Speakers


October 15-17, 2018 | Nashville, TN


Fiona Aldous
Wiss Janney Elstner Associates

Fiona Aldous is a Principal with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates. She has performed comprehensive, technical building enclosure commissioning on numerous buildings. Fiona has an extensive, hands-on “know-how” of building enclosures and the building enclosure commissioning (BECx) process.


Robert Austin
Dewberry


Anthony Avendano, LEED AP BD+C
Columbia University

Anthony Avendano has 7 years of experience in the commissioning field first as a consultant and now on the owner’s side. He has an electrical engineering background and has worked in building operations for 12 years. Anthony is also an instructor for the Local 32 BJ Thomas Shortman Training Program.


Austin Azzaretto, PE
AKF Group LLC

Austin Azzaretto, PE has 11 years of experience of new construction and retro-commissioning in the commercial, healthcare, and higher education markets. His hands-on approach ensures that the commissioning process is effectively planned, communicated, and executed to his client’s needs and schedule. His goal is that the “commissioning team” is truly a team, that all parties understand the process, and that they’re engaged in it. He’s earned and continues to earn the respect of owners, facility managers, contractors, and peers within AKF. Austin also holds commissioning seminars within the firm to educate his engineering peers on synergizing with CxAs.


Jeremy Bartlett, CxA
RMF Engineering, Inc.

Jeremy is a commissioning specialist with the Field Services Division of RMF Engineering. His background as a controls engineer with over 10 years of in-field installation and programming experience brings a unique dynamic to his commissioning approach and capabilities. 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.


Brian Clark, PE, CEM, CPMP
US Army Corps of Engineers

Brian is a Mechanical Engineer in the Energy Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (USACE ERDC-CERL) in Champaign, IL. He supports HVAC controls, retro-commissioning, deep energy retrofits, and other facilities management efforts through installation support, criteria development, and research projects. Prior to working for CERL, Brian spent several years as an Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Public Works engineer, USACE design engineer, and Department of Energy (DOE) industrial energy auditor. Brian is a Professional Engineer (PE) in Illinois, Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and ASHRAE Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP).


David Cohen, PE, CCP, DCEP
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.


Jessica Corriere, PE
AKF Group LLC

Ms. Corriere is a licensed engineer with over 17 years’ experience in the commissioning and retro commissioning of mechanical systems in commercial, pharmaceutical, K-12, higher education, government, mission critical, and health care facilities. She is well-versed in the coordination and execution of mechanical systems prefunctional checks and functional / performance testing with respect to the design, operation, efficiency operations for existing buildings. Jessica also holds commissioning seminars around the firm and serves a as mentor to young commissioning engineers and engineers in training.


Tony DiLeonardo, LEED AP, CxA
Wick Fisher White

Tony DiLeonardo is the President at Wick Fisher White. He has been in the consulting engineering business since 1985 and has been providing functional testing as part of the design services for most of his career. In 2001, Tony decided to formalize the firm’s commissioning services to a more process oriented third party service. He has been providing mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and electrical commissioning services for all types of facilities in most areas of the United States.

In addition to commissioning, his expertise includes mechanical, plumbing and fire protection design and engineering management. Working with mission critical systems, Tony has been functionally testing mechanical, building management systems and fire protection systems for over 25 years. He is a Certified Commissioning Agent and LEED Accredited professional. Tony provides the leadership and guidance on all commissioning projects at Wick Fisher White, he is a member of the Marketing and Outreach committee for the BCxA.

Tony has been a presenter at the Building Commissioning Association events providing educational commissioning seminars for students, beginners and other craving for more knowledge.


Kathleen Favale
Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP

Kathleen Favale, Proposal Manager at Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP, directs, prepares and delivers proposals/qualifications/presentations for multiple office locations. Ms. Favale annually manages $40M of proposals related to commissioning services, varying in size and scale. Ms. Favale has direct oversight in the quality and “marketability” of the company’s submissions. With 10 years of experience, she has authored various presentations for clients in the data center, healthcare and commercial sectors (as well as many others).


Jim Feeney, PE
Grumman/Butkus Associates

Commissioning project manager at Grumman/Butkus Associates a Cx Provider. He was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. He received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University. He began his career at Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers as a mechanical engineer after graduation when he moved to Albuquerque, NM. He became a licensed professional engineer in 1983. He has worked for several major engineering firms and for ten years was the owner of his own firm. In addition to extensive HVAC and plumbing design experience he has performed test and balance, estimating, project management and commissioning.


Dan Forino, PE, CCP, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP

Dan is the Regional Director for NY, overseeing HEA’s largest office. He brings almost 12 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 a wide range of client and facility types, 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. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Binghamton and a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Management from SUNY Stony Brook.


Dwight Gray, PE, CCP
Engineering Economics, Inc.

Mr. Gray is a licensed professional engineer and Certified Commissioning Professional with nearly 30 years of experience in building commissioning, automation controls and HVAC design. Mr. Gray began working in the mechanical trades as a plumber and certified welder in the early 1980’s before operating a down town Portland high rise building and finishing the install of an automation control system in the building. Mr. Gray spent 12 years designing automation control systems and then 17 years in the consulting engineering, design, and commissioning professions. Mr. Gray has commissioned federal office buildings, laboratories, K-12 schools, universities, and correction facilities.


Saverio Grosso, CEM, CEA, EBCP
Edison Energy

With nearly 20 years of experience in the energy engineering and consulting industry, Saverio has managed onsite commissioning, testing, troubleshooting, balancing and analysis for a wide range of HVAC equipment and systems. Saverio is a past board member of the Building Commissioning Association and has been instrumental in defining energy legislation to assist NYC’s Carbon Reduction goals. As an adjunct professor for the CUNY School of Professional Studies, he has taught the Building Operations Certification course for city agencies, local union schools, and several private institutions. In recognition for his dedication to advancing the industry, he was awarded “Energy Engineer of the Year” by the NY Chapter of AEE, and received an “Urban Green Service Award” from the NYC Chapter of the US Green Building Council.


Walid Guerfali
Nexant


Craig Hawkins, CxA, CCP
McKinstry

Craig began his career in Mechanical Engineering in 1973 and became a Commissioning Provider in 1993. In the past 25 years, Craig has commissioned over 475 projects, totaling over 50 million square feet of facilities. He became a Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) in 2008 and a Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) in 2015. Craig received the prestigious Benner Award at the 2016 NCBC for his efforts to make Commissioning “Business as usual” throughout the construction industry and the profession of Commissioning.

Craig is one of the founding members of the Building Commissioning Association (BCA) and was instrumental in the development of the BCA’s Essential Attributes. He has twice served on the BCA’s International Board of Directors and is currently an IBOD Member at Large. Craig is currently the Dean of the BCA University, leading the team that has developing and is delivering the BCA educational materials.


Caroline Hazard
CSRA, Inc.

Ms. Hazard has over 20 years of experience in the energy and environmental field. She has deep experience in working on public-private sector partnershipprograms – specifically ENERGY STAR and Better Buildings – designed to promote awareness and implementation of energy management practices in the commercial and residential sectors. Currently, Ms. Hazard manages projects with the Department of Energy’s Building Technology Office, specifically focused on the nexus of connecting emerging technology innovations and research with marketplace deployment to advance high performing energy saving technologies.


Scott Henderson, PE, CCP, LEED BD+C
McKinstry

Mr. Henderson is a professional mechanical engineer, CCP, and LEED AP (BD+C) with 26 years of experience. His professional roles have included commissioning, facility management, mechanical design, mechanical inspection, and construction management. He began his career as a plant engineer of a medical waste/exempt hazardous waste treatment facility and is now a senior commissioning engineer at McKinstry, supporting third party commissioning projects – including new construction, facility improvements, and modernizations. His commissioning experience includes shakedown of new incinerators and APCS, a prison, several federal buildings, and multiple K-12 schools – including boarding school dormitories and classroom buildings.


Tracey Jumper, CCP
Jump-Start Building Commissioning, LLC

Jumper is a Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) & owner of Jump-Start Building Commissioning, LLC, based in PA, but working all over the US. Once featured in USA Today Money for the impacts of her early commissioning work, she now is a cost-avoidance and performance-proving machine for clients with new projects, and a master in providing evidence of highest impacts for clients with existing facilities, renovations, and acquiring/developing real estate. She teaches the multi-day training course on Existing Buildings for the Building Commissioning Association (BCxA).

Her previous positions include director of an engineering group for one of Inc. Magazine’s Fast-5000, Department of Energy qualified Energy Services Companies (ESCOs), partner in a commissioning firm, and lead Cx provider for an ENR Top-500 AE firm in the Midwest. She started in design engineering and has a bachelor of architectural engineering with a specialization in MEP systems from Penn State.

Tracey was the BCxA’s 2016 President’s Award recipient, given by her peers for exceptional leadership in the building commissioning industry.


Hannah Kramer, PE
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Hannah Kramer is working with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as the technical lead on a program to advance the adoption of building analytics across the country. She is responsible for program design, technical support, and research outcomes. Previously, Hannah was the Director of Engineering at PECI/CLEAResult. Over the last 17 years, she has helped develop numerous resources for the commissioning and energy efficiency industry.


Keith LaRose
CopperTree Analytics

With sixteen years experience in software, scientific and environmental verticals, plus a background that includes environmental monitoring and renewable energy projects, Keith La Rose leads the business development charge at CopperTree Analytics. At CopperTree, he focuses on energy management software solutions for companies seeking to create operational efficiencies, reduce their buildings’ energy consumption, and enhance their bottom lines. He holds diplomas in Network Engineering and Business Management.


Ryan S. Lean, PE, LEED AP, CCP, EBCP, CEA, WELL AP
Jaros, Baum & Bolles Consulting Engineers, LLP

In addition to his current role on the BCxA International Board, Ryan has previously served as President of the Building Commissioning Certification Board, 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 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
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 designing and implementing new enterprise building automation systems, she is an advocate for data‐driven collaborative solutions. An expert in mechanical controls functional testing, Kelsey holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and a certification in
Tridium Niagara programming. She is married and has two children.


Randy Lucas
Lucas Tax + Energy

Randy Lucas is the Founder and Principal Consultant for Lucas Tax + Energy Consulting based in Charlotte, NC. Lucas Tax + Energy thrives on being a ‘Remarkably Uncommon Firm’ specializing in incentives for asset capitalization as well as consulting for energy related grant funding.
Lucas Tax + Energy serves a diverse client base that includes architectural and engineering firms, renewable energy development companies, waste-to-energy consulting firms, higher education institutions, commercial and residential real estate developers, and other U.S.-based corporations with a current focus on or seeking to improve upon their impact on the environment, energy consumption, and/or overall sustainability. With regard to energy efficiency consulting services, Lucas Tax + Energy has completed over 320 studies since 2009, consisting of approximately 25.8 million square feet of qualified properties.

Randy has over 25 years of tax consulting experience and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. A native of Richmond, VA, Randy holds a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting from Virginia Tech.


Kurt Matsen
Grumman/Butkus Associates

Kurt Matsen’s work encompasses commissioning, engineering design and troubleshooting for complex building types, mainly hospitals and other healthcare facilities and laboratories, but also commercial buildings, multifamily residential projects, and data centers. Before joining Grumman/Butkus in 2010, Kurt was a project manager with a large mechanical contractor in Chicago for nine years and spent another two years at a local design-consulting firm performing management of design and commissioning projects. This interdisciplinary history has allowed him to understand all sides of the construction process and provides his clients a perspective suited perfectly for commissioning.

Kurt holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, He has earned the QCxP designation from the University of Wisconsin and is a member of the Building Commissioning Association and ASHRAE.


Naomiki Matsushita
Aleph Networks Corporation

Dr. Naomiki Matsushita is a chief engineer in designing and manufacturing HVAC/R control systems and building energy management systems at his company. He is involved in several Cx projects performed under the contract of BSCA and many energy conservation research and development projects.


Chris McClurg
BuildingIQ, Inc.

As the Senior Product Manager for BIQ’s services, Chris drives the development of the Outcome Based Fault Detection service – focusing on applying cutting edge data analytics and IoT approaches to creating real, actionable results for facilities teams. Prior to BIQ, she worked at Rocky Mountain Institute to help large portfolio holders, campuses, and districts integrate energy efficiency, energy systems, and innovative business models to create cost-effective, net-zero energy strategies. In addition, she has sustainability engineering and facility management experience with universities and has led capital project teams to manage the design, commissioning, and tuning of new buildings. She has a masters degree from the University of Cambridge where she examined the systemic barriers in the building industry preventing learning from building performance feedback.


Bill McMullen
Dewberry


Tom Moore
University of Iowa

Tom Moore has more than 25 years of experience in the maintenance field. He is currently Senior Manager of Operations and Maintenance at the University of Iowa where he oversees 9 million square feet of General Education Funded buildings. These buildings include a large medical research campus, class rooms, and general office space along with a wide variety of other types of spaces. His team includes 4 Managers and 65 frontline employees. Tom leads the maintenance response team for the Fault Detection and Diagnostic implementation on the main campus at Iowa.


Shane Nault, PE, CCP, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
Building EnergetiCx, PLLC

Shane is the founder and president of Building EnergetiCx. Shane has over 21 years of experience and is a leader in the commercial building sector, having twice been honored as a rising contributor to the industry. Shane has experience in MEP design and construction holding roles as a Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, Building Energy Modeler, Energy Engineer, and Commissioning Agent. Shane also speaks to various organizations on the topics of commissioning, building information modeling, net zero energy buildings, energy simulation, energy assessments, ENERGY STAR®, and energy tax opportunities.

Shane graduated from Vermont Technical College with the BS in architectural engineering technology and has a master’s degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University.

Shane currently serves on the Board for the SERBCA Chapter. Shane has served on the Board of Directors for both the USGBC NC Chapter and the AEE Piedmont Chapter.

Shane and his wife of twenty-five years, Beckie, have two daughters have lived in Charlotte for the past ten years.


Javier Navar Payan, MSME, PE, CEM
Facilities Management, University of Minnesota

Javier received his Bachelor’s (Cum Laude) and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas-El Paso in Mechanical Engineering, and with more than 8 years of hands-on building systems/control experience, currently serves as an in-house Commissioning Provider for the University of Minnesota. He works on projects ranging from office buildings, classrooms, gymnasiums, dormitories and central plants to world class laboratories and health care facilities. He has commissioned more than 1.5 million sq. ft. of buildings with a cost of approximately $1 billion and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Minnesota. Javier is an advocate for energy efficiency and sustainability and has a passion for making buildings work to their full potential.


R. Mark Nunnelly, PE, CxA, LEED AP
Nunnelly & Associates, Inc.

Mark Nunnelly is a mechanical engineering graduate of Auburn University, is a registered professional engineer, a Certified Commissioning Authority is a LEED Accredited Professional. He has been involved in the construction, engineering and HVAC industry for over 37 years. Over the last eighteen years, his involvement with projects has primarily pertained to humidity control consulting, Commissioning, Retro-commissioning and energy management for commercial, institutional and industrial buildings.

He has presented numerous training seminars on Dehumidification Technologies (desiccant and mechanical-based) and their proper applications, Psychrometrics and designing for proper humidity control.

He has been a board member of the Southeast Region BCA Chapter since 2013 and currently serves as Vice-President. He has also been a member of ASHRAE for over 33 years, where he has actively served on the local, regional and society levels. Mark is recognized as one of ASHRAE’s Distinguished Lecturers and has conducted training seminars globally.


Simon Pallin, PhD, CEM
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Pallin has worked in the building industry since 2006, and spent several years conducting research in Europe. He joined the Building Envelope Systems Research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 2013. Dr. Pallin serves as a risk assessment simulation expert and works with both existing simulation tools, as well as creating new tools, to estimate the hygrothermal (heat and moisture) performance of building elements, such as walls and roofs. He is the technical lead for the commercial building integration team at ORNL Building Envelope & Urban Systems Research (BEUSR) group, and deeply involved in residential building research under the DOE Building America program.


Tom Poeling, PE, CEM, CCP
US Engineering Company

Tom Poeling is the President-Elect of the BCxA International Board and serves as the chair of the BCxA Marketing Committee. He was been involved with the BCxA since 2004, serving on various national and regional boards. He is the Director of Energy Solutions for U.S. Engineering Company, a top 20 mechanical contractor nationally. He is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer and Certified Commissioning Professional.


Kenny Reed, PE, CxAP, CEM, LEED BD+C
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. Kenny is on the Board of Directors for the Building Commissioning Association’s Central Chapter, serves on their professional development and education committee, and participates in Creighton University’s Energy Technology Program Advisory Council.


Meghan Reisterer, CEM, CDSM, LEED BD+C
Oberlin College

Meghan Riesterer is the Assistant Vice President Campus Energy and Sustainability at Oberlin College where she leads of the Office of Environmental Sustainability. She is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the College’s energy and water resources and sustainability initiatives, projects, and programs. Meghan is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Demand Side Energy Manager, and LEED Accredited Professional. She earned a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Candice Rogers, MBA, CCP, CxA, LEED AP BD+C
Paladin, Inc.

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


Kathleen Rossman
University of Iowa

Katie Rossmann is the Manager of Data Analytics and Commissioning at the University of Iowa, with over ten years of experience in building energy management. She leads a 14 person in-house building automation and controls group. Katie’s work bridges the gap between design intent and operation, with the goal of achieving buildings that are maintained and tuned for the long lifespans that are inherent in the university campus environment. Katie manages the analytics deployment for the Fault Detection and Diagnostics implementation on the main campus at Iowa.


Reinhard Seidl, PE
Taylor Engineering


David Sellers, PE
Facility Dynamics Engineering


Tim Shinnick
Grumman/Butkus Associates

Tim Shinnick, has been involved with energy audits, retro-commissioning and new construction commissioning for nine years. Project experience includes office buildings, university buildings, laboratories, medical office buildings and hospitals. Regarding energy projects, Tim was typically responsible for identifying energy conservation measures and developing the energy savings calculations. Multiple projects that he has worked on have received ASHRAE local chapter engineering awards.


Jeff Smith
HTS Chicago

Jeff is the Engineering Manager of HTS Chicago, Inc. With over 20 years of experience in the HVAC industry, specializing in critical environments.

Jeff is passionate about providing safe, energy efficient solutions for critical indoor environments, and has successfully overseen the implementation of hundreds of Phoenix Lab Controls Projects, and dozens of Aircuity systems.

Jeff enjoys golfing and coaching youth hockey in his spare time.


Ryan Stroupe
PG&E Pacific Energy Center

For the past 21 years Ryan Stroupe has been the Building Performance Program Coordinator at the PG&E Pacific Energy Center, a publicly-funded facility in San Francisco operated by Pacific Gas & Electric. He teaches classes and consults with building professionals on a variety of issues including building commissioning, energy audits, measurement tool applications and architectural design. At the Center, Ryan has taught over 25 different classes on building measurement and energy-efficient design including a 7-day series on conducting energy audits for commercial buildings and a year-long, intensive series on commissioning existing buildings. He has taught for Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) at their energy centers.

Ryan is a regular speaker at the National Conference on Building Commissioning and has also presented at ACEEE’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, USGBC’s Green Build, the Water Smart Innovations Conference and USDOE’s Energy Exchange. He has also taught for a number of colleges and universities including the California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley Extension, Academy of Art University and DeAnza Community College. Ryan is a LEED accredited professional (USGBC) and a Certified Energy Auditor (Association of Energy Engineers). He is a product of the Bachelors of Environmental Design program at Miami University (Ohio) and the Masters of Architecture program at U. C. Berkeley.


Karl Stum, PE, CCP
Summit Building Engineering


Phillip Tan, PE, CEM, LEED AP, CxA
P2S, Inc.

Phil has six years of experience in the commissioning and engineering of building systems. He has performed commissioning and retro-commissioning on a wide variety of facilities, including educational, hospitals, laboratories, central plants, military, and airports. He is adept at data analysis and utilizes these skills for building energy analysis and operational diagnostics in his work. Phil began his career working for Princeton University’s campus facilities management, which has influenced his approach to commissioning to incorporate perspectives in energy management and building maintenance, and to consistently prioritize what is best for the life of the facilities. At P2S, he is the manager of P2S’s commissioning projects at LAX and San Diego airports, among other projects in southern California. He holds a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s from Princeton University.


Rick Tonielli
ComEd


Jorge Torres Coto, PE, CxA, CCP, BECxP, CxA+BE, EMP, LEED AP BD&C, GGP, MCIBSE
Kitchell

Jorge Torres Coto is Commissioning Specialist at Kitchell – offering Building Systems Commissioning, Retro-Commissioning, Energy Modeling, and Measurement & Verification Services for bettering the built environment through energy and water efficiency and conservation measures.

Jorge has been working in the built environment for more than 25 years starting as an electrician, HVAC technician, TAB technician. O&M Manager, MEP designer and Commissioning Authority with more than 60 projects under his belt, ranging in size and scope from small office buildings to complex manufacturing facilities with diverse systems (HVAC & Controls, Lighting Controls, steam, compressed air, process water, clean room environments, containment rooms, fire & life safety systems, secure electronics, etc.).

Jorge has proven water & energy savings and conservation measures from conceptual through operational phases of both new and existing buildings by meeting both environmental and financial goals, also Indoor Environmental Quality goals.

Jorge has been involved in Existing Building Commissioning and Operations phase Commissioning relying on the utilization of Building Management Systems, stand-alone data logging devices, trending data, and calibrated Energy Modeling to verify operating parameters, proposed and implemented Energy Efficiency Measures.

Jorge Torres Coto holds a BSc degree in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana.


Jay Tulley, PE
US Army Garrison, Presidio of Monterey

Mr. Tulley has worked as the Energy & Utilities Manager at the US Army Garrison, Presidio of Monterey since 2010. In this role, he has overseen the energy and water conservation programs, with cost savings at the Presidio of over $3.5 million and energy reductions of 37%. Based on this success and specific initiatives including retro-commissioning the Presidio of Monterey Energy Team has received the Secretary of the Army Energy Award 2013 – 2017 and the Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Award in 2015 and 2017. He is a Professional Engineer in California.


Kevin VanderKlay, PE, CCP, DCEP
Grumman/Butkus Associates

Kevin Vander Klay has more than 10 years of experience as an MEP design engineer and more recently 8 years of experience as a commissioning/retro-commissioning provider. He was the commissioning team lead engineer on several full hospital replacement or large scale addition projects in the Chicago area and is currently working on another replacement hospital project as well as several clinic buildings. His credentials include being a licensed PE in the state of Illinois and is a Level 1 certified thermographer through the Infrared Training Center. In addition to his day job, he is currently serving as the President of the Central Chapter of the BCxA and enjoys working around the house and on his family’s cars. Ask him if he’s finished painting his house yet.


John Villani, PE, CCP, CEM, LEED AP
Grumman/Butkus Associates

John is currently the BCxA President, has served as Director-at-Large on BCxA’s International Board for the last 3 years, 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.


Raphael Vitti, PE, BEAP
kW Engineering

Raphael Vitti is an energy consultant for Sustainable Berkeley Labs’ ongoing commissioning team; he also manages kW Engineering’s effort under PG&E’s Core Retro-Commissioning program. Raphael investigates mechanical and electrical systems and their controls, evaluates energy savings measures and develops recommendations, including new sequences of operation and measurement and verification plans.


Major General Mike Walsh (Ret.)
Vice President, Dewberry

MG Michael Walsh USA (Ret), an Executive Vice President in Dewberry’s Fairfax, Virginia office, is the director of water resources and coastal resiliency. Mr. Walsh has extensive experience in every aspect of project and program management in the water resources community. He has over ten years executive experience in delivering solutions to flood risk management issues, responding to floods, and developing flood plain management solutions. Mr. Walsh is an expert in all areas related to the United States Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program and Emergency Operations.

Prior to Joining Dewberry MG (r) Walsh served as the Deputy Commanding General Civil and Emergency Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington D.C., where he was responsible for a $10 billion annual program and supervised all Civil Works activities nationwide and 24,888 employees who operate and maintain infrastructure valued at $232 billion that includes 609 dams, 4,330 recreation areas, 12,000 miles of waterway, and 936 harbors. Mr. Walsh was also a principal advisor to the Chief of Engineers and the Assistant Secretary of the Army and was responsible for USACE emergency response and FEMA support including most recently Hurricane Sandy.

Mr. Walsh delivered over $15 billion of structural and non-structural programs to address water resources concerns from ecosystem restoration to comprehensive flood risk reduction systems for major U.S. cities. He was also the presidentially-selected and Senate Confirmed President of the Mississippi River Commission. He oversaw the successful response to Hurricane Isaac and Super Storm Sandy and the immediate actions on the Mississippi River when drought threatened the nation’s barge traffic. The President of the United States was personally engaged in all these actions and Mr. Walsh was the leader who made the Army Corps missions a success. Mr. Walsh is a change agent who has designed, implemented and led the transformation of the Army’s Civil Works Program. It is the most strategic change in the Corps in many decades. Mr. Walsh has been described as a visionary, a leader, and can make things happen in the most challenging environments.


Noah Welshans
McKinstry

Noah brings an over 16 year career as a technical consultant and project manager focused on IT Security and Architecture, Building Automation Design, Analytics, and Commissioning. Noah’s hands on technical experience aids in decision making about energy efficient design choices, building operation and maintenance, and integration of these systems and technologies. Noah is also an outspoken advocate of improving the Built Environment connection of buildings, occupants, the environment and is currently pursuing his WELL AP and also volunteers on the USGBC Colorado Education Committee and Southwest Chapter of the Building Commissioning Association.


Chris Weyandt, PE, CEM
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Chris Weyandt leads an ongoing commissioning team aimed at improving the energy performance of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory facilities. He draws on his background in facility maintenance, information technology, and building automation systems to develop innovative solutions for the modernization and optimization of buildings.


Sean Whelan, PE, CCP, LEED AP
Columbia University

Sean Whelan has 11 years of experience in the commissioning field including new construction, existing building, and monitoring based commissioning. He has shifted from a consultant to the owner’s side employed by Columbia University where he is responsible for managing the commissioning process of new construction projects at the Morningside Campus.


Evan Wyner, PE, CCP, LEED AP
Colliers International

Mr. Wyner is a Professional Engineer with more than 25 years of experience providing commissioning and energy management services. In his current role as Senior Director, Evan leads the Commissioning & Energy Services team with over 20 experienced engineers and commissioning specialists. His responsibilities include developing systems and processes, technical oversight, managing complex projects, client management, and internal team management. Evan has direct experience performing commissioning services, retro-commissioning services, facilities management, owner’s project management, operations and maintenance system development, energy system optimization, and operator training.

Evan is an active member of the commissioning industry and currently serves on the Building Commissioning Certification Board. In the past, he has served on both the Building Commissioning Association’s Best Practices Committee for New Construction/Major Renovation Commissioning and for the Best Practices Committee for Existing Building Commissioning. He has presented at the National Conference on Building Commissioning and has been engaged by the Building Commissioning Association to serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to develop and provide existing building commissioning (retro-commissioning) training.

Evan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Connecticut, and has been a CCP since 2004.


Harunori Yoshida
Non-Profit Organization Building Services Commissioning Association, Japan

Dr. Harunori Yoshida conducts research focusing on energy efficiency in buildings. He devotes himself to promote implementation of commissioning process in Japanese construction works as the chairman of the non-profit organization Building Services Commissioning Association, Japan.