Annual Conference

Oct 2-4, 2024 | JW Marriott, Las Vegas

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Elliot Alverez – Associate Principal
Altura

Elliot Alvarez is an Associate Principal with Altura Associates and has been in the MEP design and consultancy sector for over a decade, advising clients on how to create, use, and manage their building energy. Building off a background in MEP design and energy modeling, Elliot has grown into an industry leader in building commissioning with an acute focus on analytics and building management systems that support ongoing commissioning. 

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Jared Arwine – Senior Associate
Altura

Jared Arwine is a Senior Associate with Altura Associates charged with leading the Enterprise MSI Team, developing efficient processes and tools for accurate, rapid deployment. Jared comes from an expansive background in BAS controls, specialty systems, electrical, and information technology, blending them together to guide clients toward achieving portfolio-spanning BMS whilst raising the bar on data quality. Leveraging his experience while being filled with natural curiosity, an engineering mindset, and a drive for innovation, Jared breaks the boundaries of typical BMS and thrives on the bleeding edge of the industry.

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Jeremy Bartlett, CCP, CxA, CQM – Facility Commissioning Specialist
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Jeremy Bartlett is the Facility Commissioning Specialist for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory. He has a combined 21 years in the building automation system installation and programming
field as well being a dedicated commissioning provider. He has extensive national and international
laboratory commissioning experience in both new construction and existing building projects. Jeremy has
authored multiple technical articles on laboratory commissioning and spoken on the topic of building
automation system integration. Jeremy is currently president elect for the BCxA Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

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Eliot Benor – Testing Manager
Building Envelope Testing LLC

Facades and energy are my passion. I have an eclectic background spanning 30 years – from manufacturing Insulated Glass Units to testing building envelopes. I began my journey in the construction industry repairing windows and moved on to glass fabrication in the 90’s. I had the privilege of working for Israel Berger as a senior consultant and that opened my eyes to a whole other world of glass and metal systems. I have been fortunate enough to have been mentored by some of the “old timers” of the curtainwall world and hope to pass on the knowledge they shared to future façade nerds. I started BET to facilitate the verification through measurement of building envelope assemblies. I am an active member of ASTM, AAMA, the NYC chapter 17 and Energy code revision committees and the BPI multi-family work group. Our lab is a small family run organization that is engineering, and Metrology focused. We put the theoretical into practice, creating near lab conditions at construction sites to verify the performance of façade assemblies and elements. 

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Celeste Cizik, PE – President and Director of Existing Building Services
Group14 Engineering

Celeste Cizik, PE is the President and Director of Existing Building Services for Group14 Engineering. She
has over 20 years of experience in the building systems field including mechanical system design, existing
building commissioning, energy audits, building analytics, and energy training. Celeste has managed large
energy projects at facilities across the country including energy analytics deployment and monitoring
based commissioning for complex campuses. She is also an instructor for the Building Operator
Certification (BOC) program

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Eliot Crowe – Technology Researcher
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Eliot Crowe is a Technology Researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, supporting technical research on M&V, commissioning, data analytics, and other related areas. Prior to joining LBNL in 2016 Eliot spent 10 years working on utility program implementation, technical research, outreach, and training for PECI and CLEAResult. Eliot provided technical and program management support to the California Commissioning Collaborative from 2009-2016, including a period as Executive Director from 2015-2016.

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Antonio Delise – Engineering Manager
FTS Technical Services

Antonio Delise is an Engineering Manager at FST Technical Services and a former BCxA Under 40 award recipient. He served as the primary MEP CxP for the LaGuardia Terminal B Renovation, which won the BCxA 2023 Project of the Year Award.

Joe Dietrich, PE –
Rosendin Electric

Scott Fielder – Director of Field Operations
Evergreen Telemetry

Scott has worked in the TAB, Cx & EBCx fields for 25 years. He spent 15 years in Texas, working for one of the largest TAB / Cx / EBCx firms in the US. He spent his last two years running their EBCx division. He then spent 7 years working in training & development for NCI, specializing in commercial TAB & EBCx. Scott currently meets professionals in the field and trains on systems and applications. He attended both the NEBB RCx course & BCA EBCx course and serve on the ASHRAE 7.7 TAB Technical committee and is a current BCxA member.

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Dan Forino, PE, CCP, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP – Manager of Integrated Facility Management, Facilities & Operations
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Daniel Forino is the Integrated Facility Management - Division at the Department of Energy - Brookhaven National Laboratory and former IBOD President.  He currently co- chairs the BCxA Owners Committee and sits on the Awards and Scholarship committee.

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Michael Galler – Mechanical Engineer
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Mr. Galler is a mechanical engineer in the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is the Principal Investigator on the Commissioning Building Systems for Improved Energy Performance project, where his duties include expanding and improving the Virtual Cybernetic Building Testbed (VCBT), the HVAC-Cx commissioning software, the Functional Performance Test Module, the HVACSIM+ simulation program, the BACnet Data Source, and the BACnet Communications DLL. Mr. Galler is the founder of the ASHRAE MTG for Cybersecurity (MTG.CYB), past Chair of ASHRAE TC 1.5, and a voting member of TC 1.5, TC 7.5 and SGPC 36.

Dr. Jessica Granderson – Senior Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Jessica Granderson is a Senior Scientist and interim director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  She holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and an AB in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University.  Her research focuses on energy management and information systems (EMIS), fault diagnostics and control, and advanced measurement and verification.  She is the recipient of the 2015 Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Award for Leadership in Research, and the 2020 Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, and was a 2020 Women @ the Lab honoree. 

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Janelle Griffin,PE, LEED AP –
RTI International

Janelle Griffin leads the Facilities Engineering and BAS Operations group at RTI International, a 1 million square foot research campus in RTP, North Carolina. In this role she is responsible for energy management, quality control in design and construction, maintaining design standards, lab ventilation programs, building automation maintenance and operations, small projects, and capital planning for infrastructure. She utilizes her background in engineering and commissioning with a systems and life cycle focus to lead continued improvements in building performance, reliability, safety, and energy efficiency. Prior to RTI she was a Commissioning provider for over 8 years.

Ms. Griffin received a BS in Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering from the University of Miami and a MS at NC State University. Ms. Griffin is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Jane Guyer –
Bernhard

Jane is a professional engineer with 21 years experience including 16 years as an energy
efficiency specialist at Bernhard. Jane specializes in enterprise level energy management and
technical project development for large clients, including hospitals, higher education, and
laboratory facilities

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Nicole Imeson, P.L.(Eng),P.Tech.(Eng.) – Mechanical Engineer

Nicole Imeson (I’m a son) is a mechanical engineer and Principal at Vertica Engineering in Calgary, Alberta. She specializes in HVAC, plumbing and fire protection system design and operation throughout Western Canada. Nicole is currently the President of the Western Canada Chapter of the BCxA and over the past year has helped developed the new EBCx online training content.

Nicole is also a freelance technical writer, developing content for a variety of engineering and commissioning publications, including engineering.com, Cottage Life magazine, the Alberta Engineering Regulator’s online magazine, and last but certainly not least, the BCxA Checklist. 

 

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Brad Jenks –
Hoffman Construction

Brad leads the mission-critical commissioning of healthcare, laboratory, and institutional systems for Hoffman Construction and brings a deep understanding of the issues surrounding sensitive installations and MEP tie-ins on construction projects. His strong communication with user groups helps ensure flawless configurations and installations. Brad specializes in sustainable MEP systems and is adept at design review and project planning.  He coordinates the MEP rough-in, startup, and commissioning for a wide variety of projects, including airports, laboratories, clean rooms, and hospitals. With an exacting eye for quality in complex spaces, he excels in life-cycle analyses and is experienced in planning MEP routing to connect existing systems without interrupting operations.  A graduate from Oregon State University, he has worked with Hoffman for nearly 20 years.

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Sadie Joy – Senior Associate
Altura Associates

Sadie Joy is a Senior Associate at Altura who has been working to tame buildings for over ten years. She is
all too happy to dig into building energy performance and complicated control systems, and has enjoyed
the transition from tools like spreadsheets to more readily available data in analytics platforms.

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Ish Keener PE, SE – Senior Engineer
Sustainable Building Partners

Ish has over 15 years of experience as a building engineer, with a BS from Penn State University and an MS from Missouri University of Science and Technology. His core practice and primary focus is on building enclosures (both new and existing construction), including consulting, commissioning, forensic investigations, performance analysis and testing, remedial design, and whole building airtightness testing. Ish is the Past President of the BCxA Mid Atlantic’s Chapter and Manages the Building Enclosures Group for Sustainable Building Partners in Lancaster, PA. Ish’s experience on hundreds of construction projects has led to his drive to see whole building commissioning become "business as usual."

 

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David LeBlanc, PE, FSFPE – Vice President
Jensen Hughes

Dave LeBlanc is a Vice President at JENSEN HUGHES, as a Service Leader for Commissioning and Integrated Testing. He has over 29 years of experience in fire protection engineering and is a registered fire protection engineer. He holds a BS in electrical engineering and a MS in fire protection engineering. Dave is also a Fellow in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He is also a member of BCxA, NFPA 3 Cx and NFPA 4 Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems, and NFPA 72. He has written numerous articles related to fire protection systems in various publications.

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Adam Mangrich, PE, CCP, BCxP – President
Systems West Engineers

Adam Mangrich is a seasoned leader with over two decades of experience and serves as a cornerstone of the leadership team at Systems West. As a licensed mechanical engineer and past president of the Building Commissioning Certification Board, he values pursuing excellence and working effectively. Adam's expertise spans diverse systems, such as HVAC, lighting controls, and security, making him a trusted source of knowledge. At the helm of Systems West commissioning department, Adam has completed over 350 projects across Oregon. His adeptness in cultivating relationships and mentoring has strengthened his team and extended community.

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Mario Perez – Associate
Jaros, Baum & Bolles

Mario is an Associate at JB&B’s Field group with a focus on commissioning and mechanical systems.
Over the past 6 years, he has managed new construction commissioning projects for commercial and
residential buildings, hospitals, data centers, and universities with a high level of technical rigor and
dedication to fulfilling the owner’s project requirements. Mario also leads JB&B’s existing building
commissioning and property assessments divisions, including an ongoing conditions assessment and
strategic planning effort for a large university campus with multiple steam and chilled water networks.

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Greg Rhodes – Division Manager
MMR Group, Inc

Greg Rhodes is the Division Manager of MMR ProCom at MMR Group, Inc, the largest open-shop
Electrical and Instrumentation Contractor in the United States and is currently rank as the Nation’s top
performing Electrical Contractor by Associated Builders and Contractors in 2024. Rhodes holds Electrical
Contractor licenses in over fifteen states and maintains Master Electrician licenses in those states. In
addition, Rhodes received an Electrical Engineering Bachelor of Science degree from an ABET Accredited
program at the University of New Orleans and has over 33 years of experience providing Electrical &
Instrumentation services. Greg Rhodes is also currently serving as the 2024 President-Elect of the BCxA
Texas Chapter Board of Directors, Corporate Member and is actively serving on the BCxA Membership
and Marketing Committees.

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Daniel Salinas, LC, IES – President
Salinas Lighting Consulting

Daniel Salinas has been in the electrical industry since 1978, starting as a residential lighting consultant and eventually moving to commercial lighting design. In 1987, he joined Nelson Electric as Senior Designer/Project Manager for lighting and lighting control systems. His design and project management experience spans commercial and residential projects, specializing in complicated installations. He has received two Illuminating Engineering Society International Awards of Merit for his work. In 2015, he founded Salinas Lighting Consult.  Daniel serves on committees and in leadership positions within the IES. He is a past member of the IES Board of Directors and IES Past President for 2013-2014. He served as IES Interim Executive Director from June 2021 to March 2022. He is a voting member of the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 100 committee and co-chair of the CEA Codes and Standards Working Group

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David Sellers – Senior Consultant
Facility Dynamics Engineering

David is a Senior Engineer with Facility Dynamics Engineering. His background includes over 40 years of experience with commissioning, design engineering, facilities engineering, mechanical and control system contracting, and project engineering. He has been able to practice is profession in a wide array of facilities, ranging from hospitals and semiconductor clean rooms to commercial office buildings and has also been able to participate in research and pilot projects in the energy efficiency and sustainability arena.

David also provides technical training and develops technical guidelines on retro-commissioning and commissioning field techniques and engineering fundamentals in a number of venues. David has BS in aeronautics with a major in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering from Parks College of St. Louis University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of Missouri and Washington. He is also and is a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic.

David was recently honored as the recipient of the 2017 Benner Award at the National Conference on Building Commissioning. The award is named in memory of Nancy Benner and recognizes outstanding achievement in making building commissioning “business as usual.”

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Saphron Skinner-Willson, P.Eng., LEEP AP BD&C – Director of Engineering
Willson Projects

Saphron is an experienced Building Envelope Engineer in Alberta, Canada, and an industry leader in the emerging sector of Building Envelope Commissioning. Her meticulous insights and breadth of
technical expertise come from working on some of Calgary’s most iconic buildings and structures, as well as in jurisdictions all across North America. As a loyal steward of her profession, Saphron has
presented to national and international audiences, is President of the Western Canadian Chapter of the Building Commissioning Association, and was named a recipient of the 2021 BCxA 20 Under 40 award.

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Vidal Solideo – Commissioning Engineer
MMR ProCom

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Jacob Terry – Director
CxAlloy

For 15 years, Jacob Terry has been designing and developing CxAlloy commissioning software.  A self-taught programmer, he has a BA in Print Journalism and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

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Kevin Thurston, P. ENG., CCP, CEM, CMVP –
Thurston Engineering Services, CCF

Kevin owns Thurston Engineering Services, a Saskatchewan-based company specializing in providing commissioning and energy management services. He has presented at two previous national conferences. He is currently on the IBNOD for the BCA and was a former board member of the BCCB and Western Chapter of the BCA. Kevin has been conducting ASHRAE Level 2 & 3 audits for the past 20 years and brings that knowledge of analyzing Energy Conservation Measures and calculating energy savings.

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Jonathan Vaughan, CCP, CEM, LEED AP – Principle/Commissioning Director
Page

Jonathan is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is currently serving as President on the International Board of Directors of the Building Commissioning Association (BCxA) and helped charter the Texas Chapter of the BCxA (TCBCA).  He then served two years as Treasurer and two years as President on the TCBCA Board of Directors. 

His commitment to and involvement with the BCxA resulted in his being recognized with the President’s Award. In his acceptance speech, he emphasized the importance of “team,” noting that “Building commissioning is not only about energy efficiency, but about team efficiency.”

Jonathan understands that any building—old or new—is only as successful and efficient as the performance of its systems. His interest in sustainability and energy efficiency began when he conducted energy retrofits for buildings, and he has channeled this experience and passion into a successful career as a leader in building commissioning. 

The first Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) in Houston, Jonathan is an accomplished leader and team builder. In a little over a decade, he has grown Page’s commissioning team and practice to one of the top 15 commissioning providers in the country. His expertise includes energy services, temperature controls, and existing building commissioning services for improved client comfort, equipment performance, and energy savings.

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Guhan Velmurugan – Technology Researcher II
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Guhan Velmurugan is a Technology Researcher II at LBNL focusing on projects related to HVAC fault detection and diagnostics, building controls and optimization, and indoor air quality. Before joining LBNL, Guhan spent 8 years working in the smart buildings industry developing FDD software for commercial buildings and facilitating continuous commissioning. He holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The State University of New York at Buffalo.

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John Vinueza, PE – Senior MEP Construction Manager
Page

John is a hands-on MEP Project Manager at Skanska USA Building. In his 3-year tenure, he oversaw Construction & Commissioning efforts on highly complex MEP systems for a University Health Surgical Tower for UNC Hospitals and a University Science Lab for Virginia Tech. Working closely with the Subcontractors, John worked through many technical issues & had a very hands-on QAQC approach to ensure that the systems were delivered to the highest caliber. Prior to joining Skanska, John worked at JB&B in NYC as a Consulting Engineer in the Field group. John was part of a mid-sized team providing a full suite of commissioning and construction administration services throughout a multitude of projects in the New York metro region

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Timothy Wong B.Arch, M.Eng, LEED AP, CPHC, BECxP – Associate - Building Envelope
Entuitive

Timothy Wong brings more than 10 years of professional industry experience to his role at Entuitive across Canada, the United States, and abroad. Educated in architecture and engineering methodologies, his building envelope work focuses on material selection, system analysis and testing, environmental and structural performance, long-term behavior, fabrication, and detailing. Timothy applies his depth of knowledge of building science to each of his projects, ensuring carefully considered assemblies and passive strategies are implemented to their fullest potential within the context of their site and function. His portfolio includes high-rise and wide-span structures, commercial, sports and recreation, institutional, government, and residential projects. He also serves as a Director-at-Large for the BCxA Western Canada Chapter as well as has taught and lectured on building materials and building enclosure design at several institutions across North America.

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