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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, and policy making and setting a course for the future.


Marty Coughlin, SAIA 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..


Mike Russell, SAIA President Elect / 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.


Jeff Stachowiak, SAIA Vice President / Sunbelts Rentals

Currently Jeff is the National Director of Safety for Sunbelt Rentals and chairs the Sunbelt Rentals Safety Committee. Jeff was the Director of Access Safety Training for Sunbelt from 2000 to 2007. Prior to Sunbelt, Jeff was Director of Marketing and Safety for BPS Equipment Rental and Sales for 9 years handling workers comp, auto and liability claims and producing all the advertising and marketing materials for the company. Jeff started in the rental business in 1986 with Florida Contractor Rentals and Sales in Fort Myers, Florida which took over Saf-T-Green Scaffolding in 1991. 

Jeff is a member of the Scaffold & Access Industry Association and heads the Aerial Platform Council and is a member of the UL Fabricated Scaffold Planks and Stages committee. Jeff has written articles for Occupational Hazards magazine, Access International magazine, Equipment World magazine, Lift Equipment magazine, the SAIA newsletter and Lift and Access. Jeff lives with his wife and two daughters in Jacksonville, Florida.


Colby Hubler, SAIA Treasurer / 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.

Paula Manning, SAIA Secretary / Century Elevators

Paula Manning is the Vice – President and General Manager of Century Elevators located in Houston, Texas. Previously Paula was the Business Development Manager for AlimakHek, Inc. and Vice President of GEDA operations for Champion Elevators.

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 Secretary 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.


Jim Holcomb, SAIA Presidential 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.


Frank Frietsch, SAIA Board Appointee / 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.


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.


Steve Smith, SAIA Past President / Edge International

Steve Smith is president and owner of Edge Scaffolding and Edge International and has a background in Steel and Metals for the aerospace and medical industries.

His involvement with the scaffold industry began in 1983, when a colleague from one of the English steel mills became managing director of a forging company. This forge, Arthur Edge & Company, manufactured scaffold clamps and they determined that there had to be a market for this product in the United States. After discovering and joining the Scaffold & Access Industry Association, Steve and his colleagues developed their niche in this part of the industry, by stocking clamps and accessories and subsequently adding the world-renowned Burton’s specialty clamps to the Edge range.

Steve is well versed in all aspects of international trade, both importing and exporting and offers his services to companies looking to start or grow their business globally. As a result of this expertise, Steve has served the last 7 presidents and continues to serve as Chairman of the International Council for the SAIA, twice being awarded Outstanding Council Chairperson of the Year. Edge Scaffolding has also received the Outstanding Company Contribution Award.

An ex-pat from England, Steve worked in Mexico City for 3 years, as well as living in several locations in the United States, before succumbing to the climate and lifestyle of Southern California, where he lives with his native-Californian wife, Jo and surfer son, Matthew.

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