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Dembekjian, Dewi Promoted Within IAPMO R&T 

IAPMO R&T’s Ohannes Dembekjian has been promoted to Senior Director of Continuous Compliance and Shirley Dewi to Director of Management System Registration Services within North America’s premier plumbing and mechanical product certification agency. The IAPMO Group’s Chief Executive Officer GP Russ Chaney announced the promotions Aug. 6.
Dembekjian, who has served since Jan. 1, 1999, as director of Continuous Compliance, manages around 20 contracted inspectors stationed strategically all over the globe. IAPMO R&T’s Continuous Compliance department each year conducts more than 3,000 audits worldwide at manufacturing and warehouse facilities seeking to maintain their products’ certification or establish a new certification. These surveillance audits ensure that listed products have remained in compliance with all applicable standards since the product was originally tested and certified while also ensuring compliance to the Uniform Plumbing Code®.
Dembekjian began working with IAPMO R&T as a contracted inspector in 1991, solely performing audits on behalf of IAPMO R&T. Since joining IAPMO R&T full time, he has served as Middle East advisor to IAPMO Group CEO Chaney. His knowledge of this region and his unique understanding of the customs have proven to be invaluable assets to The IAPMO Group. Today, he contributes to policy development and implementation while managing IAPMO R&T staff located in Abu Dhabi.
Prior to his work with IAPMO R&T, Dembekjian worked as plant manager for Plastic Services and Products and before that worked for PW Pipe. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Baghdad in Iraq. Dembekjian immigrated to the United States in 1982.
“Ohannes is richly deserving of this promotion to senior management within The IAPMO Group,” Chaney said. “His strong leadership, organizational skills and dedication to IAPMO R&T have served our organization exceedingly well for nearly 20 years.”
Dewi took over as manager of Management System Registration Services in 2007 and has since expanded the scope of services to include businesses outside the plumbing and mechanical industries, adding aerospace firms, schools, government entities and oil refineries to the list of clients.
IAPMO R&T, through both ANAB accreditation and a partnership with Eagle Registrations Inc., provides quality management system certification to such standards as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, AS 9100, AS 9120, OHSAS 18001 and Safe Quality Food (SQF). Management registration standards represent the best tools and practices available to ensure customer expectations are consistently met or exceeded. Certification from an independent certification body such as IAPMO R&T communicates those high standards.
Prior to joining IAPMO R&T, Dewi worked as a quality manager in the plastic injection molding and electronics industries and served as a contract auditor for IAPMO R&T. Before that she was an operations analyst for Lockheed Martin IMS. Dewi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Cal Poly Pomona.
“Shirley has displayed great resourcefulness and initiative in growing the ISO Registration department and this promotion demonstrates the strong faith we have in her continuing that growth for years to come,” Chaney said.
For more information on IAPMO R&T, direct your Web browser to www.iapmort.org.