Elliot Alvarez – Associate Principal
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 continuous commissioning.
John Runkle, PE – Vice President
John currently serves as President-Elect of the International Board. He is BCxA liaison to IIBEC and assisted with Exam Writing for the Certification of Building Enclosure Professionals. He is a former ATSM liaison for Building Enclosure Commissioning. He actively participates in the BCxA as a presenter for different chapters and teaches multiple Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) courses each year. He serves on the Education, Advocacy, Leadership, and International Committees. He has been active in the initial step for the formation of a new international BCxA chapter.
John is Vice President of Building Sciences Solutions for Architectural Testing, Inc., an Intertek company. He brings over 20 years of experience as a building enclosure consultant and enclosure commissioning provider and has been integral to the 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.
Kent Barber, PE, CCP – Project Executive/Senior Project Manager
Keithly Barber Associates
Kent Barber is a Project Executive at Keithly Barber Associates, as performance optimization and commissioning provider firm headquartered in Tukwila, WA. Over the past 3 decades, he has commissioned a wide variety of building and process system types, including: biopharma, medical, industrial, and educational correctional and public safety facilities. His expertise includes project delivery approaches ranging from traditional design/bid/build to highly collaborative integrated delivery. Prior to focusing his career on Building Commissioning, his 45-year buildings industry career included the construction trades, mechanical systems design, and facilities consulting. Kent is a founding member of the Building Commissioning Association.
Tom Bedford – Commissioning Specialist
MCW Hemisphere Ltd.
As a certified commissioning provider, Tom regularly interfaces with professionals and technicians on all levels for troubleshooting and diagnosing issues that arise during the timeline and completion of a project. As a journeyman refrigeration mechanic, Tom brings many years of experience to ensure air and water systems are achieving the maximum benefit with the least amount of energy to keep building occupants satisfied. Tom is continually upgrading his skill set with professional development courses in all areas. In his spare time, Tom is typically outdoors; hiking in the mountains or SCUBA wherever he can!
Nick Dalton – Engineering Manager
Horizon Engineering Associates
Nick Dalton is an Engineering Manager with Horizon Engineering Associates. He has over 15 years of experience in building science, including project management, engineering design and commissioning. Mr. Dalton most recently served as an Associate Director of Commissioning & Field Testing services, where he was in charge of managing and performing all duties relevant to new construction commissioning and retro-commissioning projects for clients in the commercial office space, healthcare and education sectors.
Andrew Dennison – Director of Enterprise Services
Andrew Dennison is the Director of Enterprise Services at DroneDeploy. He helps our enterprise clients design and operate their global drone programs. Familiar with the entire drone tech stack and industry-specific ROI. Prior to DroneDeploy, Andrew was the Founder of Uplift Data Partners, a global drone service provider that was acquired in 2018.
Justin deWolfe, PE – Senior Project Manager
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
Justin deWolfe specializes in building enclosure design, investigation, and rehabilitation. He works collaboratively with architects, owners,and contractors to help solve building envelope constructability issues and deliver high performing new design and historic structure projects. He is highly experienced in building science analysis, building enclosure peer review and commissioning, water proofing and roofing system design, and interior flooring.
Dan Forino, PE, CCP, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP – Manager of Integrated Facility Management, Facilities & Operations
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Dan joined the BCxA International Board of Directors in 2016 and has served as Treasurer (2017-18), President Elect (2019), President (2020) and soon to be Immediate Past President (2021). He recently served as the Director of Engineering for Horizon Engineering Associates, with oversight of their NYC Headquarters and served as the Commissioning Program Manager for LaGuardia Airport Terminal B. Dan currently oversees the Integrated Facility Management division at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, one of 10 national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Dan continually supports the BCxA as the Chairperson for the Owners Committee, host of Some Good Commissioning, co-host of the BCxA Untitled Podcast and vlog alongside IBOD member Ryan Lean, and various media and presentations during his IBOD tenure. Dan is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) - Binghamton University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and SUNY Stony Brook University, where he attained his Master of Business Administration.
David Gallagher, P.Eng – Senior Manager of Digital Buildings
Oxford Properties Group
David is the Sr. Manager, Digital Buildings at Oxford Properties – a global owner, manager, and developer of commercial real estate. Working with Oxford’s global real estate portfolio, David is responsible for program strategy, and the execution of building technology initiatives. Key projects include digital twinning and the data driven optimization of buildings.
Lyn Gomes, CCP, PE, LEED AP – Senior Commissioning/MEP Coordinator, DPR Construction
Before 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.
Saverio Grosso, CEM, CEA, EBCP, CBCP – Managing Director
Saverio Grosso began his career commissioning aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy before moving into an engineering and consulting role within the energy industry. With over 20 years of experience, Saverio has managed onsite commissioning, testing, troubleshooting, balancing and analysis for a wide range of HVAC equipment and systems, across a range of facility types. Hehas been invited to speak to at numerous events for the USGBC, BOMA, IFMA, BCxA and AEE.Saverio holds several certifications from the Association of Energy Engineers and recently served as a board member for the Building Commissioning Association. He has been instrumental in defining legislation supporting NYC’s PlaNYC 2030 and 80×50 goals.
Dave Guberud, CxA, QCxP – Partner/Senior Commissioning Provider
Ring & DuChateau, LLP
Dave has over 34 years of experience in design, installation and commissioning of building control systems; fifteen of those years expressly tied to the craft of MEP commissioningfor Ring & DuChateau at various facilities throughout the country. Dave is a partner and the Co-Lead of the Cx department at Ring & DuChateau. 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 ACG since 2015.To give back to the industry Dave is also part time certified teacher at the Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Michael J. Huhtala, RA, BECxPSM, CxA+BESM – Senior Consulting Architect
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
Mike Huhtala specializes in building science, building enclosure performance, and commissioning, including evaluating and resolving water infiltration and condensation problems and conducting thermal and hygrothermal analysis. He has published papers and presented on topics including computer thermal simulations, condensation, fenestration systems, and commissioning.
Tracey Jumper, CCP – Director of Commissioning
EMCOR Mesa Energy Systems Inc.
David Kedzierski, P. Eng – Electrical Designer
MCW Hemisphere Ltd.
David has worked closely with teams of a contractors, owners, and other consultants during design and construction, and has leveraged and adopted a wide range of technologies to facilitate a more streamlined approach to designing and constructing electrical building systems. As an active listener who collaborates with the project team he brings a pragmatic approach to design strategies to meet client’s expectations while respecting the budget realities of any project. He enjoys being outdoors and spends majority of his free time in the Rocky Mountains either mountaineering, ski touring or biking.
Alex Kozinets, PE, CxA, EBCP, LEED AP – Chief Product Officer
Alex Kozinets is the Chief Product Officer at Facility Grid. Alex is responsible for driving Facility Grid’s product strategy and supporting its most important asset, customers. Alex acts as customer advocate in the product development process, bringing over 25 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.
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.
David LeBlanc, PE, FSFPE – Vice President
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.
Wanda Lenkewich, CxA LEED AP – Commissioning Project Manager
Wanda Lenkewich focuses her attention on large, complex, mission critical facilities. She has combined a career in engineering and construction, lifecycle commissioning, and facility management with a passion for digital transformation. Wanda is the President of Chinook Systems Inc., where she leads a team of subject matter experts in whole building commissioning, systems and controls replacements and integrations, and cybersecurity for facility related control systems. Wanda continues to innovate and advance technology to increase resiliency, optimize efficiency, and extend the life of buildings. This includes the full integration of cybersecurity into Chinook’s commissioning process; Chinooks CyberCxTM program.
Paul Liesman, CxA, EMP, CFM – Vice President Of Engineering
Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP
Paul Liesman, VP of Engineering with Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA), has over 20 years of commissioning experience in a wide variety of markets. His background includes building commissioning for mission critical, healthcare, transportation, higher education, residential and commercial facilities. Paul has managed projects in the public and private sectors, with projects valued at over $4 billion. Most recently, he served as the commissioning project manager of the Social Security Administration Data Center, a Tier III+Uptime Certified facility and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.
Anthony Lyons, ACP, CBCP, CEM, E.I.T. – Commissioning & Energy Engineer
Baumann Consulting, Inc.
Anthony is a Commissioning & Energy Engineer for Baumann’s D.C. team. His expertise includes commissioning, facility condition assessments, building operations, and utility rebates. Since joining Baumann, he’s been involved in several commissioning and energy audit projects. Before Baumann, Anthony was at Clark Construction where he oversaw fire alarm commissioning at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He also worked as an O&M Engineer at Georgetown University where he ran facility, energy efficiency, and infrastructure maintenance projects to support GU’s mission and reduce its carbon footprint. Anthony graduated from GW in 2015 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
Seamus MacIsaac, E.I.T, ACPMPO – Product Manager
Seamus has a combined 8 years of technical and management experience in the capital projects industry. His experience includes both construction and operations for a wide range of projects from infrastructure, mining, oil & gas, and food manufacturing. This experience has led him to his current role as a Product Manager of the InEight Completions product line to develop tools to support the entire construction lifecycle.
He currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and is pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from Haskayne School of Business.
Mario J. Maltese, CQD, CQT, CTS-D, CTS-I – Director Emeritus
The Association for Quality in AV Technology, Inc. (AQAV)
Mario Maltese is the former CEO of Audio Visual Resources, Inc. of Williston Park, NY, an ISO 9001:2000 registered company. Mr. Maltese has been in the industry for over 51 years, with extensive experience in AV systems design and installation, as well as the leadership and management of the engineered systems integration business. Mario holds an MEE (Electrophysics) and a BEE (Microwave Engineering). He is the recipient, 2004-5 “Educator of the Year”, recipient of the “Fred Dixon Award for Excellence”, InfoComm 2011 and has been inducted into the “SCN Hall of Fame” in 2017. He is a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and the author, “AV 9000: Defining Quality in Engineered Audio Visual Systems.”
Gerry Massey, PE, LEED AP, CxA, CEM, BECxP, CxA+BE – Associate Principal, Senior Mechanical Engineer
Gerry Massey has over 30 years of experience as a mechanical engineer. She has been responsible as a lead engineer for commissioning, design and energy analysis of new, remodel, and energy retrofit projects in hospitals, office buildings, performing arts centers, university campus buildings, central plants, hotels, jails, and laboratories.
Commissioning experience includes conducting the commissioning process on new and remodeled HVAC systems. She has been involved in the commissioning from the project schematic phase through the warranty walk through. Commissioning tasks in which she was involved include helping to build a solid commissioning team, conducting design and submittal review; conducting pre-functional site observation, conducting functional testing, and compiling the commissioning record and systems manuals.
Design and energy analysis experience includes: project management; formulating conceptual designs for projects in interpretation of clients' needs; presenting HVAC system choices and costs to clients; performing calculations and equipment selection; overseeing production work; performing field observation; troubleshooting mechanical systems; field auditing for performance contracting; and overseeing and performing energy analyses and life cycle cost studies.
Alex Metschke, PE, CEM, CCP – Director of Energy and Sustainability
Specialized Engineering Solutions
Alex has a combined 9 years of experience in MEP design, commissioning, and M&V. His past experience comes in a wide range of project types including lab, high-rise, healthcare, higher education, and office, among others. Alex’s background and work utilizing data analytics gives him a unique insight into developing new strategies for improving building operations and reducing energy and production waste. He is a big proponent in utilizing today’s technology to modernize building operations.
Ian Meredith – Program Development Officer
Natural Resources Canada, Office of Energy Efficiency
Following an extensive private sector career in the interrelated fields of environmental certification, labelling and marketing, Mr. Meredith accepted a position with Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) in 2005. As a senior analyst for the OEE, he focused on developing programs to serve the commercial/institutional buildings sector. In 2017, the OEE revived interest in creation of a framework to promote existing building commissioning, an initiative previously explored from 2006to 2011. As a strong believer in the value of commissioning, Ian has been pleased to have been assigned to this file’s team on both occasions.
Eli Miller, P.Eng., PMP, LEED AP – Senior Director Project Management
Eli Miller is the Senior Director, Project Management at Hullmark Asset Management. He is accountable for the end-to-end deliver for construction Hullmark’s development projects. In addition to these duties, he also provides technical support on all acquisition due diligence and technical/constructability input during design development for all projects.
Mr. Miller is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Project Management Professional (PMP) and LEED Accredited Professional (AP). Educated as a mechanical engineer, couple with a passion for process efficiency, energy conservation, renewable energy and environmentally sustainable and financially feasible development, Mr. Miller brings a unique view that connects and aligns technical and business objectives.
Adam Muggleton – Project Management Consultant | Property Industry Philosopher & Podcaster
Adam Muggleton is an investor and advisor at BlueRithm software. He has been immersed in property and building systems performance for 40 years. Having worked in 21 countries and held leadership positions at several firms, Adam has a unique perspective from convergent experience in property development, design team management, project management, and building commissioning.
Adam has worked at respected firms such as Arup USA (commissioning T4 at JFK NYC, USA) and spent six years as a property development manager.
Hendrick Muñoz Martinez – CEO
Master in BIM Management from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Mechatronic Engineer from ITESM, México. He is CEO of KINENERGY an Engineering and Energy consulting that works in Mexico, Central America and South America. He has participated in projects of Power generation, Data centers, industry and commercial buildings. He has the professional certificates CEM (Certified Energy Manager), CEAM (Certified Energy Auditor Master Level), BEAP (Building Energy Assessment Professional), PMP (Project Management Professional), Edge Auditor, BCxP (Building Commissioning Professional). He has participated in several technical committees as in the Regional Technical Committees of the Green Buildings Council of Mexico, Energy national policies in Mexico and the Building Commissioning Professional Committee Scheme, developed by the NIBS (National Institute of Construction Sciences) and the DOE (Department of Energy). In the 2020 he was awarded by the AEE as the Latin America Energy Engineer of the year.
Jeff Nichols, PE, BCxP, CEM, LEED® AP – President
Engineering Economics, Inc.
Jeff is the President of Engineering Economics, Inc. - a facility systems consulting firm approaching four decades of service in the commercial, industrial, and institutional markets. Jeff and EEI specialize in MEP commissioning, facility energy assessments, augmented technical support for CM and GC, and building optimization services through analytics software.
Jeff is a long-time BCxA member and 40-year industry veteran. He is a registered professional engineer, Certified Building Commissioning Professional (ASHRAE), Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers), and LEED Accredited Professional (USGBC). Jeff's areas of expertise include system analysis, HVAC operation and efficiency, and energy-efficiency.
Daniel Nizolak – Commissioning Project Manager
Daniel Nizolak is a Commissioning Project Manager at PowerCon Associates. Dan is responsible for day-to-day management of commissioning projects and operations. He works directly with clients and is responsible for continuously improving PowerCon’s commissioning program, including efficiency and growth initiatives. Dan has worked with high profile clients including high profile technology companies and financial service companies on projects ranging from new construction to existing building upgrades and ReCx.
Geni Peters, PhD – Labour Market Information Manager
Geni Peters is an economist with a Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University. As Labour Market Information (LMI) Manager at ECO Canada, she is responsible for the management, execution and delivery of environmental LMI projects, working with an army of professionals comprised of staff, consultants, strategic advisors and subject matter experts.
Tom Poeling, P.E., CEM, CCP – Project Support Director
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 BCCxA Conference Committee. He has been involved with the commissioning industry for over 27 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.
Samir Raza, B.Sc Engg, LEED AP BD+C – Senior Project Manager
Turner Construction Company
Samir is a Senior Project Manager with Turner Construction in Toronto and has been in the Construction industry for over 27 years, has worked on projects spanning over 6 countries and ranging from hospitals, research labs, power plants and data centers. He is passionate about the importance of streamlining commissioning with the construction process. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and is a LEED AP.
Lee Riback, CxA, CEM, LEED AP – Project Director of Commissioning in South Region
Lee Riback, Commissioning Project Director, McKinstry in Dallas, has over 30 years of experience with HVAC, mechanical systems and controls of all types. He has worked on projects as large as the Charles Schwab’s new DFW Headquarters Campus, as unique as the Bio-Diversity Museum in Panama City, several historical renovations, numerous schools (K-12, Higher Ed) and laboratories among many other facility types. He is Past President of the BCxA Texas Chapter and serving on several ASHRAE Cx-related committees.
Kenny Reed, PE, CCP, CEM, LEED AP – Director of Commissioning
Specialized Engineering Soultions
Kenny is an advocate for performance assurance and 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. 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.
Sandy Renshaw, PE, CCP, CEM, LEED AP – Principal Mechanical Engineer
Sandy Renshaw has over 25 years of engineering experience in the design, construction, commissioning, and operation of equipment and systems. Mr. Renshaw is a registered professional engineer in Missouri and California. He is also a Certified Commissioning Professional through the Building Commissioning Association and a LEED Accredited Professional. Sandy joined Kaiser Permanente in July 2019 and serves as a Principal Mechanical Engineer with National Facilities Services, Facilities Strategy Planning and Design. A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy Mr. Renshaw utilized his engineering education and training to operate and maintain the power plants on large merchant ships, including a tour of duty during Operation Desert Shield and Storm. He also has experience in facility inspections and assessments with Factory Mutual.
Rachel Rueckert, PE, QCxP, CxA, LEED AP – Partner/Senior Commissioning Provider
Ring & DuChateau, LLP
Rachel has over 21 years of experience in design, project management, coordination, and commissioning of HVAC systems; the last eleven years have been dedicated to MEP commissioning for Ring & DuChateau. Rachel is a partner and the Co-Lead of the Cx department at Ring & DuChateau. Rachel has been an ACG member since 2015.Rachel is a professional engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering and master’s degree in Engineering with an emphasis in Building Energy Systems from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Rachel is also adjunct professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Bryan Scholnick – Partner
Tyson & Mendes
Bryan D. Scholnick is the Managing Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office. Mr. Scholnick’s legal career focuses on defending general liability cases with a focus on professional liability and automotive claims. He is an experienced litigator in a variety of cases involving automotive and trucking personal injury claims, automotive rental liability issues, engineering error and omissions claims, medical malpractice, products liability, workplace injuries, wrongful death, construction defect, and breach of contract. Mr. Scholnick has defended and represented architects, engineers, and physicians and hospitals in suits alleging professional negligence.
Mr. Scholnick has successfully resolved a variety of cases involving personal injury, alleged engineering design failures, complex construction defect claims, and product liability. He has successfully obtained multiple dismissal of a rental company following motions practice. Mr. Scholnick’s Masters in Mechanical Engineering and science background provides him with helpful knowledge in some of the more complex malpractice, professional liability, product design, and construction claims.
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.”
Saphron Skinner-Willson, P.Eng., LEEP AP BD&C – Senior Building Envelope Specialist
As a member of Entuitive’s Building Envelope Services team, Saphron brings over nine years of experience in both construction management and building envelope design and review. Saphron’s knowledge and strong construction experience have been built on the contractor side through involvement with some of Calgary’s most iconic buildings, with her multiple years in design engineering consulting complementing the constructability knowledge with technical depth. Saphron’s breadth of experience uniquely allows her to understand the complexities of design and construction for the full building envelope in new construction projects, specifically.
Saphron provides strong and conscientious design insight through the application of her diverse project experience. Over her dozens of projects, Saphron has been involved in estimating, tendering, construction and post-construction, condition assessments and non-destructive testing, restoration project design and review, new construction design, commissioning and third-party ASTM test reviews, all specific to building envelope systems and facades.
A.J. Speicher, PE, CCP, CEM, PMP, LEED GA – Commissioning Service Leader
A.J. Speicher, P.E., CCP, has over 22 years of commissioning, construction, HVAC, BAS, and facility engineering design. He is the Commissioning Service Leader for Borton-Lawson. Previously, A.J. was a Project Manager for a major BAS provider focusing on the design and installation of BAS systems, primarily for pharmaceutical clients. A.J. holds Mechanical Engineering degrees from Penn State (BS) and Villanova (MS). He is a Certified Commissioning Provider (CCP), professional engineer, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Energy Manager and a LEED Green Associate. He is a Past President of both the Anthracite Chapter of ASHRAE and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the BCxA.
Nick Theoret – Account Executive
Nick Theoret is on the business development team for KODE Labs, a smart building platform provider based out of Detroit, Michigan. He is a mechanical engineer by trade with a strong background in developing IoT products for a variety of industries. He began his career in automotive manufacturing where he helped engineer and develop processes for high-volume manufacturing. However, over the past 3 years, he has been working in the PropTech space and supports the development of creative strategies to improve energy efficiency of commercial real estate properties.
Dominic Turgeon, P. Eng – Project Engineer
Natural Resources Canada
Dominic Turgeon is working as a project engineer at Canmet ENERGY in Varennes, a Natural Resources Canada research centre. His work focuses on improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Mr. Turgeon is known as a specialist regarding building operations and energy issues, more specifically regarding existing building commissioning (EBCx) and ongoing commissioning (OCx). One of his primary responsibilities at Canmet ENERGY is to act as a technical advisor for carrying out energy management strategies through the Greening NRCan and Greening Government Initiatives, programs aimed at reducing the GHG emissions of the federal government.
Eileen T. Westervelt, PE, CEM, QCxP, LEED AP – Senior Research Engineer
U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
Eileen Westervelt is a seasoned engineer with over 25 years of experience in the energy field. She is a senior research mechanical engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (USACE ERDC-CERL) in Champaign, IL. Her work efforts support resilient military installations through efficient and sustainable facilities. Current focus areas include Energy Strategy, HVAC Commissioning, Energy Culture, and best practices for Utility Monitoring Control Systems. Past adventures for Eileen include running her own energy consulting business, serving as a Director of Retro-commissioning for the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) at the University of Illinois, and previous employment stints at CERL where Eileen made significant contributions to the Army Energy Strategy for Installations, Army Energy Security Plans, and technology demonstration projects.
Qutha “Byron” Winters – Chief Maintenance and Building Operations
NASA Johnson Space Center
Byron has served as Branch Chief, Facilities Management & Operations Division since 2015 at the NASAJohnson Space Center, with emphasis on reliability centered maintenance (RCM). He manages project assignments providing guidance on engineering technical problems related to designs, maintenance-operations, and construction, continued safety, quality, and risk assignments in conjunction with branch responsibilities. Previoulsy, Byron had worked as a Safety & Risk Manager, Facility Project Manager U.S. Air Force, and Project Manager with Bechtel Engineering. Byron earned his BS Mechanical Engineering degree at Prairie View A & M University, and atended the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) where he studied HVAC, controls, building systems, and cost estimating.