About Us

Amanda Hickman, President/Consultant

Amanda Hickman serves as President and Consultant at The Hickman Group, an independent code-consulting firm located in Plantation, Florida. Ms. Hickman has been in the code and standard development process for over a decade. She develops, oversees and administers The Hickman Group’s client programs in order to advance client objectives in the various code/standard development and revision processes throughout the U.S.   

Ms. Hickman maintains relationships with numerous regulatory agencies and associations such as the International Code Council (ICC), United States Department of Energy (DOE), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), regional Code Official Chapters, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and various state code bodies throughout the US and various other stakeholder groups.    

She has served on numerous committees, currently, the ICC’s Sustainability, Energy, High Performance Building Code Action Committee (SEHPCAC), ASHRAE 90.1, and The Energy Rating Index Workgroup for the Florida Building Commission and most recently Ms. Hickman was asked to serve as Advisory Technical Committee member for the Commercial Building Energy Code Field Study for the US Department of Energy through the Institute for Market Transformation. Ms. Hickman is a former Certified Residential Energy Inspector and Plans Examiner, a Certified Green Professional and a Class 2 Energy Gauge Rater.  

Thomas Koch, Ph.D., Technical Director

Dr. Thomas Koch serves as Technical Director for The Hickman Group. With over 30 years of experience in mechanical, electrical, chemical, textile and power technologies, Dr. Koch provides technical analysis to support THG's code and standard efforts. Additionally, Dr. Koch is responsible for developing and administering The Hickman Group’s technical programs and initiatives. He also leads The Hickman Group’s Code Mentorship Program.    

Dr. Koch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technikum Winterthur in Switzerland and then a Ph.D. in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah. For the past ten years, Dr. Koch has mentored under-graduate programs in engineering for the University of North Carolina Charlotte. His mentorship has facilitated many teams of engineering students to successfully design and build prototypes for the industry sponsors. He is currently an Associate Teaching Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems Department.