IAS Board of Directors

James G. Toscas, PE, Chair

James G. ToscasJames G. Toscas is President and CEO of the Portland Cement Association (PCA), having been named to this position in November 2014 by the Portland Cement Association Board of Directors.

Toscas has 25 of experience as an association CEO, 18 of which have been in the concrete industry. His previous roles included President and CEO of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), executive vice president and CEO of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and executive director and CEO of the American Nuclear Society.

Toscas was instrumental in establishing the Concrete and Masonry-Related Associations (CAMRA) industry group to improve collaboration among industry associations.

Toscas holds a bachelors degree in physics from the University of Chicago and a masters degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois, with post-graduate work in technical education curriculum development at the University of Wisconsin.

Rocco Davis, Vice Chair

Rocco DavisMr. Davis, a long-time worker advocate, is Vice President and Regional Manager of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). He also serves as Special Assistant to LIUNA’s General President. His career has included serving as a Field Representative for the Center for Contract Compliance, Regional Coordinator for the National Heavy-Highway Committee, LIUNA Tri-Fund Field Coordinator, and Chief of Staff. He has held his current position since 2001. Mr. Davis works tirelessly for the rights of working families including protecting and reforming legislation that guarantees worker rights, education and health care, voter registration, and immigration reform. With a strong history of building and organizing coalitions between community, labor and business, Mr. Davis is recognized for his dedication, hard work, and devotion to the causes of workers everywhere.

Shahriar Amiri

Shahriar AmiriSince 2007, Amiri has served as Chief Building Official and Inspection Services Director for Arlington (Va.) County Government. Prior to his work with Arlington County, he directed the activities of the Montgomery County (Md.) Division of Building Construction Services, as the division Chief.

During his work as a Senior Consultant for the Washington office of Schirmer Engineering Corp., he was project manager for large-scale commercial developments, including the AOL Headquarters in Virginia and Arundel Mills regional shopping center. Amiri worked in the Fairfax County, Va., Department of Public Works as the Assistant Chief of the Building Plan Review Division, and also was Chief of the Mechanical Inspections Branch and Director of the Commercial Inspection Division.

With more than 20 years experience in the building inspection profession, Amiri also has served as President of the Maryland Building Officials Association, Chairman of the International Code Council (ICC) Region VII, and as first a Director, then Sergeant at Arms of the Virginia Building & Code Officials Association (VBCOA).

Amiri has served on the Americans with Disabilities Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) Federal Review Advisory Committee, was Chairman of the ADAAG Plumbing Subcommittee and a member of the ADAAG Steering Committee.

He has been honored as a recipient of both the ICC Presidential Service Award and the VBCOA Meritorious Service Award.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Amiri has attended both the prestigious Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and John Hopkins University for post-graduate programs.

He currently is a Board member of the International Association of Building Officials and holds an ICC Certified Building Official certification.

Devang Jhaveri

Devang JhaveriDevang Jhaveri is founder-owner of the Global Manager Group, an India-based leading name in International Systems Certification, management consultancy and training. Devang also owns an accredited calibration laboratory. He is a lead auditor for ISO 9001, ISO 22000 and auditor for ISO 14001, ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 27001 and OHSAS 18001. He is an expert on ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, HACCP, BRC food safety, FSSC 22000, ISO/IEC 17025, OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, CE Mark, SEI-CMMI level 3 appraisals, 5S lean manufacturing, and many management areas. Devang served for three years on the IAS Accreditation Committee prior to appointment to the board. Devang has a bachelors degree in engineering and an MBA in Finance.

Stephen Jones

Stephen JonesStephen D. Jones, MS, CBO, is the Construction Official and Deputy Emergency Manager for the Township of Millburn and the Borough of Florham Park, N.J. Jones has over 35 years of construction experience and has served as the past-president of the Morris County (N.J.) Building Officials Association and the Building Officials Association of New Jersey. In addition, Jones serves on the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Building Subcode Committee and their Peer-Review Board, as well as having served as a New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs New Homes Warranty Arbitrator.

Jones is a past president of the International Code Councils Board of Directors and a sitting Governor for the World Organization of Building Officials. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Direction for the National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards for the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Jones has a Bachelors Degree in Applied Science and Technology, and a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security from Thomas Edison State College. In addition, he recently earned his Master of Science Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Thomas Edison State University. Over his career, he has received numerous awards and recognitions for his public service, including being recently named as an Honorary Kentucky Colonel.

Craig Morr

Craig MorrCraig Morr is the Quality & Compliance Director for NSF International. Morrs 10-year tenure at NSF includes the management of over 60 global accreditations, licenses and recognitions, as well as the global implementation and maintenance of the organizations QMS. Prior to joining NSF, he spent 10 years as a Quality and Regulatory Manager in the medical device and pharmaceutical diagnostics industries. Morr holds a Bachelor's in Marketing and Economics from Adrian College and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Eastern Michigan University. He is the Chair for the American Council of Independent Laboratories' Government Relations Committee.

He and his wife have five children. They enjoy camping, fellowship within their local community and tending to their small farm. They also are actively involved in the support and development of an orphanage in Mek'ele, Ethiopia.

Jim Sayers

Jim SayersJim Sayers is currently a Commercial Plans Examiner for Clackamas County, Oregon. Sayers has over 30 years of construction experience, 22 of those in the public sector. Prior to employment with Clackamas County, Sayers was the Building Official for Tualatin and Baker City, Oregon. Before that he served as a Plans Examiner and Inspector for Tualatin and Baker City as well as the cities of Redmond and Bothell in western Washington.

In addition to serving on the IAS Board of Directors, Sayers is a member of the ICC Commercial Exam Development Committee, NFPAs Building Department Advisory Council, Chair of the Oregon Building Officials Association Education Committee, and is the current President of the ICC Region II Board of Directors, having previously served as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. Sayers carries six ICC certifications along with eleven certifications issued by the State of Oregon. He shares his knowledge and passion for the codes as Adjunct Professor of Commercial Codes at Portland Community College. Sayers studied Architectural Design in college, graduating from AAI in Glendale, Arizona.

Stuart Tom

Stuart TomStuart Tom is Fire Marshal at the City of Glendale, Calif., and Section A Director on the International Code Council Board, which includes the states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, and the Canadian province of British Columbia.

He is a registered engineer in the states of Washington and California, holds a host of professional certifications, and is active in the development of fire and life safety codes and standards at the national and state level.

In his native state of California, Tom has been recognized as the 2006 Building Official of the Year by the California Building Officials Association (CALBO), and was selected as Building Official of the Year in 2009 by the California Fire Chiefs Association Fire Prevention Officers. He is the only person to be so honored by both organizations.

As a recognized expert in various fields of structural design and life-safety systems, he has received several other awards, including the CALBO Presidents Award in 2010. He was inducted as a Fellow into the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering in 2001. He has taught numerous courses throughout California and authored a self-study training program, which assisted in Californias transition to the International Building Code. He is a recognized expert in various aspects of the California Building Code.

With his first job in the city of Los Angeles, he worked in various capacities -- from small homes, to commercial and industrial, to high-rise buildings. He became Building Official/Superintendent of Buildings, responsible for the oversight of engineering, inspection and administrative activities for Glendale, the third largest city within Los Angeles County. Now as Fire Marshal, he oversees the regular inspections to make sure those buildings continue to be safe.

Tom is a triathlete who enjoys open water swimming, cycling and running. He is married and has two adult children living in New York and Michigan.

Chuck Ramani, PE, CBO, Nonvoting Member

Chuck RamaniFounder-president of IAS, an internationally recognized accreditation body. Mr. Ramani is a licensed civil and quality engineer and a certified building official with several years of experience in the construction industry, including supervision of quality management systems, preparation of test standards, training on conformity assessment standards, leading assessment and evaluation teams for onsite audits of testing laboratories, inspection agencies and governmental entities involved in enforcement of codes and standards. Involvement for over 29 years in researching and evaluating innovative building products and systems. Immediately prior to this, Mr. Ramani managed a testing laboratory and a product certification agency.

Raj Nathan, Secretary of the Board, Nonvoting Member

Raj NathanRaj Nathan is the Senior Vice President of IAS. He has over 20 years of progressive technical and management experience in conformity assessment and accreditation area. He has served and lead international teams to Japan, India, Singapore, etc. on a variety of global assignments in peer evaluation of the national accreditation systems. He has led the successful expansion of IAS business operations in Middle East, China, Turkey, South America over the past decade. Raj holds a Master of Science in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and Bachelors in Engineering.


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