A Message from the President


The President’s Message

By: Steve McConnell

I hope your year is off to a great start. There is a lot going on within our industry and the Arkansas ASHRAE Chapter.

Due to the ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo in Orlando (February 1 – 5, 2020), our chapter meeting will be held on the second Wednesday this month, February 12thJim Bradford, a 40-year industry veteran from NW Arkansas will be our speaker. He will be presenting several relevant design and product application challenges within our industry. See the speaker spotlight within the newsletter for more details. Please RSVP for lunch. We look forward to seeing you there.

February is a big month for our chapter in serving students.  Over the years, our chapter has had the privilege to support our student chapters and their respective advisors in various ways to help them attend the Winter Conference and AHR Expo. We were able to do that again this year as well with Arkansas Tech and Arkansas State University. Thanks to Fallon Lee and Daniel Nehus, our Student Activities Chair and Co-chair, respectively, for coordinating that effort. Josh Faulkner, our Government Affairs Chair, has worked with Governor Asa Hutchinson’s office to obtain a proclamation for E-week, February 16-21st. We have a special opportunity to promote and introduce engineering to students in our community that week. You can do that a number of different ways. If you have children in a K-12 school, you can arrange to speak to one of their classes. I have done this several times personally over the years and have enjoyed presenting an overview of the type of engineering we have the privilege of doing in this industry, answer their questions, and sometimes conduct an engineering related educational activity. It is extremely rewarding and gives the next generation a glimpse into our industry. You also can reach out to Fallon or Daniel and they can help you get signed up to speak at a local school during E-week or another time that works with your schedule.

Region VIII’s Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) is coming up (April 23-25) in Houston and registration is now open. See the newsletter or our website www.arkansasashrae.org for more information. I encourage any of our members to attend but especially if you are already serving or have any interest in serving our chapter or region. Drew Grant, President-Elect, is in the process of putting together his team of volunteers for 2020-2021. Please reach out to Drew or myself if you have any interest in utilizing your time, talents, and experience to serve within ASHRAE in any capacity. You can look at the current chapter leadership roster in the back of the newsletter for a list of chapter positions and committees. It takes a great team of volunteers to serve our chapter and region each year. Come be a part of the team! One critical part of establishing next year’s leadership team is to nominate Chapter officers and BOG. At our February meeting, I will present a nominating committee to be voted on and approved by the membership so they may begin to work. We will vote on the new officers and BOG at the March meeting.

The Arkansas Energy Office is in the process updating the Arkansas Energy Code. As an industry and as a chapter, we have the opportunity to be involved with this process over the course of 2020. See the link for more information: https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/energy/incentives/building.aspx. If you are interested, you can sign up through the link provided to be a part of the upcoming meetings, propose amendments, provide feedback, or be part of a subcommittee. If you are interested in being involved with the subcommittee, reach out to Josh Faulkner or Chris Ahne.