James A. Tann is director of technical services for the Belden Brick Co. in Canton,Ohio. Belden Brick, the largest family owned and managed brick company in the U.S., owns several plants as well as distributors.
An ASTM fellow and Award of Merit recipient, Tann has been a member since 1988. He works on the committees on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry(C12) and Manufactured Masonry Units(C15), serving as member at large on the executive subcommittees of both groups.The committees have recognized his work with awards such as the C15 Alan H. Yorkdale Memorial Award and the C12Honorary Membership Award.
In his career, Tann has concentrated on the design of brick masonry structures as well as building codes and standards. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering, Tann joined the staff of the Brick Institute of America as a staff engineer. In 1987, he became president of the Brick Institute’s Mid East Region, a position he held until 2014 when he assumed his current position.