsible for recording and processing accounts payable and receivable, overseeing employee payroll, and developing monthly financial statements for national headquarters as well as all the regions. She enjoys the diversity of her job and working with the great staff at BIA.
Engineering & Research
Charles B. "Chip" Clark, Jr., AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C
VP, Engineering Services
As Vice President of Engineering Services, Chip Clark manages the Engineering and Research department. Their activities include writing technical documents, building code activities, research, and review of projects, drawings, and specifications. Chip is a Registered Architect in MD and a licensed Professional Engineer in VA. He is a member of the AIA, a member of the Masonry Society and its ASTM E-5 Committee, an associate member of the Masonry Standards Joint Committee, and is secretary of the Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a structural concentration from the University of Maryland.
Environment, Health & Safety
VP, Environment, Health & Safety
Susan Miller has been BIA’s Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety since 2008. Previous to coming to BIA, Susan spent more than 20 years as an environmental consultant to both the EPA and industries impacted by EPA and state regulations. The EH&S department works with industry members on issues such as rule development, rule implementation, and compliance issues related to rules under development or already in place from EPA, OSHA, and MSHA. Susan has a Chemical Engineering degree from N.C. State University.
Regulatory Specialist, Environment, Health & Safety
Paul Regina is BIA’s Regulatory Specialist and has worked for BIA since 2012. He assists members in obtaining data and information on issues related to EH&S regulations, as well as providing information and support to our lobbying consultant on EH&S issues. The EH&S department works with industry members on issues such as rule development, rule implementation and compliance issues related to rules under development or already in place from EPA, OSHA, and MSHA. Paul has a History Education degree from Millersville University.
Director, Program Operations & Technology
Trish Mauer has been working with BIA since 2005 and currently serves as the Director of Program Operations and Technology. She is the main resource for all issues relating to membership, meetings, online education, the Brick in Architecture Awards Program, Brick University, and the monthly Production and Shipment Reports. Trish attended Indiana University for two years and finished her undergraduate degree in Marketing at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.
BIA Heartland Region
Aaron Steele, AICP
Aaron Steele has worked in the brick industry since 2005, first as a Community Planner and currently as Executive Director of the Heartland Region. He leads the region’s education and promotion efforts, including its program of community planning outreach. Aaron has worked for and with local governments as a planner since 1997 and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2002. He holds a B.S. degree in Community and Regional Planning and an MBA, both from Iowa State University, and he serves on the Story County (Iowa) Planning and Zoning Commission.
BIA Midwest/Northeast Region
Shannon has been a Community Planner for BIA for more than six years. She educates urban planners and elected officials in the Midwest on the benefits that clay brick has for communities. Shannon has more than 13 years experience working with local government agencies, and she also speaks at local conferences throughout the year on topics such as resiliency and sustainability. Shannon has a masters degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Leroy Danforth, Jr., PE, LEED AP
Senior Manager, Architectural Programs
As Senior Manager of Architectural Programs, Leroy Danforth has been with the BIA since 1999. His primary responsibilities include writing and editing Technical Notes, answering technical inquiries, and conducting seminars in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. He has previously worked in Chicago to serve architects and engineers in the western portion of MNR. Leroy is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia. He also received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and his Master of Science in Construction Engineering from the Catholic University of America.
Director, Marketing Services
As Director of Marketing Services, Kelly Ewell is responsible for the marketing and communications efforts for the Midwest/Northeast Region. Her other primary responsibilities included managing the marketing activities of 11 local brick distributor councils, creating Brick In Architecture, and maintaining the BIA website. Kelly graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Business Administration and has been working with BIA since 2004.
Brian Trimble, CDT, PE, LEED AP, FASTM
VP, Engineering Services & Architectural Outreach
As Regional Vice President of Engineering Services & Architectural Outreach, Brian Trimble has more than 25 years of experience in the masonry industry assisting design professionals in the design of brick and masonry structures. Brian started his career with a brick manufacturer and worked for four years with the International Masonry Institute before coming to BIA. He is a frequent lecturer to construction industry groups and has authored many articles and papers on masonry subjects.
BIA Southeast Region
Rick Baxley, PE
Regional Engineering Manager
Rick Baxley joined the brick industry in 2015 and serves as Regional Engineering Manager. He provides technical expertise to members of the South East Region, with a focus on North and South Carolina. His key responsibilities include delivery of educational programs to the architectural and building community, conducting job site inspections and problem analysis, and representing the brick industry at various code and industry meetings. Rick has 20 years of structural engineering design experience with wood framing, cold-formed steel framing, structural steel, concrete, and masonry.
Glen Clapper, AIA
Architectural Services Manager
Glen Clapper joined the brick industry in 2001 and serves as Architectural Services Manager. He has more than 25 years experience with design and construction, and he speaks regularly to architects, building officials, homebuilders, contractors, and inspectors on the benefits and use of brick. Glen also represents BIA at building code hearings and ASTM committee meetings. He holds a B.S. in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois and is also a Registered Architect. Glen is a member of AIA, ASTM, the Masonry Society, and the Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards.
Technical Services Manager
Bryan Light joined BIA in October 1999 and works as its Technical Services Manager. He has been in the masonry industry since 1964, became a master mason in 1970, and a mason contractor in 1974. Bryan is Chairman of the National SkillsUSA Technical Committee and runs their contest for masonry students each year in Kansas City. He also sits on the Masonry Association of Georgia Apprenticeship Committee and is on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation and the Masonry Association of Florida.