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Leadership Academy

ASHRAE Headquarters
Atlanta, GA
March 1–2, 2019

Academy is a crash course designed to simplify the learning curve of all things ASHRAE. Over the course of two days, attendees will gain a better understanding of how ASHRAE Society functions and obtain useful and practical knowledge essential for honing leadership skills. The program will also include sharing tips and best practices that attendees can confidently take back to their Chapters for implementation. Attendees help shape the discussion, too! A significant part of the program will be based on hot topics and challenges that attendees have identified that they would like to see addressed.

Topics covered include:

  • Creating your elevator speech
  • Navigating the ASHRAE organizational structure
  • Understanding all the tools and resources available to help Chapters and their members succeed
  • Managing effective meetings so that Board meetings and Chapter meetings can run as smoothly as possible
  • Delegating to and motivating volunteers towards the ASHRAE mission

There is no charge for this program. Society will cover the expenses for up to two nights at the host hotel as well as the meals during the event. Airfare and other expenses will be up to the attendee, the Chapter, and/or the Region.

  • Registration

    Registration is required for the Leadership Academy, but there’s no charge for the program. Interested individuals must first contact their Chapter President, who will communicate with the Region’s Director and Regional Chair (DRC). Regional leadership will determine which Chapter candidates will receive financial support for their participation.

    The Leadership Academy is included in the 2018-19 PAOE program: A Chapter will earn 100 points for each participant, up to a maximum of 300 points/3 attendees.

  • Meet the Presenters

    D.-Abellon--DSA.jpg Devin A. Abellon, P.E.
    Business Development Manager
    Region: X

    Devin Abellon is a registered professional engineer with over 21 years of experience in the HVAC field, designing systems for commercial, institutional, industrial, health care, and municipal projects. He was Vice President and managing principal of LSW Engineers California, Incorporated in San Diego until 2009, when he accepted a position as Business Development Manager for Uponor North America. He now works closely with engineers throughout the country, supporting projects that integrate radiant heating and cooling strategies to maximize energy efficiency. Devin earned his B.S. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1993. He is an active member of ASHRAE on the local chapter, regional, and Society level and is currently the Programs Subcommittee Chair for ASHRAE TC6.5 – Radiant and Convective Space Heating and Cooling, as well as Membership Promotion Vice Chair.

    chrismathis.jpg Christopher Mathis
    MC2 – Mathis Consulting Company
    Region: IV

    Chris Mathis has spent the past 35 years focusing on how buildings and building products perform – from energy efficiency to long-term durability and sustainability. He has an undergraduate degree in Physics from UNC-Asheville and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT, where his work focused on the energy use of buildings. He is the author of numerous research papers on various topics of building performance – from proper evaluation of insulation performance to fenestration systems performance, sustainability metrics and green building challenges. He is the author of Insulating Guide, a summary of insulating best practices for home builders. He is the co-author of Understanding Source Energy in Commercial Buildings. He is a 30+ year member of ASHRAE and currently serves on SSPC 90.1, 90.2 and the Residential Building Committee. Chris is also an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, providing presentations and training seminars on a variety of building energy performance, sustainability and business topics

    Rachel-Romero.jpg Rachel Romero, PE
    Energy Engineer
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    Region: IX

    Rachel Romero is an energy engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the Integrated Applications Center. Rachel is the project manager and technical assistance program coordinator for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) effort. She is the competition manager for the U.S Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition. Rachel obtained her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Hope College and then received her master’s degree in Building Systems Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder and a graduate energy certificate from the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI). She received her PE in 2014. Rachel is an active member of ASHRAE; she participated in Tim Wentz’s Presidential Elect Advisory Committee and currently serves on Bjarne Olsen’s PEAC. Previously, she was on the Conferences and Expositions Committee. Also, Rachel has been the YEA co-chair for the Rocky Mountain Chapter and is currently the Region IX YEA Regional Chair.

  • Hotel Information

    Society will reimburse up to two nights at a designated hotel near HQ with which Society has a contract. Additional details will be provided to approved registrants.