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Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association Staff

Executive Director and Code Representative

Dave Cooper serves in administering the day to day affairs of the organization at the direction of the board of directors.  In addition he provides code consultation for our members and represents the association in code & standard development.  It will likely be his voice that anwers the SMA phone.  Don't hesitate to call, he is there to serve you our member.

Events and Marketing Manager


Joelle Ward handles the planning of SMA events and manages the SMA Website content and social media.  She is also responsible for the development of member publications, marketing and communications. Joelle lives in Colorado Springs, CO, and can be reached at (703)-999-8298 or at  

Stair Code Publication Development


The Stairbuilder and Manufacturers Association staff works closely together and with other industry leaders in order to publish up-to-date resource materials that serve to raise the industry standard and education the public.  The SMA technical guides are commonly used by stairbuilding professionals as they offer easy to understand explanations of complex stair codes. The visual interpretation guides have also received widespread praise for their clear depictions of important concepts and regulations. Beyond vocational materials, the SMA also publishes educational curriculum for Preprimary and Elementary students related to stair safety and other important topics, as well as research study findings.


The SMA staff place a valuable emphasis on educational and professional resources and materials in order to uphold stairbuilding standards in terms of both safety and craftsmanship. 

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