GRANDVIEW, Mo. — The Air Movement and Control Association Intl. Inc. (AMCA) announced the election of Keith Glasch, president, Ruskin, to the group’s board of directors, and Jim Smardo, director of architectural solutions, Ruskin, as chair of the AMCA Louver Marketing Task Force.

Glasch will serve a three-year term for the not-for-profit association that consists of manufacturers of fans, louvers, dampers, air curtains, airflow measurement devices, ducts, acoustic attenuators, and other air system components. As a board member, he will help guide AMCA in all matters pertaining to growth of the organization and air movement and control technology, especially pertaining fans, dampers, and louvers.

“It’s a privilege to be asked to serve on the board of directors of an association that has supported our industry in many important ways during its 100-year history,” said Glasch. “I look forward to applying my more than 25 years of experience in HVAC technologies and products as well as my business expertise to the association as we celebrate AMCA’s rich past and engage in exciting new opportunities for its growth in the future.”

Meanwhile, Smardo will serve approximately two years as chair of AMCA’s Louver Marketing Task Force, which includes representatives from five louver manufacturers. The Task Force champions louver certification and advocates the value of AMCA-certified products in accordance with AMCA codes, such as AMCA 550 — the test method for high-velocity wind-driven rain-resistant louvers. Additionally, the task force supports AMCA initiatives around louvers through educational efforts, such as webinars, presentations, and white papers.

“The AMCA Louver Marketing Task Force is relatively new and was developed because we deal with a tremendous amount of codes,” said Smardo. “Our goal is to help educate the industry about the value of AMCA’s certification programs that ensure louvers have been tested to meet AMCA codes. I’m excited to help with this effort as Chair of the Task Force.”

Glasch joined Ruskin in 2015. Most of his career has been spent working with applied engineered products and the commercial HVACR industry. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Science in human factors engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Smardo has been with Ruskin for more than 20 years and brings nearly 40 years of architectural experience to his role.

Publication date: 2/20/2017

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