Governor Abbott Appoints Eight To Texas Industrialized Building Code Council
Governor Greg Abbott appointed Edwin “Scooter” Lofton and John “Johnny” Scholl, and reappointed Suzanne Arnold, Janet Hoffman, Marcela Rhoads, and W.F. “Dubb” Smith to the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council for terms set to expire on February 1, 2022. Additionally, he appointed Otis Jones and Binoy Kurien for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021. The council oversees the state program regulating industrialized housing and buildings.
Edwin “Scooter” Lofton of Horseshoe Bay is the owner of Treo Signature Homes. He is vice-chair of the City of Horseshoe Bay Planning and Zoning Commission and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Church of Horseshoe Bay. Additionally, he is a Sunday school teacher and a small group leader at the Church of Horseshoe Bay. Lofton received an Associate of Business from Austin Community College.
John “Johnny” Scholl of Claude is Deputy Building Official for the City of Amarillo.
Suzanne Arnold of Garland is Chief Building Official for the City of Coppell. She is a member of the International Code Council and president for the North Texas Chapter of the International Code Council. Additionally, she is a member of the Building Officials Association of Texas and serves on the Regional Codes Coordinating Committee and the Energy & Green Advisory Board for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Arnold received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University.
Janet Hoffman of Galveston is President and Engineering Manager for Ibis Engineering. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Additionally, she serves on the City of Galveston Transportation Committee and is a member of the Houston-Galveston Area Council Economic Development District. Hoffman received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Marcela Rhoads of Dallas is owner of Abadi Architecture and Accessibility. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Texas Society of Architects, and the Accessibility Professional Association. Additionally, she serves on the Code and Standards Committee of the American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter and Membership Committee of the Accessibility Professional Association. Rhoads received a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a registered Architect in Texas, a Registered Accessibility Specialist, and an ADA Specialist.
W.F. “Dubb” Smith of Dripping Springs is president of the W.F. Smith Company, an appraisal and consulting firm. He is a member of Texas Association of Realtors, San Marcos Board of Realtors, and The Appraisal Institute. Smith received a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Economics and Agribusiness from Texas A&M University.
Otis Jones of Houston is a Senior Project Manager for LJB Inc. He is a former chapter president and member of the National Society of Black Engineers. Additionally, he is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Association of Texas. Jones received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Binoy Kurien of Pearland is Code Compliance Manager at Powell Industries and has been working in the power distribution industry for 25 years. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the International Energy Conservation Code. He was previously a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and served on the board of I.P.C. Church in Houston. Kurien attended the University of Houston.