BCxA International Board of Directors

Executive Committee

John D. Villani, President, PE, CCP, CEM, LEED AP, Vice President – Grumman/Butkus Associates

John has served as Director-at-Large on BCxA’s International Board, and was president of the BCxA Central Chapter, which covers 12 states throughout the Midwest. John currently leads new and existing building commissioning activities for Grumman/Butkus’ energy efficiency consulting and sustainable design engineering projects. He previously worked with Johnson Controls implementing multimillion-dollar energy conservation performance contracts and controls projects, and was a staff member of Columbia University’s facilities operations and building operations departments. His background as Owner, Contractor, and Consultant enhances his perspective as a commissioning engineer. John earned his undergraduate degree at SUNY Maritime College, one of the country’s Merchant Marine colleges, as well as his US Merchant Marines Third Assistant Engineer license from the US Coast Guard.


Tom Poeling, President-Elect, Director of Energy Solutions – U.S. Engineering Company

Tom joined the BCxA International Board in 2016, after serving on the Southwest Chapter Board of Directors for seven years. During that period, he served in various officer positions, including two terms as Southwest Board President. He currently serves as chairperson for the Marketing Committee, and is also serving on the NCBC Conference Committee. He has been involved with the commissioning industry for over 25 years, with 20 years as a commissioning provider with EMC Engineers and Eaton Energy Solutions, Inc. He is currently Director of Energy Solutions with U.S. Engineering Company, a top 25 mechanical contractor nationally. He is responsible for coordinating internal commissioning processes during design and construction. He is also involved with planning and executing energy conservation strategies for various types of projects. Tom is a graduate of Colorado State University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Candice Rogers, Secretary, CCP, CxA, LEED AP, President – Paladin, Inc.

Prior to being re-elected to the International Board, Candice previously served as Chair of the Marketing and Outreach Committee and International Board of Directors. Candice is president of Paladin, Inc., a commissioning and engineering firm in Lexington, Kentucky. Her passion is simple: helping building owners achieve their project goals. Her association areas of interest are marketing and outreach efforts, as well as strategic planning. She has been privileged to develop commissioning guidelines for the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Policies and Procedures Manual. She presents locally to Kentucky chapters of AIA, USGBC, ASHRAE, and building owners on commissioning best practices. She is a Certified Commissioning Professional, a LEED AP BD+C. Candice holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Management and a MBA in International Business.


Dan Forino, Treasurer, PE, CCP, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Regional Director – Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP

Dan is the Regional Director for NY, overseeing HEA’s largest office. He brings over 11 years dedicated to the commissioning industry, all with HEA. During his tenure at HEA he has focused on sustainability initiatives, indoor air quality and working with his clients to establish and improve their commissioning programs. Dan has managed and executed commissioning projects all across the U.S., with various clients including the Target Corporation and Duke University, as well as overseeing HEA’s healthcare team responsible for NYC’s top healthcare institutions. This is Dan’s second term on the International Board of Directors, and second term as Treasurer.


Bruce A. Pitts, Immediate Past President, CPMP, CSBA LEED AP, Principal – Wood Harbinger, Inc.

Bruce has a long history of leadership within the BCxA, having served as a board member and, ultimately, President of the International Board of Directors. In addition to this position of leadership, he has been a long-term member holding various roles on the International Board and the Northwest Chapter Board. He also received the BCA Presidents Award in 2014. He is a contributing member of the BCxA University, creating curriculum for and teaching the 2-Day New Building and 2-Day Existing Building commissioning classroom courses. Bruce teaches courses on many aspects of commissioning at conferences and through webinars. Bruce brings over 40 years of experience in design and project management, leading Wood Harbinger’s Mechanical and Industrial Systems Groups and Commissioning Group with a comprehensive project perspective. His expertise includes all types of mechanical and industrial systems as well as controls for new construction and existing building upgrades in federal and private sector aviation facilities, medical facilities, college campuses, K-12 schools, and office buildings.




Kent Barber, PE, LEED AP, Managing Principal – Keithly Barber Associates, Inc.

Kent is a founding member of the Building Commissioning Association (BCxA). He chaired the committee that developed the BCxA’s Essential Attributes of Building Commissioning, a widely recognized benchmark for quality commissioning services. After obtaining his BSME in 1986, Kent became an HVAC systems design engineer with a focus on energy efficient systems for healthcare facilities. He quickly gravitated to facilities consulting, in which he worked closely with facilities managers and operators, providing hands on diagnostics and mitigating design issues. Nationally recognized as a commissioning pioneer, he has specialized in building commissioning since 1992. Kent has developed commissioning guidelines and protocols, such as the State of Idaho’s guidelines for new building commissioning and retro-commissioning. He has been a leader in promoting and refining cost-effective, proactive commissioning techniques, such as the control logic and integration process. He has vast firsthand experience with all phases of building commissioning, with special interest in persistence/ongoing commissioning. He is also well known for his ability to build truly effective commissioning teams that include owners, designers, builders, and equipment suppliers. Kent is the Managing Principal of KBA (Keithly Barber Associates), an employee-owned commissioning specialty firm.


Wayne Dunn, PE, PEng, LEED AP, Principal & Mechanical Engineer – E.W. Dunn Developments, Inc.

Wayne has presented at the BCxA’s NCBC conference every year since its inception in 1993. He has been involved with project management, systems integration, quality assurance, and commissioning for over 30 years. Project experience varies from modern offices to laboratories and launch complexes with effort focused on equipment/system validation, improving technical performance, and energy efficiency. After years of mission critical and system optimization projects, he is now focused on developing technical partnerships that leverage technology and share rewards. Wayne has chaired association technical committees such as ASHRAE: SSPC 55 Thermal Comfort Standard and ASHRAE: GPC 20 – XML Definitions for HVAC&R. He has published several papers on commissioning, relating to risk management, energy performance, and owner satisfaction. He is an industry speaker on energy efficiency and commissioning. In addition to being a registered professional engineer in the US and Canada, Wayne holds technical certifications related to indoor air quality and microgrids.


Craig Hawkins, CCP, CxA, Senior Commissioning Engineer – McKinstry (Seattle)

Craig is a founding member of the Building Commissioning Association and was instrumental in the development of the BCxA’s Essential Attributes. He has twice served on the BCxA’s Board of Directors. Craig is also past President of the Northwest Chapter of the BCxA. As the Senior Commissioning Engineer at McKinstry, Craig is responsible for organizing and managing commissioning projects at McKinstry and being a technical advisor to the McKinstry Commissioning Team. Craig’s 19 years of HVAC design and construction experience, coupled with 20 years of hands-on commissioning, enables him to make critical decisions across many disciplines. Craig has personally commissioned nearly 350 projects, totaling more than eight million square feet of facilities, including projects under construction as well as existing facilities. Craig is a nationally recognized speaker on the commissioning process and has conducted numerous training seminars on commissioning. He has been a featured presenter at local and national commissioning conferences since 1995.


Tracey Jumper, CCP LEED AP, Jump-Start Building Commissioning LLC

In addition to joining the International Board this year, Tracey Jumper is the 2016 President’s Award recipient, receiving the honor for years of dedication, outstanding service, and exceptional leadership in the BCxA. Tracey has served on the boards of the Central and National Capitol Chapters and has served on the NCBC conference planning committee. She is a BCxA University instructor for the EBCx training course, and currently serves on the Training and Education committee. Tracey enjoys bringing successful, energizing, educational activities to BCxA members and across multiple organizations, and her favorite presentation and outreach topic is “The Value of Commissioning.” She worked across the country on high-profile design projects before focusing her work on commissioning and energy services for the last eight years. She has built successful commissioning teams within larger organizations previously, and now has established her own company, Jump-Start Building Commissioning LLC, based in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.


Ryan S. Lean, PE, LEED AP, CCP, WELL AP, Associate Partner – Jaros, Baum & Bolles

In addition to his current role on the BCxA International Board, Ryan has previously served as President of the Building Commissioning Certification Board, the organization responsible for establishing certification of professional commissioning providers, as well as Vice President and Membership Chair of the Northeast Chapter of the BCxA. Ryan leads JB&B’s Commissioning Department providing building commissioning and related services for commercial, mission-critical, educational, laboratory, healthcare and LEED green buildings. Ryan leverages his extensive experience in mechanical design of large-scale central plants to manage all new construction and existing building commissioning projects at JB&B, including day-to-day activities at the World Trade Center and Hudson Yards projects. Ryan views the field of building commissioning and related services as one meant to foster relationships with owners and operators, to guide them through the challenges of transitioning to a new facility, whether it’s a commercial, mission-critical, educational, laboratory, healthcare, cultural or financial institution. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.


John F. Penney, PE, CBCP, EBCP, CEM, President – John F. Penney Consulting Services, pc

John is a past president of the Northeast Chapter of the BCxA. He has over 35 years of experience in mechanical engineering and commissioning, and in 2001 commissioning became an integral part of his consulting work. He has commissioned over four million square feet on more than 120 projects. He is the president of JFP Consulting Services and specializes in Commissioning, HVAC, Plumbing, and Fire Protection Engineering. John is a graduate of Vermont Technical College. He developed the curriculum and taught HVAC, Plumbing, and Construction Management for the Vermont Center for Business and Industry and at Vermont Technical College. John has spoken on energy and sustainability in buildings and commissioning at conferences across the country.


John A. Runkle, PE, Vice President – Intertek – Architectural Testing, Inc.

John serves as the BCxA’s liaison to ASTM and served as Vice President of the National Capitol Chapter for many years. He actively participates in the BCxA as a presenter for different chapters and NCBC. He has been active in the formation of a new international BCxA chapter in the United Arab Emirates. John is Vice President of Building Sciences Solutions for Architectural Testing, Inc., an Intertek company. He brings over 15 years of experience as a building enclosure consultant and enclosure commissioning provider, and has been integral to development of the practice area of building enclosure commissioning domestically and internationally. He has assisted in the development of new testing standards and techniques for the building enclosure. He manages offices throughout North America and staff in the Middle East and China. Mr. Runkle has worked on new construction and retrofit projects for commercial, industrial, and residential structures in most of the 50 states and several countries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.


Jesse Sycuro, PE, CCP, CEM, LEED AP, Managing Director Facility Solutions – Enterprise Critical Environments

Enterprise Critical Environments – Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions. In this role, Jesse supports over 120 MW of critical environment infrastructure for the U.S. enterprise assets of a major software and cloud services provider. Jesse served previously on BCxA’s International Board, and has now rejoined the Board for the current term. He is also co-Chair of the Conference (NCBC) Planning Committee, and has chaired the BCxA’s Professional Development Committee, Standards Committee, Best Practices Committee, and Membership Committee. Jesse earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado in geography and a master’s in engineering management at Old Dominion University, then joined the Navy’s nuclear power training program. Leaving the Navy for McKinstry in 2005 he found commissioning to be a perfect fit – complex systems and process-oriented, and a great segue from ships (buildings on the sea) to commercial facilities (ships that don’t go to sea). Jesse joined the Brookfield GIS team, following an exciting merger with the McKinstry Company in 2016, providing smart solutions for building optimization.


John Whitfield, QCxP, DCEP – PI Solutions

John has served as Vice President of the BCxA International Board, and as Vice President and President of the Southeast Region Board of Directors. He is a retired Naval Officer who served 22 years in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power program, moving on to 15 years with Bechtel-Bettis, Inc. as Engineer-In-Charge. John’s career covers more than 30 years of experience in the operation, design and commissioning of high performance critical facilities, including mechanical and electrical systems in data centers, and the nuclear power industry. As Vice President and Director of Quality and Training for PI Solutions, he developed the quality procedures and led his firm through certification as the first third-party commissioning firm in the world to attain ISO 9001-2008 certification. John holds a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia College. John retired from Primary Integration in 2016. He continues to consult with Primary Integration and has continued to be active as a BCA board member.