AAMA Appoints Krafka Harkema

January 18th, 2019 by Editor

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced the hiring of Kathy Krafka Harkema as its codes and regulatory affairs manager. Effective January 14, in addition to her primary responsibility of helping the organization to better understand the impact of various code and regulatory agencies, Krafka Harkema now oversees the efforts of the association’s code consultants.

“We know Kathy from her previous time as a member and organization leader,” says Steven Saffell, AAMA’s technical manager. “Kathy has contributed to the fenestration industry for many years and has had an accomplished career in marketing and communications, including earning the AAMA Marketing Distinguished Service Award in 2011. We believe her strong strategic communication and research skills and decades of proven work experience will be a winning combination for AAMA.”

For years now, Krafka Harkema has worked with engineering, codes and regulatory teams to understand the technical and performance aspects of fenestration products, Saffell says, both for the residential and commercial sectors, and, “is adept at translating this information into easily understood language,” he adds.

Krafka Harkema will serve as a staff liaison for a number of AAMA code and regulatory groups and will lead member activities to facilitate the development of consensus AAMA positions on key issues. She will also develop AAMA social media posts, industry media articles and columns based on the overall scope of codes and regulatory work, as well as coordinate possible AAMA interactions with the International Code Council and state agencies, such as Florida, Texas and California.

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