The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) announced a restructuring of several staff positions to accommodate a growing organization focused on multiple facets of the industry, according to a press release. This restructuring includes the promotion of Kathy Krafka Harkema from U.S. codes and regulatory affairs manager to the newly created position of U.S. technical operations director as of August 1. Krafka Harkema will retain her work in the regulatory monitoring and reporting realm but cede some codes work to International Code Council (ICC) and Florida code consultant Jen Hatfield.
“Kathy has been a wonderful addition to FGIA’s staff since joining the Technical Department,” said Janice Yglesias, FGIA’s executive director. “I look forward to seeing her apply her unique skillset and experience to this new role with an increased focus on operational management, including financials, project management and employee development. I am confident she will excel in these areas and more.”
Krafka Harkema began her tenure at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) in January 2019, after serving in several leadership roles as a member of the association.
“By developing the strengths of the technical team to guide and provide proactive industry leadership, we’ll build on FGIA’s strong reputation for innovation, engagement and excellence. We’re focused on providing even greater value and service to our members through excellence in technical leadership in certification programs, building codes, standards, regulations, technical communications and training, plus effective advocacy for the industry,” said Krafka Harkema.
Rich Rinka, FGIA’s technical manager, fenestration standards and U.S. industry affairs, will focus on technical document development and industry organization collaboration, allowing for the dedication of more resources to these critical aspects of the organization’s work.