Chad Berginnis, CFM
Chad Berginnis became executive director of ASFPM in July 2012 after joining the the organization in 2011. Since 2000, he has served ASFPM as insurance committee chair, mitigation policy committees' coordinator, vice chair, and chair. Berginnis received his Bachelor of Science in natural resources from Ohio State University. Since 1993, his work has focused on floodplain management, hazard mitigation, and land-use planning at the state, local, and private sector level.
Jerry Brems retired from the Licking County planning commission after serving as its director for more than 19 years. During his tenure, Licking County became the first Ohio County to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System. Licking County became the first “Project Impact” community in Ohio in 1998. In November 2003, Licking County's Countywide All Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan became the first multi-jurisdictional all-hazards mitigation plan approved by FEMA Region V. Prior to working for Licking County, Brems worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in the Floodplain Planning Unit assisting communities participate in the NFIP and was responsible for drafting state floodplain management regulations, ultimately adopted by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services for managing state activities in flood hazard areas.
Tyler Berding is a founding partner of Berding & Weil LLP, a California law firm that has represented over 1,500 community associations in the past 40 years and written extensively about their operations. He has drafted legislation affecting common interest developments and frequently testified before legislative committees. He served as a member of the California Department of Real Estate's Task Force on Common Interest Developments. Berding is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, the State Bar of California, and the Common Interest Development Subsection of the State Bar's Real Property Section, the Foundation for Community Association Research, and Consumer Attorneys of California. Berding has a JD from the University of California, Davis, and a MA and a PhD from Claremont Graduate University.
Jim Schwab, FAICP
Jim Schwab joined the American Planning Association in November 1985. Originally the assistant editor of Planning, APA's monthly magazine, he joined APA's research department in August 1990. He serves as the co-editor of the APA monthly publication Zoning Practice. Schwab is the manager of APA's Hazards Planning Center in the Chicago office. He was the project manager and general editor for the FEMA-funded APA Planning Advisory Report, Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning. He also served as the primary author and principal investigator for Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation (2014), produced by APA under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.