Steel Framing Alliance names interim president

The Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) announced that Mark Nowak will serve as the association’s acting president while its board of directors continues a formal search for a permanent replacement. Nowak, who has worked closely with the SFA for several years and has been leading its technology and codes program since 2007, will be responsible for managing the SFA’s day-to-day operations as well as strategic initiatives that support its mission to facilitate the growth of steel framing in the construction marketplace. Larry Williams, the SFA’s president for the past five years, has taken a market development position with the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) in Brussels, Belgium.

Nowak brings to the SFA more than 20 years of experience in working with the manufacturing sector to evaluate new technologies for adoption by the building industry. In his role with the SFA’s Technology and Codes program, he has provided strategic direction and technical support and has also helped build strategic alliances with other industry groups.

He has been a senior member of Newport Partners LLC, a building technology and market research company in Davidsonville, Maryland. At Newport, Nowak has worked extensively to support contractors building military housing and service buildings throughout the United States with an emphasis on improving efficiencies such as energy use, water conservation and the use of steel framing.

Previously, Nowak was vice president of contract research for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center, where he was employed for more than 16 years.