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People: September 2020

Aug. 27, 2020
September's highlights include new hires, honors, promotions, and management moves at Telgian Engineering & Consulting, Armstrong Fluid Technology, Bradford White Corp., UL Fire Council, and ASHRAE.

Telgian Engineering Names Director of Government, Business Affairs

Telgian Engineering & Consulting has promoted Melinda Williams to director of government and business affairs. In this role, she will be responsible for business development and sales, with a focus on fire, life safety and security technology, and requirement trends within federal, state and local government entities.

In addition to a diverse background which includes work as a policy advisor and educator, Williams brings more than 14 years of fire, life safety and security experience to the new position. She will partner with executives and officials, providing innovative solutions to the specific challenges faced by government entities.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and completed post-graduate studies at National University.

Armstrong Names New U.S. Commercial Director, Country Leader

Building technology industries veteran Mike Fischer has joined Armstrong Fluid Technology as commercial director and U.S. country leader.

In this role, he will be responsible for all sales and sales support functions for the U.S. market and will report to Joachim Schulz, global commercial director, building business.

Fischer brings more than 30 years of experience working with organizations focused on building technology. In his 29 years with Honeywell, he held several executive management positions with the company’s Building Technologies, Building Products and Life Safety divisions. Most recently, he served as global HBS service sales leader with Honeywell Building Solutions.

Fischer has an MBA from Texas Christian University, and a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.

Bradford White Appoints Next Generation of Sales Leadership

Boiler and water heater manufacturer . has promoted Matt Kozak to vice president, sales, and Greg Eynon to vice president of sales operations.

A graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore, Kozak joined Burnham Boilers (now U.S. Boiler Co.) in 1993 and worked in sales and product management. He joined Bradford White in 2007 as a regional sales manager in the southeast.

Before his current promotion, Kozak was Bradford White’s director of sales for the eastern U.S. In his new role, Kozak will oversee both sales management and business development teams.

Kozak has been very active in regional American Supply Association organizations, including committee work at both the Southern Wholesalers Association and North Central Wholesalers Association.

For his part, Eynon joined U.S. Boiler Co. in 2003 after graduating from Millersville University in Millersville, PA. He took on increasingly responsible roles at U.S. Boiler, as a sales representative, national accounts manager, district manager and regional manager.

Eynon joined Bradford White as a regional sales manager in 2012. From there, he quickly advanced as director of national accounts, as well as senior director for business development and sales operations. In his new role, Eynon will manage internal sales, customer service, strategic pricing and sales analysis, omni-channel strategy, corporate training, and all customer-facing operations. 

He currently serves on The Southern Wholesalers Association Leadership Development Council and the American Supply Association’s Plumbing Division Executive Council. Eynon also remains affiliated with the Mechanical Contractors Association of America and ASA Emerging Leaders.

UL Fire Council Appoints Telgian’s Ramo

Atlanta-based Telgian Engineering & Consulting President Leonard Ramo was recently invited to join the UL’s Fire Council for a three-year term. The Fire Council is one of nine councils whose esteemed members provide support to UL by sharing practical experience on a wide range of engineering and safety topics.

“It’s an honor to be selected as a member of the Fire Council,” Ramo said. “Together, the council will continue to develop crucial safety solutions as new products and technologies emerge and the impact of this work we do will have a positive effect around the globe.”

The Council selects members based on fire protection industry expertise, integrity and a proven commitment to furthering public safety. Members include academic experts, building officials, federal agencies, fire service members, independent fire safety experts and representatives from the insurance industry — all of whom share a collective goal to identify safety challenges arising from new products and innovative technology.

As a member, Ramo will be instrumental in the development of effective programs, which address fire safety needs both domestically and abroad. He brings significant industry experience, including more than 25 years as a practicing fire protection engineer, consultant and executive.

Professional accreditations include registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and select territories, as well as a P. Eng. in select Canadian provinces. In addition, Ramo is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist and holds a U.S. Department of Homeland Security CVI certification.

Ramo also serves on select National Fire Protection Association committees. He is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and serves on both the SFPE Standards Making Committee on Performance-Based Fire Safety Design, and the SFPE Committee on Outreach and Advocacy. Ramo is the past president of the Central Gulf Coast Chapter of SPFE, as well, and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers.

ASHRAE Names 2020-21 Officers, Directors, unveils ‘digital lighthouse’

During its 2020 Virtual Conference, June 29-July 2, ASHRAE introduced its 2020-21 leadership:

The new president is Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, a senior mechanical engineer at Environmental Air Systems in High Point, NC. During his inaugural address, Gulledge announced the new society theme will be “The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0.” The theme focuses on reimagining the building industry by not only integrating industry segments, but technology. He explained how capturing and linking knowledge requires an understanding of how to collect, store and analyze data so that it is both insightful and actionable.

 Elected officers who will serve one-year terms are:

• President-Elect: Michael C.A. (Mick) Schwedler, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, LEED AP, staff applications engineer, TRANE, La Crosse, WI;

• Treasurer: Farooq Mehboob, P.E., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, principal consultant, S. Mehboob & Co. Consulting Engineers, Karachi, Pakistan;

• Vice President: Donald L. Brandt, Life Member ASHRAE, sales engineer, Trane, Phoenix, AZ;

• Vice President: K. William Dean, P.Eng., Life Member ASHRAE, regional operations manager, National Research Council of Canada, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada;

• Vice President: Tim McGinn, P.E., HBDP, principal, McGinn Technical Services, Calgary, Alberta, Canada;

• Vice President: William F. (Bill) McQuade, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, LEED AP, vice president, sector services, AHRI, New Cumberland, PA.

 ASHRAE’s online annual conference also virtually introduced the group’s newest directors and regional chairs, who will serve three-year terms from 2020-23:

• Region VII Director, and Regional Chair: Chris M. Gray, Ph.D., P.E., chief technology officer, RENU Communities, Atlanta;

• Region VIII Director, Regional Chair: Randy C. Schrecengost, P.E., senior project manager, Stanley Consultants, Austin, TX;

• Region IX Director, Regional Chair: Tyler J. Glesne, mechanical engineer, Control Services, Inc., Omaha, NE;

• Region X Director, Regional Chair: Devin Abellon, business development manager, Uponor, Los Angeles;

• Region XIV Director, Regional Chair: Andres J. Sepulveda, president, Commtech, Madrid, Spain.

ASHRAE also named its newest directors-at-large:

Kenneth Fulk, principal, Reed Wells Benson & Co., Allen, TX;

Wade Conlan, P.E., principal, Hanson Professional Services, Maitland, FL;

Adrienne Thomle, retired, Reno, NV.

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