DHI Executive Leadership Transition

April 15, 2020 – After a long career of dedicated service, the DHI Board of Governors announce the retirement of Jerry S. Heppes, Sr., CAE, Chief Executive Officer of DHI and the Door Security & Safety Foundation (DSSF), effective October 1, 2020.

In July of 2019 DHI and DSSF entered into a new management model as a full-service client of SmithBucklin. In January 2019, Heppes had moved his family to Charlottesville, VA for personal reasons and has been commuting to DHI’s new offices in Washington, D.C. Heppes has chosen to retire from DHI to pursue working in a family business and to consider several consulting opportunities.

“Jerry has served DHI for 26 years as CEO and 33 years in total. He has made many lasting contributions to the success of DHI and DSSF, which have benefited the membership and the entire industry,” said DHI President Bill Trimble, AHC.

Heppes’ career in the association management profession spans over thirty- years. He earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 1992 and was honored that same year as Member of the Year by the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives. His love and passion for volunteer management is well-known, leading to many non-profit leadership roles in addition to his career with DHI and DSSF.

Along with his many industry recognitions, Heppes has served as the Chair of the Small Business Legislative Council in 2016 and as a board member of the American Society of Association Executives Service Corporation, the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association. 
“We appreciate Jerry’s dedication, leadership, and commitment to DHI and DSSF through the years and look forward to working with him throughout the remainder of his tenure,” said Trimble.

Starting October 1, 2020, Sharon Newport, CAE, DHI Chief Operating Officer will serve as interim CEO. We intend to begin a search for a permanent replacement in the first quarter of 2021.