InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, an international alliance of independent building-automation contractors, elected new leadership, previewed its new website, explored the latest trends in smart-building technology, and contributed to members in need during its 2016 Fall Meeting in Savannah, Ga., recently.
Scott Derby, vice president and partner with SmartEdge, Buffalo, N.Y., was elected president of the Alliance.
“As president, my priorities this year include continuing membership expansion by drawing from the best and brightest industry leaders in the world,” Derby said. “I also want to ensure the newly approved Affiliate Membership program for companies serving our industry gets off the ground quickly and is successful. Lastly, I want to increase our sharing of industry trends and best practices. Our members have so much to offer each other.”
Daryld Karloff, executive vice president, Building Services, Baker Group, Des Moines, Iowa, will serve as secretary of the Alliance.
Returning board officers include Jerry Jannicelli, president of Technical Building Services Inc., Ballston Spa, N.Y., who will serve as vice president and chair of the Ways and Means Committee, and treasurer Kent James, who is vice president of Control Technologies in Lubbock, Texas.
Continuing their service on the InsideIQ board are Shad Buhlig, president of Automatic Controls Engineering, Hayward, Calif., who is the Technical Committee chair; Chuck Kopocis, vice president, Control Services Inc., Omaha, Neb., who leads the marketing committee; Charlie Sabean, vice president, Modern Systems Management Ltd., Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, who serves as the Business Development Committee chairman; Bob Socks, vice president of Control Systems Inc., Hagerstown, Md., who is chairman of the Operations Committee; Leroy Walden, vice president of Atlanta-based McKenney’s Inc., who is InsideIQ’s past president; and Dean Welch, vice president of Climate Systems Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D., who is Education Committee chairman.
The InsideIQ Fall Meeting was the first opportunity members had to view the Alliance’s redesigned website. The new site emphasizes finding a controls contractor, joining InsideIQ as a member or an employee, and sponsorship opportunities.
Another highlight of the event was a presentation on the impact of intelligent building technology on commercial real estate by Jim Young, founder of Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization that produces conferences on technology, intelligent buildings, and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real-estate industry.
Attendees also learned about the latest control products through a new-product showcase featuring Platinum sponsors Schneider Electric, Vykon by Tridium, and Kele; Gold sponsors Belimo Air Controls and Optimum Energy; Silver sponsors Alps Controls, Connect-Air Wire and Cable, Functional Devices, Jonas Construction Software, Lutron Electronics, Walker Reid Strategies, and Windy City Wire; and Bronze sponsors Building Automation Products, Dwyer Instruments, Optigo Networks, Veris Industries, and Viewpoint Construction Software.
InsideIQ committed proceeds from the gathering to the furtherance of the Girl Scouts of America, which was founded in the event’s host city. Additionally, the alliance generated more than $17,000 through a GoFundMe campaign in support of member firm Louisiana Controls and its employees, many of whom suffered losses during the recent flooding in and around Baton Rouge, La.
Lastly, InsideIQ welcomed back Wadsworth Solutions, located near Cleveland, and Long Building Technologies, based in Littleton, Colo.