Meet the Team
Wade Architectural Systems (WAS) team serves customers across the United States as a trusted education-to-sales rep and representative partner for over 30 years. The diligent team of professionals we’ve assembled at "WAS" each play a hands-on role in maintaining our reputation for service excellence, united in our singular vision of total client satisfaction.
"WAS" also nurtures new perspective, projects and industry professionals through approved AIA Educational Courses. Headquarters is located in Humble, Texas with offices in Dallas and North Carolina. Wade Architectural Systems strives to provide products that reflect an evolution of Architecture with a global perspective.
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.
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.
Working with Wade Architectural Systems since 2003 in design, sales, estimating and project management.
Peter arrived in Texas and at Wade Architectural Systems as fast as he could, born in the United Kingdom with stops in the Cayman Islands and Aruba.
Peter really enjoys working with architects to select the appropriate products and work with great sub-contractors that provide a high quality install for a project that everyone can be proud of.
With a background in Residential Construction and Engineering, Christy Serafini started at Wade Architectural Systems (WAS) as an Administrative Assistant in 2003. In 2006, realizing Christy was not being used to the best of her abilities, she was promoted to Project Manager and Sales. Since that time, Christy has taken on various roles and positions for the company and is now considered WAS’ Business Manager. However, she continues finding time to quote projects and still loves the thrill of a big sale!
Christy wears a lot of hats at WAS! Above all, her main goal is good customer service. That requires making sure projects run as smoothly as possible as well as assist contractors with any issues that may arise and maintain good communication between supplier, Architect, contractor and installer.
At times it appears Christy is married to this job, but when she does take a break, she enjoys spending time with her “actual” husband and daughters, relaxing at the lake with a good book, or in front of the TV watching football. Go Houston Texans!!
Cynthia Ortiz joined Wade Architectural Systems in 2014. She loves to collaborate with architects and designers to help them find the right product for their project designs, and enjoys providing product presentations and educational CEU’s. Cynthia has supported the Architectural and Design community for 15 years with various architectural products. She maintains her LEED AP certification in order to better understand and support the goals of sustainable design.
In her spare time, Cynthia loves simple things! She loves being at home, having fun with family and friends, watching football, yoga and weight-training, coordinating Financial Peace University classes, and the occasional opportunity to use her sign language skills.
Calah Cutrer joined Wade Architectural Systems in 2018. She graduated from the University of Houston in 2005 with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. She worked at an architectural firm in Austin as a designer before focusing her career on architectural sales. Prior to joining the WAS team, she worked for CENTRIA in the Texas region as well as Colorado and the surrounding states.
Calah enjoys interacting with Architects and Contractors and assisting them with their design needs.
She believes that building strong relationships is key to success.
Calah loves all things related to fitness, cooking (including eating) and the outdoors. She enjoys spending time with family and her most favorite workout is chasing her two little ones around.
Shelley joined WAS in June 2016, as the Front Office Administrator. In 2017, her role expanded to include digital marketing. She is responsible for developing and executing long-term marketing plans and short-term action plans for Wade Architectural Systems. In addition to marketing development efforts, she manages social media relations, website development, and day-to-day office operations.
Shelley holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Houston with a Minor in Art. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband where they serve as the Director of Junior Bible Quizzing for South Texas. When Shelley isn’t working, learning, designing, or hosting events—she can be found spending quality time with her husband, family and friends or working on a side project.
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.
Brian joined WAS in 2015. He has undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Houston. GO COOGS! Since 2000, he has provided exterior cladding solutions while building relationships with the contractor and architect communities in Texas and Louisiana. Born in Chicago, Brian has been a Cubs fan since childhood. The many years of struggle prepared him for life in the construction business. Since 2016, he has a new sense of optimism and is generally more pleasant to be around in October. When not at work, Brian enjoys watching movies, making a mess in the kitchen and talking his wife out of getting new pets.
Lauren Serafini started as a summer intern in 2015 as an administrative assistant, filling in as needed and working on specific administrative projects. Starting the summer of 2018, Lauren began working part time while she attends college at the University of Houston. Laurens major is “undeclared”, but she likes to tell people she’s going to take over the Business Managers position once they retire.
When Lauren is not at work or school she enjoys traveling around Texas going to music concerts. Laurens also is a huge fan of College football and the Houston Astros!
David joined Wade Architectural Systems in 2019 as a member of our Cary, North Carolina office. He is a graduate of UNC-Wilmington where he was a member of the baseball team.
After college, David spent 4 years as a performance trainer for professional and amateur athletes. More recently, he spent 3 years in enterprise software sales for SAS. He is excited about getting to work with his dad, Clay, and to help bring the Wade Architectural Systems brand to the Carolinas.
Outside of work, David enjoys playing golf, exercising, and traveling as much as possible.
Clay Shambley joined Wade Architectural Systems in October of 2017. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from North Carolina Sate University. Lisle Wade hired and trained Clay as a Sales Engineer for E.G. Smith (now Centria) in 1978. Clay has spent his entire career in the metal panel industry including National Sales Manager at Moncrief Lenoir (also with Lisle) and VP of Sales and Marketing at AEP Span. In 1990, Clay established SPS of North Carolina and served as President and Owner until selling the business in 2011.
Clay is excited about reuniting with old friend and mentor Lisle Wade, and looks forward to bringing the Wade Architectural Systems brand to the Carolinas.
In his spare time, Clay enjoys playing golf (especially spirited matches with his 3 sons) and traveling with his wife Anne.
Kolt Franze joined WAS in March of 2020. He graduated Texas A&M in December of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Leadership and Sports Management.
After college Kolt went to work for Halliburton in West Texas training to be a supervisor, after which he moved to project management for a construction company in his hometown of College Station, TX.
There he ran multiple jobs in the surrounding areas where he helped improve company efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Kolt enjoys spending his free time with friends and family or participating in almost any outdoor sport whether it be golf, football, or snowboarding to name a few. When he isn’t doing any of those things you can usually find him in the gym exercising.
In loving memory:
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.