Keynote Speakers

This year’s Annual Conference features an impressive line-up of keynote and featured speakers.


Members’ Luncheon | Tuesday, Sept. 12 – The keynote speaker for this year’s Members’ Luncheon will be the only two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Trophy, Archie Griffin. A three-time All-American, he is included in the NCAA’s 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes and is a member of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame board of directors. In 2014 Griffin was honored as All-Century Player by the Tournament of Roses Association, in celebration of the 100th anniversary Rose Bowl game. Griffin played in four consecutive Rose Bowl games under legendary coach Woody Hayes. He was also a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals, where he served as co-captain and played for seven years.

Legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes famously said of Archie Griffin, “He’s a better young man than he is a football player, and he's the best football player I've ever seen.” Photos: Ohio State University Archives

Archie Griffin is now The Ohio State University’s senior advisor for Advancement after serving for 11 years as the president/chief executive officer of the Alumni Association (OSUAA). During his time as OSUAA president/CEO, Griffin worked to make it possible for all alumni to stay connected to Ohio State and strengthen the status of the university.

Following the luncheon, don't miss Archie’s Meet & Greet.

Featured Speakers

Global Connections Day | Wednesday, Sept. 13Mr. Paul Rivers will address the topic of the Morning Session “Building and Fire codes, Fire Protection and Safety around the world: Fire regulation solutions for developing countries” He is a research Senior Fire Protection Specialist at 3M Company. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, Paul has over 40 years in the fire protection industry, working in fire insurance, fire protection consulting and fire sprinkler contracting for 15 years and has over the past 26 years worked in 3M laboratories in product development with a focus on fire protection solutions for critical assets. Mr. Rivers is President of the Board of Directors for SFPE International.

Global Connections Day | Wednesday, Sept. 13 – In the afternoon, “Global Economic Trends and Business Practices” will highlight a keynote economic presentation by Mr. Dante Amato, Strategic Account Manager at Metrostudy, the leading provider of primary and secondary market information to the housing and residential construction industry. Also, a panel of Building Safety Service Providers from the U.S. and abroad will compare domestic and international trends in helping governmental jurisdictions to advance the Code Council mission of creating safe, sustainable and resilient buildings and communities.

Global Connections Day | Wednesday, Sept. 13Lori Parris, Deputy Director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs in Washington, DC, will moderate a business panel discussion on the topic of Third Party Providers in the building sector. The panel will be comprised of Building Safety Professionals from varying international and domestic perspectives of the building safety industry and will cover the current and future trends on the built environment.

Solar Training | Wednesday, Sept. 13 – A special Solar Training event has been added to complement your conference experience. Jerry Henderson, currently an inspector for NYSERDA/NY Sun with the Cadmus Group, has written advisories, authored code change proposals, worked developing installation standards and permitting processes, served as a technical advisor and industry representative on codes and standards committees, and developed and delivered trainings since 1992. His 25+ years of experience as an installation contactor provides a platform from which to discuss code, design, and installation requirements at several different levels and adds a great depth of experience in real world applications.

Jerry’s solar experience has also spanned more than 25 years, starting with the rehab of residential & commercial solar water heating systems installed in the 1970s & ‘80s up to today with the design of new systems, the integration of solar thermal and PV systems into existing buildings & processes, and installations on new structures. A professional solar inspector since 2007, he has reviewed system designs and completed on-site inspections of thousands of solar PV and thermal systems ranging from small residential to mega-watt and mega-BTU in size.