The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced new staff appointments during the AAMA Fall Conference, held this week in Albuquerque, N.M. These include Ken Brenden, technical director; Dean Lewis, educational and technical information manager; and Rich Rinka, certification manager. The association says these new appointments were made as part of AAMA’s strategic objectives to add value to its membership by expanding the AAMA educational platform and accelerating the development of standards based on gap analysis.

As technical director, Brenden will review content of all AAMA technical document drafts and ballots; represent AAMA at selected industry organization events; oversee all code and regulatory activities as well as certification-related programs. He will also supervise all department staff with areas of responsibility including guidance and monitoring of new department employee training. Additionally, Brenden will provide input to Rich Walker, AAMA’s president and CEO, regarding strategic objectives and daily operation of the association.

As AAMA’s educational and technical information manager, Lewis will develop and review all educational course content, including FenestrationMasters; review and edit content of all AAMA marketing materials and media inquiries pertaining to technical activities, as well as review recommended revisions to the InstallationMasters training manual and related materials. The role also involves assessing marketplace and member needs to identify needed educational course content, plus maintenance and identification of education accreditations that AAMA should hold.

As AAMA’s certification manager, Rinka will direct all of the association’s certification-related activities, with direct management responsibilities for the AAMA air, water and structural Gold Label Certification Program, as well as the AAMA Thermal Certification Program (silver label). Also, Rinka will manage all aspects of the ANSI accreditation requirements in addition to certification-related audits and act as advisory staff liaison to assigned member groups within the association.

Rinka, formerly of AAMA member company Momentive Performance Materials, began his employment at AAMA on October 13.


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