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IDA Board Election Candidates

Region 2

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Candice Brown

Company: Thomas V Giel Garage Door Inc. 
City/State: Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 


Bio: Candice Giel Brown is currently the third-generation owner of Thomas V. Giel Garage Doors Inc. Candice manages all aspects of the business including production, sales, marketing and human resources. Brown also serves on the Board of Directors for the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (BAMP) and has worked for her family business for the past eight years. After high school, Candice graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing & entrepreneurship. Following that she moved to Boston, MA where she worked for Ferguson enterprises in the plumbing & heating industry, then took a job back in Pittsburgh working for Robert Half Staffing Firm running their Wexford, PA branch. After 7 years in the corporate world, Candice joined her family business with extensive knowledge in marketing, human resources and sales. She then went to the University of Pittsburgh and graduated from their Entrepreneurial Fellows program (while still working at Thomas V. Giel) to help gain knowledge in all aspects of her own family business. When not working, Brown enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She likes to garden, travel and cook new things. 

Candidate Statement: I wish to serve on the IDA Board to help the door business grow! Being a younger woman in our industry, I see many companies having problems with recruiting and maintaining staff. I have excellent knowledge in this area and want to share my experience/background with others so we can all succeed. In addition, not many younger women are going into the garage door industry, so I want to change that and show how great a job in this trade can be!
 
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Melissa Whitacre

Company: Carl’s Door Service 
City/State: Baldwin, Maryland 


Bio: Melissa Whitacre is a certified residential installer with Institute of Door Dealer Education (IDEA) and is currently the office manager and owner-in-training with Door Service, a third generation business. Prior to becoming manager, Whitacre served as a residential technician and installer, as well as service manager. During this time, she also managed the marketing, finances and anything else required by her family-owned business. Whitacre has served on the IDA Young Professionals Network (YPN) for the past six years and as co-chair for the last four years. When not working, Whitacre fosters kittens and does home renovations. 

Candidate Statement: I want to serve on the IDA board to make a difference. For the past six years, the YPN has been trying to make a difference with the garage door community, and while we have made great strides moving forward, there is a lot that still needs to be done to help integrate the younger generations into the IDA. My goal on the IDA board would be to help connect to the YPN, to give the IDA membership as a whole more opportunities to improve. I want to see the IDA utilize the YPN members to bring in newer ideas to help move our industry moving forward.
While on the YPN I have help set up and lead events and speakers at expos, as well as other shows and events held by the IDA. I am willing to give my all to move the board further into the 21st century. I want to bring better and more relevant content to the IDA members and the younger generations as they are introduced to our wonderful industry.

Region 5

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Linda Anderson

Company: Coast Garage Door Co
City/State: Seaside, Oregon


Bio: Linda Anderson studied business management at Clatsop Community College, as an accredited company with the Institute of Door Dealer Education and is a participant in the Entreleadership Master Class. Anderson has been co-owner of Coast Garage Door with her husband Jim for over 20 years. At Coast Garage Door, Linda manages the operations, sales and finances. She has also installed garage doors and handled services calls. She is the current president of the Overhead Door and Access Trades Association (OHDATA) and holds various IDA positions, including region 5 director, chair of the member services committee and member of both the Affiliates and Membership and Communications and Technology committees. Anderson previously served as secretary for the Northwest Door & Operator Association (NWDOA). Prior to her co-ownership of Coast Garage Door, Anderson owned a paint store and a contractor office support company. When not working, Anderson is very active in community volunteerism, helping to organize NWDOA tradeshows and fundraising events; and volunteering within her  local school district. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, drawing and crafts, and simply just being at home. 

Candidate Statement: My passion for this industry is about making each individual member stronger and more profitable, and I feel that I have the ability to help direct changes within the IDA that can benefit each and every member. There are many directors who come from the supplier side and from the technical side of our industry (which are necessary perspectives), but I come from the perspective of the trenches; the nonstop phone calls, the dispatching and scheduling, and the day to day grind inside the office. Being from a smaller company, I can relate to a large portion of the IDA member demographics and know what resources they may really need to be successful now and in the future. There are some really great changes happening within our industry - and specifically within the IDA - and I am excited to be a part of them. 
 
  Second candidate still to be announced

Region 6

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Wes Perry

Company: Perry’s Overhead Doors LLC 
City/State: Salisbury, North Carolina 


Bio: Wesley Perry is a charter class member of the Sanctioned Door Systems Trainers and both an Institute of Door Dealer Education (IDEA) Certified Residential Door Systems Technician and Master Technician. Perry started working in the industry at eight years old, installing garage doors with his dad in their family construction business. Eventually, Perry moved into working full time in the garage door business. He is currently the IDA director for region 6 and chair of the newly-formed Advocacy committee. He has previously served on the Heritage and Nominating, Technology and Education and IDAExpo® committees, and is a current member of the IDA High Roller Club. Perry’s firm is a 5-Star CHI Distributor and a Liftmaster Pro-Vantage Dealer. In his spare time, he works with the Baptist History Preservation Society and the North Carolina Baptist Mission in their partnership with the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Association, doing construction and repairs in the Pacific Islands. He has also participated on the Holiday Caravan Christmas Parade and Board for over two decades. He has served as deacon, treasurer, and Building and Grounds committee chair in his local church and has coached both basketball and little league baseball. Perry has been married to his wife for 32 years and has four children and three grandchildren. He enjoys fishing, shooting, boating and volunteering. 

Candidate Statement: It has been a privilege to serve on the IDA Board over the past three years, working with the best in the industry to elevate our association and help our members become the most professional dealers and technicians in the industry. My goals are to continue increasing the resources available to our members and to grow our membership numbers.   
 
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Alex Gaskill

Company: All About Garage Doors
City/State: Raleigh, North Carolina


Bio: Alex Gaskill is the President of All About Garage Doors in Raleigh, NC. Before acquiring the company, Gaskill worked as a software sales consultant, managing a statewide territory in the Midwest. With ambitions of becoming an entrepreneur and scaling and transforming businesses, Gaskill took over All About Garage Doors at the age of 25. When not working, Gaskill enjoys hiking, playing ice hockey, cycling, visiting beaches and spending time with his wife and family.

Candidate Statement: I acquired All About Garage Doors from a retiring husband and wife who had been in the garage door industry for more than 20 years. I was 25 years old at the time and had ZERO prior garage door industry experience. This has granted me a very unique perspective of the garage door industry as a whole. My sales and marketing background have allowed me to have a different — and valuable — perspective on the industry compared to the average “career door man.” I want to see our industry grow and evolve as a whole to meet the changing needs and expectations our customers have. In order for dealers in the industry to continue to grow as a whole we must challenge the status quo, and how things have “always been done.”

Region 10

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Colleen Mooney

Company: Canadian Doormaster Electric
City/State: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada


Bio: Colleen Mooney is the vice president of Canadian Doormaster Electric Ltd, in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Committed to education and the professionalism of the door industry, Mooney holds her Institute of Door Dealer Education (IDEA) Dealer Accreditation, is an IDEA Sanctioned Trainer and is a Certified Overhead Door Support Advisor through the Canadian Door Institute. Mooney started in the industry in 2001 as a service coordinator for a small company and expanded from there. As the incumbent director for region 10, she is the current IDA treasurer and serves on various other committees within the IDA Board. In addition to the IDA, she has also volunteered on the Board of Directors for the British Columbia chapter of the Canadian Door Institute for the last 15 years, currently serving as president. When not busy running a garage door dealership, Mooney enjoys spending time with her partner Kyle and their son. Her hobbies include yoga, hiking and being in the ocean.

Candidate Statement: My mission is to give back to the garage door and access systems community that gave so freely to me. When I was 18, I picked up my first copy of International Door & Operator Industry magazine, learned there was a network of professionals leading this industry, and was determined to be a part of it. When I was elected to the board in 2017, it was a dream come true. I would be honored to continue to be a part of the IDA leadership - using the platform to grow and professionalize our industry. I believe my youthful point of view is an asset on the Board of Directors, and I aspire to be the first female president of the association.
 

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Jackie Zemlak

Company: Zem4 Service Solutions Ltd.
City/State: Saskatchewan, Canada


Bio: Jackie Zemlak attended the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with a degree in business administration. She holds a Purchasing Management certification, also known as the Supply Chain Management Program (SCMP). She is the owner/CEO of Zem4 Service Solutions Ltd., a full service overhead garage door company with focus on industrial, mining, commercial and residential projects and service. A locally-owned family-owned business, Zemlak’s company has deep roots within its market and boasts over 90 years of combined experience in the industry. In her role, Zemlak is charged with handling all aspects of the company, including project management and inventory control, along with business development and growth.
Previously, she was the CEO of Zemco Door Products for 22 years, handling both sales and organizational management. Zemlak sat on the Clopay Building Products committee from 2010-2013 and was a periodic board member for the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders Association. In her spare time, Zemlak enjoys engaging with the community and giving back through volunteering. She previously served as a delegate board member for Skills Canada Saskatchewan and is a current member of the Women in Mining and Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan Inc. (WIM/WIN), an organization creating awareness and promotion of women working in mining industries (specifically nuclear mining). She has also been an international student sponsor, allowing overseas students to live at her residence while completing studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Zemlak enjoys traveling with her partner, staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through various sports and yoga. She is also a huge Canadian Football League fan.
 
Candidate Statement: The clientele of my company is highly technical in the mining sector which demands attention to details and working with architectural and engineering concepts that continue to challenge our industry. I firmly believe having the direct communication and alliance with these worlds by engaging overhead door industry experts in the planning and development stages of construction, in particular large mega projects is very key to maintaining sustainable operations and budgets. We all pay taxes and we all contribute to the overall infrastructure of our economy; therefore we must be engaged to ensure expertise of the overhead door industry is utilized. This could be a current initiative within the industry and if so I would like to engage and contribute to this movement. In addition, as a female, enhanced promotion of women working in trades and technology and is an added dimension contributing to IDA overall. As well, my personal experience within the Canadian market as a whole may bring another dimension of knowledge to the IDA Board.

Industry/Supplier Representatives

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Chris Curtis

Company: Genie Company
City/State: Mt. Hope, Ohio


Bio: Chris Curtis hold a business management degree from Kent State University and is an Institute of Door Dealer Education (IDEA) Certified Door Dealer Consultant and an IDEA Sanctioned Rolling Door Trainer. He has completed several training programs, such as the Cornell Iron Works’ ‘Professional Education Series,’ Understanding New Construction Bidding’ and the Wayne Dalton ‘Firestar - Fire Door Training’ and ‘Rolling Door Academy.’ He is the recipient of the Overhead Door Corporation High Performance Award.
Curtis is the residential product manager for the Genie Company, where he is responsible for the product management and development for residential garage door opener portfolios. He is charged with managing and improving the profitability and growth for the product line - from new products through end-of-life - working with sales to drive profitable growth and grow market share, as well as working with finance, engineering, supply chain and operations to drive annual margin improvements. Curtis also ensures new product positioning, pricing, cost, margins and quality targets support the overall product portfolio strategy and direction.
Prior to holding his current position, Curtis was the national business development manager for Genie Commercial Line, and was responsible for sales strategy and growth of Genie Commercial. Other positions held include channel marketing manager for the Genie Company, territory sales manager for Service Spring Corp, director of commercial sales for McKee Door, and customer service rep, corporate trainer, territory sales manager and estimating manager for Wayne Dalton. In his spare time, Curtis enjoys traveling and exploring new places with his wife and two children.

Candidate Statement: I'd be thrilled to serve on the IDA Board. I look at it as a way to continue my growth in the industry and to give back to those that have helped me. Serving on the board is a way to have a real impact and not only learn more about our industry, but help others as well. I take great pride in working in the garage door business and want to help it continue to be a strong, safe and diverse area of opportunity for others.
 
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Dave Dubois

Company: C.H.I. Overhead Doors
City/State: Bailey, CO

Bio: Dave Dubois started in the industry approximately 27 years ago with a large door dealer in his hometown area of Western New York, transitioning to the manufacturing side in the earlier 90s, working in outside sales and sales management within the industry. Dubois is the Director of Sales West at C.H.I. Overhead managing a team of eight. Dubois has his CDDC and has maintained it since attaining it the first year it was offered. Dubois is in his third year of his first term on the IDA Board and is currently serving as the Supplier Vice President.  Dave lives with his wife and is extremely proud of his two grown sons.

Candidate Statement: As I round out my first term on the IDA board, I look back on what we have accomplished as a team, but more importantly, what we still need to accomplish. We have navigated through co-located Expo’s, a new management company, a changing digital world, and can say that I am so blessed to be involved with this incredible group of selfless individuals. I would be honored and humbled to have the opportunity to be re-elected to my final term and continue to have the chance to serve this industry that I have been so proud to call my home for the majority of my adult life.
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Martin Gendreau

Company: Garaga, Inc.
City/State: Quebec, Canada


Bio: Martin Gendreau earned a business degree from HEC Montreal in 2002. He also attended business school at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, and spent a semester studying at ESADE Business School - part of the Ramon Llull University - in Barcelona. Gendreau is currently the co-president at Garaga Garage Doors Inc. He has always worked in the family business and in 2007, after acting as an intern for numerous departments within the company, was appointed to the position of sales manager. In 2016, Gendreau was named co-executive vice president of Garaga Garage Doors Inc. During past IDAExpo® events, Gendreau has participated in sessions for the IDA Young Professional’s Network (YPN) and is an ongoing contributor to the IDA Scholarship Foundation, of which Gendreau has always been an advocate. He has served on the board of the Rabaud Industry, a non-profit company employing 40 people with intellectual disabilities. Gendreau is the father of three children. His hobbies include spending time with his family and playing with his children, bicycling and skiing. 
 
Candidate Statement: Day-in, day-out, I work hard to help my clients reach their goals. My advice has always been “Work better not harder”. The growth we have achieved is a testimony that this message was well received by the women and men of the Garage Door Industry.
If I am appointed to the IDA Board, I will be proud to serve the garage door community. Our role as manufacturer and supplier is to help keep the industry appealing to its members and recognized by the public as a group of trustworthy and honest individuals. These are my priorities:
  • Because Google doesn’t want to do it, vendors must show leadership in fighting alongside dealers, the “Bad Joe’s” that are giving our industry a bad name.
  • The quest for well trained and manageable techs seems to be priority number one everywhere. I’ll make it my duty to unite industry members to support the IDA in a pursuit for a solution.
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Shaun Murphy

Company: Martin Door Mfg
City/State: Salt Lake City, Utah


Bio: Shaun Murphy studied business at the University of Utah and communications at Utah State University. He is an integrity sales facilitator and is ISO9001, MRP and ISO2001 certified. Murphy is the vice president of sales for Martin Door Manufacturing. He has been in the industry for several decades, starting with Martin Door Manufacturing in 1984 as a dealer sales manager, and from 1991 to 1996, managed the Distribution Center at Northwest Door Inc. From 1996 to 2012, Murphy was national sales manager of Martin Door Manufacturing and was the sales manager at Amarr Entrematic from 2013 to 2015. Murphy served on the IDA Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011 and has served on multiple committees, including chair of Education and Technology Committee.
 
Candidate Statement: I have a broad knowledge of our industry: from what I learned starting in the garage door industry in 1984 repairing roll formers, presses and maintaining other manufacturing equipment, to knowledge gained by transitioning over to national sales and everything in between. I believe in the value the IDA brings to both the consumer and the dealer. I am committed to bringing a standard to the industry, to ensure consumers get safe and quality products by reputable dealers throughout the world.