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Judges Chosen for Annual Elevation Awards

Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Technology Publishing Co.’s third annual Elevation Awards will see a mixture of consistent, returning and new faces on the judges’ panel.

Six industry professionals are slated to evaluate the nominees for honors in both aesthetic and technical categories throughout the commercial coatings industry.

Technology Publishing Co.’s third annual Elevation Awards will see a mixture of consistent, returning and new faces on the judges’ panel.

“With so much to build on from our first two years with these honors, we wanted to keep a few of core judges and mix it up a bit at the same time,” said Brandy Hadden, commercial editor for PaintSquare Press.

“As a result, we have two judges coming back to us who were a part of the panel in our inaugural year; I’m looking forward to them being able to see how the competition has grown. We also have one brand new face with us and I’m eager to hear their perspectives as well.”

The judges are:

Kenneth A. Trimber, PCS, President, KTA-Tator Inc.

Trimber, president of KTA-Tator Inc., has more than 45 years of experience in the industrial painting field. A NACE-certified Coating Inspector and SSPC Protective Coatings Specialist, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A past president of SSPC, Trimber is chairman of the association’s Commercial Coatings Committee, Surface Preparation Committee and Containment Task Group, as well as a member of the Standards Review Committee. He is a past chairman of ASTM D1 on Paints and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications and author of The Industrial Lead Paint Removal Handbook. Trimber has been with the Elevation Awards since its inaugural year.



Jill Pilaroscia, IACC, Colour Studio, Architectural + Product Color Consultation

Pilaroscia is recognized worldwide as an innovator in the field of color consultation. A 1975 graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Pilaroscia launched her career creating palettes for Victorian houses. The founder of Colour Studio, she consults for diverse global companies and is a fully accredited member of the International Association of Color Consultants. She continues to research the psychological, biological and visual ergonomic factors of color. Pilaroscia has been with the Elevation Awards since its inaugural year.




Joseph Berchenko, AIA, CSI, CCS, Director MasterSpec Specifications and head of Content Creation for ARCOM

Berchenko is a Certified Construction Specifier with more than 30 years’ experience as a licensed professional architect. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has worked as the commercial plans examiner for the City of Lincoln, a full-time specifier for The Clark Enersen Partners and Bahr Vermeer Haecker Architects, and as an independent specifier under the name G.P. Specs. He joined ARCOM in 2003. In his current position, he manages a team of professionals overseeing the creation, maintenance and updating of more than 900 MasterSpec architectural and engineering specification sections. He has published many articles and is currently an active member of the Advisory Group for the AIA Building Performance Knowledge Community. Berchenko was an Elevation Awards judge during the competition’s first year.


Andre O. Desjarlais

Desjarlais joined the ORNL in 1991 as a mechanical engineer and, in 1998, was promoted to group leader of the Building Envelope Systems Research Group. With degrees in aeronautics with an option in fluid mechanics from Boston University, Desjarlais has been a member of ASTM International since 1987 and serves on Committees C16 on Thermal Insulation, E06 on Building Systems, and D08 on Roofing. He is the past chairman of ASTM Committee C16; he was awarded the title of fellow in 2012. He has been a member of ASHRAE since 1991, serves on Technical Committees TC 4.4 on Thermal Insulation and Building Systems, TC 1.8 on Mechanical Insulation Systems, and TC 1.12 on Moisture Control in Buildings and is past chairman of TC 4.4 and Research Chairman of TC 1.8. Since 1992, Desjarlais has been a member and past director of the Single Ply Roofing Institute (SPRI) Technical Committee and board of directors. He has also served as a member and director of the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI) since 1993. He was a founding member and serves on the board of directors of the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). Desjarlais is the ORNL representative and former chairman of the Federal Roofing Committee and past member of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).  Desjarlais was an Elevation Awards judge during the competition’s first year.


Cherise Lakeside, CSI, CDT

Lakeside is a specifier with LSW Architects of Vancouver, Washington. She has experience in construction, MEP engineering and primarily architecture in her 30-year career. Lakeside has worked extensively in multiple areas of AEC and is actively involved in education, speaking, social media and the Let's Fix Construction blog. Her passions include emerging professional development and which she co-founded with Eric Lussier. She is currently a past president of the Portland Chapter of CSI and Director-At-Large on the Board for Institute. This is Lakeside’s first year judging the Elevation Awards.




Jeff Theo, PCS, Vice President of Business Development, Vulcan Painters

Theo, Vice President — Business Development of Vulcan Painters, Inc., has over 35 years’ experience in project management, sales, marketing and business management in the coatings industry. His tenure includes employment by painting contractors and coatings manufacturers. He is a past-president of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and served on their Board of Governors from 1999 to 2009. Jeff currently chairs SSPC’s power tool cleaning and commercial contractor certification subcommittees. He also serves on the SSPC’s Standards Review Board. He is an SSPC Protective Coatings Specialist and an experienced technical speaker with several published articles. He was President of the Coating Society of the Houston Area in 1987. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of the State of New York and an Associate’s Degree in Architecture/Construction Technology from the New York Institute of Technology. Theo has been with the Elevation Awards since its inaugural year.

“I’ve had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the first two Elevation Awards and look forward to being on the panel again this year,” Trimber said when the nomination period for the third installment opened.

“The submissions for the first two years have been well-prepared, thorough and thought-provoking. The aspect of judging that I appreciate the most, is the opportunity it provides to learn more about the complexities of each project and how the teams managed the challenges they faced. The background information is as compelling to me as the appearance and functionality of the finished product.”

Once again, the categories for the Elevation Awards are: Exteriors, Commercial + Public Buildings; Interiors, Commercial + Public Buildings; Renovation/Retrofit; Floor Coatings + Treatments; Air Barriers + Moisture Management; Roof Coatings + Systems; and the Judges’ Choice Award.

The early-bird deadline for nominations is May 31. Visit for more details.


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; D+D Elevation Awards; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; PaintSquare Press

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