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Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of nine members each elected to 3-year terms. Divided into three classes, a new class is elected each year by the members of the SMA.  One of the directors maybe an associate member.  The executive director is contracted by the board as an ex-officio (not elected) member of the board and serves without vote.  The board elects the corporate officers annually. The directors meet regularly by tele-conference and hold 1 - 3 face to face meetings each year. 

Current Board of Directors

Position

Class

Term Expires

2018

2019

2020

Steve Guenzel

President

2019


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Brandon Barnes

Vice Pres.

2018

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Bob King

Secretary

2020

     

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Delon Shetler

Treasurer

2018

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Ed Trimner

Director, QS Com Chair
2019

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Sarah Hamlin

Director

2018
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Chas Wiebe
Director 2020

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Rusty Parks Director, Ed Com CoChair
2019
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Shawn Christman

Director

2020

       
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Steve Guenzel - President

I have been involved in the stair industry for the past 35 years, and a proud member of the SMA for 5 years. Having formerly served as Board Member, Secretary and Vice President, I have learned a lot and am still very interested in helping our great organization continue to grow and develop in a new direction.
 I feel my experience in the hands-on sector of our industry helps me understand the challenges and needs of our membership. Having worked for and owned a stair manufacturing company, I believe I can bring firsthand knowledge and create an environment of willingness to share within our membership.

Brandon Barnes -  Vice President

Born and raised in North Western North Carolina Brandon Barnes resides in Wilkesboro, NC and has been with Crown Heritage for 15 years.  Brandon began his career in the millwork industry with the parent company of Crown Heritage (ECMD) which distributes mouldings, stair parts, and other interior & exterior building products for use in residential construction.  Brandon now serves as National Sales Manager for Crown Heritage Stair Company.  Brandon was origninally elected to a two year term and has been serving as Treasurer of the SMA for the last year. In 2015 Brandon was elected to a second term of three years

Bob King - Secretary



I am a stairbuilder with 30 plus years in business specializing in high end stair systems that grace some of New England's finest homes. Our shop capacities include 3 axis and 5 axis cnc machines, Staircon software and a dedicated team of craftsman. King & Company Architectural has been a member of the SMA for around 10 years. This year we had the privilege of hosting one of the SMA National Tour Workshops and attended a second in New York. This involvement has opened my eyes to how much is to be gained by being an active member of the SMA and network with its members.. Having been approached to be on the board has lead me to want to be a bigger part of this organization.

Delon Shetler- Treasurer

Delon Shetler started building stairways in a small shop in 1993 and has worked in the stair industry as a stair builder, balustrade/rail installer, independent sales rep, and designer/draftsman. He is interested in helping the SMA and the stair industry continue to grow in a way that ensures safety and comfort to the consumer while allowing stairway design to be artistic and appealing. Delon was elected to his first term the board in 2015 and is co-owner of Heartland Stairways in Holmesville, OH..

Ed Trimner

Ed Trimner

For the past 25 years Ed has been building and installing staircases in SW Florida.  As a member of the SMA for many years and he has served on the Board of Directors in the past. While participating on the Quality Standards, and Code committees, he has gained a deep appreciation for the professionalism of this organization and the progress made in improving the stair industry throughout the country.   

Ed looks forward to participating as a director and as Chair of the Quality Standard committee.  Ed Trimner is the President of Trimcraft in Fort Meyers, FL.

Sarah Beth Hamlin

Sarah Beth Hamlin has been involved with SMA since she attended her first annual conference five years ago.  She has been active on the marketing committee and has served on the board for the past year by appointment to a 1 year vacancy.  She has seen first-hand the vital role SMA serves in the stair industry through codes and education.  Sarah Beth Hamlin is currently the VP of Sales and Marketing at Young Manufacturing Company, Inc. located in Beaver Dam, KY.

Rusty Parks

I began as a finish carpenter in 1980 after graduating high school.  In 2005, we opened our shop and began building most of our stairs in the shop rather than on-site. We are growing despite a tough market, thanks to our CNC capabilities and our expanded knowledge through the SMA. Hopefully, I can encourage others to be part of the SMA and the things that they are working toward as an organization. I believe that sharing this knowledge with others will be beneficial to the industry and would like to do what I can to help.

Chas Wiebe


Chas Wiebe along with his lovely wife Robin are proud owners of Builders Stair Supply, Inc., a Midwest company whose main emphasis is on sales and distribution of quality stair components. They are also stair builders and stair designers. Chas has been a proud member of the SMA since the early 1990's and has previously served as a board member several times.  He has been active in membership drives, regional workshops, has served on the code committee and collaborates on the Visual Interpretation of The IRC Stair Building code.  He helped with the SMA funded study which tested the handrail shape preferences of persons with different degrees of disability, and has been the emcee in the annual SMA auction since its inception.  He looks forward to continue working with SMA members to advance our unique trade.

Shawn Christman

         
Shawn Christman is the founder of Seattle Stair & Design, Inc. He began the company in 1978 from the trunk of his '62 Oldsmobile and sold the company in 2015. He taught his trade in the south of India and worked in France. In 2001 he developed a training partnership with the Compagnons, an elite training guild begun in France in the middle ages, and has employed ten master craftsmen from the Compagnons since 2001. His work crosses many miles from Japan to Disney World providing staircases for celebrities, fortune 500 CEO's, and landmark commercial buildings. Many of these projects have won SMA StairCraft awards for Seattle Stair & Design, a SMA member for many years. Its successor, Gauge Design continues its SMA membership as does Shawn's new firm. Shawn has chaired the SMA marketing committee and is now quite happy to have time for pro bono projects, mind bending design work, and participation in the SMA at the board level.

David Cooper - Executive Director

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Dave Cooper began stairbuilding some 44 years ago after a brief stint in chemistry. He has founded three companies within the Stair Industry related to the design or manufacture of Stairs.  As an SMA member he took an  early role in SMA code and research and also served as Vice President and President of the organization.  Today his company, Stair Manufacturing and Design Consultants,contracts administration of the day to day affairs of the organization, and code development services as directed by the Board. Dave provides code consultation services exclusively for SMA members  and is  the interface for communicating SMA programs and services to our members and the public.  He is the only ex-officio (not elected) member of the board and serves without vote.  He is there to serve our members.  Don't hesitate to contact him.
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