Executive Committee Members dedicate time and energy to SAIA and have a strong passion for making things work. Volunteer leaders are responsible for the direction of the organization. The executive committee focuses on governance, policy making and setting a course for the future.
Paula Manning, SAIA President / Century Elevators
Manning is the Executive Vice President and part-owner of Century Elevators in Houston, Texas where her daily responsibilities include oversight for all sales, marketing and distribution activities. Paula has been a member of the SAIA since 1998 and has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors, as a SAIA Regional Vice President and as Council Chair for the Construction Hoist Council. She was elected to the SAIA Executive Committee in 2012 and has served as Secretary and President-Elect. Paula holds a seat on the ANSI ASC A92 Main Committee for Aerial Work Platforms and has been a representative on the ANSI A92.9 and A92.10 sub-committees since 2001. Manning is also active on the ANSI ASME A10.4 and A10.5 subgroups for Construction and Demolition standards: Personnel Elevators and Material Hoists.
She is a Silver Benefactor of the SAIA Education Foundation, a frequent SAIA convention presenter and contributor to SA Magazine. Additionally, Paula is an internationally-published author covering topics ranging from access code development, standards applications and compliance, safety, special projects, market trends and the SAIA. She is the past recipient of the SAIA Spirit Award and The SAIA Coupling Pin Award. Manning is a graduate of Kilgore College and The University of Houston and resides in Friendswood, Texas.
Mike Russell, SAIA Immediate Past President / Spider division of SafeWorks
Russell is the Director of Market Development for Spider, a division of SafeWorks. Formerly the National Sales Manager for Power Climber, he joined the SAIA Board of Directors in 2007. Prior to joining SafeWorks, Mike held progressively responsible sales and operations positions in the personal safety products and training industries serving Fortune 100 companies. Mike is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, Gatton College of Business and Economics.
James Holcomb, SAIA President-Elect / Crom Equipment Rentals (CER)
Holcomb is the President of Crom Equipment Rentals (CER) and has worked there for the past 25 years. Jim has been involved in the Scaffold & Access Industry Association since 2001 and has also served in Region 2 as an SAIA Board of Directors representative since 2002. Located in Florida, CER is an active SAIA Accredited Training Institute (ATI) and has been an involved member of the SAIA since 1985.
Colby Hubler, SAIA Vice President / Power Climber Wind
Colby Hubler is the Sales Director, Americas for Power Climber Wind, responsible for managing the turbine access needs of select wind energy customers in North America. Previously, he was the Sales/Marketing Director for Mill Direct Lumber Sales. Colby has been involved with the Scaffold & Access Industry Association since 2002, held the position of Platform Council Chair from 2005-2012 and has maintained a seat as a Board of Director since 2006. During this time, he has participated in many standards committees and groups.
Colby is a native of Washington State, has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and lives with his wife and two sons near Vancouver, WA.
Frank Frietsch, SAIA Treasurer / Layher
Frank Frietsch is the Exec. VP for Layhers’ US and Canada operations. An engineer by trade he started his career in the automotive industry from manufacturing support to technical sales at a Tier 1 supplier. In that position he moved in 2003 from Germany to Birmingham, Alabama, becoming responsible for the sales in Northern America. At the end of 2005 he moved to Houston, Texas as the Sr. Technical & Sales Manager for Layher, a German scaffold manufacturer. With the well-deserved retirement of former Exec. VP Jack Poet, Frank took over his role in July 2006. Since his start with Layher, Frank participated in the SAIA at numerous councils, later as regional director and at the board of directors.
Tracy Dutting-Kane, SAIA Secretary / DH Glabe & Associates
Dutting-Kane is a Senior Engineer at DH Glabe & Associates, a firm that specializes in structural and construction engineering. The company has a primary focus in the design of scaffolding, shoring, wall forming and other temporary structures. Her professional experience in the temporary structures industry began in 1996. She worked her way up from Staff Engineer to Chief Engineer of a major national scaffold manufacturing, sales and rental company before joining the team at DH Glabe & Associates in 2011. Tracy has diverse technical expertise in the areas of scaffold, forming and shoring and has been involved in construction of temporary works both nationwide and internationally. With her considerable expertise in varying facets of engineering, construction, and manufacturing, Dutting-Kane has developed an interest in construction training and safety awareness.
She attended Youngstown State University in Ohio, where she received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering after her initial United States Air Force enlistment was completed. She is a Licensed Professional Engineer in thirty states and is the former president of the Scaffold, Shoring and Forming Institute (SSFI) where she led the Shoring Committee for a number of years. She was key in the development of the SSFI/ANSI Scaffold Testing and Rating regulations as well as Forming and Shoring equipment test regulations. She was also instrumental in the composition of SSFI safety and inspection guidelines for the construction industry and serves on the ANSI A10.8 Subgroup. Tracye is actively involved in the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) where she is the Chair of the Shoring Committee. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Ohio Contractors Association and retired from the United States Air Force Reserves
Francois Villeneuve, SAIA Presidential Appointee / Fraco Products Ltd.
Villeneuve is the engineering and project development vice-president of Fraco Products Ltd, in Saint-Mathias-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1991, Fraco is a manufacturer and supplier of mast climbing work platforms, construction elevators and industrial lifts. Francois has been a involved with SAIA since 1999. He has served on ANSI A92 Main Committee, ANSI A92.9 and A92.10 subcommittees, CSA 354.5 and CSA 354.6. He is the current co-chair of the SAIA Construction Hoist Council. He has served as a board member of the SAIA. Francois is a graduate of the École Polytechnique of Montreal, Quebec, earning a Mechanical Engineering Degree. He is a member of the Quebec engineer professional organisation (Ordre des ingénieur du Québec).
Michael Paladino, SAIA Board Representative / Eagle Scaffolding Services Inc.
As President of Eagle Scaffolding Services Inc., servicing the New York Metropolitan area, Michael is an experienced second-generation scaffold industry professional since 1979. As President of Eagle Scaffolding, he has evolved his company into a full-service scaffolding company providing access solutions to a large and varied customer base.
Since 2010, Michael is an SAIA board member for Region Two (NY, NJ, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). As an active member of the SAIA, he sat on the Ad-Hoc Bylaws review committee, was part of the Leadership Academy Committee, and is, currently, part of the SAIA Review and Regulatory Council. Michael’s accolades include the Unsung Hero award for his tireless effort and dedication to the SAIA and The William T. Ayres Founder Award for membership growth.
Matt Morgan, SAIA Board Representative / Mdm Scaffolding Services Inc.
Morgan is Director of Business Development for Mdm Scaffolding Services, Inc., a supplier and subcontractor of NexGenPlank, scaffolding, shoring, Motorized Work Platforms and Hoists in the Dallas - Ft. Worth, Texas area. Mdm has been an active member of SAIA since 1993. Matt is currently on the SAIA - Board of Directors, Plank Committee and a current member of the Future Leaders Board for American Subcontractors Association - North Texas. Morgan was born and raised in Dallas - Ft. Worth but ended up at Milwaukee School of Engineering in Wisconsin where he played basketball for four years and Team Captain for two of those years. He has been working for Mdm since he was a freshman in High School where he started in the warehouse/yard, then moved to the Installation Crews before he started interning during college. He has worked his way through Mdm where he started as a marketing assistant and now manages the day-to-day tasks for sales & marketing, as well as being a top producer in Scaffold Installations & NexGenPlank. Matt is working toward second generation ownership to Gene and Carol Morgan who have owned and operated Mdm for almost 25 years.