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.
Mike Russell, SAIA President / PowerClimber
Mike Russell is the National Sales Manager for the Power Climber Wind 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.
Paula joined the SAIA in 1998 and has served as a Director and as a Regional Vice President for the SAIA. In 2008 she was appointed to the Chair of the Construction Hoist Council and currently serves as the SAIA President Elect on the Executive Committee. Paula is a member of the ANSI A92 main committee, ANSI A92.9 and A92.10 subcommittees for standard development. Paula is a frequent contributor to the SA magazine, and has published in Access International, Access Lift & Handler, Masonry Magazine, BIC Magazine and Elevator World magazine. Paula has conducted equipment safety awareness training in OSHA’s Region 7 for compliance officers regarding mast guided access equipment. Paula is a 5th generation Texan and hold degrees from Kilgore College and The University of Houston she resides in Friendswood, Texas.
Ted Beville has worked with Safway Services, LLC for over 24 years and is responsible for all safety and training for Motorized Products within Safway. Formerly he was the Director of Safety and Training and has served as a General Manager and Branch Manager for Safway.
Ted has over 33 years in the scaffolding industry and is the co-chair for the SAIA Construction Hoist Council, and is an active trainer of the SAIA Accredited Training Institute. He is also a member of the SAIA Education Committee, SAIA Mast Climbing Council, SAIA Fall Protection Council, SAIA Suspended Scaffold Council, and is the Liaison Leader for the SAIA and OSHA Alliance-Focus Group on Suspended Scaffold. He was the recipient of the 2012 “Unsung Hero” Award at the SAIA 2012 Convention & Exposition.
He is a member of the ANSI A92 main committee, ANSI A92.9 Mast Climbing Work Platform sub-committee, and the ANSI A92.10 Transport Platform sub-committee. He also served on the ISO/TC214 Elevating Work Platforms Working Group 2.
Ted attended the University of Florida and is a life-long Gator fan. He and his wife Johanna live east of Atlanta in Loganville, Georgia.
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.
Tom joined the safety industry in 1995 when he accepted a position with Miller Fall Protection. Since that time he has held many positions within Miller, local, national and international. He has spoke at both regional and national symposiums on a number of fall protection and rescue issues and has trained thousands of workers in proper use of fall protection over the years.
Tom is also a lieutenant on Rescue Squad 175 in Washington, Missouri, the oldest volunteer fire department in the state and one of the best recognized by ISO. He is a Fire Instructor, Haz-Mat Tech, High angle High aerial rescue Tech, swift water rescue Tech and the departments P.I.O.
He has a wife and two children, a son and a daughter, and resides in Washington Missouri.
Colby Hubler, SAIA Secretary / Power Climber Wind
Colby Hubler is the Key Account Manager 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.
Jim Holcomb, SAIA Board Appointee / Crom Equipment
Jim has worked at CER for 23 years and is now Vice President. Jim has served in region 2 as an SAIA Board of Directors representative in the past.
Located in Florida, CER is an active SAIA Accredited Training Institute (ATI) and has been an involved member of the SAIA since 1985.
Jay Gordon, SAIA Board Appointee / Klimer Manufacturing Inc.
Jay Gordon is the president and owner of Klimer Platforms Inc. in Milton, Ontario Canada. Founded in 1993, Klimer is a manufacturer and supplier of mast climbing work platforms and transport platforms to the commercial and industrial construction industry. Jay has been involved with the Scaffold Industry association since 2001 and has served on the Mast Climbing Council. Jay also serves on the ANSI A92 Main Committee, ANSI A92.9 and A92.10 sub committees, CSA 354.5 and ISO 16369 Standard for Mast Climbers. Jay is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario earning a Mechanical Engineering Degree. Jay and his wife Nancy spend much of their time in hockey rinks. Jay is assistant coach for both his son Mitchell ‘s team and for his 3 daughters; Courtney, Christine & Bridget’s Bantam team. Jay also has two daughters’ Katie and Megan who live in Vancouver, where they attend the University of British Columbia.
Marty Coughlin, SAIA Immediate Past President / Dependable Scaffolding, LLC
Marty Coughlin is a principal of Dependable Scaffolding, LLC in Cleveland Ohio. Marty has worked in the scaffolding industry since 1973 and has been actively involved in the SAIA for over 30 years. In addition to being a Board Member for the SAIA, he is also a past member of the Executive Committee of the SSFI. Marty has over 37 years in the scaffolding industry.