Get ready to invest in your team and grow your organization.

Designed specifically for the industry’s top leaders, the DHI Management Summit will provide you with actionable knowledge to help you strengthen your leadership position.

General Sessions

  • Opening Panel Discussion: Industry Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
    Moderator: Ankit Parikh, Director, Strategic Marketing, TCH

    Speakers: Bennie McMullen, AIA, MBA, LEED AP BD+C, LSSYB, Architectural Project Manager, HDR, Inc. | Rick Crosslin, Security Manger, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee | Jim Tarte, CDC, FDHI, National Sales Manager, Kelley Bros.

    Join our esteemed panel of industry experts, including an architect, general contractor, school administrator, and distributor, for a dynamic discussion on the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the door and hardware safety and security industry. Gain valuable insights into emerging technologies, regulatory changes, best practices, and collaborative approaches to address the evolving needs of this critical sector. This session offers a unique opportunity to learn from diverse perspectives and gain a comprehensive understanding of the present landscape and future possibilities in door and hardware safety.

  • What's Happening at DHI and DSSF?
    Speakers: Cortney Anderson Wascher, DHI President; Jim Tartre, DSSF President

    Join us for an informative session that highlights the latest developments at DHI, the leading association for door security and safety professionals. Discover the association's impactful work in education, advocacy, and its charitable foundation. Gain insights into new educational programs, advocacy efforts, and the foundation's initiatives, and learn how you can actively engage and contribute to these vital areas of the industry.

Breakout Sessions

  • Safe Schools and Advocating for a Better Future
    Speakers: Ken Cook, BSME, MBA, CPD, CEF, Director of National School Safety and Advocacy, Allegion; Tom Wheeler, Partner, Frost Brown Todd, LLP

    Explore the vital role of the door and hardware industry in bolstering school safety and security. This session delves into essential topics currently being undertaken including ADA outreach, state and federal advocacy, and insurance outreach. Our presenters will provide strategies to empower attendees to lead the charge in creating safer educational environments. Gain actionable insights to make a lasting impact on school security and safety initiatives.

  • Cultivating an Intergenerational Workforce
    Speaker: Victoria Mattingly, PhD

    In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, organizations are faced with the unique challenge of managing a multigenerational workforce. With employees spanning multiple generations, from Baby Boomers to Generation Z, understanding and effectively navigating intergenerational differences has become critical for attracting and retaining top talent. This session will delve into the complexities of intergenerational dynamics in the workplace and provide valuable insights and strategies to foster collaboration, enhance productivity, and drive success across generations. Appreciating generational diversity can lead to better leverage of technology, knowledge retention and communication across your whole team - join to learn some actionable strategies to improve your workplace and some metrics to keep an eye on in the years to come!

  • Attracting and Retaining Talent
    Moderator: Cedric Calhoun, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, DHI
    Speaker: Nicole Correll, VP HR Americas, Allegion; Sabrina Wilson, SVR HR, dormakaba;

    Whether you are in distribution or manufacturing, attracting and retaining top talent has become more challenging than ever before. As organizations strive to maintain a skilled and motivated workforce, it is crucial to understand the strategies and best practices that can help create a winning team. Join us for this engaging and insightful panel discussion of HR leaders as we dive deep into the world of attracting and retaining talent in our industry. In this session, we will explore the unique challenges faced in our industry and share practical solutions that can help you build a strong and resilient workforce and talent pipeline.
  • Economic Industry Update
    Speaker: Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors of America

    During this session, industry experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Door and Hardware industry. From the impact of emerging technologies and shifting consumer demands to global market dynamics and supply chain disruptions, we will examine the key economic drivers and their implications on the industry. This session will equip you with valuable insights to navigate the complexities of the current market and make informed strategic decisions for your organization's growth and success.

  • Building Efficient Strategies to Do More with Less
    Speaker: Jon Laing, Director of Professional Development, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions

    Are you looking for ways to increase capacity to do more business without increasing overhead?  In this interactive workshop participants will learn how to identify inefficiencies in their operations by completing a brief, organizational self-assessment which will serve as a roadmap for improvement moving forward.  Tools for tackling waste in business operations will be reviewed & discussed.  Our discussion will also provide participants with insight regarding how to assess prospective process management specialists in their local markets. If you feel that all of your business processes are 100% efficient, this workshop may not be for you.

  • Door Security & Safety Foundation: Creating Standards to Propel Our Industry Forward
    Speaker: James Gammon, Director of Technical Activities, DHI

    Join leaders from the Door Security and Safety Foundation for a glimpse into the recent work of the Door Security Working Group. The leaders will detail the purpose and process of the recent standards development project, including discussing desired outcomes and who all has a seat at the table for this project. They will discuss all the work that has been done to date and will seek feedback from the attendees on the standards as the program is finalized.


Closing Keynote Speaker: Ryan Campbell

Join Ryan Campbell as he shares his own story and insights into resilience: He was set on record-breaking adventure flying solo around the world at 19 years old when an engine fire abruptly changed his future. How do we recover from seemingly insurmountable obstacles? What is the secret to creating leaders and organizations that bounce back stronger from hurdles, adversities or setbacks? How do we build up this set of skills in our own organizations? How do we prioritize joy in the face of adversity? Learn this and more, and find your very own "Pink Cadillac," in this closing keynote session.

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The Executive Summit featured a great program, much of which was immediately applicable to my business. Gaining information on security and access control was important as we, and much of the industry, move into this arena. With the knowledge gained at the Executive Summit, we’ve made progress in this direction.

– William S. Trimble, III, AHC
President, William. S. Trimble Co., Inc.

Great educational opportunity, especially for 2nd tier management. This Summit gave [attendees] the tools necessary to make positive changes within our company and tremendously increased their morale.

– Past Executive Summit Attendee