Alpine's Dave Brakemen Announces Retirement

Originally published by: Alpine, an ITW CompanyOctober 10, 2016

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After 38 years of unwavering determination to advance the state of truss component engineering and construction framing practices for Alpine, its customers and the entire building industry; Engineering Director David B. Brakeman, P.E., S.E. is preparing for his retirement later this year.

“Dave is only the third person to have directed Alpine’s engineering organization, since its inception in 1966. His cumulative contributions to the discipline of wood engineering, building components, structural framing, building codes, engineering standards, design procedures and education have made Alpine even stronger by positively impacting construction practices around the globe. Virtually every product and service Alpine offers has been improved by the quality of Dave’s leadership and his team’s passion to save production resources, reduce overall costs, improve the quality of all our products, and provide the best possible service to every Alpine customer”, states Kevin Kraft, Business Unit Manager for Alpine, ITW Residential Construction, North America.

Mr. Brakeman’s impressive list of educational and industry accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1978 and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1980. Dave has served as chairman of the Truss Plate Institute’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), the TPI-1 Design Standard Committee, the TPI-4 Design Responsibilities Committee and the Truss Test Project Committee. He is a member of the Structural Building Components Association’s Engineering and Technology Committee.

As an adjunct faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, he taught the Design of Timber Structures course for 23 years. Dave is a licensed professional engineer in twelve states, and a licensed structural engineer in Illinois. Most recently Dave was named to Rural Builders Hall of Fame.

“Dave’s career accolades are a small indication of the total efforts he has put forth over these many years. On behalf of ITW, Alpine staff, its management, as well as the entire truss and building industry, I thank Dave for his tireless hard work, integrity and remarkable resiliency. His incredibly high standards, drive for perfection, and skills in cultivating an exceptional community of Alpine Engineers are a fundamental part of everything the Alpine brand stands for today. While Dave has decided to step down from his current role, he will continue to drive innovation and product development for Alpine with his on-going contributions to the Residential Design Center. I congratulate Dave for his consummate career efforts,” said Timm Fields, Vice-President and General Manager of ITW’s North American Residential Construction Division.

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