Demonstrating its commitment to the advancement of building technology systems, Butler Manufacturing has announced its 2013-14 Butler Builder Advisory Council. With a goal to provide strategic direction on Butler’s products, services and programs, the Advisory Council convenes on a regular basis throughout the year.
“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, 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 Advisory Council is comprised of successful Butler Builder contractors who represent the company’s six business regions across the United States and Canada. Each member serves a two-year term, with four members carrying over for a second term.
For the first time in its 57-year history, the Advisory Council will be led by a Canadian Butler Builder. Scot Rutherford, president, Scott Builders Inc., has been elected to the position of chairman. Rutherford brings nearly three decades of leadership experience to this position, having served as a full-service contractor in Alberta since the early 1980s.
“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 members of the 2013-14 Advisory Council 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.
The Advisory Council will hold its biannual meeting in April and also will attend the Butler Builder National Sales Meeting in February in Dallas.