Laura Frye Weaver, DAHC, CDC, DHT, DHC, CSI, CDT, CCS, CFDAI
Laura has over 35 years' experience in the door and hardware industry, having spent the first 18 years in distribution, predominately in engineering/detailing where she created and managed a centralized detailing department for a multi-branch distributor. Laura spent the next 11 years in manufacturing, principally as a consultant and specifier and then almost 6 years working on behalf of the industry for the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI) where she was the Vice-President of Education, Certification and Technical Activities. She is also the former VP of Technical for the Door Security and Safety Foundation (DSSF). Laura is active in building code development and advocates for the industry promoting secure and safe openings. She has a focus on life safety, bringing awareness and education to the opening industry as well as the building design, code authority, and facility management communities.
Rodney Weaver, AHC, EHC, DHT, DHC, CFDAI, CAI, RL
Rodney has been in the door and hardware industry for over 34 years. Rodney started his career in the industry as a locksmith in the Washington, DC market and then later for a contract hardware distributor where his responsibilities included specification writing, estimating, ordering and project management. In 2004 he moved over to the manufacturing side of the industry. He is currently a healthcare specialist for a major manufacturer, consulting with healthcare facilities to help them to fulfill their security and safety needs. Rodney has experience with building, life safety and fire codes, and has served as a NFPA 80 and NFPA 105 Technical Committee member. He is a fire and egress door assembly inspector and skilled in the installation and maintenance of doors, frames and hardware. Rodney has a love for teaching, especially when it comes to sharing his knowledge of key system design with others.
Russ Hooker DSI, DSC, DAOC, CFDAI, DHT, DHC
Russ, an Army veteran, has been in the door and hardware industry for more than 31 years. He started in the industry as a warehouse manager for a large distribution firm and continued to spend the majority of his career on the distribution side of the industry with only a short diversion into manufacturing when he went to work for a wood door manufacturer. His interest in distribution brought him back to the supply side of the business and he now proudly owns his own distributorship, serving not only the Kentuckiana area but providing product, service and installation throughout the US. Russ has a deep respect for education and training and was among the first industry members to be certified as an AOC. In 2021 Russ was awarded the Distinguished Consultant Award for his high degree of technical excellence and standard of performance in the industry. Nothing makes Russ happier than seeing others succeed and to that end he gives much of his free time to help train up others in the industry.
Benjamin Gorton, AHC, DHT, DHC, CFDAI
Ben has been in the door and hardware industry for over 32 years. Ben started his career in distribution as an estimator and project manager for the commercial construction market. After several years in distribution, Ben went to work for an independent manufacturer’s representative firm in the Philadelphia/Mid-Atlantic markets and then later, directly for manufacturing. For the last 9 years he has worked as an architectural hardware consultant, helping architects and facility owners by writing specifications for door hardware that fulfill their security needs. He is a fire and egress door assembly inspector and also teaches door and hardware concepts and applications to the next generation of door & hardware industry professionals.
Hal Kelton, DSI, DSC, AHC/CDC, CFDAI, CDT
Hal's experience in the door and hardware industry spans over 35 years. Hal works currently as a factory representative for several product lines in Northern California and Northern Nevada. In addition, he conducts safety and annual fire door inspections in the US & Canada and consults with other inspection companies as well as industry manufacturers regarding annual inspection requirements. He often provides expert witness consulting services to legal teams looking for experts in the opening industry. In 2008, Hal founded DOORDATA Solutions, Inc. and created the first dedicated fire door inspection application available for fire door inspections. Hal has contracted with QAI Labs, over the last ten years, as a Field Inspector and Field Inspector Trainer. For the last 30 years, Hal has shared his love for the industry by writing articles, lecturing and teaching.
Russ Hickman, DHT, DHC, CFDAI, DSI, ASHE Faculty
Russ has been in the door and hardware industry for over 48 years. He began his long career as a carpenter installing openings for both residential and commercial projects. In short order, Russ branched out to become an Institutional Locksmith for a major healthcare facility in his home state of Colorado. While there, he developed and oversaw a strict maintenance program that focused on fire and egress doors system wide. Russ now serves as the Regional Director for a nationwide compliance company. Russ is committed to training and educating the next generation of opening experts, especially on code related topics. He has a great passion for this industry and is an advocate for all those who come through his classroom.
Paul Anderson, CFDAI, DHT, DHC, CFL, DSI
Paul is a proud Marine veteran with over 25 years experience in the door and hardware industry. Paul started out his career as an Institutional Locksmith in the 1990’s. He achieved his first certification as a Facility Locksmith and later earned accreditation as a Certified Fire Door Assembly Inspector. In 2016, Paul started his own company, Revelation Door Inspections. His business grew rapidly, expanding to nationwide service within the first year. Paul is also a Field Inspector for QAI Testing Laboratories and is the developer of Door Compliance Tracker, a fire door inspection software program. Paul is dedicated to training and educating those in and around the opening industry, making openings safer for building occupants in every situation, every day.
Lee Garver, DAHC, FDHI
Lee has well over 40 years' of experience in the door and hardware industry with an expertise in commercial door hardware. Lee is a proud recipient of the Founders Award, the highest and most prestigious award in the door security and safety industry, for outstanding service and technical expertise. Lee specializes in key system design and key control initiatives. He is the author of several books related to door, frame and hardware application and installation and was instrumental in the creation and maintenance of Key Systems and Nomenclature, a technical document which is referenced in most specifications used today. Lee has developed multiple training courses for various industry associations, organizations and private companies over his four decades in the industry. Lee retired from a major manufacturer but still continues to teach and advocate on behalf of the opening industry.
Wally Berry, AHC, DHC, DHT, DSI, DSC, LEED-AP, BD+C
Wally has been in the door and hardware industry for over 39 years, starting his career as a truck driver in 1984 delivering finish material to construction sites. Wally's drive for continued learning helped him climb the corporate ladder where he now serves as Sr. Business Development Manager for the same company he started with so many years ago. Wally has a deep understanding of the manufacturing process and green building initiatives. Wally truly lives by the motto, "as iron sharpens iron, so one person shall sharpen another". No one know, understands or loves wood doors more than Wally, his excitement when instructing is contagious. He really loves the opening industry and has a passion to pour his knowledge into anyone who is ready to receive it.
Brad Miller, AOC
Brad has been in the door and hardware industry for more than 37 years, with over 22 years spent on the distribution end of the business. Brad also spent over 14 years on the manufacturing side working as a specification writer and consultant. Brad has expertise in all aspects of the opening industry with a continued emphasis on project management, a part of the business that he thoroughly enjoys. He works currently for a distributor, running his projects "cradle to grave", something not many firms do nowadays. Brad has been instructing for the majority of his career. He devotes much of his time giving back to the opening industry by training others and sharing his many experiences, from both the supply and manufacturing sides of the business, with all of his students.
Ben Austin, AHC, FDAI
Ben has been in the door, frame and hardware industry, working for the same distribution firm, for nearly 15 years. Prior to his opening industry career, Ben was a math and science teacher for a private Christian academy. His love for teaching quickly made him a great asset as an instructor for our industry. Ben's passion for the sciences has given him a significant advantage in the disciplines of detailing and estimating and made him a fast expert in electrified hardware and access control. Ben is also a fire door and egress assembly inspector, training that has given him a well-rounded understanding of the total opening. Ben is an avid learner and continually strives to pass on all he has learned.
Bob Cullum, AHC, CML, CFDI, DSI, DSC
Bob has been actively engaged in the security door hardware business for nearly 50 years. In that time, he has continuously improved his skills and knowledge about life safety issues relevant to our industry. Bob has and continues to serve on various committees for industry trade groups. He has instructed a wide variety of classes, all focusing on the opening industry. Bob has created training curriculum on complex subjects, and has developed methodologies and best practices for installers, door service technicians, systems integrators, and locksmiths. Bob's interest in mechanical and electronic gadgets often spills over into his free time, he has a genuine joy for sharing information about what interests him most.
John Perdue, AHC, CFDAI, EHC, RL
John was born into the opening industry and now has over 28 years’ experience. He started his career as a key cutter, completing different tasks required by the family business. John had a natural drive for education and training and devoured any chance to build his skills, earning certifications in multiple disciplines from different organizations. He now runs the family business as Owner and President and has grown it to a cutting-edge security and safety equipment company. John still has a laser focus on education and even instituted his own inter-company training program. He is happiest when giving back to others and his patience and true concern for his students shows in the great care he puts into his teaching.