Lisle Wade – Founder
Lisle Wade is a graduate of West Virginia University with an Industrial Engineering degree. After four years with Alcoa he spent the next 25 years in the metal roofing and siding business – primarily with Elwin G. Smith (one of the Centria companies).
After holding numerous positions and moving up through the ranks (his children thought he was a migrant fruit picker), Lisle moved to Pittsburgh where he served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In 1981, an opportunity presented itself with Moncrief-Lenoir and he moved the family to Houston. After the sale of Moncreif-Lenoir in 1987 and a one year non-compete clause, Lisle and his son Bill started Wade Architectural Systems.
Now in semi-retirement, reflecting on the last 25 years brings a great sense of satisfaction to Lisle in the number of customers and suppliers who are also friends. He feels great pride in the successes of WAS and anticipates another prosperous 25+ years for the company for Bill, Peter, and the entire WAS family.
Lisle has an adventurous spirit and has explored parts of the world that most of us have only dreamed of. When at home, Lisle enjoys golfing and playing tennis.
Bill Wade – President & Co-Founder
Bill Wade co-founded WAS with his father, Lisle Wade, in 1988. He holds an engineering degree from Auburn University and had a number of construction jobs during his college summers. Job titles included iron worker, panel erector and an industrial chimney sweep (that one was bad). He spent 3 ½ years in sales for Xerox prior to starting WAS.
Bill enjoys working with architects in the building design phase, the competitive bid process and working with installers to see a quality finished project. Sometimes we only get past stage 1 or 2 but that’s the way things go!
Bill enjoys skiing, fishing, cross training, and reading books with lots of pictures during his time off.
Peter Parnham – Vice President
Peter joined Wade Architectural Systems in 2003. Originally from the UK, Peter made his way to Houston after being sidetracked in the Cayman Islands for 12 years where he served margaritas and daiquiris to mostly naked, pretty people. He has left his tanned Adonis appearance to aid architects in their quest for exciting new systems to help them express their design intent while trying to avoid the dreaded “VE Option.”
Peter’s specialties include Centria, VMZINC, Dri-Design, Ceilings Plus and Construction Specialties Sunshades and Louvers.
Shelley Steward – Front Office Administrator
Shelley Steward joined WAS in June 2016, as the Front Office Administrator. Shelley is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. After working 2-1/2 years in the metal construction industry as an administrative assistant and contract administrator, Shelley and is now looking to contribute her skills and expertise to the WAS team.
Shelley loves art and design, so working with a group of creatives is right up her alley. Shelley lives life a little on the dangerous side. After several skydiving trips, her next ventures are white water rafting and hang gliding. In addition she also enjoys bike riding, running, cooking, electronic gadgets, and spending time with her new husband.
Christy Serafini – Project Manager
With a background in Residential Construction and Engineering, Christy Serafini started at WAS as an Administrative Assistant in 2003. Over the course of the next 3 years, she began selling small Construction Specialties, Centria and VMZINC projects, as well as assisting the sales team in managing projects while continuing with her administrative duties.
In 2006, Christy was promoted to Project Manager, preparing material estimates and quotes, project submittal documents, and managing job files. Christy also coordinates material orders based on progress schedule from contractor, arranges delivery of materials with contractor and jobsite, prepares invoices and pay applications, and provides close-out documents, warranties and lien releases once material is delivered and project is complete. Christy wears a lot of hats at WAS! Above all, her main goals are to assist contractors with any issues that may arise and maintain good communication between supplier, Architect, contractor and installer.
At times it seems as though Christy is married to this job, but when she does take a break, she enjoys spending time with her “actual” children, relaxing at the lake with a good book, or in front of the TV watching football. Go Houston Texans!!
Marco Flores– Estimator
Marco Flores came on board in September of 2010 as an estimator and has grown into the role of Project Manager for Centria and VMZINC projects. He is a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Spatial Science, where he learned all about Environmental, GIS, Remote Sensing and worked as a Research Assistant.
Marco’s previous experience includes work as a Parking Consultant (no, not teaching you how to park your oversized vehicle), designing parking structure layouts for Walter P. Moore Engineering. He also has experience in manufacturing, inventory and international logistics
Marco is sometimes allowed to play outside (when he’s been good), enjoying running, biking, pumping iron and then cooking up a hard-earned delicious meal.
Cynthia joined Wade Architectural Systems in 2014. Previously serving for 10 years as the north Texas rep for Construction Specialties, Cynthia enjoys working with architects and designers helping to specify products and meeting the needs of the contractors and installers through the construction process.
She has past experience with project management, as well as managing the daily operations of an online editor and consultant network, and programming equipment/training users on business telecommunications equipment.
In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys hanging out with her family, gardening, yoga, cooking up new recipes, coordinating Financial Peace University Classes and the occasional opportunity to use her sign language interpreting skills.
Brian joined WAS in 2015. He has undergraduate and master’s degrees in business from the University of Houston. During his 15 years of promoting and providing exterior cladding solutions, he has built strong relationships in the construction community. He values his role as a trusted advisor and contributor of materials to the city skyline. Born in Chicago, he is a long suffering Chicago Cubs fan . When not at work, he walks the dogs and chases his two kids. He enjoys watching and playing sports. He’s an experienced youth football, soccer, and basketball coach. Occasionally, his wife gives him permission to relax with a good book or a movie.
Traci Rich – Administrative Assistant
Traci was an integral part of the WAS family for 9 years as our administrative assistant. When she answered the phones you could hear the smile in her voice. She kept us in line, up to date and often in stitches from her outrageous sense of humor. Traci lost her long fought battle with Breast Cancer in September 2015, and although she is missed we were all blessed to have had her as our friend, co-worker and family.