International Door & Operator Industry

SEP-OCT 2018

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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28 International Door & Operator Industry™ MANAGING DIRECTOR'S CORNER Hello Again! I learned a lot about the business from Wally Warner and John McLane at Roll-Lite before leaving to accept the Florida district sales manager position with Overhead Door Corporation. I had many stints in the door business—that first in the 1980's with Roll-Lite and Overhead Door Corporation, and in commercial sales with Overhead Door of Orlando. My second round was in the 1990's with a return to Atlas Roll-Lite and after a round of acquisitions, with Clopay Building Products. I was involved at Door and Operator Dealers Association (DODA) and, of course, the Florida Operator and Door Association (FODA) and during that time I welcomed Joe Hetzel to the industry as the new Doors & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) technical director. The wake of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 resulted in a revolution in building code requirements for high wind areas. This change in the engineering requirements for overhead doors (who else remembers "Dade County Code"?) led to a change in my career from sales to product marketing to building codes consultant to association executive. My twist on an old saying is "the more things change, the more they change." When Kellen was invited to submit a proposal for the management of IDA, the next season of change in my career began. As the interim managing director of IDA, I have come back to where I began my building products career: in the door business. At Kellen, we believe in working closely with the volunteer leadership for our clients to help execute their strategic vision. We prefer to be thought of as the IDA staff—not the Kellen staff—because we want IDA members to see us as teammates. Our mission supports IDA's mission: We understand the inherent challenges and conventional wisdom surrounding volunteer leadership, and we've made it our mission to help volunteer boards create transformational change. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the IDA Officers and Board of Directors leadership—from President Ed Hermanns to every committee member—for their help as we continue to navigate the transition as your new staff team. We are excited to be able to support the IDA board and carry out their vision, and look forward to meeting all of the IDA members at the 2019 IDAExpo in Indianapolis, March 13-16. On behalf of IDA staff members, thank you for your support of IDA and the door business. I for one am glad to be back! The volunteer leadership has welcomed me to IDA and I welcome all of you to reach out to introduce yourself to me, or in some cases, say "hello again." One Saturday morning back in the spring of 1983, I walked into an interview with Bill Whitaker at Roll-Lite Overhead Door in Orlando for a position as a shop-floor expediter. I was changing jobs to avoid a transfer and so was eager to find anything that would keep me from uprooting my wife and four-year-old son. The job was offered; I accepted and thus began the long and occasionally interrupted career of a "door guy." Mike Fischer is the new interim managing director of the IDA. Fischer has been in the building products industry for 35 years. You can contact Mike at

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