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Window Preservation Alliance

Don't Replace...Repair

About Us

The Window Preservation Alliance (WPA) was formed in response to requests to have window restorers exhibit at regional and national building and historic preservation events. Since most window restorers work in geographically small areas, it made no sense as individual companies to have this sort of presence. But, as a group, representation can be equal to or greater than the replacement window manufacturers. Together we can have a voice. Together we can save original windows.

The aim of the WPA is to include all who want to help change the conversation about windows. We want to connect those who wish to save their windows with professionals who can provide the needed services. We want to demystify the process of finding the appropriate materials and products for window restoration. We want to introduce those considering window restoration as a career to professionals who can help them grow. Our goal is to help preservationists find the tools they need to educate building owners, architects, and other decision makers about the value of original windows.

A steering committee was formed and the Window Preservation Alliance was organized as a 501(c)(6) trade association. The first meet up was held in April 2015 and an enthusiastic group immediately signed up for membership. 

Below is the current Board of Directors and active committees.

Board of Directors

Adam Butler, Treasurer is the owner and President of Iconic Windows. His passion for historic preservation and carpentry started when he was a child. He looked forward to the weekends to watch TV, like many kids. But instead of cartoons, he sought out episodes of This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop! Adam is a native of suburban Philadelphia and earned a BA from College of Charleston in beautifully historic Charleston, SC. It was during the summer break in 2003, at his family home in Pennsylvania, that his passion for restoring historic windows was kindled. He fumbled his way through the restoration of his family's windows and realized how surprisingly rewarding window restoration could be. It was not long after graduation and a short stint as an accountant that Adam started Iconic Windows. Over a decade later, his company restores hundreds of windows a year as well as manufactures custom windows and wood storm windows.

Alison Hardy, President Emeritus, is owner of Window Woman of New England, Inc. Her company restores windows in the North of Boston/Merrimac Valley region. Alison has a BA from Denison University and an MBA from Boston University, only some of which is useful when scraping paint. When not restoring windows for other people she works on restoring her 1846 Greek Revival house and caring for her very handsome dog Guy Noir.

Joe Hayes, Parliamentarian, first began working on old windows in 2009 when he bought a house built in 1916. The house had original windows but no storms, the glazing putty was virtually nonexistent, and most of the cords were broken. His first priority for the house was to get the windows performing better—also his first introduction into the care and maintenance of historic wood windows. At the time, Joe was working as a Montessori elementary teacher. Every summer he would pull out his tools to tackle ever-larger house projects. He kept coming back to the windows as he learned more about how best to address the issues he was seeing. In time, Joe decided to step away from a career in education to follow his passion for working with his hands. He quickly found out that the Twin Cities was thirsty for window restoration services. Since 2017, he has been operating and growing Hayes Window Restoration. When not working on windows, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters, canoeing, gardening, and playing music.

From watching his parents and neighbors restore their own windows as a child, to helping out around the family business as a teenager—when it was still in their garage, Jackson Hoggard grew up immersed in the practice and business of window restoration. As a young adult, he saw the success of the business, Double Hung, and the efforts of his father David. He realized his passion for evangelizing window repair. Driven by his desire to save windows from the landfill, Jackson got a degree in construction management from Cape Fear Community College and then traveled the southeast working for two of the nation's best builders. He helped deliver over $600mm to the built environment over the span of eight years. He also gained valuable industry insight, expertise, and relationships that help him spread the truth and science of window repair nationwide.

Ty McBride is a self-described preservation entrepreneur. He is the founder of Old Home Rescue and is committed to saving old windows and serving his OKC neighbors. Ty has spent the last five years leveraging social media to rescue old homes and windows and is currently most passionate about building a home service business that RESCUES homes... not RUINS them! Ty and his team have restored dozens of windows across Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas. They have also shipped their award-winning EverSash (Accoya Replica Sash) across the US. Ty and his team were featured in the HGTV pilot Restore & Revive and currently have a growing YouTube channel taking on TV “restorations.” Ty and his family live in Oklahoma City’s Heritage Hills Historic Preservation District in a 1920s foursquare.

Born and raised in Florida, John Rodgers, Vice President, graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with degrees in environmental science and management, then joined the desk side of preservation in 2007 as a Main Street Manager and Downtown Development Director in South Louisiana. While working to restore his own properties, word started to spread and it became a hobby, then side job, then second full time job. John founded Phoenix Preservation, with the bulk of work at the time being traditional plaster repairs. Windows quickly became the primary focus. The company and family relocated to Northwest Missouri in 2019 and they are now strictly doing window and door restorations and new wooden storm window builds.

Jodi Rubin has been involved in Florida’s preservation community since 1989, when she was hired as Orlando’s Historic Preservation Officer. While there, she also taught historic preservation at Rollins College. Jodi was a licensed residential contractor and owned her own window restoration company before joining Austin Historical. She is a Historic Preservation Advisor at Austin, traveling far and wide to talk to people about their great historic buildings. Jodi is also a Trustee of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

Jon Sargent, secretary, is the owner of Fort Collins, Colorado-based Deep Roots Craftsmen, focusing on window restoration amongst a broader workload as a historic preservation general contractor. Jon’s career has been dedicated to historic preservation, with a BA from Wesleyan University in Architectural History and a MA from Savannah College of Art and Design in Historic Preservation. Drawing from work experience in New England, New Orleans, Colorado, and beyond, Jon has led Deep Roots Craftsmen to steadily diversify their window work across commercial and residential projects. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children and getting out into the outdoors whenever possible.  

Scott Sidler is the founder and president of Austin Home Restorations in Orlando, Florida which has served the entire state of Florida in historic preservation and restoration services since 2010. He is also the creative force behind, a website filled with tutorials and information to help homeowners care for, restore, and understand their historic homes. Annually his website has about 1 million unique readers, enabling his services to reach well beyond the state of Florida. He is a graduate of Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sam Houston State University in Texas. He has been restoring historic buildings since the late 1990s and is a third generation painter, master glazier, plasterer, and carpenter with a wide breadth of knowledge about historic design and construction techniques.

Val Vides, president, is a New Orleanian by way of Boston and Southern Virginia. Her journey has exposed her to different industries from technology and biotech to becoming a real Willy Wonka and managing a chocolate factory. Val has enjoyed opportunities leading teams, projects, and processes. She has spent most of her career working in operations and HR, helping keep the back operations of businesses going and finding new ways of solving challenges from cash flow limitations to event management. She is a lover of old homes, glass, Hoosier cabinets, records, putting glitter on things, and the creative process of taking something and making it beautiful. Val and her husband started a window restoration business in New Orleans two years ago after a trip to Florida to learn how to restore their own windows. Her focus is mostly on the day to day operations of their business and glass epoxy repair. Val enjoys scraping paint and getting into the details, and seeing the beauty of the wood hidden underneath. She has two children, two dogs, and two grand dogs.

Julie Whalen is the owner of Willamette Window Restoration, LLC.  She started her business in 2017 in Eugene, OR after wrapping up a 25-year career as a park ranger and park manager for the state of Oregon. Involvement in the restoration of a historic mill in her park district ignited an interest in preservation, and she turned her skill set to building her business and now has four full time employees.  She works on both commercial and residential properties. Throughout the growth of her business she has received support, advice, and encouragement from mentors and peers on the WPA. She is committed to the future of this growing field. 

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