About BIA

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) is the national trade association representing distributors and manufacturers of clay brick and suppliers of related products and services. Since its founding in 1934, the association has been the nationally recognized authority on clay brick construction.

BIA provides a broad range of programs and services that fulfill its mission of promoting and safeguarding the clay brick industry. BIA promotes the industry through education programs like online training classes; market research including production, shipment and other data; publications such as Technical Notes on Brick Construction, Brick in Architecture and Builder Notes; and promotional programs such as public relations, advertising and a national architectural awards competition. BIA safeguards the industry through comprehensive advocacy and compliance efforts at the federal and state levels; representation in all model building code forums and national standards committees; and local advocacy programs that educate local planning and elected officials about clay brick.

BIA National is comprised of select geographic regions and several local councils. Learn more about BIA Regions and Councils.

Programs & Services

Brick in Architecture Awards

Every year the brick industry conducts a national competition to select and showcase the best examples of the use of brick in architecture. The competition is done in conjunction with the editors of Architect magazine, who convene a panel of architects for the judging. The winners are featured in an issue of Brick in Architecture and in the Brick Gallery . Learn more about our Awards Competition.

Clay Brick Industry Information

BIA is the source for everything related to the clay brick industry.  


Research & Engineering Services

BIA provides technical support services to members and users of brick. More than 5,000 requests for such assistance are handled annually.  Find more information in our Technical Resources. If you have a technical question, contact us.

Environmental Health & Safety Activities

BIA monitors EPA and OSHA regulations, among others, and assists members with regulatory compliance and enforcement. Learn more about Environment, Health and Safety.

Advocacy Activities

BIA represents the legislative and regulatory interests of the membership on Capitol Hill, at the White House, with Executive Branch departments, and federal agencies. BIA represents the industry in all model building code forums and on national standards committees, protecting member interests and transferring technological developments in masonry into codes and standards. Find more information on our Advocacy Activities.

Research Activities

BIA, in conjunction with masonry groups and universities, investigates brick and brickwork properties for use in advancing brick masonry technology and expanding markets. Find more information about our Research Activities.

Paving and Hardscapes

BIA actively promotes the use of genuine clay brick pavers, with marketing in professional journals such as the Journal of Landscape Architecture and in trade publications such as Custom Home magazine. Click Here for more information.

Technical Literature

BIA's Technical Notes on Brick Construction, E&R Digests, computer programs, and an extensive array of design and construction guides are developed to assist designers and promote the use of brick masonry. The Technical Notes are the most popular pages on BIA's website, delivering design, detailing and construction information developments in brick masonry to over 80,000 visitors each month.  View Our Technical Literature.

BIA Staff

Ray Leonhard 2014 - low resRay Leonhard
President, CEO & CFO

Ray Leonhard is a CPA with more than 30 years of professional experience. In January 2014, he was appointed to serve as BIA’s President & CEO, in addition to maintaining his previous role as CFO, which he began in 2007. In these roles he works 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.

Stephen Sears 2014 - low resStephen Sears
COO & VP, Marketing

As Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Sears leads BIA’s marketing and communication programs and member services.  He also heads up the Southeast 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.

Joe Casper 2 (002)  Joseph Casper
Sr. VP Government & regulatory Affairs

  Joseph Casper, a long-time Washington, DC-based government relations      executive has returned to BIA to head up a bolstered Government and Regulatory  Affairs effort. He came from the National Stone, Sand and Gravel (aggregates) Association, where he successfully argued for significant changes in proposed Department of Labor (DoL) rules.  This work resulted in tens of millions of dollars in cost savings for aggregates producers during both the Obama and Trump Administrations. Joe began his career in the Reagan and first Bush Administrations, and successfully worked in 2016-17 on behalf of senior-level appointments of key DoL officials. Casper earlier worked at BIA from 2003-08, and established a staff capability in regulatory and government affairs, e.g., the formation of Brick PAC. Joe is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned a Master’s in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University.

Lisa Cyphers

Executive Assistant

Lisa started with BIA in September 2016 as Executive Assistant to the President/CEO. Her prior experience includes eight years with a promotional products company and five years as an office manager in a medical practice. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She assists in preparation for BIA meetings, aids members with account registrations, and AIA presentation credits and registration.

Judy Grandinetti 2014 - low resJudy Grandinetti
Accounting Manager

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. Judy received her BS in Accounting from The University of Scranton. She enjoys the diversity of her job and working with the great staff at BIA.

Chip Clark 2014 - low resCharles "Chip" Clark, Jr., AIA, PE, LEED AP
VP, Engineering Services

As Vice President of Engineering Services, Chip Clark manages the Engineering and Research department. The department's 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.

Zach BookerZach Booker, EIT

Zach Booker is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. His primary duties include responding to technical questions and researching and developing technical documents. Prior to working at BIA, he interned at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, where he assisted Metrorail in regard to maintenance and flood resiliency issues.

fried_cortney (003)Cortney Fried, PE
Managing Senior Engineer

Cortney Fried is involved in researching and writing technical documents, researching brick systems, and building code and standard advocacy. She assists in managing the Engineering and Research Department. Cortney earned her Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering from Stanford University. Prior to joining BIA, she worked as a managing engineer with a prominent national forensic engineering firm for many years, directing teams investigating various types of architectural and structural problems in existing buildings,with a focus on a broad range of masonry types, ranging from historic brick mass masonry to modern brick cavity and veneer wall construction.

Trish Mauer 2014Tricia Mauer
Vice President, Membership & Programs

Trish Mauer has been working with BIA since 2005 and currently serves as the VP of Membership & Programs. 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. She is the staff Liaison for the Sales, Education & Training Committee as well as the Southeast Forum Committee. Trish attended Indiana University for two years and finished her undergraduate degree in Marketing at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.

Shannon Armstrong - low resShannon Armstrong
Community Planner

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 Master's degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

BIA Southeast Region

Glen Clapper 2014 - low resGlen 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 Bachelor of Science 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.

Bryan Light 2014 - low resBryan Light
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, and became a master mason in 1970 and a mason contractor in 1974. Bryan is Chairman of the National Education 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.