Watch all the excitement as Johnson Controls wins the 2016 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Control System of the Year Award.
Congratulations to ControlTrends Executive of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Terry Swope, Lynxspring and Troy Schwenn, ACI
ControlTrends Executive of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Jenny Stentz, Johnson Controls and Martin Villeneuve, Distech Controls!
Watch the excitment as Pete Walsh from Columbus Temperature Control and Jim Hayman from CGNA present the Best Technical Support Person of the Year Award Small Manufacturer to SK Foo from Easy IO and Vendor of Year Small Manufacturer to Contemporary Controls. Congratulations and Great Job!
Watch the 2016 ControlTrends Awards highlight of the evening as Jack McGowan, Steven Bushby, and Ken Sinclair are inducted into the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame. In recognition of his career contributions to the BACnet protocol, Steven Bushby was also inducted into the BACnet International Hall of Fame. Be sure to check out the bonus track at the end of the video.
Congratulations to Siemens for having their Variable Frequency Drive being selected by the global ControlTrends Community as the 2016 ControlTrends VFD of the Year. The BT300 was also the winner at the 2015 ControlTrends Awards as well! Click here to learn more about the Siemens BT300.
Want to try a Siemens BT300 variable frequency drive? Reach out to your local CGNA Controls distributor.
As we begin our 2016 ControlTrends Awards Highlight Videos, we thought the best place to start was with the superstars of the Building Automation, HVAC, and Smart Building Controls Industry — walking the Red Carpet. One of the main reasons Ken and I created the ControlTrends Awards was to shine a spotlight on the great people in our industry and give them their well-deserved “Hollywood Moment.” And, what would a Hollywood Moment be without a Red Carpet interview?
As we begin our video highlights from the 2016 ControlTrends Awards, we want to give special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor BACnet International. The BACnet protocol is at the heart of so many of the building automation and smart building control systems, that we thought it only appropriate to begin with a tribute to the dedicated, hard working men and women that make BACnet so great.
BACnet International Award Winners:
BACnet Rising Star – Natsuko Takahashi, Delta Controls
BACnet Volunteer of the Year – Steve Jones, The S4 Group
BACnet Member of the Year – Tim Skell, ABB
BACnet Project of the Year – Air Mobility Training Centre, Ontario, Canada, Reliable Controls
BACnet Hall of Fame – Steve Bushby, NIST
About BACnet International: BACnet International is an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs and promotional activities. BACnet International oversees operation of the BACnet Testing Labs (BTL) and maintains a global listing of tested products. The BACnet standard was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and has been made publicly available so that manufacturers can create interoperable systems of products. BACnet International complements the work of the ASHRAE standards committee and BACnet-related interest groups around the world.
By Therese Sullivan, editor of BuildingContext.me. To watch Ken Smyers and Eric Stromquist manage every detail of the ControlTrends Awards is a lesson in how to be the ultimate hosts. They made it happen on January 29, 2017, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, NV. But, as if by magic – and there was a lot of that — the party moved out of their hands and seemed to be owned by everyone else in the room at large. The way the community is embracing this event is a sure sign that the CTAs will live on for many years to come. The CTAs have become an important night to many, and serve a variety of community-building functions.
Steven Guzelimian, President of Optergy, explained it to me this way: “We’re building a global, brand-agnostic company aimed at the small commercial contractor. Partners from all over the world and from all lines of equipment come to AHR. I jumped at the chance to get a table at the CTAs, recognizing that it would be a chance to come together and forge a team. We invited any partners that were in town to join us at our table. 18 people showed up! We shared ideas and built rapport in this comfortable setting. Phenomenal experience. We had a great time.”
Ryan Shultz, VP of Product Management at Distech, expressed “I’ve joined Distech just this year, and this was my first ControlTrends Awards. We were up for ten awards, when you count all of Acuity. And we were so happy to win six of them. It was quite an evening for us.”
Alper Uzmezler and the team at BASSG added a new twist to the ControlTrends Awards evening by announcing a gift of software to the community. BASSG is open-sourcing one of its popular software tools, Project Building Plus, making it easy and low-risk to convert a backlog of trend data to Project Haystack format.
A great highlight was the induction into the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame of three of the industry’s most well-known and liked people: Jack McGowan, Steven Bushby, and Ken Sinclair. Jack’s moment was anticipated recognition for his many contributions over the years, such as his recent book on Energy & Analytics. But, somehow, Eric and Ken managed to surprise Ken. You cannot keep many secrets from the editor of AutomatedBuildings.com, the hub of all industry news. So, just seeing Ken’s astonishment was worth the price of admission.
This year BACnet International merged its annual awards honoring members into the ControlTrends Awards ceremony. Andy McMillan, BACnet president and managing director, handed out awards in five categories including Volunteer of the Year, Member of the Year, BACnet Hall of Fame (again Steven Bushby), Project of the Year and, new this year, Rising Star. I talked to the Rising Star award winter Natsuko Takahashi from Delta Controls who commented:
“I studied robotics and automation at university. Getting involved and serving a BACnet Working Group motivates me to keep learning. The standard just keeps evolving with technology; for example, it’s starting to cover new biometric systems. Everyone can be involved, grow their careers and give back to the great group of people that is the BACnet industry.”
ControlTrends launched a new award this year as well—the ControlTrends Woman of the Year. The importance of attracting all types of smart, capable and motivated people to the industry is a topic broached often in the automation and control conference sessions. I think giving CTA recognition to the women that are enjoying their building controls-related careers is a great addition to the night. Moreover, the next morning, I attended a Women in ASHRAE breakfast where CTA Woman of the Year Winner Renee Joseph, VP of Channel and Marketing Operations, Johnson Controls, was a key speaker. At 7AM in that huge hotel ballroom, the space was packed to hear Renee and others strategize about making this industry more welcoming to women. I hope to keep participating in this group—so that is one more new relationship forged at the 2017 Control Trends Awards.
To sum it up, when it came to ControlTrends Awards 2016, all the winners, runners-up and next-year-4sure’ers did like Vegas-Institution, Ol’ Blue Eyes, Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra recommended: They Did It Their Way. So, Ken and Eric, you are still going to sweat the details, but ‘Daddies, your baby has grown up.’ The CTAs are out in the universe of star-studded things now.
ControlTrends is extremely proud of the Young Gun Awards and what we believe to be another important industry initiative to draw young talent to our industry. There is no better way to enhance the image of the HVAC Industry than recognizing young professionals — who, early in their careers, have already made an important contribution or significant impact within their organization — that serves well as career role model. We need to collectively seek parity and positive recognition for our HVAC industry and attract more of the young minds and talent needed to sustain our industry in the years to come. We look forward to the continuing support of the ControlTrends Community to help us identify next year’s Young Guns.
Stefani Szczechowski, LEED Green Associate, Smart Building Technology Evangelist. Stepfani has been with Distech Controls two years and grown the specification market in Western United States by 114%. Presently, Stepfani is the Distech Controls’ Western US Specification Sales Manager and is located in Northern California. As Specification Sales Manager with Distech Controls, an Acuity Brands company, she maintains relationships with influencers (specifying engineers, architects, property managers,end user customers, and building owners). Primary focus is on Building Automation technology, as well as lighting controls, and IOT smart building infrastructure. Nine years sales experience in BAS Market and three years Owner Direct, selling Energy Service Projects.
Brendan O’Mahony, PE, Mechanical Engineer at CRB Engineering, Architecture, Construction and Consulting. Brendan is a Professional Mechanical Engineer licensed in the state of California and has been a part of CRB’s Bio-Pharma team in San Diego for six years. His focus is on the design of clean utility systems including U.S. & European Pharmacopeia (USP, EP) Purified Water (PW) and Water For Injection (WFI) generation, storage, and distribution, as well as USP/EP Clean Steam, process gases, and cryogenics. Brendan’s design focus also encompasses lab and cleanroom classified HVAC design, process cooling & heating water systems, plant steam generation and distribution systems, and process waste neutralization and bio-kill systems. Brendan has contributed to local industry seminars through presentations on Pharmaceutical Water design standards and regulations; specifically Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), USP/EP monographs, and best practices based on ISPE design guides and ASME BPE. Brendan is one of CRB San Diego’s lead Mechanical and Process Utility Engineers. He leads technical discussions and internal training sessions for the western region. Brendan was the lead recruiter for CRB’s San Diego office for two years and contributes to CRB’s business planning. Brendan visited classes at local K-12 schools to teach students about engineering. There is tremendous opportunity in engineering & science-related fields. Brendan hopes to share his experiences and hopefully get young students excited about engineering as a potential career path.
Darik Metge was born and raised in the Midwest, and joined the Lynxspring Technical Support team in 2014 after working as the Network Operations Manager for a mid-sized ISP and later as the IT manager/paralegal at a local personal injury law firm. Combining his education and a long-standing interest in technology and protecting the environment, he was naturally drawn to Lynxspring’s energy conservation efforts and green energy technologies. While at Lynxspring, Darik has obtained certifications in several of the company’s software applications, and continues to grow and expand his knowledge/experience in the HVAC industry. Darik is always on the lookout for new opportunities and education within the controls industry and is highly motivated to continue promoting, supporting, and developing the products and services offered by Lynxspring.
Christy O’Neill, Support Manager for Blue Ridge Technologies, a manufacturer of native BACnet lighting controls designed to be an integral part of the Building Automation System. Christy is responsible for ensuring our partners success in adding lighting controls to their energy management portfolios, and also leads our partner-training program. “My favorite part of the job is helping our partners find the right solution for their application.” said Christy. Christy has been in the controls industry for almost ten years, and her desire to continually add new skills has led to her becoming a key member of the Blue Ridge family. Bill Dunkleberger, President of Blue Ridge, describes Christy as the perfect role model for our customer-centric approach, and recognizes that she consistently goes above and beyond to make sure that our partners have the knowledge and tools they need to be effective.
Tavis Kerr, Director, Systems Integration at Hepta Systems. With over 15 years’ experience in the controls industry, Tavis has played a vital role in Hepta Systems’ transformation from integrator to Master Systems Integrator. As Director, Systems Integration, Tavis serves in a project management role, overseeing multiple projects or even portfolios at a time. From technician to programmer to director, Tavis’ professionalism in each aspect of the business he’s worked in has made him a trusted partner of high-level client contacts, and his extensive experience makes him a valuable resource in internal training programs. At a young age, Tavis has earned his status as a leader in the intelligent buildings industry.
Congratulations to Sarah Monteleone, Vice President of Sales Connect-Air International, winner of the 2016 Petock Award. In the words of the award’s namesake, Marc Petock, “This award is given to the person who exemplifies the willingness to help our industry succeed, shares knowledge, and gives something special back to the industry. It recognizes the person who is unselfish and makes someone else’s journey a little easier, and through practice and example, makes the industry a better place. The recipient is a fierce competitor and has the desire to expand and enhance our industry without expectation.”