Complete Story


NIA Announces New Executive Committee and Board of Directors Members

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is pleased to announce its new officers for 2012-2013, led by NIA's new President, Rick Smith. The new leaders and representatives assumed their responsibilities following a unanimous vote by the NIA membership at the organization's business session, which took place on April 19, 2012, at the NIA's 57th Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona.

NIA's new President, Rick Smith, is the CEO of E.J. Bartells, a company that specializes in the distribution, installation, and fabrication/ manufacturing of insulation products, as well as several key OEM manufacturing industries across the United States. Mr. Smith joined E.J. Bartells in 1984, as a member of the sales force, and has risen through the ranks of the company for the past 28 years. Prior to becoming the CEO, Mr. Smith served as a Branch Manager, Sales Manager and President/General Manager. A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, Mr. Smith specializes in relationship building, leadership, financial analyses, and the understanding of the key components of the insulation business.

The theme for Mr. Smith's year as NIA President is "Mechanical Insulation: Environmentally Sound." His term will culminate in NIA's 58th Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Stepping into the position of President-Elect is Roger B. Crawford, President of Low Country Insulation, Inc., Secretary/Treasurer for NIA this year is David Dzina, President/Owner of Selle Insulation Co., while J. Kenneth Freeman, President of Petrin Corp., becomes Assistant Treasurer. Also serving on the 2012-13 Executive Committee and Board of Directors is Immediate Past President Alec Rexroat, Vice President of M&O Insulation Company. The 2012-13 Executive Committee also includes Past President Advisors, Wayne W. Killion, Jr., Shook and Fletcher Insulation Company, and Ronald "Ron" L. King.

New to the Board are At-Large Representative Matt Caldwell, Caldwell Insulation, Inc.; and Regional Representative David Gottlich, Basic Industries, Ltd., representing the Southwest Insulation Contractors Association (SWICA).

Other At-Large Representatives include Darrel Bailey, Performance Contracting, Inc.; John Lamberton, Irex Contracting Group; Dan Bofinger, Superior Plus Construction Products Corp. (Winroc SPI); Mark Duppler, Bay Industries, Inc.; and Mark Reed, Zampell Companies. Other Regional Representatives include Roddy Davoud of Old Dominion Insulation, Inc., representing the Southeastern Insulation Contractors Association (SEICA); Joe Leo, Atlantic Contracting & Specialties, LLC, representing the Eastern States Insulation Contractors Association of America (ESICA); Jim Gribbins, Gribbins Insulation Company, Inc., representing the Central States Insulation Association (CSIA); Steve Luse, Luse Thermal Technologies, representing the Midwest Insulation Contractors Association (MICA); and Tim Stout, Hudson Bay Insulation Company, representing the Western Insulation Contractors Association (WICA). Associate (Manufacturer) Representatives are Doug Bolen, Knauf Insulation GmbH, and Kartik Patel, Armacell, LLC.
NIA is a not-for-profit trade association representing both the merit (open shop) and union contractors, distributors, laminators, fabricators, and manufacturers that provide thermal insulation, insulation accessories, and components to the commercial, mechanical, and industrial markets throughout the nation. Since 1953, the northern Virginia-based association has been the voice of the insulation industry and is dedicated to keeping the commercial and industrial insulation industry up to date on the latest industry trends and technologies. For more information, visit

Printer-Friendly Version