Expanded Instructor Biographies

John M. Gibson, Jr., M.C.P., C.B.O., C.F.M.
International Code Council

John Gibson is a Technical Advisor and Instructor for the International Code Council (ICC). A certified Master Code Professional, Certified Building Official and Certified Fire Marshal; he has forty (40) other certifications, including thirty-three (33) from the ICC.

Having earned a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Delaware, John has also studied Architecture at Georgia Tech and completed courses in Emergency Management and Fire Prevention at the National Emergency Training Center. Formerly the Director of the Department of Permits and Inspections for Frederick County Maryland, he is an ICC Honorary Member, has served on the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Board of Directors, the ICC Code Correlating Committee, the Board of Directors for BOCA International, Inc., Maryland’s Governor’s Smart Code Strategy Group, Chaired the ICC Board for International Professional Standards and is an Honorary Member and Past President of the Maryland Building Officials Association.

John is a nationally recognized building safety professional who is also a contract instructor at the Dept. of Homeland Security, and at the National Fire Academy. He received the ICC Educator of the Year award in 2010.

John is teaching during Track 3: Inspection Certification


William H. (Bill) Hudson, C.B.O., M.C.P.
Building Official for the Village of Oak Brook, IL

Bill has a broad base of experience as facilities manager, general contractor, inspector, housing rehabilitation specialist, plan reviewer, building official, author, and code instructor. In addition to his regular duties which involve the day-to-day application of the building and fire codes, Bill has had the privilege of working on ICC energy code training in the 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012 as curriculum developer, subject matter expert, technical reviewer, and instructor. As an instructor, Bill has had the opportunity to teach both in the United States and internationally on a wide variety of topics that include Energy/Sustainability, IRC/IBC Updates, Property Maintenance, Mixed Use, Special Use and Occupancy, Fire Resistance Rated Assemblies, Disaster Response and Administrative issues. Bill is the author of the IECC portion of Significant Changes to the International Energy Conservation Code and ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, 2012 Edition.

In addition, Bill is a past president of Suburban Building Officials Conference (SBOC)—his local ICC chapter, and state of California certified Safety Assessor. Bill currently serves on four U.L. Standards Technical Panels, and as a Building Codes Advisory Commissioner for Oak Park, IL.

Bill has also served as a FEMA habitability inspector/field supervisor, a resource consultant on environmental issues and participated in the development and implementation of community emergency/disaster plans.

Bill is teaching during Track 3: Inspection Certification


Sandra Hyde, P.E.
International Code Council

Sandra Hyde is the Senior Staff Engineer with the ICC Product Development Group where she develops, authors and reviews technical resources related to the structural provisions of the codes. Sandra has authored many publications and training manuals including the structural parts of the IBC and IRC Significant Changes. She has experience in manufacturing and research in engineered wood products.

With a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering, Sandra is a licensed Engineer in California and Idaho and is an active member of the engineering and building official Associations.

Sandra is teaching during Track 2: Building Safety


Tracy L Lendi, PhD., MBA
International Code Council

Tracy L. Lendi came to the International Code Council in November of 2015. Prior to her arrival she worked with SP+ Corporation for ten years and served as the Director of Training and Development. She holds a PhD from Capella University in the field Adult Education with a focus on Instructional Design for Online Learning. Dr. Lendi’s dissertation entitled, “Engaging Online Learners by Integrating Emotional Intelligence into Online Course Design” focused on extracting various components of Emotional Intelligence and identifying techniques to integrate the theory into online course design. Dr. Lendi’s first Masters degree was received in 1993 from Roosevelt University in the field of Training and Development, while her MBA was completed in September of 2016. Her undergraduate degree in Corporate and Professional Communications was earned from Aurora University in 1988. In 2008 Dr. Lendi was the recipient of Training magazine’s Young Trainer of the Year Award and received the Award of Excellence by the National Association of Professional Women in 2010.

Tracy is teaching during Track 1: Leadership


Ronald L. Lynn, CBO
Retired, Director/Building & Fire Official
Clark County Department of Building & Fire Prevention

Ronald L. Lynn, Director/Building & Fire Official, Retired, was with the Clark County Department of Building & Fire Prevention since February 1981. Mr. Lynn frequently lectures on a variety of topics, including department administration, legal aspects of building codes, finance and management, building codes, building performance standards, and construction issues. Ron Lynn was hired as the Director of Operations in August 2016 where he oversees special projects for the Board. He previously served 35 years as Director/Official of the Clark County Department of Building and Fire Prevention where he managed matters of department administration, legal aspects of building codes, finance and management, building codes, building performance standards, and construction issues. Lynn’s affiliations and achievements during his career have been noticed and recognized at all levels of government as well as internationally.

Mr. Lynn’s professional appointments and alliances range from local to international. He is Past President of the Board of Directors of the International Code Council (ICC), served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Accreditation Service, and is currently on the Board of Managers for the International Evaluation Services. Additionally, he serves as Chairman for the following organizations: McCarran Airport Hazards Area Board of Adjustment; Nevada Earthquake Safety Council; and the Western States Seismic Policy Council’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction Committee. He is also a member of the Nevada State Hazard Mitigation Planning Steering Committee, and the Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology Advisory Committee. Mr. Lynn has also been appointed to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Federal Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) by the National Institute of Standards & Technology. In addition, the congressionally established National Institute of Building Science has appointed him to the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC).

In 2009, Mr. Lynn was recognized by the United States Congress for his contributions in building safety. In 2010, he received the Senatorial Commendation for his commitment to building safety, energy conservation, and emergency response. Further the Governor of Kentucky bestowed upon him the title of Kentucky Colonel for his continuing commitment to the built environment; and the Governor of Nevada declared December 9th as Ronald L. Lynn Day. In 2014, he was honored to receive the Community Achievement Award by the Asian American Group (AAG), the Government Person of the Year Award by the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and the 2014 Western States Seismic Policy Council Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, he received the International Code Council’s highest award, the prestigious Bobby J. Fowler Award for his career of leadership in the building safety industry to achieve a safer built environment. The Clark County Commission proclaimed August 2, 2016 as Ronald L. Lynn Day for his many contributions to Clark County and the State of Nevada. Ron retired August 5, 2016, as Director/Building & Fire Official in Clark County, Nevada.

Ron is teaching during Track 1: Leadership


David Rabiner

Since 1993, David Rabiner has helped audiences become better leaders, perform at a higher level, and create stronger teams and organizations. His programs are fun, substantive, and have practical application. Audiences relate to David’s common-sense approach and real-world examples. In the end, they are motivated to change and they know how to do it – the hallmark of speaking excellence. Averaging over 90 programs each year, inclusive of 46 states and 12 countries, David is one of the most experienced speakers in America. In 2003, he earned the coveted Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, an honor awarded to a small percentage of speakers worldwide.

David is a graduate of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. He combines subject-matter expertise with a gift for humor and story-telling to create a unique and memorable learning experience. Audiences leave knowing what to do, how to do it, and motivated to take action.

In David’s Own Words
“As far as my own background, I have been a student of leadership, influence, and organizational development/dynamics for as long as I can remember, and I have been speaking professionally for almost 25 years. To date, I have done more than 2,100 presentations in 12 countries and 46 states. Prior to that, I worked in public administration at the local government level, serving as the executive assistant for a City Commissioner and then Director of General Services for the City of Portland. I therefore understand the unique leadership challenges public officials, including building officials, face in doing their jobs. As a speaker, I have presented over 700 presentations to government agencies, departments, and associations. I also work extensively in leadership development with construction companies and associations. My programs are fast-paced, compelling, and funny. You can expect my program to be both educational and highly interactive. Most important, the attendees will learn quickly that I definitely understand them, their jobs, and their challenges.”


  • LEADERSHIP: Looks beyond the transactional nature of management to the transformational nature of leadership.
  • INFLUENCE: Explores the small, powerful acts of personal leadership that move people to think differently and take action.
  • PEAK PERFORMANCE: Lays out the principles of peak performance and how to turn those qualities into personal virtues.


  • ENGAGING: “Fabulous content, fabulous delivery, fabulous style, hugely engaging.” Erin Hubert, Entercom Communications
  • HIGH-IMPACT: “David helped the 1,000 technologists learn powerful tools to stay focused, lower stress, and enjoy their work. He was a tremendous hit.” Ellen Lipman, American Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • FUNNY: “He was stupendous! They loved him and his humor. I'm sure he'll have numerous calls for his services.” Kaye Braaten, Past President, National Association of Counties

David is teaching during Track 1: Leadership


James T. Ryan, C.B.O.
Overland Park, Kansas Building Safety Division

James T. Ryan is a graduate of Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Technology and Management and serves on the board of directors of the United States National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). He has previously served as a Board Member for the ICC and is currently the Codes Administrator for the City of Overland Park, Kansas, the second largest city in the state, having served in different building safety roles in the building safety division since 1978.

Tim is a certified Building Official and currently holds 15 separate certifications with ICC. He also served on the BOCA Board of Directors for 10 years, including a term as the 54th President of that organization. He has served on numerous code development, technical ad-hoc, administrative and specialized committees for both the legacy code groups and for ICC. Tim is a seasoned national speaker and instructor on a wide range of topics including Existing Buildings, Legal Aspects, Means of Egress and Accessibility.

Tim is teaching during Track 2: Building Safety


Terrell Stripling
International Code Council

Terrell Stripling is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Engineering and Technology with many years of experience in fire service, fire prevention, code administration and the construction industry. He has previously served in the positions of Department Chair and adjunct professor in the Fire Science Department. A seasoned national speaker for ICC, Terrell combines the theory and science behind code provisions with practical hands on application to effectively communicate the building safety concepts and provisions that are used by building industry professionals on a daily basis.

Terrell is teaching during Track 2: Building Safety


Michael Temesvary, P.E.
ICC Evaluation Service, Inc.

Michael Temesvary is ICC Evaluation Service Director of Sales and Partnerships in Brea, California. With more than 20 years of experience in engineering design, business planning and marketing, Mike’s specialty is developing and delivering education to building industry professionals on building products, systems and components. Mike is a frequent speaker at industry events and interacts regularly with manufacturers of building products, testing laboratories, building officials and other government entities. He also works with domestic and international manufacturers on a wide variety of innovative building products and product evaluations. Mike earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and his Bachelor of Arts in German from the University of California at Irvine. He maintains an active professional engineering license in the State of California.

Michael is teaching during Track 2: Building Safety


Douglas W. Thornburg, AIA, C.B.O.
International Code Council

Doug Thornburg is currently Vice-President and Technical Director of Products and Services for the International Code Council (ICC) where he provides administrative and technical leadership for the ICC product development activities. Prior to employment with ICC in 2004, he was in private practice as a code consultant and educator on building codes for nine years. Doug also spent ten years with the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) where he served as Vice-President/Education.

In his current role, Doug also continues to create and present building code seminars nationally and has developed numerous educational texts and resource materials. He was presented with ICC’s inaugural Educator of the Year Award in 2008, recognizing his outstanding contributions in education and training.

A graduate of Kansas State University and a registered architect, Doug has over 36 years of experience in building code training and administration. He has authored a variety of code-related support publications, including the IBC Illustrated Handbook and the Significant Changes to the International Building Code.

Doug is teaching during Track 2: Building Safety


Steve Van Note, C.B.O.
International Code Council

Steve Van Note is the Managing Director of Product Development for the International Code Council (ICC), where he is responsible for developing technical resource materials in support of the International Codes. His role also includes the management, review, and technical editing of publications developed by ICC staff members and other expert authors. In addition, Steve develops and presents code seminars nationally. He has over 40 years of experience in the construction and building code arena.

Prior to joining ICC in 2006, Steve’s employment included building official, construction project manager for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings and carpenter. A certified building official and plans examiner, Steve also holds certifications in several inspection categories.

Steve is the author of several publications and training manuals including Significant Changes to the IRC, Building Code Essentials-Residential, and Inspector Skills.

Steve is teaching during Track 3: Inspection Certification


Jay Woodward
International Code Council

Jay Woodward is the Senior Staff Architect with ICC’s Business and Product Development department where his responsibilities include the development and authoring of ICC publications, developing training manuals , instructing seminars, and giving presentations and speeches on important topics of building safety. Among the publications he has authored or co-authored are the Significant Changes books on the IBC, IMC and A117.1 standard, Firestopping, Joint Systems and Dampers, Health Care Facilities based on the IBC, and Assembly Occupancies based on the IBC and many other training manuals.

With over 30 years of experience in education nationally and internationally, building design, construction, and code administration, Jay’s experience provides him with the ability to communicate effectively on critical code concepts, safety principles, application and design for a variety of audiences such as code officials, architects, designers, contractors and building construction professionals. Jay has previously served as the secretariat for the ICC A117.1 standard committee, ICC’s Energy Conservation Code and the International Building Code’s Fire Safety Code Development committee.

Jay is teaching during Track 2: Building Safety