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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, 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 / HD Scaffold, LLC

Jim Holcomb has been involved in the Scaffold and Access industry for almost 30 years. Jim started as a driver/laborer for Crom Equipment Rentals based in Gainesville, Florida and worked his way through the ranks to become President of the company. Since leaving Crom in 2017 Jim has formed his own scaffold company, HD Scaffold, LLC, and is looking forward to many more years in the industry. He has been an involved member of the SAIA since 2000, been involved in scaffold training as an Approved Training Instructor, has been on the Board of Directors for many years, and has served on the Executive Committee for the last six years.


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, P.E., SAIA Secretary / Stepup Scaffold

Ms. Dutting-Kane is an established Professional Engineer with over 20 years engineering experience in temporary structure design, manufacturing, and testing with focus on scaffold, forming and shoring.  She is actively involved in ANSI safety and test standards development, has wide-ranging experience with Federal and State OSHA standards and Scaffold Training.  Tracy has worked extensively with scaffold and shoring engineering, design and manufacturing, forensic engineering including accident investigation of temporary structures, and paving equipment design, testing and manufacture.  She is also an Air Force veteran and retired from the Air Force Reserve.



Francois Villeneuve, SAIA Member at Large / 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 Appointee / 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 Appointee / 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.

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