The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has expanded its staff in recent months.

Tom Barnett is the new senior director of programs. He joined staff in March. With a B.S. in Engineering Management from West Point, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and practical engineering and product development experience from organizations such as Georgia Pacific, Masco, and Newell Window/Kirsch, Tom brings a strong background in the technical needs of an organization that will benefit NFRC.

“The prolific inventor, innovator, and disruptor Thomas A. Edison is often credited with saying ‘Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work’,” quoted Barnett. “Good product development starts with voice of the customer (VOC) to identify opportunity. Great product development takes VOC and follows it up with rigorous execution and follow thru that is wearing overalls. VOC and rigorous execution are essential to address technical and market risks.”

The programs group has added two professionals to the NFRC staff: Steve Urich and Stewart Nicholas.

Urich joined the NFRC staff in August 2016, in the role of senior manager, programs, and his responsibilities will include the commercial fenestration program, training, inspections and committee work. Urich comes from Keystone Certifications and has approximately 20 years in the fenestration industry. He has served on several committees for NFRC in the past and is very familiar with the NFRC mission. Urich has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Nicholas joined the NFRC staff in June 2016 in the role of manager, NFRC software applications. One of his primary responsibilities is to oversee the development of requirements for new or improved NFRC software. In addition, he will lead the applications support team as they assist with documenting functionality, extracting needs for new and/or improved solutions, and supporting end users with issues resolution and training. Nicholas is a seasoned fenestration product certification professional with over seven years of experience in NFRC-licensed inspection agency role and comes to us from AMS, Inc., bringing hands-on experience with several of the NFRC applications including Window, Therm, Optics, and the NFRC Certified Product Directory (CPD). Nicholas is a ten-year veteran of the U.S. Army in the Signal Corp branch.


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