AAMA Expands Technical Staff

October 17, 2012

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has announced several new appointments, including an addition to its technical staff.  The new appointments are part of AAMA’s strategic objectives to add value to the association’s membership by expanding the AAMA educational platform and accelerating the development of standards, officials note.


With AAMA since 2005, Ken Brenden has been named technical director. In this position, he reviews content of all AAMA technical document drafts and ballots; represents AAMA at selected industry organization events; oversees all code and regulatory activities as well as certification-related programs and supervise all department staff and areas of responsibility including guidance and monitoring of new department employee training. Additionally, Brenden will provide input to Rich Walker, AAMA's president and CEO, regarding strategic objectives and daily operation of the association.

Brenden has more than 35 years of window and curtain wall experience in manufacturing, testing, engineering and designing. As an AAMA member in 2004, Brenden was the recipient of AAMA’s Architectural Products Group Distinguished Service Award.

With AAMA since 1998, Dean Lewis, has been named educational and technical information manager. In that role, he is responsible for developing and reviewing all educational course content, including FenestrationMasters and InstallationMasters. He also reviews and edit content of all AAMA marketing materials and assists with handles media inquiries pertaining to technical activities.

Joining the AAMA staff as certification manager is Rich Rinka. He is responsible for directing all certification-related activities of the association with direct management responsibilities for the AAMA air, water and structural Gold Label Certification Program, as well as the AAMA Thermal Certification Program. Also, Rinka will manage all aspects of the ANSI accreditation requirements in addition to certification-related audits and act as advisory staff liaison to assigned member groups within the association.

Rinka joins AAMA from member company Momentive Performance Materials. His background includes jobs in technical and engineering support and customer relations, as well as compliance and quality control.