The American Supply Association has hired Jim Kendzel as the new director of codes and standards replacing Hugo Aguilar who rejoins IAPMO in a larger role as vice president of codes and standards.
Prior to joining ASA, Kendzel was executive director of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and prior to that he was senior vice president at NSF International where he held various positions through more than two decades. He has been an active volunteer in numerous code groups such as ANSI, ASSE, ASTM, IAPOMO, ICC, NIBSPERC and the World Plumbing Council.
In his new role with ASA, Kendzel’s focus will include: the coordination of the code and standards committee, continuing ASA’s representation on the eight code committees, expanding the association’s PVF effort as well as initiatives supporting regulatory affairs at the federal and key state levels and raising awareness of ASA.
Aguilar was ASA’s first codes and standard’s director, establishing the department and the association’s voice in the code arena.
In his tenure, Aguilar established ASA’s presence on eight code and standard bodies, launched a code educational and informational process for ASA members to learn about the code process and how members can impact codes and standards which affect the industry.
Aguilar also built a strong codes and standards committee within ASA leadership to help steer progress. ASA has become established in a large way, impacting plumbing, PVF and hydronics code efforts.
“We owe a great deal to Hugo and look forward to working with him in his new capacity as he rejoins IAPMO,” said ASA President Scott Robertson. “We wish him the very best and appreciate the many friendships that he created within ASA.”