ASHRAE members will vote on nominees for the 2013 – 14 Board of Directors (BOD) via ballots being sent in May.
Nominations for officers and directors are made by the Nominating Committee from a list recommended by individual members and from chapters regional conferences. Additionally, any voting member of the Society may write in the name of an individual for any office.
Emails with a link to the electronic ballot will begin being sent May 6, to all qualified voting members with valid email addresses in the Society database.Voting members who do not have valid email addresses in the Society database will receive a print mailing with a web address to the electronic ballot and log in credentials.
Following are brief bios of the nominated BOD members, their current ASHRAE service and their thoughts on ASHRAE membership. The incoming president shares his presidential theme for the 2013–14 Society year.
Current service: president-elect, Board of Directors; chair, Members Council, President-Elect Advisory Committee and Advocacy Committee; member, Building Performance Alliance Ad Hoc Committee, Building Safety and Security Position Document Committee, CLIMA 2013 ASHRAE Advisory Committee.
2013–14 Presidential Theme: My Presidential Theme, "Shaping the Next," focuses on embracing our responsibility to “Our World” - fellow humans and the earth, to make buildings safe, healthy, productive, comfortable environments in harmony with nature. To do this, we must develop “Ourselves” - the human resource of the professional community, and transform “Our Work” - what we do, how we do it, and who we do it with, by becoming more global in outlook, broader in scope, and more collaborative in approach.
Current service: treasurer, Board of Directors; chair, Finance Committee; vice chair, Members Council, President-Elect Advisory Committee and Advocacy Committee; member, Building Performance Alliance Ad Hoc Committee
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? It has been said many times that ASHRAE’s greatest asset is its members. I truly believe ASHRAE continues to be one of the world’s leading technical societies because of the quality of the people who belong to our organization. One of the biggest benefits of ASHRAE membership is the opportunity to network and participate with people from all facets of our industry. I can tell you from my own experience that my career has benefitted immensely from the contacts I have made while participating in ASHRAE activities at the chapter, regional and Society level; and many of my closest personal friends are people who I met as a member of ASHRAE.
Current Service: member, Conferences and Exposition Committee; Honors and Awards Committee; TC 7.2, HVAC&R Construction & Design Build Technologies; Toronto Chapter Board of Governors; ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? With a global organization, it is often very difficult to answer the question of the most important facet or value of membership due to the many different locations and cultures of our membership. However, we have a common bond as we are all interested in development of the HVAC&R value to our community. The local ASHRAE member is best positioned to deliver this message broadly within his or her community. Distribution of the great publications and education products created by industry experts via the Society afford all members the necessary tools to perform their daily tasks effectively. In addition to the valuable technical information available, networking and social opportunities within the ASHRAE family abound. The soft skills side of our organization allows all of us to improve communication and human resource knowledge. Development of these skills presents value that cannot be underestimated.
Current Service: vice president, Board of Directors; vice chair; Publishing and Technology Councils; member, Planning Committee; and TC 7.2, HVAC&R Construction and Design-Build Technologies.
What facet of ASHRAE Membership do you think offers the greatest value? I am tempted to respond it is the technology, but the greatest value of ASHRAE membership is in membership itself. ASHRAE is a society, an organization of like-minded people with a common purpose. The work of our volunteer membership provides for the development, maintenance and administration of the technology we mutually benefit from. It comes in many forms: Handbooks, Advanced Energy Design Guides, eLearning, seminars, conferences, personal networking; but the source is the same—it is the members. Whether we make our living by engineering, education, manufacturing, sales or contracting, we mutually benefit from sharing our collective knowledge and volunteerism through ASHRAE membership.
Current Service: vice president, Board of Directors; chair, Document Review Subcommittee; vice chair, Technology Council; member, Finance Committee; coordinating officer, Planning Committee; Executive Committee
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? The ASHRAE excitement continues with new initiatives internationally and within North America based on our strong chapter resources. I’ve been impressed by the ASHRAE member and staff quality and look forward to implementing current and new programs with them. The Value to Industry of Technical ASHRAE Leadership (VITAL) luncheon was initiated at the 2013 Winter Conference, with 20 senior executives hosted by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. We expect to continue this effort, and perhaps expand to the academic arena. All our key stakeholders must be engaged with ASHRAE. 2013 – 14 excitement will continue with Building Energy Quotient (bEQ), Standards 90.1 and 90.2 and the ASHRAE Handbook—Fundamentals to name a few. I consider it a privilege to continue to serve ASHRAE. How can I serve you better?
Current Service: member, Foundation Trustees; Publishing and Education Council; Advocacy Committee; Region II Chapters General Conference co-chair
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? I believe the value of membership in ASHRAE evolves as your career in the HVAC&R industry progresses. In the early years as an entry-level person, the greatest value comes from the industry contacts through the chapter and the technical support products. As you become more experienced, the industry contacts continue to be valuable but extend to Society-level activities as well as professional development programs. A major opportunity for professional development is through participation in the operation of ASHRAE at the chapter and Society levels, which provides exceptional management and leadership experience.
Current Service: vice chair, Multidisciplinary Task Group, Cold Climate Design Guide; member, Guideline Project 10 Committee, Interactions Affecting the Achievement of Acceptable Indoor Environments.
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? ASHRAE has many levels or types of membership around the world with value for everyone. For me, the participation at Society Annual and Winter Conferences offers the greatest value. The technical activities (technical committees, Handbooks, technical programs, standards, guidelines, etc.) of ASHRAE are based on volunteer work. The involvement of so many people is proof of the great value (presenting scientific results, discussions with peers, networking etc.) they feel they get in return. A majority of members do not participate at the Society level; but they find great value in ASHRAE publications and/or participating at the local level in technical activities and networking.
Current Service: member, Finance Committee, Building Performance Alliance Ad Hoc Committee, Professional Aspects of Building Commissioning Position Document Committee and TC 9.10, Laboratory Systems; assistant regional chair and treasurer, Region IV.
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? ASHRAE membership offers many values. By far the greatest value of ASHRAE membership is the opportunity of each member to get involved and contribute to a technical organization, which works solely to enhance the knowledge of professionals in our industry. The efforts of the individuals who choose to get involved in ASHRAE benefit all of the members and work for the greater good of all of society. By designing, building and operating more efficient buildings and HVAC systems, our community of engineers, contractors, researchers and manufacturers are all working together to leave the world a better place than when we entered it.
Current Service: assistant regional chair and webmaster, Region V
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? The greatest value from ASHRAE membership and participation comes from the numerous networking opportunities. ASHRAE members gain many ideas and create life-long professional contacts by networking with fellow members. This can occur at local, regional or Society meetings, where people with differing backgrounds come together to share ideas. ASHRAE members are willing to share their experience and problem-solving advice with one another, even if it is with one of their competitors. Also, ASHRAE performs its own unbiased research in order to keep its members up to date with the latest information and technologies.
Current Service: assistant regional chair, Region VI; newsletter editor, Madison Chapter.
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? Membership in ASHRAE offers the greatest value in the educational potential shared by our volunteers. ASHRAE provides access to the foundations of delivering comfort to building occupants through a vast array of talented and skilled volunteers who have researched and experienced the effective means of meeting the ever-growing goals of safety, efficiency and longevity of our indoor environments. As we challenge ourselves to improve our buildings, ASHRAE brings the knowledge and experiences which resides in the Handbooks, standards and papers for which we can learn from each other and those new to our Society.
Current Service: assistant regional chair, Region XII; Sustainability Committee chair, Florida West Coast Chapter
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? I feel that the most important facet of our membership is its standards and technical guidelines. As an international organization, respected for the development of standards often adopted into code, this is an opportunity to combine our research project goals and five-year strategic plan to show how the advancement of HVAC&R technologies will reduce our global footprint by advances in equipment efficiency, building material selection and reuse of available resources (e.g., condensate collection, geothermal and solar technologies). ASHRAE is in a unique position where members collaborate with other disciplines and industries. ASHRAE members can be recognized as leaders in sustainability.
Current Service: member, Planning Committee and TC 6.1, Hydronic and Steam Equipment and Systems; regional vice chair, Research Promotion Committee, Region XIII; region representative, secretary and Membership Promotion Committee chair, Chinese Association of Refrigeration/ASHRAE Beijing Group.
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? There are many reasons for a HVAC&R professional to be an ASHRAE member. The value of membership is not limited to receiving the ASHRAE Handbook or a discount on ASHRAE publications, seminars or workshops. One of the greatest values of ASHRAE membership is to share the knowhow, knowledge and ideas with global professionals in the industries. ASHRAE members are dedicated to serve the community through volunteering in a chapter, region or technical committee. ASHRAE members believe enthusiastically in advancing the arts and sciences of HVAC&R to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.
Current Service: Committee chair, Guideline 1.2, The Commissioning Process for Existing HVAC&R Systems; vice chair, TC 2.2, Plant and Animal Environment; member, Conferences and Expositions Committee, Multidisciplinary Task Group for the Cold Climate Design Guide.
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? ASHRAE’s greatest value to me has been the network of contacts I have developed over my years as an active ASHRAE member. The volunteer culture fostered over the years is one of cooperation, creativity and technical excellence, which I don’t observe in some other organizations with the diversity that ASHRAE embodies. ASHRAE members have shared their time and experience long before “paying it forward” became a cliché. I believe ASHRAE’s volunteer culture provides the greatest value.
Current Service: chair, TC 6.1, Hydronic and Steam Equipment and System; member, Certification Committee.
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? I believe access to technical resources is the most valuable facet of ASHRAE membership. These resources are available through traditional methods such as publications, research, conferences, workshops and webinars. There are also the opportunities such as: informal interaction with technical experts at meetings and conferences, the ability to post questions to technical committees using the website and the chance to network and develop relationships with a variety of industry members as a result of ASHRAE sponsored events.
Current Service: chair, Conferences and Expositions Committee; member, Members Council and Appeals Board for Standards
What facet of ASHRAE membership do you think offers the greatest value? ASHRAE is one of the most unique organizations in the world—the organization that establishes almost every major design standard for our industry, generated by talented, passionate volunteers and very dedicated staff whose passion often rivals our members. The greatest value to our membership is the networking exhibited at all of the various ASHRAE conferences, meetings and events. All of the benefits derived from ASHRAE—technical knowledge/expertise, professional relationships, passion to improve our industry, etc.—emanates, or is enhanced, from the networking and camaraderie at these functions. ASHRAE members always know that fellow members can be counted on in any situation.
ASHRAE advances the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. With more than 53,000 members from over 132 nations, ASHRAE is a diverse organization representing building system design and industrial processes professionals around the world.