People and Places, June 2016

June 1, 2016

Borgmeier Receives 2016 BHMA Award of Excellence

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) proudly presents Dave Borgmeier, FDAI and vice president of Schiller Architectural Hardware and Door Systems, with the 2016 Award of Excellence for his outstanding service and commitment to the building construction industry.

Each year, BHMA distinguishes a non-member distributor or hardware professional who has demonstrated superior service when it comes to meeting the needs of architects, contractors, users and manufacturers from across the country. Based in Schiller's Lexington, KY office, Dave has worked for the company for 27 years, where he is responsible for managing all aspects of the division, including identifying and securing contracts; seeking growth opportunities; and supervising installation crews to ensure deliverables are met to the highest standard of quality. 

 “Dave has been praised by his peers as a visionary who holds true to service and quality,” said Ralph Vasami, the executive director of BHMA. “His professionalism and dedication to customer service truly exemplify what the Award of Excellence stands for.”

Founded in 1929, Schiller Architectural Hardware is one of the nation’s largest suppliers of commercial door frames and hardware. It is also one of Kentucky's largest access and video integrators. Schiller supplies divisions 8, 10, 27 and 28, pre-installing its hardware on its exclusive automated line.

The BHMA Award of Excellence was established in 1989; to date, BHMA has honored 29 distributors and hardware professionals for their service and contributions to the building and architectural community.

BHMA Award of Excellence Winners 1989 - 2015 are:         

1989: Shirley Henry, Builders Hardware & Supply

1990:  Val Montgomery, Montgomery Hardware

1991: Paul Selden, Atlantic Hardware

1992: Donald Poe, Cleveland Vicon Company

1993: Ben Matney, Matney Builders Hardware

1994:  Richard Barnhard, Builders Hardware Corp.

1995:  W.D. (Bill) Basnight, S.H. Basnight & Sons

1996: Jerry Ladd and Dave Dupuis, Colorado Doorways

1997: Beverly Vigue, Swingin’ Door, Inc.

1998: Mark Tew, Contract Hardware Inc.

1999: John R. Picciotti, Architectural Hardware Co.

2000: Michael Martin, Martin Architectural Products, Inc.

2001: George Thurner  III, BSH

2002: Mark Hallgren, AHC, The Hallgren Company

2003: Ken and Tom Orihel, Akron Hardware

2004: Ken J. Metzler, AHC, LaForce Inc.

2005:  John Simon, General Supply Company

2006: George Boomer, Jr., Twin City Hardware

2007: Rex E. Newcomer, D.H. Pace Company

2008: Matt Chabot, Norwood Hardware & Supply

2009: tie: Hal Breliant, LaForce Hardware and  Tom Rubright/ Bill Trimble, William S. Trimble Co., Inc.

2010:   Ken Riches,  Beacon Metals and Hardware

2011: “Mac” McCray, Wespac Corporation

2012: Leon Wolfley,  Island Pacific Distributors, Inc.

2013- 2014:  John Bell, Bell Hardware

2015: Kerry Kirby , AHC, FDAI, Architectural Division 8, Inc

ZK Access Expands Sales Staff

ZKAccess, a leading provider of biometric and RFID security solutions, has retained manufacturers' rep firm Marktek to service the Mid-Atlantic region. Marktek has over 30 years of experience in the Life Safety & Electronic Security Industry, and its President, Ted Leventhal, also serves as president of the Pennsylvania Regional Automatic Fire Alarm Association.

 “As a technology partner, ZKAccess looks forward to working together with Marktek to bring our RFID and Biometric fingerprint, facial, and finger-vein readers to the Mid-Atlantic market," says Larry Reed, CEO, ZKAccess. "Customer service is the hallmark of ZKAccess and it all starts with responsive, knowledgeable and friendly sales representatives. Complementing ZKAccess’ talented internal sales resources, the ZKAccess outside field sales force is comprised of some of the very best manufacturers' representative (MR) firms available in the security industry today."

They include F. M. Valenti (Northeast); Electronic System Products (Southeast); Coaxial Systems Associates (Florida); Innovative Systems Marketing (aka ISM West) (West Coast); Roy E. Kennedy Co. (Midwest);Structured Technologies Group (Illinois & Wisconsin); and, SelectCom Products  (Ohio Valley).

 ZKAccess has well over 25 field sales personnel complementing its internal sales department to better help customers learn, specify and support the sale of ZKAccess flexible and affordable security solutions. All are knowledgeable on how technology from ZKAccess can uniquely help resellers drive revenue and profit margins, while improving upon the safety and well-being of their end-user customers. For more information, visit

Medeco Achieves ISO 14001:2004 Certification

 SALEM, Va. - Medeco® High Security Locks, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, was recently presented with its ISO 14001:2004 certificate from Intertek, affirming that the company’s Salem, Virginia operation adheres to the internationally-recognized standard for environmental management in the design and manufacture of locks and locking systems.

“The impetus for Medeco and its dedicated employees to attain ISO 14001:2004 certification was to improve the company’s global competitiveness,” said Tom Kaika, president of Medeco and ASSA ABLOY Americas High Security and Aftermarket Group. “But it also means we’re now producing better quality products while realizing increases in operational efficiency and productivity.”

“This is a landmark achievement that all of our employees can take pride in accomplishing,” added Amanda Troise, Medeco Mechanical Product Line Manager and key implementer of Medeco’s sustainability plan. “It’s becoming more important than ever to demonstrate how Medeco as an organization is thinking about its environmental impact and we’re doing our best to lead the industry.”

ISO 14000 is a family of standards related to environmental management that exists to help organizations (a) minimize how their operations and processes negatively affect the environment (i.e., cause adverse changes to air, water, or land); (b) comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements, and (c) continually improve in these areas.  The benefits of obtaining ISO 14001 certification include:

  • Cost savings in waste, recycling and consumption
  • Advantage over competitors 
  • Management of environmental risks
  • Compliance with international environmental regulations
  • Demonstrates commitment to improving the environment
  • Shows that a company is responsible and future-focused
  • Can reduce insurance costs
  • Can increase employee engagement in the knowledge that they are working in an environmentally friendly organization

To learn more about Medeco’s sustainability initiative, visit