The International Code Council hosted its second annual Chapter Leadership Academy June 6-7 in Atlanta, Ga. Approximately 50 chapter leaders, including representatives from Alaska, Hawaii, and Trinidad and Tobago, joined Code Council Board of Directors President Dwayne Garriss, Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims and ICC staff for a two-day event covering management skills, legal considerations for chapters and maximizing use of social media.
IABO officers, Jim Straws, Shad Paul and Chuck DeWitt attended the Academy.
The Academy kicked off with a roundtable discussion on chapter practices and management techniques. Nationally renowned communications expert Katie Wagner shared how chapters can efficiently use social media tools to recruit new members and stay in touch with existing members. Code Council staff concluded the event with presentations on legal considerations for chapters, and the upcoming changes in our Training and Certification departments.
Chapter leaders also joined President Garriss for a preview tour of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, recently declared "the finest sports & entertainment facility in the world." Preceding the tour, the stadium project team — including Holder|Hunt|Russell|Moody JV Senior Project Manager Brad Hutto and FSC Inc. Principal Ali Alaman, P.E. — reviewed the unique building processes and code compliance challenges encountered during the stadium's construction.
Continuing a theme he has promoted throughout his tenure, President Garriss reminded the group that our chapters represent Many Voices for One Purpose. "The skills you take home from this academy will help you to be the best leader you can be," Garriss said. "Use them to benefit yourselves, your chapters and the Code Council."