Board of Governors

Jerry S. Heppes Sr., CAE


Chief Executive Officer, DHI

Jerry S. Heppes Sr., CAE, has been the Chief Executive Officer of DHI – Door Security + Safety Professionals (DHI) since 1994. DHI is dedicated to advancing the key role doors and hardware products and services play in life safety and security in the building environment. He has traveled extensively throughout the total openings industry teaching on distributor profits, strategic planning, lobbying, marketing, management, codes and trends.

Heppes is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Door Security & Safety Foundation (DSSF) since 2013, an organization dedicated to advancing public safety through education, advocacy and research.

He has recently served as the Chairman of the Board of the Small Business Legislative Council, a Washington, D.C.-based federation of small businesses associations dedicated to protecting the rights of small businesses. He serves as an appointee to the Underwriters Laboratories Security Council. Heppes is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He is the father of five and resides in Ashburn, Virginia.