January 2019 – IABO President’s Message

January 2019
IABO President’s Message


Happy New Years for 2019!


This New Year marks the 60th Anniversary for the 200+ members of the Iowa Association of Building Officials. To kick off the new year and start our yearlong celebration we will be having three days of training along with two evenings of social entertainment on January 9th thru the 11th, 2019.


Here is a brief summary of those events: 

Jan. 9th, 2019 – Wednesday
Daytime:  IBC Classes led by Doug Thornburg
Evening: Chapter 60th Anniversary Hospitality Social Part I
Musical entertainment by ICC Staff Person Richard Hauffe.

Jan. 10th, 2019 – Thursday
Daytime: IBC Classes led by Doug Thornburg
Evening: IABO Annual Business Meeting, Installation of Officers, Chapter’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Banquet
Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement and Building Official of the Year awards.
Keynote Speaker: Steve Flann, Senior Director, Vermeer Companies.
As one of Iowa’s largest manufacturers, Steve will present the details of the direct hit from a devastating EF-3 tornado on July 19th, 2018 without injury to any of the 2,000+ staff or worldwide visitors that were present that day.

Jan. 11th, 2019 – Friday
Daytime: Building Department Disaster Preparedness: Case Studies and Lessons Learned by our members during the 2018 Iowa Summer. IABO-PPP Class #18741


During the IABO Banquet on Thursday evening, we will be greatly honored by having ICC Staff members Ron Piester, Richard Haufee, Doug Thornburg and Steve Van Note along with recently elected ICC Board of Director Member Angie Wiese present during our celebration.  Past ICC Board Directors and local Iowans Ron Hoover and Patrick Parsley will also be in attendance. This will certainly feel like old home week for many of our IABO members and friends.


If you would like to attend, please visit our website at www.iabo.net for details and follow the link for any of the training or free social events. If are not able to attend, please keep an eye out for Chapter emails or watch the IABO website as we plan additional training events and additional social events throughout this New Year.


Best Wishes to you and your family during the New Year!




Roger Schemmel

IABO Chapter President

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