AAMA Adds Two to Certification and Technical Staff

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) named Jason Seals certification manager and Rich Rinka technical/industry affairs manager.

Seals comes to AAMA with more than 15 years of experience in the fenestration industry. As AAMA’s certification manager, he will direct all certification-related activities of the association with direct management responsibilities for the association’s air, water and structural Gold Label Certification Program, as well as its Thermal Certification Program.

“We are very fortunate to have Jason join AAMA in the role of certification manager,” says president and CEO Rich Walker. “He will be a valuable asset to the association and our members since he brings with him more than 15 years of testing and member company knowledge and experience.”

As AAMA’s technical/industry affairs manager, Rinka will serve as a technical spokesperson and liaison representing the association at the meetings of key affiliated industry organizations to identify any areas of interest or impact to AAMA members. He also will conduct critical reviews of the association’s technical documents to ensure consistency, stringency and accuracy, as well as coordinate the use and acceptance of AAMA standards by other consensus bodies.

“In a relatively short period of time as the previous certification manager at AAMA, Rich grasped all the challenging nuances of the certification program. We have no doubt he will excel as technical/industry affairs manager,” says Walker. “Rich’s impressive technical credentials and troubleshooting experience in the field underlie his versatility, and we look forward to him solidifying AAMA’s relationships and collaboration with our key industry partners.”

Prior to joining AAMA in 2012, Rinka worked in the industry as a field technical engineer for a component supplier and also served as chair of the AAMA 800 Maintenance Committee. During his time in product development for the automotive industry, he developed and still holds four patents related to sealants.

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