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President's Report

The President’s Message

By:  Ron McCarty

Reminder that our February meeting will be on March 6th at Camp Aldersgate.

Spring is just around the corner and hopefully the cold wet weather will be in the past for another year. The February events started off with a great joint meeting with USGBC and ASHRAE with over 78 attendees. This month and future months activity within the Chapter has and will continue to increase through our monthly Chapter meetings, YEA activity events, Membership promotion events, RP fund raising events and various planned facility tours (YEA and Refrigeration). One of the major events for the spring is our Spring golf outing. The date will be announced soon so please get your teams ready. Coming up quick is the Region VIII Chapter Regional Conference in Cancun Mexico on April 11-13, 2019. Registration is still open for the CRC and it my understanding that there is still hotel room availability. Just to let you know the Resort has special rates set aside for either two days before or two days after the CRC even for those who want to spend a little extra time relaxing.  One of the last events for the year will be our Past Presidents Night celebration on May 9th at Country Club of Little Rock. This is a great event and this year we are going to have a keynote speaker, well as induct an individual to the Arkansas ASHRAE Hall of fame.

As indicated above our next meeting is on March 6th at Camp Aldersgate. Our CTTC/ President Elect, Steve McConnell has been able to arrange to have the current ASHRAE President for the 2018-2019 term, Sheila J. Hayter, P.E., as our honored speaker. Dr. Hayter has previously served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer, two terms as Vice President, and Director-at-Large. She is the recipient of ASHRAE's Distinguished Service Award, Exceptional Service Award, and an ASHRAE Technology Award. She is an ASHRAE Fellow and a Distinguished Lecturer. Her theme for the Society year is “Building Our New Energy Future.”   Please register and plan to attend this special meeting. The Arkansas Chapter is one of the few chapters in the country to have the standing tradition and honor to host the current ASHRAE President at one of our Chapter meetings each year. Let’s welcome Dr. Hayter with a great showing of Arkansas pride and support.

As indicated last month, our Chapter committees are in full operational mode promoting ASHRAE across the state. Our Government Affairs team just recently participated at the State Capital to support the Arkansas Advance Energy Association with an exhibit at the “Advance Energy Day at the Legislature”. ASHRAE members from both the Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas chapters participated at the booth to promote and educate visitors about ASHRAE.

Last Thursday, February 28th we hosted another RP Poker tournament at the new Cromwell Architects Engineers office in Little Rock. The Poker tournament was a great success and special thanks to Cromwell for hosting the event. Upcoming additional RP events include the “The Sportsman’s Raffle” and Trap shoot event (April 19th).    Additional events are also coming up for our YEA and Student Activity groups. Please look for times and places in the upcoming newsletters and announcements at our Chapter meeting.

As always, each month I personally want to thank everyone that gives their time and effort to help make our Chapter great.   I am specifically thankful to all of our Arkansas ASHRAE volunteer officers, committee chairs, and committee members whom have worked so hard for our Chapter to bring value to your membership.

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Chapter Meeting Announcement

Arkansas ASHRAE Chapter Meeting

Hosted By: Arkansas ASHRAE Board of Governors

Agenda for Wednesday, March 6th:

10:30-11:30   Board of Governors' meeting
11:30-12:00   Lunch Buffet and Announcements
12:00 - 1:00   Building Out New Energy Future by Sheila Hayter, P.E., 2018-2019 ASHRAE Society President

Speaker Spotlight:

Sheila J. Hayter, P.E., is ASHRAE’s President for the 2018-2019 term. Hayter has previously served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer, two terms as Vice President, and Director-at-Large. She is the recipient of ASHRAE's Distinguished Service Award, Exceptional Service Award, and an ASHRAE Technology Award. She is an ASHRAE Fellow and a Distinguished Lecturer.

Her theme for the Society year is “Building Our New Energy Future.”

“We are at the front end of a major evolutionary change in how energy systems interact,” said Hayter. “Instead of individual systems – buildings, utilities, the transportation sector, and the industry sector – it’s becoming one system, and buildings are going to play a central role in that new paradigm. Buildings will be where energy is generated, stored, and commandeered, and we will be optimizing energy flow in a different way.”

In addition to her time served on the Board of Directors, Hayter has been Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the President-Elect Advisory Committee. She has held ASHRAE Society-level leadership roles on all three of the ASHRAE councils and many standing committees, technical committees, and presidential ad hoc committees.

With her vast ASHRAE experience, Hayter is focusing on ways to bridge from our energy past to the energy future and that connects buildings, energy and the environment.

“We may not have the answers right now, but what ASHRAE can do is cross over into other sectors—the power sector, the big data sector (including cybersecurity) and the transportation sector that’s becoming electrified,” she said. “We need to step into the room and be part of the conversation to find new strategies for these sectors to interact. My platform is a wake-up call.”

Hayter is a research advisor with the Integrated Applications Center at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., where she has worked since 1992. She leads a team of experts who support international, federal, state, and local entities with the goal of significantly reducing nonrenewable energy consumption though optimized use of energy efficiency strategies and renewable energy technologies as well as addressing challenges to increase resiliency in the built environment.

Hayter’s work at NREL has included managing technical teams supporting U.S. federal agencies’ efforts to address energy efficiency and renewable energy objectives in addition to having managed sustainable buildings activities funded by the DOE Federal Energy Management Program. She also has managed the Photovoltaics (PV) for Buildings activities funded by the DOE Solar Program and evaluated building performance during the design and monitoring phases to support the DOE High Performance Buildings Program.

Hayter earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University. Her roots in ASHRAE run deep. Her father, Richard Hayter, served as the ASHRAE president from 1995-1996.


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Calendar of Events

Please see the Arkansas ASHRAE Calendar on the website for all other upcoming ASHRAE events.

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Arkansas ASHRAE Research Promotion

By: Steve Keen, RP Chair

Research Promotion organized a February Poker Night at Cromwell Architects Engineers new office in East Village and had a great turnout. Thank you to all the participants who played and Cromwell for hosting the event. 

The Sportsman’s Raffle RP promotion is coming up this month so please be ready to buy tickets. Our calling campaign will begin in the new year to thank you for contributing in the past and asking you to help again this year.  I look forward to talking with each of you about RP over the next several weeks.

In the meantime you can go to ASHRAE’s website,, to donate to RP programs including, ASHRAE Research; ASHRAE Scholarships for undergraduate students; ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI); development of new courses & materials; Graduate Research Projects (Grants-in-Aid); Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Leadership Training; and Permanently endowed support to all of the above programs.  The ASHRAE RP campaign raises over $2.2 Million a year from over 6,000 contributors in our industry.  Arkansas and Region VIII are a major part of that success.  Again, thank you for your support in the past and this year’s campaign.

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ASHRAE Events & Sponsorships

CRC (Chapter Regional Conference) is the annual meeting for all 15 chapters in ASHRAE Region VIII.  The CRC is a golden opportunity for all the chapters to come together and learn about and from each other.  CRC ends with the big event of the awarding of the Golden Gavel to the best chapter of the year.  The conference also gives everyone an opportunity to meet and fellowship together. Each year a different chapter hosts the CRC and opens their doors to the Region. This years CRC Region VIII event will be hosted by the Mexico City Chapter in Cancun, Mexico. Mark your calendar and lets have a strong representation of our Central Arkansas Chapter. 

Arkansas ASHRAE Refrigeration Committee is hosting a tour of Zero Mountain's refrigeration expansion in North Little Rock followed by a YEA Membership event at Diamond Bear Brewery (see information in YEA section below) on March 14th. Zero Mountain is headquartered in Fort Smith AR and has 5 locations including North Little Rock with 225 employees, shipping over 2.5 billion pounds of food annually. The NLR location has over 2.5 million cu ft of freezer space so please make sure to join us for this interesting tour of their facility. 

March 14, 2019

4:00 pm - 5:00pm:   Tour of Zero Mountain's Refrigeration Expansion

  • 1400 Gregory St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

5:30 pm - 7:00: YEA Membership Event at Diamond Bear Brewery

  • 600 N Broadway St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

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YEA & Student Activitites


YEA is hosting a Membership Event following the Refrigeration Tour of Zero Mountain on March 14th at Diamond Bear Brewery in North Little Rock. The event will begin at 5:30 and we hope to see everyone out there after the tour!

Last month, YEA hosted a successful Pool tournament at "Rack Um" pool hall. Fourteen people showed up for the event and competed in a 7 team double elimination style tournament.  Priscila and Brady went undefeated to take first place prize under the team name "Second Place Guaranteed". It was a great success and thank you to everyone who showed up and participated!

Student Activities:

Its countdown time till March Madness! Student activites will be holding a March Madness Fundraiser for the tournament. If your company is interested in sponsoring the prize for the fundraiser, please contact Fallon Lee ([email protected]).

Mark your calanders for the ASHRAE Career Fair on April 4th. If your company is interested in having a booth, please email Fallon Lee ([email protected]).

Student Activities is still looking for volunteers to sign up to speak to K-12 classes about STEM.  If you are interested, please sign up in the link below or contact Fallon Lee ([email protected]).

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Government Affairs

Our Government Affairs committee arranged for Arkansas ASHRAE to visit the capital where we had the honor to meet Governor Asa Hutchinson and receive our Proclamation as part of National Engineering Week.

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Arkansas ASHRAE History

Arkansas ASHRAE History

By: Russell Black – Historian

At our upcoming March meeting, for our Arkansas ASHRAE History month, we will have a history display entitled “Arkansas ASHRAE Firsts.” The display will feature pictures and artifacts relevant to especially significant Firsts in our Chapter history, including our First Chapter President, our First overall ASHRAE President, our First female President, our First Golden Gavel President, our First Hall of Fame Class, and other historical Firsts for our Chapter. Many of you may already know several of these significant Firsts, but if you do not know them all, please visit our display to get a fuller historical perspective on our Chapter. Also, a copy of the First Chapter meeting minutes will be displayed (Foundation meeting for Proposed Arkansas Chapter).


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