Stephen R. Hildebrand, FDHI, has announced his retirement from DHI and the door security and safety industry after a 37-year career. Steve has spent the past five years as Executive Vice President of DHI and the Door Security & Safety Foundation responsible for brand value and awareness while driving revenue development and strategic initiatives for both organizations. Prior to that position he served for eight years as Director of Business Development for DHI with a focus on exhibit and sponsorship sales for the annual DHI conNextions conference and exposition.
He began his career in our industry in 1981 working as an Architectural Consultant for DORMA covering seven western states from his outpost in the San Francisco Bay area. He returned home to their headquarters in Pennsylvania and served the next 20 years in management positions, including customer and technical services, marketing, international and OEM sales, business development, and lastly, working on mergers and acquisitions.
His DHI volunteer leadership career began as an Officer of the DHI Tri-State Chapter; followed by election as a Regional Director on the DHI Board of Directors; becoming an Officer of the newly-formed DHI Board of Governors; and finally serving as DHI President in 1999-2000. Throughout his 12-year volunteer service he was involved in numerous committees, including International Committee, Manufacturers Advisory and Exhibitor Advisory Councils, and Strategic Planning and Finance Committees.
“It is hard to measure the impact Steve has had on the industry between his service to DHI as a volunteer and staff leader,” says Jerry S. Heppes, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of DHI. “His daily contributions will be missed and we thank him for his dedication and passion to improve our industry.”
Steve’s service to DHI will wrap up on May 11 at the conclusion of DHI conNextions 2018 in Baltimore, Md.