Conference Advisory Board

DHI conNextions has announced the formation of a first-ever Conference Advisory Board for its annual conference, being held this year at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, October 20-21, 2021. The annual conference offers a variety of topical learning tracks and sessions relevant to the dynamics and ongoing changes of the door security and safety industry. The newly formed Conference Advisory Board reflects such dynamics with leaders and subject matter experts representing the door and hardware distribution channel of manufacturers, distributors, and others allied to the industry.



Manager, Codes and Resources, Allegion

Lori Greene, DAHC/CDC, FDAI, FDHI, CCPR, has 30 years of industry experience as a distributor and specification writer and now provides support and education on the code requirements that apply to door openings. She is a member of the BHMA Codes and Government Affairs Committee that works in code development and also is very involved with school security/safety awareness. Her blog is a popular resource for the industry, and a post from this website is published in each issue of Doors + Hardware as her monthly Decoded column. Lori is the Manager-Codes & Resources for Allegion.

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Brent Guilliani

Vice President, Baines Builders Products

Brent has been conquering the world one door at a time (his world of Indiana and Kentucky) for more than a decade. As an independent manufacturers’ rep, Brent is honored to bring his unique perspective to the DHI ConNextions Advisory Board to contribute with the direction of conference educational initiatives. When he is not talking doors/hardware, you will find him talking about his wife and two kids, auto racing, or bourbon. If you have made it this far in his bio, you could reach out to him to talk either about bourbon or how to make this industry better, your choice.

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Rex E. Newcomer, AHC, CDC, CDT

CEO and President, DH Pace Company

Rex joined DH Pace Company in 1979 and then was elected COO of E.E. Newcomer Enterprises in 1998. Over the years, Rex has served the Door and Hardware Institute in multiple capacities including Board of Governors, Chairman of DHI Strategic Task Force on Distribution, Strategic Planning Committee, Educational Foundation-Development Committee, and Building Codes Task Force. On a personal note, Rex has been married for more than 40 years and has three children and 12 grandchildren.  

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Ginny Powell 

Product Marketing Specialist, Hager Companies

Ginny is the Product Marketing Specialist at Hager Companies. Based in St. Petersburg, FL, she has been in the door and hardware industry for 28 years.

Prior to Hager, Ginny spent 21 years in distribution with large- and medium-sized companies creating counter and commercial sales divisions and driving consistent year-on-year growth. In the last seven years, Ginny established Hager’s voice in the social community and expanded dialog across the globe with distributors, architects, and end users. To develop demand generation strategies, Ginny creates marketing content educating Hager’s target audiences on door hardware solutions. Ginny also manages the production and execution of Hager’s trade shows. At present, Ginny is the chair for the DHI Media + Editorial Board and has served as past Communications Chair for The Greater St. Louis Chapter of CSI and past liaison for Hager Companies with the Missouri Botanical Garden Corporate Partnership Program.


Lisa Williams

Founder and Principal, Cap8 Doors & Hardware

Prior to founding Cap8 Doors & Hardware, Williams co-founded and served as broker for a full-service real estate brokerage company, Senate Realty Corporation. Williams was responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the corporation. Through her vision, she was able to grow Senate Realty into the largest minority-owned real estate brokerage firms in the District of Columbia. Prior to Senate, she worked across a multitude of industries as a Business Strategy and Process Improvement Consultant for Deloitte Consulting. Lisa is actively involved in building relationships with key business and community constituents. She is a member of DC Builders Industry Association (DCBIA), Door and Hardware Institute (DHI), and an active participant in Food and Friends as well as a Board Member at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School. She received her MBA from Duke University.


Mark Williams

For more than 30 years, Mark Williams has served the security and safety industry in a variety of roles. Currently, Williams is the Board Chairman of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), as a volunteer advisor for the Secure Schools Alliance, as a technical committee member of the NFPA 3000 Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (Asher) standard, and as a member of the Rapid Access Advisory Council. He served as a code instructor for the state of Michigan for 15 years, as a DHI instructor for several years, and has been involved with Safe Schools since the early ’90s. Williams was with Allegion for more than 24 years in a variety of roles including Vice President of Architectural and Construction Services, Project Based Business Leader, Regional Director, and General Sales Manager. He holds a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. 


Mark J. Berger

President and Chief Product Officer, Securitech Group, Inc.

Mark is the President and Chief Product Officer of Securitech Group, Inc., an innovative lock manufacturer based in New York. Notable projects include the creation of custom life-safety automatic deadbolt door lock solutions for the classrooms at the new Sandy Hook School, custom emergency gate exit system for the New York City Transit Authority, and code-compliant multi-point deadbolt exit locks for the retail industry. A holder of several patents, Mark has served the industry and public in several volunteer positions including president of DHI Security & Safety Professionals, chair of ASIS International’s School Safety & Security Council, and ongoing chair of the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association’s Codes & Government Affairs Committee.