2019 Board of Governors Nominees

The voting period for the DHI Board of Governors election is open until June 1. Please take this opportunity to elect new members who will lead DHI for the next three-year term. DHI members can vote here starting April 1. If you need assistance with your voting login, contact memberservices@dhi.org.

This year's nominees are:

Jason W. Bennett

President and CEO, TRIMCO

Where do you see the future of DHI?

The business environment; challenges and opportunities are continuously changing.  I support new ways of adding value to our industry through innovative education, information gathering/sharing, and promotion of industry products and expertise.  Keep it fresh and exciting.

What is your professional experience with DHI and in the industry?

I began my career in the Door and Hardware Industry 20 years ago and have been a member of DHI for the past 14 years. I have served in many functional capacities at the manufacturer level, and for the last 5 years, as an independent manufacturer. 

I have been fortunate to attend many chapter meetings due to my “day job” responsibilities.  I communicate on a frequent basis with distributors and manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada regarding the health of our industry, challenges in our industry, changes in our industry, and what the future holds.

I began my career in the Door and Hardware industry in 1999. My first role was introducing new products across multiple manufacturing plants, in multiple countries.  Since then, I have held many other functional roles some of which include M&A, Business Development, Product Management, Marketing, Sales, and for the last 5 years, President and CEO of Trimco Hardware.


Benjamin Boomer

President, TCH

Where do you see the future of DHI?

I think DHI has a strong future as discussions around the door opening are becoming more common every day.  I believe our industry needs to continue to strengthen our knowledge and capabilities around technology systems and intelligent openings.  While traditional doors and mechanical hardware are still very important, and always will be, there are outside industries threatening our business and taking more products out of Division 8. We need to continue to develop building code compliance training for life safety, ADA, etc.; however, I feel we should also make sure to broaden training that focuses on networked systems and intelligent openings. We need to ensure that members of DHI are always seen as the experts for the entire door opening!

Not only do we need to continue to broaden the education, we also need to make sure that the training is financially feasible for DHI members. Our industry is struggling with finding talent due to aging workforce as well as very low unemployment. I think DHI has made great headway on this with the new credentials, but we need to continue to listen to our members and modernize the training so we can reach more people and recruit into the Door and Hardware industry.

What is your professional experience with DHI and in the industry?

TCH became a corporate member of DHI in 1999. I have served on the Young Professional Steering Committee in 2016, and in 2017 I became a Trustee on the Door Security and Safety Foundation where I currently serve and also am a member of the Task Force on School Safety. I also served on a panel discussing the Future of the Industry at the 2018 DHI Management Summit.

I have been a local member of DHI North Central Chapter since 2012.

I grew up in the industry, but began my full-time experience in a sales training program for a major door and hardware manufacturer in 2002 after graduating from the University of Minnesota. I then started with TCH full time in 2004 by starting a new security division for our company.  After that, I held multiple roles with TCH in different locations, and am currently President of our organization. I recently completed my MBA with the University of Minnesota in 2018. As a member of ASIS since 2004, I am currently studying for my Physical Security Professional (PSP) exam. 

On a personal note, I competed in 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice competition in Saint Paul. Although I only finished about the 50th percentile, it was an amazing experience!

Greg Kanning, AHC

President and Owner, Dumas Hardware Company.

Where do you see the future of DHI?

As a member of the DHI Board of Governors for the past 3 years, I have seen DHI grow in numerous ways, especially, in education and certification. For the future, I see this continuing. Our schools will be very well attended and we will have more industry people receiving their credentials.

What is your professional experience with DHI and in the industry?

I am currently the President and Owner of Dumas Hardware Company of San Antonio, Texas. I joined Dumas Hardware in 1989 as an apprentice, working my way through the company to learn both the operational and business aspects of the industry through the company’s senior leadership.

I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and serve as a current and former Board member for several groups, including the American Subcontractors Association, San Antonio Executives Association, Texas Construction Association and Builders Exchange of Texas.

While serving on the National Board of the American Subcontractors Association, I was a key player in developing Consensus Docs in conjunction with DHI and other national trade associations. I am also a second generation Architectural Hardware Consultant (AHC).

Heidi Pascale, CMM

Director-Experiential Marketing, ASSA ABLOY Americas

Where do you see the future of DHI?

I see DHI focusing on advocacy at the federal and state level to help influence codes and standards for the safety and security of our communities at large. As a parent of a child approaching high school, our industry needs to actively influence and educate our government leaders and community stakeholders on how to provide safe learning environments for our youth. As the lead on the ASSA ABLOY K12 Marketing Council Task Force, I see many opportunities for us to provide better and more frequent education when it specifically comes to the use of secondary locking solutions. The DHI Foundation’s Lock Don’t Block campaign provides thoughtful leadership and useful information. I believe we can leverage what’s already been done to better cascade our message down to the local level through chapter engagement.

I also believe it is DHI’s responsibility to actively engage and recruit the younger generation to our industry. That means we MUST provide cutting edge educational opportunities with non-traditional methods, as well as promote trends and innovations in access control. It is important to provide technical education for door and hardware basics, but as electromechanical and mobile access solutions become more robust and complex, we need to provide advanced training and education. The generation coming in does not know life without technology and demands a clear career path. There are new ways of doing things in this industry which means a whole range of different skill sets required to thrive in the age of the internet of things. I support and encourage anything DHI can do to provide eLearning, hands-on training and career path mapping for not only the traditional door and hardware workforce, but for engineering, IT, robotics, digital marketing, lean construction and everything in between.

What is your professional experience with DHI and in the industry?

I have been a member of DHI since 2002. I volunteered on the DHI Convention Committee from 2011 – 2013. I worked with the DHI events team over the past decade in an advisory capacity, providing insight from the manufacturing perspective to help improve engagement at the annual DHI Convention. I have also provided editorial content and advertising for the DHI magazine.

I attended several local DHI chapter events in CT, NY and NJ. In 2011, I project-managed and executed a DHI tri-chapter event at ASSA ABLOY headquarters in New Haven, Conn., in conjunction with the DHI Convention held in New York City. Attendees participated in several presentations, factory tours and an exclusive viewing of the ASSA ABLOY Innovation Showroom.

I started my career in the door and hardware industry in 2001 with ESSEX Industries, where I played an integral marketing role when joining forces with Yale Security Group to form ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. I have held various marketing positions throughout the evolution of the organization, most recently being promoted to Director - Experiential Marketing.

Experiential marketing is a powerful tool for the ASSA ABLOY group of brands to engage with customers and leverage today’s experience economy. My team is responsible for managing the company’s live branded experiences, including 250 tradeshows annually spanning national, wholesale, end-user, solutions and EAC channels, promoting through traditional, digital and experiential elements. My team also manages the ASSA ABLOY Innovation Showrooms program - a unique sales tool comprised of static and mobile showrooms throughout the Americas highlighting total door opening solutions. My team also produces a myriad of sales, incentive and training conferences for ASSA ABLOY channel partners and internal employees, as well as designing, procuring and executing brand product displays and customer showrooms.

I received my BA in Marketing Communications with a minor in Events Management from Central Connecticut State University and pursued my MA in Events Management from Michigan State University. I received my Certified Meeting Management (CMM) designation from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and recently received a certificate in Business Leadership from the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. I also recently completed The Women’s Leadership Experience Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C. I am certified in Technical Meeting and Event Production from the Event Leadership Institute based in Scarsdale, N.Y.  I was also recognized as an ASSA ABLOY “People Make A Difference” winner, a peer and leadership team nominated award for outstanding leadership, teamwork and dedication to the organization and the door and hardware industry at large.

In addition to currently serving on the DHI Board of Governors, I also sit on the GSX (formerly ASIS) and ISC West Convention Advisory Councils and am an active member of the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) organization based in Dallas, Texas.

My husband Chris and I reside in Middlefield, Conn., with our daughter Reiley Grace. When not working, my interests include party planning, interior design, traveling, skiing and spending time with my beloved family.

Dave Sylvester, PSP

President, 3SE Corp, LLC


Where do you see the future of DHI?

DHI needs to play an important role in the physical security industry from several aspects including training, certification & advocacy of those certifications, as well as stimulating forward thinking initiatives for its membership.  We all manufacturers, door system integrators, and sales professionals, benefit from an industry that exceeds profitability levels of most other industries. This is due to our industry’s “ecosystem”– architects, specifiers, end users, and industry organizations demand high quality life safety products and applications. DHI plays a key role in the ecosystem that creates an awareness of building codes, supports high quality solutions, and supports a level of expertise that promotes the highest level of safety and security.

As board members we are responsible for clarity of the mission for DHI based on our collective knowledge of the industry and our vision of the future. We need to ensure that our product offerings – training, certification, membership, and chapter engagement – stay in step with changes in the market. Our membership is pulled in many ways and will only invest their time where they get a high return. 

DHI has been and must continue to beat the drum for advancement into electronic security product competencies. Many of the DHI members have built electronic security system competencies and we know that DHI has influenced the evolution of many of those business models. We can’t stop beating the drum and being part of the business model evolution. As part of the ecosystem, DHI does not have to create everything but should leverage the education tools available from manufacturers, and industry organizations

My personal goal is to change the identification of our members. The Contract Hardware Distributor, CHD designation fit our members’ business description 20 years ago, but it does an injustice to these businesses today. We need to promote a new designation, Door Systems Integrators which better reflects our current and future business models

What is your professional experience with DHI and in the industry?

I am currently President of 3SE, LLC, and have been in our industry for 20 years. I joined DHI in 1997 and was elected to DHI’s Board of Governors in 2015.

I received my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University and an MBA from Purdue’s Krannert School of Business, as well as the Physical Security Professional (PSP) designation from ASIS.

From 2004-2007, I led Ingersoll Rand’s Security Technologies team as President Americas, which included both the commercial and residential markets. I left the industry for four years, but eagerly returned when presented with an opportunity to lead ASSA ABLOY’s sales and marketing teams as President DSS. In that role, the team created demand with all influencers, introduced BIM and sustainability to the market, launched many new EAC products, and increased the coordination of the mechanical and electronic sales and support teams.

In 2014, I launched a boutique brokerage business focused on the physical security industry’s continued evolution. The goal is to work with CHDs, integrators, and manufacturers as they consider mergers and acquisitions as either growth or transition/exit strategies.

I have been married to my wife, Michelle for more than 30 years and we have two children.

Cortney Anderson Wascher

President, Anderson Lock Company

Where do you see the future of DHI?

I see the industry continuing to evolve from mechanical to electronic locking products, which require more testing, training and time to install. Increased use of technology, for technicians, project managers, fabricators and office staff, is transforming traditional ways of doing business. Staying up-to-date is essential to serving our customers and communities. Anderson Lock places a high value on technical training and education. We regularly send employees for DHI training, and currently have several employees enrolled in DHI Online Courses. I foresee even greater dependence on flexible online training in the future.

LEED/green initiatives, school security, and code updates related to fire door inspections and behavioral health hardware are critically influencing our industry, resulting in shifts from traditional horizontal markets to narrower vertical markets. Tomorrow’s DHI must advocate for its leaders to become authorities on certifications and codes, as well as for the innovative security products that provide specialized solutions.

What is your professional experience with DHI and in the industry?

As a member since 1996, I’ve attended numerous DHI national conventions, training seminars and management workshops. In 2002, I was the Chair of the Conference and Exposition Host Committee for the Chicago DHI Convention. I’m a Foundation Contributor and have served on additional convention committees. In 2017, I was named a winner of the DHI Award of Merit, then, in 2018, I was honored with a BHMA Award of Excellence.

Representing the door and hardware industry on national advisory boards has provided me with opportunities to share knowledge and expertise while working with other leaders to assure that life safety and security are maintained, to advocate for locksmiths, to contribute my voice on issues, and to gain insight into industry trends.

In 1995 I joined the Hoosier DHI Chapter; in 1996 I became a member of the Allegheny Chapter; then in 1998 my membership moved with me to the Great Lakes Chapter. I’ve attended many local DHI classes and served on local committees.

After graduating with an Honors Economics degree from Vanderbilt University in 1995, I completed an internship with Von Duprin in Indianapolis, then worked as a manufacturer’s representative in the Pittsburgh region. Later, I returned to Illinois and joined Anderson Lock, the locksmith business my father founded. I was named president in 2006, and became majority owner in 2009.

Anderson Lock received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise in 2012. We employ 100+ people in two Chicago area locations. Thirty service trucks are dispatched daily from our main office in Des Plaines. Our Door Division, in Elk Grove, houses an immense door and hardware warehouse with a custom fabrication/welding shop, and a state-of-the-art office for Project Management and contractor sales.

Since my appointment in 2009, I have served on the State of Illinois Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor and Locksmith Board of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. I’m a former president of both the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce and the local chapter of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction).

My husband, Devin Wascher, AHC, FDAI, is Anderson Lock’s Vice President and Door Division Manager. Our children, Will and Cathryn, are active in school and sports.

Byron W. Whetstone

President/Chief Executive Officer, American Direct Inc.

Where do you see the future of DHI?

There has never been a more crucial time for our industry because the advancements in technology are going to challenge our distribution channel into again “defining who owns the door opening.” Already the electrified locking products are changing the path to market for these products and the CSI Div 8 and Div 28 debate continues. Now however with the “mobile phone credential” becoming the shared device in the entire building automation profiles, the door opening is clearly at risk of migrating away from us. Will there be mechanical products, certainly, but where is the operating margin going to be?

In 2016, I bought an access-control software (AccessNsite) for the specific purpose of trying to expand the mechanical aspects of our business into a broader technology offering. If DHI is going to lead a professional organization of “door security and safety professionals” then we had best lead the way in answering the question “who owns the door opening,” rather than serving another master, likely an IT professional who is without understanding of the consequences for our businesses.    

What is your professional experience with DHI and in the industry?

I have supported the national DHI for a number of years as a Diamond Level Sponsor ($10,000) to the Door Security & Safety Foundation. I have been a continuous attendee at the annual DHI Conventions since 1985 and have been an exhibitor for the first time in 2017 and again in 2018. We have also supported the DHI as a participant in the DHI Pavilion at ISC West in Las Vegas, as an exhibitor. Of course, we have also supported the dues payments of all of our associates who are members of DHI.

American Direct has continuously sponsored the DHI Mo-Kan Chapter golf Tournament as the lunch sponsor for many years.

My background in the industry began in 1991 when I founded American Direct. We have been unique in our perspective in the marketplace, acting for many years without the traditional “hollow metal shop” and drop-shipping projects in total. This “out-source” hollow metal fabrication is now a standard practice by many in the space. I have led the acquisition efforts of the business since 2012 to now enhance our service offerings through eight (8) American Direct Fulfillment Centers and seventeen (17) sales offices, providing a national platform for the business logistics.

I have a degree in Business Administration, from University of Oklahoma and a graduate degree in Speech Communications, from Kansas State University. I am a lay pastor and the Executive Director in a “house church” planting group based out of a “not-for-profit” coffeehouse called Homer’s in downtown Overland Park, KS. I am married to Jerri and we have three children, Tyler, Peyton, and Benjamin.

James T. White, Jr., AOC, CFDAI, FDHI

Where do you see the future of DHI?

I see the future role of DHI as continuing to advocate for the education of both the industry professional it serves and to outside entities that have a stake in the life safety and security of our built environment. Over the last several years DHI has refocused its energy on providing up-to-date and accurate educational materials for our professional training while also making the journey toward a certification more streamlined and relevant. At the same time they have developed many programs aimed at persons and organizations that are associated with our industry and products. DHI must continue to evolve, keep the pace with and even anticipate these changes so that our members, consultants, and chapters are considered the go to people for anything to do with doors and hardware.

I believe that education, in all forms, is the cornerstone of progress. I also believe that the Chapters are the foundation of the Institute. With the continuous changes in codes, new modern building designs and technological advancements in hardware, especially electronic hardware, it is important to demonstrate our skills and knowledge as expertly and professionally as possible.

I will strive to help DHI advance these principals and programs while continuing to provide support to our members. Initiatives that I hold close to my heart are education, the chapters, the new certification program, a new apprentice/mentoring program, and growing our membership and consult rosters.

What is your professional experience with DHI and in the industry?

I was a member of several national positions including: the Board of Governors (2009-2012), Strategic Advisory Council (2007), DHI Conference Host Committee (2008, Chair), Chair and member of the Chapter Leadership Committee (2009-2011; 2015-2016), Media & Editorial Board (2009-2011), and the Board of Certification (2006-2009).

As a member of the New England Chapter of DHI, I have served in many Board and committee positions. I am currently serving as Chapter President in addition to two other terms as President (2004-2006 & 2006-2008). I was the Chapter Historian (2012-2014), the Chapter Secretary (2014-2017) and am currently a Trustee of the George P. Sargent Educational Trust, beginning my tenure in 2014. I have been on the Education Committee since 2004.

The New England Chapter has won the Mary Roth Award nine times. The wins in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 were won during my tenure as President. I also led classes as a DHI Chapter Level Instructor (2005-2008).

Having graduated from college in the Building Construction program in 1981, I went to work for a construction company as a site supervisor and estimator. I was laid off for the winter in 1983 and answered an ad for a draftsman at a door company. I joined the door hardware industry thirty-five years ago in 1988.  I was the 1st AOC and EHC in the New England Chapter and the 8th AOC and 19th EHC in North America and has been a member of the Seal Program since 2005. My DHI honors and recognitions include winner of the Fellow Award in 2017, and the Award of Merit in 2008.

My community service extends beyond just the door hardware community. I’ve guided and mentored local youth through my involvement as a Boy Scout Leader, helping five scouts to achieve Eagle Scout. I was also an assistant coach to my wife ‘Coach’ Jeanine for Field Hockey and Soccer. I am currently driving veterans to their hospital appointments through my local chapter of the American Legion.

I am also a veteran, having served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps, and in continuing my service for 21 years, as a member of the Rhode Island Air National Guard.