Arkansas ASHRAE Newsletter: The Razorback Report

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President's Report

The President’s Message

By:  Steve McConnell

Reminder that our next meeting will be on January 8th at Camp Aldersgate.

Happy New Year to all ASHRAE members!  I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and is ready for a great 2020. 

We had a great turn out on December 18th for our Winter Technical Seminar. All of the sessions were set up to provide a comprehensive and in-depth program regarding updates to ASHRAE 90.1-2019.  I would like to thank our speakers: Mike Wolfe (Greenheck), Mike Fullerton (Bernhard TME), Larry Spielvogel (ASHRAE DL, past 90.1 Chair), and David Handwork (Arkansas State University and 90.1 Member) and Drew Grant, President-Elect/CTTC Chair, and the CTTC committee for planning and implementing this outstanding continuing education opportunity. The CTTC committee is planning another technical seminar for some time in the Spring.

We have the privilege of hosting 2019-2020 ASHRAE Society President, Darryl Boyce, PE, for our Wednesday, January 8th chapter meeting.  He will be delivering his theme for the Society year, “Building for People and Performance. Achieving Operational Excellence.” See the speaker spotlight within the newsletter for more information.  He will also be speaking at the NWA chapter meeting on Thursday, January 9th.

Just a reminder, 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:

and Students and advisors from Arkansas State and Arkansas Tech will be attendance as well.

The Sportsman’s Raffle for RP has started back up. You can buy tickets online or in person at the chapter meetings between now and April 1st for $20/each or 6 for $100. Reach out to Ron McCarty, Research Promotion Chair, to obtain your tickets.  This is a great way to help us reach our RP goal for the 2019-2020 year. There will also be another Poker Tournament in January as well.  Check the newsletter for details & plan to attend if you can.

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Chapter Meeting Announcement

Arkansas ASHRAE Chapter Meeting

Hosted By: Arkansas ASHRAE Board of Governors

Agenda for Wednesday, January 8th:

10:30-11:30   Board of Governors' meeting
11:30-12:00   Lunch Buffet and Announcements
12:00 - 1:00 "Building for People and Performance. Achieving Operational Excellence."


Speaker Spotlight:

Darryl K. Boyce, P. Eng., is ASHRAE’s President for the 2019-20 term. Boyce has previously served on the board of directors as treasurer, vice president and director-at-large. He is the recipient of ASHRAE’s Distinguished Service Award, Exceptional Service Award and Regional Award of Merit.

His theme for the Society year is Building for People and Performance. Achieving Operational Excellence.

“We must ensure operational performance for the people that live, work, and interact in buildings,” said Boyce. “People must succeed within the buildings we create. Let’s ensure we take the steps needed to achieve effective operational performance and operator experience.”

In addition to his time served on the Board of Directors, Boyce has served as chair and coordinating officer for the Finance Committee and chair of the Members Council, Appointments Roadmap Committee and President-Elect Advisory Committee.

Boyce has held ASHRAE Society-level leadership roles on many standing committees, technical committees and presidential ad hoc committees.

Equipped with his extensive ASHRAE experience, Boyce plans to focus on how to improve operational performance of buildings by understanding and reducing the challenges between design, construction and operations.

“You may ask why should ASHRAE members care about operational performance? There are four reasons. First, we own buildings that we design, build, commission and operate. Second, it aligns with our mission of 'advancing human well-being.’ Third, building operators need our help. Finally, reducing the environmental impact of building operations is good for the planet.”

Boyce is special advisor to the Vice President of Finance and Administration and was previously an assistant vice president in facilities management and planning at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. He has made contributions to creating a built environment since 1974.

Throughout his time spent with ASHRAE and in the HVAC industry, Boyce has worked on various projects to increase energy efficiency. His most recent projects include the SNOLAB project in Sudbury, Ontario, where he is responsible for the design and construction of a world class research facility for underground science. Boyce has also worked on the management of facility expansion projects for various universities.

Boyce is a 1982 graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and earned his Engineering Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1973.

Presentation Abstract:

Operational performance is an important process in the management of a building. Buildings often fall short on operating to the expectations of the building designers and operators. This is because designers are not always focused on operability during the design process and operators frequently do not possess the proper skills

To adequately operate the technology incorporated into today’s buildings. ASHRAE and its members must take an active role in the ongoing training, engagement and action toward reducing the gap between design, construction and operations. This presentation will explore what ASHRAE is doing to achieve effective operational performance and operator experience, that is good for buildings, good for those who live and work within those building and good for the planet.

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Chapter Meeting Calendar

2019-2020 Calendar Update:

We will have an “Early Bird Registration” for anyone that registers 48 hours prior to a Chapter meeting at $20.00/ea. (i.e. Chapter meeting, Wednesday @ 11:30am, early bird registration ends on Monday @ 11:30 am).  If you register after that time period or just show up without registering, we will charge you $30.00. 

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

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AR Chapter BOG Meeting Minutes


Board Meeting – December 4, 2019

Jake Skinner – Secretary

Members Present: Steve McConnell, Ron McCarty, Cruz Eslick, Brody Barker, Russell Black, Drew Grant, Priscila Almeida, Josh Faulkner, Bill Simpson, Kim Koch, Chris Ahne, Randy Moore, Tracy Emmerling, Stephen Eoff, Clayton Kinley, TJ Bell, Daniel Nehus, Jake Skinner, Hunter Brock, Fallon Lee, Zack Oliver

Call to Order: 10:34 am

  • President – Steve McConnell
    • PAOE Announcement: (Overall, currently at 4510 points) – 2nd in the Region YTD
    • Working to establish a chapter long term strategic plan (3 years) with goals for chapter growth, leadership, and financial stability. Submit plan to DRC for approval by January 1st.
    • Winter Meeting/AHR Expo – Orlando (February 1-5, 2020)
    • CRC – Houston (April 23-25, 2020)


  • President Elect / CTTC – Drew Grant
    • Continuing Education: Winter Technical Seminar (Wednesday, December 18th @ Heifer)


  • Treasurer - Cruz Eslick
    • Account balance updates
    • There are 8 golf tournament invoices still outstanding


  • Secretary – Jake Skinner
    • November Meeting Minutes were approved


  • Board of Governors – Kim Koch, Bill Simpson, Randy Moore
    • Audit committee has prepared report for review
    • Need to verify chapter RP recognition


  • Research Promotion – Ron McCarty
    • Full Circle and Full Circle Plus have been achieved
    • Resuming Sportsman’s Raffle tickets for sale December through April
    • Spring Trap Shoot set for Friday March 6
    • Will hold Poker Tournaments in January and March


  • Membership Promotion
    • No new members added this month


  • Student Activities – Daniel Nehus
    • Committee has been in contact with ASU, ATU and UALR student branches
    • Chapter has issued $700 to ATU to help cover cost for students attending the Winter Conference


  • Historian – Russell Black
    • PAOE points are up to date
    • Planning a Leadership Recall with Bill Harrison. Filming at HEP, Feb 12th.


  • YEA – Priscilla Almeida
    • YEA is having a joint social with Student Activities at Dust Bowl on Thursday December 12 at 6:30 pm


  • Electronic Communication – Steve
    • Posted December Meeting on Facebook
    • Posted December YEA/SA Social on Facebook
    • Will post December Winter Tech Seminar on Facebook
    • Working with Webmaster & President to update Chapter website on monthly basis


  • Newsletter – Brody Barker
    • Next Month’s Newsletter deadline is Friday, 12/20?
    • Issue by Monday, December 23rd


  • Social Media – Ryan Smith
    • Promoted Chapter Meeting & YEA/SA Bowling Social on Facebook
    • Taking lots of pictures at meetings and events
    • Working with other committees to update website, Facebook etc.


  • Government Affairs – Josh Faulkner
    • Will be applying for E-Week proclamation this week
    • E-Week is February 16 – 27


  • Refrigeration – TJ Bell
    • Coordinating with Drew/CTTC for VRF Round Table
      • TJ Bell will moderate round table
      • Questionnaire will be sent to all board members to request questions and interest in participating
      • Working with manufacturer’s reps to get speakers
    • Refrigeration plans – looking at different options for tours


  • Sustainability – Clayton Kinley
    • Two sustainability activities have been planned:
      • Tech session: Heat Islands and Urban Forestry
      • Working with AR Forestry Commission


  • Honors and Awards – Chris Ahne
    • Member nominations for Chapter Service Award a& Regional Award of Merit
      • Ed Tinsley – Regional Award of Merit
      • Bill Simpson – Regional Award of Merit and Distinguished Service Award
      • Chris Ahne – Regional Award of Merit and Distinguished Service Award
    • Complete list of chapter members eligible for awards
      • Created an Honors and Awards spreadsheet that will be updated every year with chapter member volunteer activity. Email/Spreadsheet sent to some past presidents/volunteers requesting they review their bios and confirm if everything is correct so I can determine if they meet the criteria for Chapter Service Awards
    • Past President’s Night tentatively set for May 7th


   Adjourned Approximately: 11:10 am

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YEA & Student Activitites

Student Activities University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Visit: 

Josh Faulkner visited UALR and talked to about 25 freshman students in mechanical, electrical, civil, and construction management programs. He spoke about ASHRAE and the HVAC industry in general. He also spoke to them about interviewing skills, networking, and about making themselves stand out as greaduates and getting internships in any feild that they may be considering. 


ASHRAE is looking for volunteers for K-12 STEM activities. If you are interested in volunteering to help out please contact Daniel Nehus at [email protected]

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ASHRAE History

Arkansas ASHRAE History

Russell Black, Arkansas ASHRAE Historian

In Arkansas ASHRAE history there have been two individuals who have been 2-term Presidents:  Ed Tinsley (1989, 1990) and Alan Hope (1992, 1993).  Furthermore, both of these historically significant Presidents have (2) other impressive commonalities:  1) they both later rose to be very successful owner/managers, and 2) both utilized their ASHRAE experiences to develop their personal human capital.  Both had the big-picture vision to understand the opportunities that ASHRAE offered to help develop their leadership skills - the skills that served them both so well in their future business endeavors.

Human capital, as an economic term, was originated by Adam Smith in his seminal book Wealth of Nations (1776).  Smith referred to human capital as “the acquired and useful abilities of all the inhabitants or members of the society” and said that these “talents” are acquired through avenues such as “education, study, or apprenticeship.”  As the term is recognized today, many economists consider human capital the most important ingredient in any country’s economic growth and more importantly to our point, the single most important ingredient in any individual’s personal success.

ASHRAE presents many opportunities to expand any member’s human capital.  As Bill Harrison, our former ASHRAE overall President, has observed:  to lead an ASHRAE chapter and go through the various leadership positions is an MBA equivalent of skill development, that is, the exercise of communication skills, organizing skills, financial and budgeting skills, social networking skills, and leadership skills is a practical, hands-on experience of MBA-caliber value.

  ASHRAE involvement can be an instrumental vehicle for developing your business talents.  As Ed Tinsley noted in his leadership recall interview:  “I have been very fortunate to have worked for several of the giants in Arkansas ASHRAE including Kent Pettit, Sam Cummings, and Bill Goodman.  These individuals demonstrated to me that ASHRAE involvement would yield many personal returns including technical knowledge and lasting friendships.”

And in Alan Hope’s leadership recall interview, his list of influences is an ASHRAE social network of extraordinary individuals:  Paul Briscoe, Kent Pettit, Bill Goodman, Don Huggins, Allen Bullard, Jim Monk, Don Roberson, John Oliver, Chris Call, Ed Tinsley and many others.

Today, it may be hard to visualize that Ed Tinsley once edited the Arkansas ASHRAE newsletter or that Alan Hope was the Chapter secretary, but they were developing talents that laid the foundation for their future success.

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ASHRAE Events & Sponsorships

ASHRAE Winter Conference

Join ASHRAE this year in Orlando, Florida for the 2020 Winter Conference on Feb. 1st - 5th. Click Here to see more information about the event and how to get signed up. 

ASHRAE 2020 Trap Shoot: 

ASHRAE will be doing a trap shooting tournament in March of 2020. Teams will consist of five (5) shooters. The event Fee is $750 and will include four (4) boxes of shells, lunch, and door prizes. Payment is due by March 6th, 2020. For more information please contact Ron McCarty, RP Chair - [email protected] OR 501-350-5728


ASHRAE Region VIII CRC Houston: 


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ASHRAE Certifications

ASHRAE Certified HVAC Designer

Click Here for more information!

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Chapter Officers, BOG, Chairs, and Committee Members

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