Speakers


George Blackburn, AIA – Principal Consulting Architect
Blackburn Architecture

A Texas Registered Architect with Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Tulane. His work includesa variety of rolls for architectural and engineering design and consulting firms, government agencies, building enclosure testing company, andindependently for fiftyyears. His work includesthe design and construction management of buildings, forensic and diagnostic architecture,building condition analysis,damage assessment, and building enclosure commissioning services. Clients areArchitects,Engineers, Attorneys, Insurance Adjusters, Real Estate Developers, Building Owners, Contractors, government agencies, Commissioning Agents, and architectural productmanufacturers. He lectures on topics of building enclosure performance and commissioning, for theAIA, AEE, and ABAA.


Walker Calderwood, PE, CEM – Senior Engineer
Cx Associates

Walker Calderwood, P.E., CEM is a Senior Engineer at Cx Associates, a mission-driven energy engineering consulting firm in Burlington, Vermont and Portland, Maine. Walker has 6 years’ experience in the commissioning industry, with a total of 8 years’ experience in the HVAC industry and is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Walker is well experienced in performing measurement and verification (M&V), building commissioning, retrocommissioning, and energy analysis. He currently serves as project lead for commissioning and retrocommissioning projects at the University of Vermont, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Northern Vermont Regional Hospital, Northwestern Medical Center, and Maine Medical Center.


Cathleen Crabb– City Architect
City of San Antonio

Ms. Crabb received her Bachelor of Architecture in 1979 from Carnegie-Mellon University.  During her studies there she spent a semester in Italy focusing on the role of urban space in the social context of the city which became her undergraduate thesis.  She then went on to study urban design under Colin Rowe at Cornell University.  After receiving her Masters of Architecture in 1984 from Cornell, Ms. Crabb moved to New York City and worked for 18 years in several firms with a focus on healthcare and corrections.

While in New York Ms. Crabb became involved with the Storefront for Art and Architecture and was Director for “Project DMZ” responsible for the exhibition and catalogue.  She has had her work published in several publications and exhibited her work in New York and Pittsburgh.  She has also had experience teaching studio at both Cornell University and Texas A&M University.

Ms. Crabb is a licensed Architect in New York and Texas.

Ms. Crabb first entered public service as a Project Manager for the Texas A&M System Facilities Design and Construction Department where she worked for 6 years.  After moving to San Antonio she worked briefly for Alamo Architects and Fisher-Heck Architects before joining the City of San Antonio in 2009.


Wayne Dunn, PE, P.Eng., LEED AP – Principal
E. W. Dunn

Wayne Dunn, PE, has been involved with project management, systems integration, quality assurance and commissioning for over 30 years. Project experience varies from Modern Offices to Laboratories and Launch Complexes with effort focused on equipment/ system validation, improving technical performance and energy efficiency. After years of cool mission critical and system optimization projects, Wayne is now focused on developing technical partnerships that leverage technology and share rewards.

Society involvement includes USGBC and ASHRAE, having chaired technical committees such as ASHRAE: SSPC 55 Thermal Comfort Standard & ASHRAE: GPC 20 – XML Definitions for HVAC&R. Wayne has published several papers on commissioning relating to risk management, energy performance and owner satisfaction. He is an industry speaker on energy efficiency and commissioning.

In addition to being a registered professional engineer in USA and Canada Wayne is a LEED AP and holds technical certifications related to indoor air quality and microgrids. He is a member of ASHRAE, USGBC, BCA & ASQ.


Dan 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.


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.


Saverio Grosso, CEM, CEA, EBCP, CBCP – Managing Director
Edison Energy

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.


Randy Gruberman, PE, RCDD– Principal, Vice President
TEECOM, Inc.

Randal (Randy) Gruberman PE, RCDD, CxA is a 24-year veteran in the technology industry. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a satellite-wideband communications systems journeyman. Randy earned his way up in the military to install inside plant (ISP) infrastructure and outside plant (OSP) infrastructure for the DoD and intelligence agencies. Transitioning to the civilian sector, Randy pursued his electrical engineering degree while working as a central office and long haul fiber optic installer, foreman, and estimator in the technology industry for various contractors and owners. Since graduating college, Randy has worked on both the consultant and owner side, bringing his understanding of design and commissioning technology systems to his projects and clients. Randy has been awarded 4 patents in the Internet of Things and has two young children Parker (2) and Harper (10mo).


Billie Haggard – Senior Vice President of Operations and Safety Officer
Aligned

Billie is an experienced leader and expert in developing and executing strategic business initiatives while leading high-performance operational groups. As Aligned’s SVP, Operations, Billie is responsible for spearheading the company’s data center performance optimization. He manages mission-critical operations and on-site personnel, anticipates market direction to keep the company’s facilities are up-to-date, negotiates and manages vendor relationships, and ensures operational and professional excellence.

Before Aligned, Billie served as Operations Director for a global leader in facility and asset management, where he was responsible for the management, operations, maintenance and training for over 3 million sq. ft. of data center space and 200 personnel. He has also served in leadership positions with Critical Solutions Group (CSG), Microsoft Data Center Delivery Group and CoreSite, garnering deep insight into creating successful programs and strategic planning initiatives to enhance corporate performance and quality. Billie began his career in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate and Maintenance Manager, where he earned four Navy Achievement Medals as a result of his outstanding instruction and training abilities.


Josh Harwood – Associate, Commissioning Department Manager
Cator Ruma and Associates

Josh Harwood has been working in the commissioning industry since 2002. A graduate of the University of Colorado (Mechanical Engineering) and of the Naval Nuclear Power program Josh combines technical expertise with practical application to deliver thoughtful and timely advice to his clients and guidance to his projects. Josh is currently pursuing a master’s degreein Data Science from the University of Denver(grad 2021)and is working diligently to integrate technology into the commissioning industry. Josh is a CCPa PE and 3-time NCBC presenter.


Gerald Kettler, PE, CCP, LEED AP Fellow, CxA, CPMP, REM – 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 provider and other USGBC LEED administration functions for over 300 LEED projects and is a LEED Fellow. Mr. Kettler has worked for a variety of architectural, engineering consulting, construction, testing and management companies. He has been active on many ASHRAE and other organization committees that develop industry wide 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.


Jim Kovalik, PLS – Technology Manager
Borton-Lawson

James Kovalik, PLS leads and manages the reality capture department at Borton-Lawson.  He successfully implemented Borton-Lawson’s first 3D laser scanning program in 2011 and continues to introduce new tools to the Reality Capture team.  As Technology Manager he also researches and develops new applications that will allow us to continue integrating technology into the AEC space.  Jim earned his B.S. in Surveying Engineering in 2011 from Penn State University.  Today, he manages a portfolio of projects all throughout the United States in just about every industry.


Mike Lackey – Owner
LCCx, LLC (dba Lackey de Carvajal Cx)

Michael is a Mechanical Engineering and Energy Industry professional with extensive background in the management of commercial, institutional, healthcare and industrial projects energy related projects. He has extensive background in design, estimating, scheduling, budgeting and construction management of MEP systems. His years of experience in the industry give him excellent organization and prioritization skills to prioritize and focus on critical areas of the workflow. His background in MEP design and construction give him insights into their complexities, especially as they relate to Energy Audits, LEED Consulting, Building Commissioning and Performance Contracting.

Prior to forming Lackey de Carvajal Cx, Mike was Program Manager at 3DI, then PARSONS, and he has broad experience in commercial, institutional, healthcare and industrial projects. Mike’s background includes conceptualization, design, estimating, construction, scheduling, and budgeting. His years of experience in the industry give him excellent organization and prioritization skills to prioritize and focus on critical areas of the workflow. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Business Administration, and completed several PhD classes.
LCCx is a full-service Building Energy Systems Evaluation and Diagnostics firm. We over a full range of services from Commissioning, such as LEED, Retro and New Building; Building Enclosure Commissioning, HVAC Test and Balance and Energy Engineering Analysis.


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 – 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.


Andrew Martin – President
BlueRithm

Andrew has over 15 years of technical and management experience in building design, construction, controls systems, and project management, most of which was with mission critical facilities such as data centers and hospitals. He holds a master of science degree in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, as well as several industry certifications.

He has had full responsibility for scopes of work, including P&L, on many multi-million dollar, complex contracts including data centers, hospitals, and an NFL Stadium.

Andrew is the president and founder of BlueRithm, a software company focused on streamlining mission critical and commercial commissioning efforts.


Alex Mazepa – Industry Solutions Analyst
InEight

Alex Mazepa is an Industry Solutions Analyst at InEight. He plays a leading role identifying and solving customer challenges in some of the most complex industries. His analysis shapes the products and solutions of InEight’s Field Execution and Completions Management tools, with a focus on finding new ways to reduce overhead on construction projects. Prior to InEight, Alex spent nine years in the construction industry in Northern Alberta leveraging technology to support completions and advance work packaging execution. Alex is a Professional Engineer in Alberta and holds a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Calgary.


Alex Metschke, PE – Director of Energy and Sustainability
Specialized Engineering Solutions

Alex’s 8 years of experience includes that he is a licensed Mechanical Engineer who has worked on a wide range of projects from healthcare facilities, laboratories, retail and restaurants, to mixed-use apartments, to multi-story buildings.  Alex brings a steady volume and variety of design experience and data analytics with his commissioning work   His design, data analytics, and commissioning experience are a valuable asset in diagnosing and optimizing systems for commissioning and energy focused projects.


Ricardo Moromistato, ASct, CEM – Business Intelligence Analyst, Smart Buildings
CopperTree Analytics

Ricardo is an engineering technologist with over 25 years of experience in energy management. He began focusing on building energy analytics in 2007, eventually developing an enterprise-level commissioning tool still in use today. Ricardo was actively involved in the formation of CopperTree Analytics and now, as a Business Intelligence Analyst, has a unique role with a team of professionals focusing on a software-as-a-service platform for performance analytics, energy monitoring and fault detection and diagnostics. He is a Certified Energy Manager and holds a Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


Adam Muggleton – Director of Building Commissioning
AJB

Adam has been immersed in property, construction and building systems performance for 39 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 organizations such as Arup (Commissioning T4 at JFK NYC, USA) and spent six years as a property development manager at M3 Consulting in the UK. Adam was the architect of “Converge”, Canada’s award winning, digital building information asset management tool, which was a response to Canada’s property industry clinging to paper As Built information assets.

Adam currently consults on several international projects. Adam’s focus is on property development and building performance as a:


Matthew Napolitan, PE, CCP, BCxP, LEED AP FBD+C – Principal
Cx Associates

Matthew Napolitan, P.E., CCP, BCxP, LEED APBD+C is a Principal at Cx Associates, a mission-driven energy engineering consulting firm in Burlington, Vermont and Portland, Maine.  Over 22 years as a design engineer and commissioning provider have given Mr. Napolitan the experience and insight to bring a well-rounded perspective to any project.  His ability to closely collaborate with installers, programmers, owners, operators and engineers and architects allows him to fully leverage his breadth and depth of knowledge around HVAC systems and their control.  Mr. Napolitan’s depth of knowledge and attention to detail afford him the ability to identify efficiency and operational opportunities during planning and design that would otherwise go untapped and would be unaffordable to retrofit once a project is completed.  Combining energy use reduction with simple operations via practical, cost effective solutions is his goal on every project.


Tom Poeling, PE, CEM, CCP – Project Support Director
U.S. Engineering

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.


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
Kaiser Permanente

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.


Kevin Rodgers – Director, Energy Management | Asset Management Retail
Brookfield Properties


Terry Rodgers – Vice President
Primary Integration Solutions

Terry has over 38 years of progressive experience in Critical Facilities operations and management including strategic planning, critical infrastructure design, operations, and commissioning; business protection and recovery, preventive and predictive maintenance; technical training and professional training development.

Terry is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and a voting member of ASHRAE TC9.9 “Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces, & Electronic Equipment”, ASHRAE SSPC 90.4 “Energy Standard for Data Centers”, ASHRAE SPC-127 “Method of Testing for Rating Computer Room & Data Processing Room Unitary Air Conditioners”, and GPC-1.6P “Commissioning Process for Data Centers”. He is board member of the BCA Southeast Region and has developed and taught multiple training classes in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of critical facilities including commercial nuclear power plants, aerospace facilities, and large data centers.

He has performed site reliability assessments for more than 45 sites in over 20 countries and 5 continents. Terry writes a bi-monthly column in Mission Critical magazine called Sustainable Operations.


Michele Sagehorn, CxA – Co-Founder
Red Car Analytics

Michele Sagehorn has worked for over 15 years on high performance buildings, including as a leading commissioning agent. From her background as a quality assurance engineer in the automotive industry, she brings to commissioning a standard of care that is unique to the built environment. Her experience spans numerous project types, including leadership on eight ZNE and twelve carbon-neutral buildings. In 2018, Michele and her colleagues launched Red Car Analytics, a company dedicated to engaging clients in building and operating high performance buildings through analytics.


Alan Scott, FAIA, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, CEM, WELL AP – Senior Consultant
Intertek


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.”


Dustin Smoot, RRC, RRO, CDT, Legacy LEED – Department Manager –Facility Engineering Services
Terracon Consultants Inc.

Dustin Smoot is a Senior Facilities Professional and manages Terracon’s Denver, Colorado Facilities Services Department. Dustin has over 20 years of building envelope consulting experience with a focus on roof consulting and has consulted on over 16 million square feet of roofing. Dustin has provided expert witness testimony in trial, arbitration,and deposition in numerous cases related to building envelope design and construction defectlitigation. He is experienced with a variety of building types including education facilities, single and multi-tenant residential, high and low-rise commercial office, retail, hospitality/resort, and industrial.


A.J. Speicher, PE, CCP – Commissioning Service Leader
Borton-Lawson

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.


Jesse Sycuro, PE, CEM, CCP – Managing Director
BGIS

Jesse is a Managing Director within BGIS’ facilities management team, responsible for managing data center operations, building performance continuous improvement, and maintenance management. Jesse brings over 20 years of experience in engineering, systems operations and optimization, and program management. In addition, he has multiple years of experience managing portfolios ranging from large-scale client enterprise data centers, campus environments, and operating/production sites.Jesse is a Professional Engineer, Certified Commissioning Professional, and United States Navy nuclear power veteran. He serves on the International Board of Directors for the Building Commissioning Association and chairs the Committee for Best Practices of Ongoing Commissioning.


Kevin Thurston, P.Eng, CCP – Owner
Thurston Engineering Services

Kevin owns and operates his own Certified Commissioning Firm, Thurston Engineering Services. Kevin has beenproviding Cx services for 20 years in Western Canadaand is the current President of the BCCB.He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1986 with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to entering the commissioning world, Kevin flew anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft during the Cold War with the Canadian Air Force. He played basketball for the Canadian Military National Team and still competes in Men’s league on weekends. Kevin is an avid golfer and hunter. Kevin lives in Saskatoon withhis wife of 30 years and two daughters.


Chris Traynor, P.Eng, BECxP, CxA+BE – Project Manager
Terracon Consultants Inc.

Christopher Traynor is a building scientist in the Facilities Services Department in Terracon’s Denver, Colorado office. Chris’ background includes building envelope forensic investigation and evaluation, capital replacement planning, repair design, and building enclosure commissioning services with an emphasis in cold climates for clients in the commercial, institutional, governmental, multi-unit residential, and light industrial market segments.


Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, PhD – Professor of Architecture
University of Oregon

Dr. Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon, founded the Institute for Health in the Built Environment (https://buildhealth.uoregon.edu/), and directs the Biology and the Built Environment Center and Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory.   His work seeks to broaden the network of researchers and practitioners such that issues concerning health, comfort, and sustainability in the human ecosystem are addressed in a way that benefits our work, our community, and our planet.  He has a PhD in the Built Environment from the University of Washington.  He has consulted on several hundred new construction and major renovation projects with architects and engineers, and several of these projects have been recognized with AIA’s Committee on the Environment Top 10 Awards. He has been invited to speak at the National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine, the US House of Representatives, and many conferences.  He has authored over 100 articles related to building design, operation and performance.  He has secured over $15M in funded research and in energy and indoor environmental quality for organizations such as the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, US Environment Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, US Department of Agriculture, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and others.


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

John D. Villani leads Grumman/Butkus Associates field services encompassing new construction, existing buildings and on-going commissioning services, troubleshooting and forensics, and energy study and modeling services activities for Grumman/Butkus Associates, an energy efficiency consulting and sustainable design engineering firm headquartered in Evanston, IL.

John has 20 years of engineering consulting experience providing design, energy, commissioning, and existing building commissioning services. John additionally has 9 years of experience previously working with both Johnson Controls, implementing multimillion-dollar energy conservation performance contracts and controls projects, and as a staff member of Columbia University’s facilities operations and building operations departments.

John is a Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) with a background of Owner, Contractor, and Consultant which influences his hands on – value added perspective as a commissioning team leader and overseeing Grumman/Butkus Associates as a Certified Commissioning Firm (CCF).  His expertise has also been enhanced by the experience of working in several of the country’s major cities, including New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angles.

John earned his undergraduate degree at SUNY Maritime College, one of the country’s Merchant Marine colleges, as well as his US Merchant Marines 3rd Assistant Engineer license from the US Coast Guard. He is a licensed professional engineer in several states and is an active member of the Building Commissioning Association (BCxA), ASHRAE and the Association of Energy Engineers.

John’s passion for the commissioning industry is clearly demonstrated having been the Past President of the BCxA’s International Board of Directors as well as the Past President of the association’s Central Chapter. He also serves on the BCxA’s Best Practices Committee and was chairperson for the update and re-write of the Existing Building Best Practices, and is the 2019 recipient of the BCxA President’s Award, recognizing outstanding service to the association.

John is a Certified Commissioning Firm Professional (CCP) and oversees Grumman/Butkus Associates commissioning team as a Certified Commissioning Firm (CCF)


Chris Weyandt – Energy Management Engineer
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 control systems to develop innovative solutions for the modernization and optimization of buildings. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, is a licensed Professional Controls Systems Engineer, and is a graduate student in Data Science at UC Berkeley.


Tom Winant, PE – President
STRAAM GROUP

Thomas A. Winant is President of STRAAM Group. He was previously the Executive Vice president of STRAAM Corp since 2009. Prior to that was the Chief Operating Officer for Osmos USA. With these firms, he was responsible for all aspects of Company operations and sales. He brings significant experience in Technology platform development and Project Management, including Structural health Monitoring used to aid in the condition assessment for bridges, buildings, and other structures under rehabilitation.   Mr. Winant has broad engineering experience in the construction and civil engineering fields. Mr. Winant received a BS in Civil Engineering (Structural) from Lafayette College (’89). He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife Bonnie and two sons.


Wallace Workmaster – Associate
Jaros, Baum & Bolles

Wallace Workmaster joined JB&B in 2010 and currently serves as an Associate for JB&B Field, with a focus on commissioning services.  He has extensive experience in building commissioning and related services for healthcare, life sciences, commercial office, residential, resorts, mission-critical and LEED green buildings.  His notable healthcare projects include NYU Langone Health (multiple projects), MSK West Harrison and HSS Sports Medicine Institute West Side.  Most recently, he provided JB&B Field services for the design and construction of SUNY Stony Brook’s Alternate Care Facility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mr. Workmaster earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University.


Jeff Wrigley – Building Performance Manager
State of Utah

Jeff Wrigley is the Energy Manager for the State of Utah. Jeff has a background in architecture and his work has focused on helping the State of Utah deliver high performing, energy efficient buildings. Jeff works with state agencies and institutions of higher education to identify, fund and implement energy efficiency improvement projects within their facilities.


Rick Ziegler – Senior Building Envelope Engineer
Morrison Hershfield

Rick Ziegler is a professional engineer specializing in the design, construction, and rehabilitation of the building enclosure.Rick’s technical expertise is broad but specifically includes thermal bridging analysis, energy code compliance, and roofing/waterproofing.Rick has worked on existing buildings and new construction across all market sectors in many climates on multiple continents. Rick is the president of the Southwest Chapter of the BCxA. Recently, Rick has presented at IIBEC-Nashville, CMAA, CONSTRUCT, ABAA, and ASHE.