Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association
Board of Directors and Staff.
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. The position of Treasurer is also a 3-year term and is not held by a current board 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 teleconference and hold several face-to-face meetings each year.
SMA Board of Directors.
At the young age of 17, Terrie began her career in the stair industry. Her career with Coffman Stairs expanded almost 30 years. She had the luxury of learning the business, literally one machine at a time. Terrie was privileged to learn the stair industry from manufacturing to sales and marketing. She grew from the position of receptionist to the VP of Sales and Marketing before pursuing other challenges in her career. Over the next few years, she worked for a stair builder, Southern Staircase in Alpharetta, GA and a few other stair suppliers, Regency Stair and House of Forgings. In 2015, she joined the ECMD Family and became the Business Development Executive for Crown Heritage, where she is today. The knowledge that she has gained from working with various suppliers, manufacturers and customers has given her the insight to understand and appreciate the stair industry.
The stair industry is the only life Terrie has known, you might say that she grew up with wood in her veins.
Renda was introduced to the stair industry right out of college. She joined a group of very knowledgeable and experienced coworkers who taught her all they could. After 15 years she is still learning new things in the stair world, but is also able to share what she has learned with peers. Renda believes the SMA is a tremendous resource. For an industry that is both significant to building structures but also expressively creative the SMA has managed to bind it all together while also pushing its’ members growth.
Catie Hope is an Account Representative coupled with involvement in the agricultural and industrial industries. From a small farm in Virginia, Catie began her career in the stair and rail industry in High School, where she spent time on the production floor, transitioning to an administrative role all prior to graduation. During her time obtaining her BS from Ferrum College, she was back in the industry as the Marketing Manager with Loudoun Stairs. Running parallel to this position was her involvement with the National Junior Angus Association – a nearly 6,000 active member organization where she served a 2-year term on its Board as the Communications Director. Upon obtaining her BS from Ferrum College, she returned to Loudoun Stairs full-time as an Account Representative in New Home Sales.
John’s passion for woodworking came to me at the early age of 5. As he walked to school for the first grade, he watched carpenters build houses in his neighborhood every day and it absolutely fascinated him. When he started the second grade, he was known by all the carpenters as the kid who stopped by every day after school to “help” and as questions. When John was a sophomore, he saw his first custom stair in Boston, MA and upon seeing that stair, he knew what his career goal was. When he graduated from high school in 1982, he started working in a carpentry shop full time and attended college part time for architecture. In 1988, John started his company as a trim carpenter installing trim and pre-made stair parts as part of the trim package for a home. Ever since he saw that stair in Boston, John has dreamed of custom designing and building stairs from start to finish and making every part to the highest level of quality and has worked tirelessly toward that goal for the last 32 years. John has been involved with the SMA for many years now and looks forward to giving back by serving on the SMA board of directors. He looks forward to infusing his passion and knowledge of the stair industry with the SMA membership as we march forward to further the industry.
Boyd entered the stair industry more than 30 years ago when family friends Bill Martin and Dick Hansen purchased Quick Flight Stairs in Marietta, Georgia – the company was later renamed Southern Staircase. He was hired at 16 to load trucks, work in the parts department, and drive as a route driver. Later attending the University of Alabama, he was hired by one of Southern Staircase’s suppliers – Fitts Industries. At Fitts he began working in the boxing department, shipping department, and later worked in customer service. Upon graduating from Alabama, he was hired as the Director of Sales and Marketing. In 2003 he was promoted to Eastern Regional Sales Manager before taking on the role of National Sales Manager. In 2011 he relocated to Tacoma, Washington to run the distribution center in the Western US. In 2021 Boyd accepted the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Texas based House of Forgings, an industry leader in iron, glass, stainless steel, and wood stair components. He has been involved with the SMA for more than 20 years and has been a career stair industry professional.
Lewis was a pioneer in recognizing the vision and need for stair professionals and competitors to unite to insure the future health, prosperity, and integrity of the stair industry. He has unselfishly contributed his time, effort, & financial resources over the past three decades to further the development of our organization and the industry as a whole. Lewis maintains a tremendous historical perspective on SMA, as well as the industry itself…both of which are sure to benefit from his continued service. Lewis would like to grow the association by involving existing and new members in the code governing process, educating them in all aspects of the industry and providing research to insure the construction of code compliant stairs.
SMA Staff and Treasurer.
Terra joined the Association in November of 2018, following a nine-year civilian career with the United States Air Force.
As Executive Director, Terra plays a vital role by administering the day to day operations of the Association at the direction of the Board of Directors. She is integral to providing communication to our members and the public. She is responsible for managing the SMA website and social media content as well as planning the various SMA events throughout the year.
Code Development Representative
Dave Cooper began stairbuilding in 1973, has founded three companies within the Stair Industry related to the design/ manufacture of Stairs. As an SMA member he served on the board of directors, as SMA Codeand Research Chair, Secretary,Vice President and President. Following his divestiture of stair industry manufacturing interests,
he served as the SMA Executive Director from 2009 to 2019. Today his company, Stair Manufacturing and Design Consultants, contracts to represent the SMA in building code and standard development and provide code consultation services exclusively for SMA Members. SMA Members are encouraged to consult with Dave on code and standard issues by contacting him at coderep@ stairways.org.
Treasurer, Non-Board Member
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.
|Current Board of Directors||Position||Term Expires|
|Renda Barr||Vice President||2024|
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