Contractors from across North America make up the 2013-2014 Butler Builder Advisory Council.

Metal buildings products maker Butler Manufacturing recently announced the names of builders who will give strategic direction to Butler as it develops new products and services.

“The advisory council is tasked with staying on the pulse of industry trends, enabling Butler to continue to deliver innovative solutions to building decision-makers,” said Tom Gilligan, president of Butler Manufacturing. “Drawing on the expertise of our advisory council, our company closely monitors the market’s changing needs — and then responds through the continuous development of new standards in building technology and industry best practices.” 

The council will be led by Canadian builder Scot Rutherford of Scott Builders Inc. in Alberta. It is the first time a Canadian has headed the group.

“Helming the advisory council is a unique opportunity to contribute to the vision of the organization,” Rutherford said. “During my term as chairman, I look forward to collaborating with our network of 1,200 full-service contractors to share insights on trends in sustainability, training and technology with both company leadership and our customer base.”

Other council members include: Aaron Wolf, Fleming West Building Co. Inc., Chandler, Ariz.; Bruce Forster, Stuart Berger Construction Corp., Lynbrook, N.Y.; Chris Rice, Rice Building Systems Inc., Sauk Rapids, Minn.; Dan Freeman, Freeman Building Systems Inc., Wooster, Ohio; Dean Taylor, Design Systems Builders Inc., Nashville, Tenn.; Duane DeGaetano, Construction Systems Inc., Fayetteville, N.C.; Jeff Van Hoose, Van Hoose Construction Co., Oklahoma City; Jerry Klassen, Klassen Corp., Bakersfield, Calif.; John Vallé, Park Avenue Construction Ltd., Laredo, Texas; Marius Rygg, Gateway Building Systems Inc., West Fargo, N.D.; Mark Lewis, Cedar Falls Building Systems Inc., Menomonie, Wis.; and Tom Gunsinger, Bel-Con Design Builders, Ltd., Belleville, Ontario.