Speakers


September 23-25, 2020 | Phoenix, AZ

Biographies of 2020 BCxA Annual Conference Speakers will become available when the agenda is finalized. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out the lineup of 2019 conference experts:


 

Jim Adams, CxA, PE, RCDD, EMP – Commissioning Authority
Facility Commissioning Group

Jim Adams, CxA PE RCDD EMP received his Electrical Engineering Degree in 1991 from the University of Kentucky and has since been involved in the construction industry for over 2 decades in various capacities from Electrical Systems Designer, Project Manager, Consultant, Educator and Trainer. Prior to that, he developed his appreciation for optimum building performance as the Systems Maintenance Supervisor at UK’s 33 Building Medical Center which included managing the campus Preventative Maintenance Program and overseeing a diverse crew of specialized technicians to handle everything from BAS, Fire Alarm and Nurse call to Medical Waste Incineration and Power Distribution. Mr. Adams entered the Building Commissioning Industry in 2011 with a thorough understanding of a Stake Holder’s perspective as one who designed and maintained the traditionally commissioned systems as well as the more recently adopted commissioned systems that he specializes in: Electrical Distribution, Access Control, Fire Alarm and Low-Voltage Systems.


 

Kelly Adighije, CE, IMechE, LEED AP BD+C, BCxP, BEAP, GGP – Vice President, Head of the Chicago Office
Baumann Consulting, Inc.

Kelly Adighije specializes in commissioning of large international projects and served on USGBC’s LEED Technical Advisory Group for Energy & Atmosphere contributing to Commissioning and Energy Efficiency topics. Kelly earned international project experience working in the UK and Switzerland. He has provided expertise in mechanical and sustainability services for the planning, design and construction of buildings through project work in the U.S., U.K., Switzerland, Algeria, and the Middle East. Kelly attended the University of Sheffield in England, where he earned his Master of Mechanical Engineering. Kelly is recognized as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, U.K.


 

Jay Amundson – Senior Energy Engineer
University of Minnesota

Jay Amundson is a Senior Energy Engineer with the University of Minnesota. As a division of Facilities Management, the Energy Management group maintains the Energy Conservation goals for the East Bank zone with the University. As energy engineer, his primary role includes construction project design review, maintaining building automation programming & equipment, support to facility management on HVAC systems, and implementing energy efficiency projects. He leverages his previous 25-year career in architecture to understand building life cycles and improve the operating energy use. Prior to the University of Minnesota, he practiced in the Energy & Demand Management industry supporting utility sponsored energy efficiency programs with customer outreach. While at Nexant, the ComEd RCx program Implementer, Jay served as Senior Outreach Manager.


 

Robert Austin – Associate Vice President
Dewberry

Mr. Austin is an Associate Vice President at Dewberry and has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Over the last 15 years he has worked in multiple roles in the Building Commissioning industry as both a commissioning provider and implementation contractor. Over that time, he has been focused on delivering primarily Existing Building Commissioning projects to public and private building sectors that reduce energy, enhance operations, and improve overall sustainability. His primary expertise is in leveraging the commissioning process for the identification, analysis, and implementation of energy conservation measures in existing buildings. Mr. Austin is also a licensed contractor, and frequently oversees and directs construction activities related to the implementation of measures identified through the existing building commissioning process. In his current role within Dewberry, he manages the existing building commissioning practice, including oversight of construction services.


 

Jay F. Baehr – Senior Project Manager, Facilities/Capital Programs
Northwestern University

Licensed Architect with 30 years of experience in programming, design development, construction documents, construction administration and project management of corporate, industrial, retail and higher educational facilities.  Specialization in projects for research laboratory design and construction.


 

Patrick Biesty – Vice President of Engineering
Sterling Bay

Patrick Biesty serves as the Vice President of Engineering at Sterling Bay, a commercial real estate investment, development and management firm founded in 1986.  Today, Sterling Bay is a 225-person firm focusing on the adaptive reuse of downtown loft office buildings, ground-up office, retail, life science, hospitality developments, and urban campus build-to-suit projects on a national platform.

Examples of Sterling Bay’s most prominent projects include the renovation of a former cold storage building into 1KFulton,a 550,000 square foot state-of-the-art office and retail building, now home to the Midwest headquarters of Google, Inc. Sterling Bay also renovated 111 North Canal, an 860,000 square foot multi-tenant loft office building in the West Loop and quickly signed a tech-based tenant roster including Gogo, Twitter, SAP and Uber. In 2017, Sterling Bay completed Fulton West, a 290,000 square foot West Loop creative office building for tenants including Dyson and Glassdoor. In 2018 the firm also completed the ground up construction of McDonald’s global headquarters, a 575,000 square foot office building at 110 N. Carpenter, as well as 1515 W Webster in Lincoln Park along the Chicago River, which is the new 207,000 square foot headquarters of international logistics provider C.H. Robinson, and completed the reposition of  the former Macy’s building in Portland Oregon.

Sterling Bay recently acquired 2430 N. Halsted, 120,000 life sciences building in response to the demand for commercial research lab space, and will deliver 333 N. Green, a 555,000 square foot asset in Chicago’s’ Fulton Market district and 545 Wyn, a 300,000 square foot building in Miami early in 2020. Sterling Bay is also the developer behind Lincoln Yards, a 50-acre mixed use project along the Chicago River.

Patrick joined Sterling Bay in 2015, bring with him 15 years of extensive experience in the field of building engineering and management. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Building Consultant at JLL where he provided due diligence reviews for third party clients. Earlier in his career, Patrick was a Chief Engineer for seven years in the Chicago market.


 

Jeff Boldt, PE, FASHRAE, LEED AP, HBDP
IMEG Corp

Jeff is a Managing Principal and the Director of Innovation and Quality at IMEG. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, and acoustical design. He is registered in both Mechanical and Fire Protection engineering.
Jeff gives back to the HVAC community by chairing the Mechanical Subcommittee of the ASHRAE’s 90.1 Energy Standard and the working groups dealing with Hydronics, Elevators/Escalators, and Duct System Leakage. Jeff is also a member of ASHRAE Guideline 36 (Standardized Control Sequences), SPC-215 (Duct Leakage), TC8.6 Cooling Towers, and TC 3.6 (Water Treatment). Jeff has watched and rated every ASHRAE Annual and Winter meeting presentation since 2004.  Jeff is an author of the Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) for Large Hospitals and of the AEDG for Small Healthcare Facilities.


 

Nicholas Bova – MEP Superintendent
Turner Construction Company

Nicholas Bova is the lead commissioning manager and MEP Superintendent for Turner Construction on the Rockefeller University River Building Project. For the past 3.5 years Nick has assumed 3 major roles for the project including the VDC/BIM manager for all site logistics and trade coordination, MEP QA/QC Superintendent and Commissioning Manager. During this time, he has been able to leverage BIM as primary resource to conduct constructability reviews, sequence installation and commissioning tasks as well as develop fully interactive commissioning dashboard through Bluebeam Revu. This had redefined an existing work flow for more efficient tracking of required documentation, ease of communication and a base for closeout/ turnover documentation. This prototype has been implemented on multiple projects and is evolving through collaboration between projects and management nationally through Turner.


 

David Cohen, PE, CCP, DCEP – Project Manager
Grumman/Butkus Associates

For the past 10 years, David Cohen has been an engineering consultant providing design, energy, commissioning, and retro-commissioning services. David joined Grumman/Butkus Associates, an energy efficiency consulting and sustainable design engineering firm in Evanston, IL, shortly after earning his BSME at the University of Illinois-Champaign. His experience includes projects for healthcare, higher education, central utility plans, and commercial clients. He also has special expertise in data centers and laboratory environments.David a licensed professional engineer in Illinois and is active in the BCxA, ASHRAE, and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories.


 

Matthew Damon – Assistant MEP Engineer
Turner Construction Company

Matthew Damon currently serves as an Assistant MEP Engineer at Turner Construction Company’s New York Business Unit. For the past 3 years, Matthew has worked on the Rockefeller University River Building project, which is a new lab and research facility constructed over New York City’s FDR Drive. As a member of the project team, Matthew has played an integral role facilitating the installation of the MEP and elevator systems. Additionally, Matthew has been a key contributor to the commissioning process and has assisted in the management and coordination of all involved parties. While at the Rockefeller University project, the team was tasked with implementing a more efficient close-out process. With this in mind, Matthew took an instrumental role in the development of the Turner commissioning dashboard. This application redefined the commissioning, testing and turnover processes and provided the client with a cloud based digital application with the required turnover documentation.


 

Justin D’Arcy, PE – Project Engineer
Grumman/Butkus Associates

I’ve been working in the commissioning industry for five years. Most of my work has been focused in hospital and higher education markets. I’ve done an even mix of new construction and existing buildings and I’m enthusiastic about the potential for data and automation to improve both processes. I enjoy learning and improving myself and hope to do both during the conference. D’Arcy was a significant contributor to the Building Commissioning Handbook (third edition), and is currently the leader of the BCxA Existing Building Best Practices Subcommittee.


 

Tony DiLeonardo, LEED AP, CxA – President
Wick Fisher White

Tony DiLeonardo is the President at Wick Fisher White. He has been in the consulting engineering business for 31 years and has provided functional testing as part of design services for most of his career.Working with mission critical systems, Tony has been functionally testing mechanical, building management systems and fire protection systems for over 25 years. Tony has been a presenter at Building Commissioning Association events providing educational commissioning seminars for students, beginners and other craving more knowledge. Tony provides the leadership and guidance on all commissioning projects at Wick Fisher White, is on the Marketing and Outreach Committee of the BCxA andhas served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter.


 

Michael Dooley, PE, LEED AP, CEM, CCP – Commissioning Principal
AKF Group

Michael Dooley has over 30 years of experience in engineering, commissioning, consulting, and related services for commercial, educational, cultural, healthcare and residential facilities. Mr. Dooley is currently the Commissioning Principal for AKF Group. During his career, Mr. Dooley has led several prominent commissioning projects such as the United Nations, National September 11th Memorial and Museum, Yale University, Columbia University Medical Center & Columbia university and New York University Langone Medical Center. Mr. Dooley is heavily involved in the commissioning industry, which is demonstrated by his involvement in the Building Commissioning Association (BCA) where he is currently serving on the international board. Prior to joining AKF Group, Mr. Dooley was the Regional Director for Horizon Engineering, LLP and he spent the beginning of his career with Carrier Corporation and New England Mechanical Services.
With a Bachelor of Engineering degree from SUNY Maritime College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, Mr. Dooley is a Professional Engineer in Connecticut, LEED Accredited Professional and is a Certified Energy Manager.


 

Daniel Evans – Vice President, Channel and Sales
Critical Room Control

With 13 years of experience, Daniel has worked with equipment manufactures that focus on specialty applied products. Daniel joined Critical Room Control (CRC) in January 2019 to educate and support safety and energy efficiencies in critical environments. Before CRC he was with ABB variable frequency drives. During this time was working to reduce energy consumption and delivering reliable and repeatable variable volume HVAC systems. In his current role Daniel is investing heavily in developing knowledge related to laboratory and healthcare applications of air valves and related pressure monitoring and control equipment.


 

Daniel Forino, 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.


 

Lyn Gomes, PE, CCP, LC, LEED AP, CLCATT – Senior Commissioning/MEP Coordinator
DPR Construction

Prior to joining the International Board, Lyn was on the board of the California BCA. She has been on the board of the BCA Annual Conference since 2015. Outside of the BCA, Lyn is a commissioning coordinator at DPR Construction. She is co-chair for the new IES standard on sequences of operation for lighting control systems and teaches classes on lighting control systems and will chair the upcoming revision to DG-29, the Commissioning Process Applied to Lighting and Control Systems. She also teaches classes on lighting control systems at the Pacific Energy Center and LightFair. In her spare time, she is on the advisory board of Techbridge, an afterschool STEM program for girls, who awarded her “role model of the year” in 2009.


 

Gary Graham – Director of Energy Management – Global Occupier Services
Cushman & Wakefield


 

Janelle Griffin, PE, CCP – Senior Facilities Engineer
RTI International

Janelle Griffin leads the Operations group at RTI International where she is responsible for the operation and monitoring of MEP systems at the 1 million square foot research campus. She utilizes her background in engineering and commissioning to lead continued improvements in building performance, reliability, safety, and energy efficiency. Prior to RTI she was a Commissioning project manager at Dewberry for 5 years. Her experience includes commissioning, retro-commissioning and energy modeling for healthcare, classroom, office, museum, laboratory, military, and dormitory facilities. She believes that project delivery can be improved by bridging gaps in communication and knowledge across project teams resulting in high performing buildings. Experience of note includes: RTI Campus BAS Replacement, Pentagon Chiller Plant Integrity Study and Long Term Plan, retro-commissioning at MacDill Air Force Base and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, commissioning Veteran’s Affairs Outpatient Clinics, the Regional Medical Center, as well as various state government and higher education facilities.
Ms. Griffin received a BS in Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering from the University of Miami and a MS at NC State University where she focused on energy conservation in early building design and environmental sustainability. Ms. Griffin is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Commissioning Professional.


 

David W. Griffin II, AIA BEMP – Principal
Griffin EnerG Consulting

David Griffin is trained in both architecture and building science and has focused on the integration of the built environment and energy conserving/consuming systems. A focus on whole building energy simulation allows him to provide investment grade financial analysis to all parties involved proving the business case for sustainability in both new construction and existing buildings. His experience includes healthcare, higher education, commercial, federal and municipal. Applying his experience, he continues to push the envelope and diligently seek out opportunities to save the world -one building at a time.


 

Dave Guberud, QCxP, CxA – Sr. Cx Provider & Partner
Ring & DuChateau, LLP

Dave has over 30 years of experience in design, installation and commissioning of HVAC control systems; thirteen of those years expressly tied to the craft of commissioning for Ring & DuChateau at various facilities throughout the country. Dave is a partner and the Co-Lead of the Cx department at Ring & Du. Dave is a 1986 graduate of The Milwaukee School of Engineering with a BS in Architectural Engineering. Dave has been an active member of the BC since 2007, and was on the Central Chapter Board until term limits ran it out. To give back Dave is also part time certified teacher at the Milwaukee Area Technical College.


 

Geoff Hancock, CEM – Director of Engineering
Verdera

Geoff is a co-founder and Director of Engineering at Verdera. His passion and mission is to fight climate change by transforming existing buildings, to zero out their environmental impacts, and to make zero net energy buildings mainstream by teaching and collaborating with others. For the last 8 years, he has analyzed, designed, implemented and commissioned deep energy retrofit projects (efficiency, solar and storage) primarily for medium-sized commercial and large multi-family buildings. He is a Certified Energy Manager and holds a B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering and M.Eng. in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan.


 

Joshua Harwood, CCP – Commissioning Department Head
Cator, Ruma & Associates

Josh is a product of the Naval Nuclear power program and was a submarine officer for 7 years prior to joining McKinstry where he worked for 10 years building the commissioning and consulting businesses in Colorado. Josh has recently joined the Cator Ruma and Associates team in Lakewood, CO. His focus is on mission critical system commissioning and supporting a design team that specializes in hospitals and critical environments. Josh has been involved in multiple retrofit and new construction projects that have had a specific focus on critical electrical infrastructure over the 17+ years that he’s been working with these systems. An expert in motor and generator theory with hands on experience developing meaningful test scripts and performance evaluations Josh in uniquely qualified to discuss the approach and the fundamental application of commissioning relative to these projects. Josh has been a member of the BCA since 2008. He received his CCP in 2015. Josh has served previously as the Treasurer of the SW chapter of the BCA, a position he held for 4 years.


 

Catherine N. Hurley, P.E., CEM, LEED AP, ISSP-CSP – Sustainability Program Manager
Argonne National Laboratory

Catherine Hurley is Sustainability Program Manager for Argonne National Laboratory where she directs projects that increase efficiency of facilities and operations while reducing the use of natural resources. She provides strategic direction and management of programs to meet federal sustainability requirements including smart laboratories, sustainable buildings, pollution prevention & waste reduction, transportation efficiency, green purchasing and resilience.

Prior to joining Argonne, Catherine served as Sustainability Manager for the City of Evanston, Illinois, where she led the City’s Climate Action Plan implementation and managed sustainability performance through the STAR Community Rating, now LEED for Cities.

Catherine started her professional career as a Civil Engineer, working for MWH Americas Inc. where she focused on water resources engineering.

Catherine has a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Dayton. She is a Registered Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional, an ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional, and a Certified Energy Manager.


 

Judd Johnson, M.En – Executive Director for Facilities Operations
University of Chicago – Medicine and Biological Sciences

Judd is an experienced facility operations manager with over 20 years of experience in managing research, healthcare, and other critical facilities. He currently serves as the Executive Director for Facilities Operations for the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences. His responsibilities include physical plant operations, building management, occupational safety and regulatory compliance, public safety & parking, and utility/energy management. He also manages the organization’s capital infrastructure program which includes capital planning and renewal, design & engineering, and execution of infrastructure projects.


 

Shana Jones, QCxP – Commissioning Provider and Designer
Ring & DuChateau, LLP

Shana has over 20 years of experience in design, project management, coordination and commissioning of HVAC systems; the last four years have been dedicated to commissioning for Ring & DuChateau. Shana is BS graduate of Leadership and Organization from Marquette University. Shana is also the current President of the Wisconsin chapter of ASHRAE.


 

Tracey Jumper, CCP, LEED AP – Owner/Certified Commissioning Professional
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.


 

Phil Karnicki – Facilities Manager
CBRE

Since beginning his career with Liebert Services in 2011, Phil Karnicki has gained invaluable experience and knowledge in electrical power system commissioning and design for commercial and residential developments, mission-critical and data center facilities. Phil Karnicki currently serves as the CBRE Facility Manager for a CyrusOne Data Center in Somerset, New Jersey. Phil previously worked as a Senior Project Engineer in the Commissioning Department at Jaros, Baum & Bolles.
Phil’s work has included project and facility management, design implementation, preparation of construction documents and testing forms, and field observation. Phil’s expertise in and extensive knowledge of uninterruptible and emergency power systems has played an instrumental role in the commissioning of the newly upgraded electrical infrastructure and emergency power system for Citigroup’s 388-390 Greenwich Street headquarters and data center.
Phil earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Rutgers University School of Engineering.


 

Gerald J. Kettler, PE, CCP, CEM, REM, LEED Fellow – Managing Principal
Facility Performance Associates

Gerald J. Kettler has over 45 years of management and professional level experience in the design, construction, testing, commissioning, and operation of physical facilities. He is a licensed professional engineer in nine states and certified in many specialties including commissioning, test and balance and environmental management. He has performed commissioning and USGBC LEED administrative functions for over 300 LEED projects. He is a LEED Fellow who has been active on many ASHRAE, ICC and other committees that develop industry guidelines, codes and standards. He served as chair of the ASHRAE SSPC 300 committee on Commissioning and the ICC Guideline 4 committee developing commissioning instructions for building officials.


 

Alex Kozinets, PE, CxA, EBCP, LEED AP – Chief Product Officer
Facility Grid

Alex Kozinets is a Chief Product Officer at Facility Grid. Alex drives Facility Grid’s product strategy and acts as customer advocate in the product development process. Alex has over 20 years of experience in master planning, project management, mechanical engineering design, construction administration, start-up, and commissioning across a variety of projects for life science, healthcare, mission critical, industrial, academic, aviation, and commercial facilities. Alex is a Registered Professional Engineer, a certified CxA, an accredited LEED® Professional, and a certified Existing Building Commissioning Professional.


 

Ryan Lean, PE, LEED AP, CCP – 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.


 

Kelsey Leslie, PE, CxA, Niagara IV – Mechanical Engineer
Paladin, Inc.

Kelsey is a mechanical engineer specializing in the full range of commissioning services for Paladin, Inc.in Lexington, Kentucky. She began her commissioning career specializing in K‐12 schools before expanding her experience portfolio to include local and state government, commercial, and secondary education facilities. Whether she’s supporting new building owners with preventative maintenance protocol or implementing M&V plans, she is an advocate for data‐driven collaborative solutions. Kelsey holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and a certification in Tridium Niagara programming. She has previously spoken at the 2018 BCxA Annual Conference and 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference on Enterprise Building Automation System solutions.


 

Michele Levenson – Sr. Program Manager, Validation
Pharmatech Associates, Inc.

Ms. Levenson brings 18+ years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and medical device/diagnostic industries. Her areas of expertise include process/equipment/facility/utility/automation commissioning & qualification, project and people management, quality management systems, statistical analyses, process design and process validation. She has been involved with process and technology transfers, process optimizations, redesign projects, and regulatory remediation projects. She has also developed process validation programs deployed around the world. Ms. Levenson is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), with a B.S. degree in General Life Sciences and a Minor in Spanish from Penn State University in State College, PA.


 

Alex Mathers, PE, CxA – Principal
GMC Commissioning Inc.

Alex Mathers, PE, is a Founding Principal at GMC Commissioning Inc. located in San Diego, California. Mr. Mathers obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree from James Madison University and a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University. Mr. Mathers has been a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California since 2010 and is a certified commissioning provider. Mr. Mathers spent almost a decade working as an owner in the Real Estate and Facilities team of Qualcomm Inc. planning, building, operating and maintaining over 10M sf of office and lab space around the world.


 

Randy Miles, PMP, LEEP AP – Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Melink Corporation

Randy Miles, PMP, LEED AP, is Vice President of Melink Corporation and focused on delivering a portfolio of products and services to the global market for energy efficiency. Melink invented demand control kitchen ventilation (DCKV) in 1990 with its Intelli-Hood product and has led the global market development for efficient commercial kitchen operation.Melink has installed controls in over 30,000 hoods in commercial cooking operations from seafaring cruise ships to a mountaintop restaurant at 10,900 feet, and nearly every vertical market in between. Randy has a foundation in project management and leverages his experience in Melink’s diverse portfolio to bring functional lessons learned and education of DCKV applications for both retro-fit and new construction environments.


 

Mischa Morgera PE (Ontari0), CxAP, EBCP, LEED GA, CMC, CCCA, PX, BN – Principal, Commissioning Authority & Sustainability Engineer
MM Consulting & Associates

Ms. Morgera has over 20 years of public and private sector experience in project management and MEP assessment and commissioning for sports arena/entertainment, hospitality, healthcare, higher education, institutional/commercial, government, and critical date center and utility infrastructure facilities. She has managed and contributed to projects from $10K to $150M for large, complex buildings. Ms. Morgera was the Commissioning Authority for the iconic Sun Dome Arena and Convocation Center (now, Yuengling Center) which achieved LEED Silver, the USF University Student Center which achieved LEED Gold, and a number of critical infrastructure projects at Florida Hospitals.


 

Paul Mulyk PE, BCxP – Associate Director of Commissioning
NYU Langone Health

Paul is the Associate Director of Commissioning for NYU Langone Health.  During his tenure at NYULH, he has created and led a commissioning focused team which oversees design, construction and commissioning for the entire NYULH portfolio.  He also created the NYULH Design Guidelines which all construction projects have to follow.  Prior to joining NYULH, he worked in design and commissioning fields at prestigious consulting engineering firms where he managed and executed healthcare, data center, commercial and residential projects.  Paul is a Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Cooper Union and a Master of Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.  He is also a certified Building Commissioning Professional.


 

Jaime Olivas – Senior Commissioning Specialist
Page/ Olivas Consulting Services LLC

Jaime Olivas has been involved in electrical commissioning since 2001 where his first commissioning project, “Project Phoenix”, was The Pentagon Renovation Project immediately following the 9-11 tragedy. He has since been involved in commissioning several different types of projects requiring a range of different technical requirements for Data collection. His commissioning experiences have led to providing helpful insight to owners and designers to determine commissioning goals. His intensive and effective Final Commissioning reports have typically been used as Baseline Maintenance documents for Facility Managers. Jaime Olivas is responsible for all aspects of the Electrical Commissioning, including Data Centers, Medical, Corporate, Commercial and Industrial facilities.


 

Ryan Ollie, PE, CEM, CMPVP – Manager of Facility Operations
Advocate Condell Medical Center

Ryan Ollie currently serves as the Manager of Facility Operations at Advocate Condell Medical Center. In this role, Ryan manages the plants, grounds, and maintenance operations for the entire hospital campus. Prior to his current role, Ryan served as the Manager of Energy Solutions for Advocate Health Care and supported the Facilities and PD&C departments in their energy and water savings initiatives.
Prior to joining Advocate Health Care, Ryan served in various engineering roles within the MEP design and energy consulting space. During this time, he provided engineering services to clients/customers within the commercial, industrial, and institutional market sectors. In addition to these professional experiences, Ryan has also achieved the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification, Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMPVP) certification, and Professional Engineer license.


 

Tom Poeling, PE, CEM, CCP – Director of Quality Assurance
U.S. Engineering Construction

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.


 

David Powell, CE – Associate Principal
Arup

David Powell is the Team Leader of Arup’s Controls and Commissioning Group in New York and is a leader within the Arup Aviation ITC practice. He specializes in commissioning management and integration systems design and management of large complex projects and has led the commissioning and integration programs of six major airport projects. He is experienced in mechanical and controls systems design and low voltage systems engineering – including: supervisory and data acquisition, security, fire alarm, and airport terminal information technology systems.


 

Kenny Reed, PE, CxAP, CEM – Director of Commissioning
Specialized Engineering Solutions

Kenny is a passionate advocate for developing strategies that leverage technology and facility operations data to improve building system performance. He has 11 years of industry experience and has led large commissioning teams for complex mission critical facilities. His work includes new and existing facilities from offices to hospitals, to data centers and complicated laboratories sized from 10,000 SF to 1 million SF. He is experienced in mechanical systems performance assurance and energy efficiency analysis and reviews mechanical design control sequences that simplify operations and improve efficiency. He is passionate about the benefits and persistence related to ongoing and monitoring based commissioning and is well versed in fault detection software and optimizing their use in new and existing facilities.


 

Howard “Howdy” Reichmuth, PE – Chief Technology Officer
Energy Resource Management Company

Howdy Reichmuth is the Chief Technology Officer at Energy Resource Management Company, responsible for the advancement of the core science underlying the set of tools that includes EnergyRM’s meter system and related technologies. He is the co-inventor of the world’s first reliable meter for the energy yield from energy efficiency, and is on a number of its issued and pending patents. His background in “transactionally accurate” models has roots in his work as a nuclear missile physicist with the US Navy. In 1986, he began working on monitoring, data collection, and program design under contracts with the Bonneville Power Administration. He was the developer of the EZ-Sim building simulation model, and applied that work to estimate energy savings in large scale commercial buildings in work funded by the World Bank.


 

Kenneth Roko, AIA – Technical Director
RWDI

During his two decades of work in the building enclosure field, Ken has analyzed the effects of humidity and temperature on various types of wall and roof assemblies throughout the world. He and his team have commissioned high-performance building enclosures on numerous projects ranging from small medical clinics to university buildings to large airport expansions with a focus on constructability, weather resistance, long-term durability, energy efficiency and maintenance. Ken’s project portfolio includes historic preservation projects, exterior restoration, cladding and fenestration systems, and below-grade and horizontal waterproofing systems.


 

Miles Ryan, PE, CEM – Commissioning Engineer
Questions & Solutions Engineering

Miles Ryan is a commissioning provider at Questions & Solutions Engineering in Chaska, MN. He has ten years’ experience in the industry, getting his start as a Civil Engineering officer in the Air Force. He served in various roles overseeing the design, construction and operation of facility mechanical systems at Grand Forks AFB, ND. In 2015, he became a mechanical systems instructor at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). Since leaving active duty in 2018, he has remained on faculty at AFIT to continue teaching courses in HVAC control systems as well as HVAC design and analysis.


 

Andrew Samuels – Engineering Manager
Nexant

Andrew Samuels is an Engineering Manager in Nexant’s Utility Services business unit located in the Hinsdale, IL office. Andrew has more than seven years of experience focusing on project coordination and management, technical energy analysis, and auditing for energy efficiency programs. He currently supports the ComEd Retrocommissioning (RCx) program by creating recurring financial and energy savings forecasts, ensuring cost effective projects get delivered, and improving processes using program data. Andrew holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Philosophy from Iowa State University. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and LEED Green Associate.


 

Lili Sander – Director of Product
InEight, Inc.

Lili is Director of Product for Start up and Commissioning at InEight. Previously, she led product management and customer solutions for M-SIX, where she managed the mission-critical VEO (video enhanced observation) Platform and suite of project collaboration applications. (InEight and M-SIX merged in 2018). In 2014, Lili led the creation of the VEO Commissioning Application, which was designed, developed and tested in close collaboration with leading enterprise owners and contractors. Since then, VEO has been used as the Common Data Environment on over $14B worth of work. Lili holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Portland State University.


 

Sunny Sandhu – Business Development Manager
CopperTree Analytics

With eight years of experience in building mechanical systems and automation systems, Sunny Sandhu is a Business Development Manager at CopperTree Analytics. At CopperTree, he focuses on working with organizations to demonstrate the capabilities and value of CopperTree’s advanced analytics software technology, and showcase how it can be leveraged to increase energy efficiency, maximize occupant comfort, and optimize the operations of their facilities. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechatronic Systems Engineering from Simon Fraser University.


 

Gerry Sapienza – Program Manager
Abbott Laboratories, Global Energy Strategy

Gerry Sapienza is a program manager with Abbott Laboratories’ Global Energy Strategy group with over 35 years of experience in the fields of HVAC and facilities.

During more than 25 years with Abbott, Gerry has performed in various project engineering and operations roles. As Technical Support Manager for Lake County, IL, he was responsible for operations and capital projects for HVAC and building automation on two multi-purpose pharmaceutical campuses with 65 buildings and 5MM square feet.

Gerry executed three separate pilot programs to evaluate Cx for HVAC systems between 1999 and 2016 at Abbott.

Gerry was employed by a major controls company for eleven years with positions in software and applications engineering, marketing, He was the corporate technical lead for laboratories and critical environments products.

Gerry holds BS and MS Engineering degrees from the University of Illinois, Chicago.


 

Cameron Scott, PE, CEM – Commissioning Authority
Salt Lake City Corporation

Cameron Scott received a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He has worked as a mechanical design consultant, commissioning provider, facilities commissioning provider, and Energy & HVAC manager. His experience managing and running a HVAC team for 83 building helped him to understand how to operate a building that meeting occupants needs and reduce energy consumption at the same time. Mr. Scott felt one of his greatest achievements was tuning a 2-year-old building that reduced emissions by a 1/3 and saved the city $100,000 annually. Due to the results, the city received a Department of Energy award in the Smart Energy Analytic campaign. Recently, he has commissioned two new Net Zero fire stations for Salt Lake City.


 

Eric Seaverson, PE – Director, Midwest Region – Building Science Solutions
Intertek


 

David Sellers, PE – Senior Engineer
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 retrocommissioning 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.”


 

Sandy Selman – Co-Founder
CPROP

Sandy is a co-founder of Sanus Connect Inc., an IoT and data science company, where his team designed and launched a powerful new business solution for JLL’s property management business that helps asset managers allocate capital with improved financial outcomes. Sandy also co-founded CPROP.io which develops blockchain-enabled data solutions and has emerged as an industry thought leader on practical blockchain implementations across the real estate value chain. Previously, Sandy founded and managed an early-stage venture fund and was a project finance banker specializing in energy infrastructure. Sandy holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering (with Distinction) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a MBA in Finance and Investments from The George Washington University.


 

Jesse Sycuro, PE, CCP, CEM, LEED AP – Managing Director
Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions

Jesse Sycuro is a Managing Director within BGIS’s critical facilities management, responsible for managing facility operations for North America with focus on continuous improvement, building performance, cost reduction strategies, and leveraging data for business intelligence. Prior to joining BGIS, Jesse served in a variety of roles at McKinstry ranging from commissioning engineer to operations manager of energy management services, and as an officer in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program.Jesse is engaged in several industry initiatives through his role on the BCxA International Board of Directors and chair of the Subcommittee for Ongoing Commissioning Best Practices.


 

Robert Totton, CCP, LEED AP – Cxing Provider
Cleveland Clinic

Mr. Totton has 23 years’ experience, 50+ projects globally in the commissioning and controls, managing projects in the UK and UAE for Cleveland Clinic Foundation for the last 5 years. His experience and overall project management as an owner, a controls engineer and commissioning provider for new construction and existing buildings includes troubleshooting and optimizing for all facility types. Mr. Totton has provided MEP systems training to facilities staff while remaining responsive to the realities of post-opening facilities operation.


 

Hendrick Van Hemert – Regional Director
McKinstry

Hendrik oversees all aspects of McKinstry’s Technical Services business in the Pacific Northwest.  With nearly 100 professionals across the region, the group provides Commissioning, Facility Assessment and Energy Management services that cut waste across all aspects of a building’s lifecycle.  Hendrik’s experience in solution development and continuous improvement allows him to equip our teams with best-in-class solutions and processes to meet rapidly evolving client needs. Hendrik joined McKinstry in 2011.


 

Vin Varghese, CEM – Senior Manager
AT&T

Vin Varghese is a senior manager with AT&T Labs in the Global Infrastructure Optimization & Implementation group, which has overall product lifecycle responsibility for AT&T’s infrastructure. He is responsible for enterprise energy efficiency retro-commissioning projects run through utility programs and energy performance benchmarking. Vin has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University an MBA from George Washington University and is Certified Energy Manager.


 

John Villani, 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.


 

Tavis Werts, PE, CCP – Associate
Altura Associates

Tavis Werts is an Associate at Altura Associates with over 8 years’ experience in the building commissioning and consulting industry. Projects have included LEED platinum buildings, complex laboratory spaces, medical centers, and office buildings. His current focus is improving the commissioning process through leading edge analytics and value-driven processes. Tavis is a strong proponent of connected commissioning, smart network design, and analytic-based energy management.


 

Eileen Westervelt, PE, CEM, QCxP, LEED AP – Senior Mechanical Engineer
USACE-ERDC-CERL

Eileen Westervelt is a seasoned engineer and energy strategist with over 20 years of experience in the energy field. Her broad spectrum skillset includes technical, programmatic and communication expertise that help her clients achieve and sustain their energy performance goals. As a Senior Energy Engineer at the US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), she supports facility energy operations at DOD installations including energy program development, energy assessments, strategic guidance, commissioning, HVAC controls review, energy culture investigation and professional training. Eileen is passionate about making savings real and persistent, and engages the people-aspect of energy systems to ensure lasting results. Her observations on the human side of facilities energy management have been featured in classes and conferences for the Building Commissioning Association; the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) journal, Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment; and in a recently added chapter of AEE’s book, Guide to Energy Management. Eileen holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois. She is a registered professional engineer, a certified energy manager, a qualified commissioning process provider, and a LEED-accredited professional.