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Government Affairs Team

Led by the Modular Building Institute's government affairs director Jon Hannah-Spacagna, MBI's team of government affairs professionals is diverse, experienced, and well-connected on both the state and federal levels.

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Jon Hannah-Spacagna
MBI Government Affairs Director

Jon has worked for over 22 years in the government affairs arena leading and managing lobbying efforts at the regulatory, state, federal and provincial levels. He joined the MBI team in 2018 and has worked diligently to remove industry barriers and open new opportunities and significant new funding for the modular industry in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining MBI he worked in Corporate Law for a major insurance company.

Jon is a graduate of Concord University and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. In 2012 he was awarded with Sorensen’s highest achievement, their Expression of Ideals Award for his exemplary work in government affairs in Virginia. He and his family live in Fishersville, Virginia.

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Stephen Shang
CEO, Falcon Structures
MBI Government Affairs
Committee Chair

Stephen Shang is the CEO and co-founder of Falcon Structures, the leading manufacturer of shipping container-based structures. Under Shang’s leadership, Falcon Structures has created over a million square feet of safe and quickly deployable container-based structures for virtually every industry seeking a better way to create functional space.

Stephen currently serves as a member of the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council and the Modular Building Institute’s Board of Directors, where he endeavors to promote safe and sensible building code for shipping container structures and modular building techniques.

Stephen is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Entrepreneurial Masters Program. He and his family live in Austin, Texas.

MBI's Government Affairs Committee

Chaired by Stephen Shang, CEO of Falcon Structures, MBI also boasts a working committee of dozens of modular industry professionals that meets and advises MBI on existing legislative barriers, emerging issues, and opportunities to expand the adoption of modular and offsite construction.

Mark Stephenson
Qube Projects

Devin Duvak
Indicom

Sean Studzinski
Modular Design Plus

Douglas Robinson
Willscot

John Harding
CertainTeed

Denise Beer
Willscot Mobile Mini

Thomas Cassity
Sevan-Modular

Kevin Walsh
Modspace

William Begley
Seabox

Mike Wilmot
Wilmot Modular

Sarah Graupmann
Kitchencorps

Gary Casazza
Gary Allen Modular

Shannon Hall
Giant Containers

Guy Sextro
PacVan

Yuri Yurianto
Modular Structural Consultants

Ken Mero
Modular Building Systems

Fuad Sweiss
Global Modular Partners

Ryan McIntosh
Silver Creek

Allison Rose
Autodesk

Cadziana Beyer
Qai Laboratories

Kevin Tsumura
Qai Laboratories

Mark Atkins
JMO Modular

Tauhira Ali
Milwaukee Tool

Dan Costanza
ARDEX Americas

Barb Bieganski
Vanguard

Michael Bollero, Jr.
Aries Building Systems

Daniel Arevalo
Mobile Modular Management Corp.

Government Affairs Articles

MBI Secures NY Governor Veto On Bill Targeting Modular Industry

A large fleet owner member of MBI was recently delayed in Georgia due to the state’s confusion over the details of the International Building Code. According to the company’s regional general manager, “The feedback we got was, ‘Your plans are not up to date, you need to bring them up to code.’”

Here’s how MBI was able to correct the state’s misunderstanding.

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The Davis Bacon Act was intended for traditional construction and is ill-suited for more modern modular construction. methods.

What is the Davis-Bacon Act and How Does it Affect Modular Construction?

Adopted in 1941, the Davis-Bacon Act was written long before the modular construction industry gained momentum. Now, the US Dept. of Labor is considering applying the law in ways that will seriously curtail the use of modular construction for federal and state projects.

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MBI Solves Relocatable Building Code Issues in Atlanta

A large fleet owner member of MBI was recently delayed in Georgia due to the state’s confusion over the details of the International Building Code. According to the company’s regional general manager, “The feedback we got was, ‘Your plans are not up to date, you need to bring them up to code.’”

Here’s how MBI was able to correct the state’s misunderstanding.

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MBI Helps Kick-Start Stalled Plan Review Process

Modular projects in Washington State had ground to a halt. Plan review lead times began stretching into six, eight, even twelve weeks. “Over the summer of 2021, it was getting even longer than that,” says Alan Rasmussen of Modern Building Systems. “By the fall and winter of 2021, reviews were taking 24 weeks.”

Here’s how MBI was able to get things moving again.

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