President's Message


President's Message

Michael S. Jones – PE, CPMP, CEM

It’s important to keep the chapter membership base involved and informed.  In this month’s dialogue, I’d like to get folks reading up to speed on the events our chapter sponsors and holds and why we do them.  It is this is the time of year that our chapter typically ramps up some of our annual programs.  Some of these programs are designed to be fund but raise money for a cause, while others are technical based to feed the engineer’s mind.  The first of these programs kicked off the effort in February with the annual bowling tournament.  This is one of the newer programs that couldn’t have been possible without the hard work of some of our most dedicated chapter leaders.  This event started three years ago as a concept brought to the board by Russ Pratt and continued evolution and work by Casey Huffaker and Dan Russell with support of the board of governors.  The board wanted to find an event that would not only be fun and give us all an excuse to hang out with our peers outside of a professional capacity, but also raise money for a cause.  The money is, and will likely continue to be, earmarked for K-12/STEM outreach to the local community.  This has included science and engineering-based equipment donations to local schools.  This past tournament raised about $1,000 for this cause.  A big shout to Sigler Inc., the winner of this year’s tournament.

Our next program is the annual ASHRAE tech conference coming up in April at the Riverside.  This is a much older program, a day long multi-track educational event which replaces our monthly meeting.   It brings local experts and distinguished lecturers from out of town to speak on a multitude of topics. ASHRAE Society in Atlanta sets chapter goals for Research and Promotion(RP) funding for each chapter.  This money goes directly to continuing HVAC&R research ad has helped establish the ASHRAE standards you likely use in a professional capacity.  Standards like 90.1 and 62.1.    Proceeds from this Tech conference go towards meeting our goals set by society.  What I like about this program is it keeps us from having to cold call companies in the area and asking for a donation.  Instead it pools the money, allows for direct corporate exposure of sponsors, supplies employees with a good chunk of professional development hours (PDH) all while allowing the chapter to meet our goals with Society.  Wes Stanfill is planning this year’s conference and has ensured the BOG that it will be the best conference to-date.  This will be hard to do because last year’s conference, planned by Mike Perez, was one of the biggest and best to-date.

Lastly, we have our annual Golf Tournament.  Like with the golf tournament, its roots are buried deep in the chapter history.  This program funds the chapter operating budget and combined with the hard work of dedicated volunteers and chapter membership dues keeps the chapter alive.  This event is always a hit and ends our chapter year with a fun event before the busy season begins for most of us.  This year’s golf tournament is at Eagle Hills with Spencer Shepard organizing it.  Spencer has been organizing this event for the better half of a decade.