AACE Hosts 26th Annual Conference in Florida

Partner company receives inaugural award for contributions, scholarships for code officials

​​More than 200 code enforcement professionals from across the country converged on the Sunshine State for four days of continuing education at the 26th annual American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) conference in October.

“During our annual conference, we provide attendees with the opportunity to network, share best practices and learn alongside colleagues throughout the U.S.,” said President Teresa Adrian, CCEA.

New to this year’s conference, AACE awarded the first public-private partnership award to Safeguard Properties, the largest mortgage field services company in the U.S., for its collaboration and contributions.

This award recognized Safeguard for its many years of providing education, including session presentations. Safeguard also created a first-of-its-kind training webinar about the mortgage servicing industry. Additionally, Safeguard assisted AACE with efforts to increase awareness by producing marketing materials and including leadership at state and national conferences.

For the fifth year, Safeguard offered eight scholarships to attend the AACE conference. Sherri Johnston, ambassador-at-large, said, “Decreasing municipal budgets impact the feasibility of code officials being able to participate. The scholarship program has opened the doors to continue education and develop the skill sets needed to serve their communities.” This year’s recipients included:

  • Keelah Allen-Smith, College Park, MD
  • Nathan Buxton, Jefferson County, CO
  • John Christophe, Austin, TX
  • Jamilla Dewitt, DeKalb County, GA
  • Barry Humphries, Hueytown, AL
  • Sadie Norton, Vernal City, UT
  • Jeff Posival, Irving, TX  
  • Amrinder Singh, Reading, PA.

“Safeguard is honored to be presented with this award. We value our partnership and will continue to work with AACE as a commitment to eliminate blight in neighborhoods across the country,” said Michael Halpern, director of community initiatives for Safeguard.

About: The American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) is a national nonprofit association representing the profession of code enforcement. Since its inception, AACE has become the premier association fostering code compliance through its certification program, education,  training and enforcement. Today, AACE is the internationally recognized leader in the profession of code enforcement, with a membership growing at the rate of 20 percent per year. Code officers provide essential and beneficial services that ensure quality of life in neighborhood communities from coast to coast. As population density, economic constraints and technology place ever greater pressures on communities, the need and demand for professional code officers continues to rise.


Sherri Johnston, AACE Ambassador-At-Large

Environmental Code Manager, City of Mesquite – Retired





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