A Message from the President


The President’s Message

By:  Steve McConnell

The holiday season has begun! Between now and the end of the year, I hope everyone will be able to enjoy some time off, great food, and meaningful time with family and friends. One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving and I’d like to take a moment to say “Thanks” to a number of people. I am extremely thankful for all of the Arkansas ASHRAE officers, Board of Governors, and Committee chairs/members for volunteering their time and energy to serve our Chapter. It definitely takes a team effort to provide value to ourmemberswith strong programs, social events, fundraising, supporting students, attracting and maintaining members, and providing meaningful opportunities to connect and promote our industry to a broader audience.I truly appreciate the opportunity lead the Chapter and I am very thankful to serve alongside of you.

We had the privilege of hosting ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer,Dr Stephanie Taylor, MD, M. Arch, for our November meeting. Thank you to all that were able to attend. This month our program will be byDavid Longacre of Baltimore Aircoil (BAC).The topic will be “Energy-Water Nexus in the HVAC Industry.” This will include discussions on total cooling system efficiency comparing air-cooled vs. water-cooled systems, ways to improve cooling tower energy efficiency and ways to reduce water usage in cooling towers.I hope you all will be able to join us for the meeting on Wednesday, December 4th. One important note regarding our venue. We will still be at Camp Aldersgate but in a different building on their campus due to some HVAC worktaking place in our normal meeting space. Take the second entrance off of Aldergate Road and you will see the Activities Building. We will be meeting there.

The ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo is coming up soon (February 1 – 5, 2020). Now is a great time to register and make plans to attend if you haven’t already:https://ahrexpo.com/


Drew Grant, CTTC Chair, has put together a Winter Technical Seminar for our own Chapter members on Wednesday, December 18th. All of the sessions are geared to provide you with a comprehensive and in-depth program regarding updates to ASHRAE 90.1-2019. There will be an opportunity for you obtain up to 6 PDHs. See the flyer within the newsletter for more information and how to register.

Last month, I mentioned the upcoming Sportsman’s Raffle for RP and that we would be announcing the winners at our December meeting. Due to a slow start on ticket sales,Ron McCarty, Research Promotion Chair,has decided to postpone the raffle until the spring. We will keep you posted on the dates so that you have plenty of time and opportunities to purchase raffle tickets and help us reach our RP goal for the 2019-2020 year.