AP Bios

The Interstate Brick / H.C. Muddox way is the pursuit of excellence, continuous improvement, and innovation of a building product that has been used for centuries.  For decades, Interstate’s / Muddox ’s focus has been on reducing project life cycle costs, energy conservation, material reduction and  reuse, improving the environment, developing sustainable solutions and reducing the carbon footprint of our products.  We embraced the reality of these concepts long before their current use as “green” buzz words.

When USGBC-GBCI developed the LEED-AP program, Interstate / Muddox jumped on board.  In a community with over 200 brick manufacturers represented by 9 LEED AP’s nationwide, Interstate Brick / H.C Muddox employs 5 of the 9 – over half.  The Interstate / Muddox team listed below marks some of the most qualified, educated, and influential green building - exterior envelope professionals in the marketplace.  We welcome your questions.

Shannon Perry

Shannon Perry, AIA
Midwest Territory Manager

Shannon Perry, Midwest Territory Sales Manager, joined Interstate Brick in 2005, during which time she has established herself as a valuable building envelope consultant among the architectural community in her eight-state territory.  She is solidly established as a professional resource for all masonry wall systems, in particular those designed with structural clay brick.

Prior to joining Interstate Brick Shannon worked with a local brick distributor in Detroit for several years promoting numerous masonry products to architects and selling directly to mason contractors.  Before entering the world of masonry Shannon practiced as a licensed architect in Michigan for over 16 years.

As an architect Shannon was involved in projects of varying building types including municipal, education and aviation in sizes from 3,000 SF to 2,200,000 SF.   She spent nearly two years as the lead architect on a construction site full time, in addition to her seven years with an architectural firm that offered construction management services.

Shannon is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is active in her local chapter where she recently served a term as the Events Coordinator, responsible for providing monthly educational seminars to the members.  In addition to her daily responsibilities as an Interstate Brick manager Shannon has encouraged and consulted on new marketing material, established new AIA accredited continuing education and distributor training programs, promoted the establishment of a BIM library and became a LEED™ Accredited Professional.

Shannon holds a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan, a curriculum which included time at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Don Strange

Don Strange, GC
Eastern U.S. Regional Sales Manager

Don Strange, Eastern U.S. Regional Manager, Interstate Brick and HC Muddox is acknowledged nationally as an expert in all areas of design, detailing, and installation of masonry systems, with over 25 years of experience to share.

Don first joined the Interstate Brick team in 1995 as the Southeastern Territory Manager and has since consulted with design and construction teams across the United States.  His areas of expertise include plan review, preliminary budget estimates, thermal and moisture wall analysis, life cycle costing, value engineering, and LEED™ strategies in masonry.

With his diverse background and constant exposure to the latest masonry technologies, Don has enjoyed many opportunities to assist in the successful prevention and resolution of numerous masonry challenges across the country, both simple and complex.  His brick experience includes paving, thin brick, veneer, load bearing, panels, and curtain wall systems and runs from small residential to large commercial and institutional.

Don is a licensed General Contractor (FL), a Certified Structural Masonry Inspector (FL & GA) and a LEED™ Accredited Professional. He also has a solid background in architectural representation for numerous brick and stone manufacturers at the local distribution level in both Atlanta and Charlotte, and has worked on projects as a bricklayer, foreman, and estimator.  He travels frequently from his home just outside Kansas City, MO.

Sunup Mathew

Sunup Mathew, SE
Northwest Territory Manager

Sunup Mathew, Northwest Territory Manager, Interstate Brick and HC Muddox is a  licensed Structural Engineer (UT), and a LEED™ Accredited Professional who has 10 years of experience in the design of structures using masonry, steel and concrete.

Sunup is a member of The Masonry Society, Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards, Shear and Axial subcommittees of The Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC) and C 12 and C 15 committees of ASTM.  He has co-authored structural engineering papers in ACI and PCI publications.

Sunup holds a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Kerala University in India.

Michelle Perez

Michelle K. Perez, LEED, AP ID+C
Northeast Territory Manager

Michelle K. Perez, Northeast Territory Manager for Interstate Brick is the newest member to the Interstate family and brings with her a fresh and exciting approach to the use of clay masonry and how it contributes to the life cycle of a project.   With ten years of experience as a commercial interior designer directing the interior architecture and exterior elevations for client projects ranging in size from 10,000 SF to 150,000 SF, Michelle offers a unique perspective when it comes to creating dimension, texture, and scale with a vast array of building materials. 

As a legacy LEED, AP with an ID+C designation, Michelle has both the experience and commitment to remain current in the ever evolving world of sustainable design.  With a focus on LEED intents, Michelle approaches each project with a holistic and balanced approach.

Michelle is an active member with the USGBC local New Jersey and Urban Green chapters. Michelle also serves on the leadership team for ASID New Jersey and LMNOP, a New York City based professional development society that was created by and for the architectural and design community. 

Michelle grew up in Michigan where she graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development.   Upon moving to east coast in 2005, Michelle’s love for architecture brought her back to school where she earned a subsequent degree in Interior Design from the renowned New York School of Interior Design.

Jeff Elder

Jeff Elder, SE
Sales Manager

Jeffrey L. Elder, General Sales Manager, Interstate Brick and HC Muddox is nationally recognized for his role in the design and promotion of hollow clay structural brick for the past 26 years.

Elder is a licensed Structural Engineer (UT), and a LEED™ Accredited Professional.  He has served for the past 18 years as Technical Chairman for Western States Clay Products Association - the structural research arm of the brick industry.

Elder has authored or co-authored numerous magazine articles, technical documents, and publications to include “Fire Endurance Ratings of Clay Brick Masonry”, “Notes on the Selection, Design and Construction of Reinforced Hollow Clay Masonry”, "Design Guide for Structural Brick Veneer”, "Atlas Brick Technical Data”, “Efflorescence, Can it be Controlled?”, and "Design Guide for Anchored Brick Veneer Over Steel Studs”.

Elder is a member of The Masonry Society and has actively participated in The Masonry Standards Joint Committee, Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards, ASTM, and is listed in the TMS Speaker Directory. 

Elder holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Structures from Brigham Young University, Provo.