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 February 12th at Camp Aldersgate.

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 to 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 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: 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.

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Chapter Meeting Announcement

Arkansas ASHRAE Chapter Meeting

Hosted By: Arkansas ASHRAE Board of Governors

Agenda for Wednesday, February 12th:

10:30-11:30   Board of Governors' meeting
11:30-12:00   Lunch Buffet and Announcements
12:00 - 1:00 "The Entities Consulting Engineers Must Serve and Please " Part 1

"Humidity Control & Unwanted Noise" Part 2


Speaker Spotlight:

Jim Bradford, a 40 year veteran of the Arkansas marketplace will provide some meaningful discussion on the entities consulting engineers must serve and please and then finish the program by discussing two chronically troublesome technical design issues: humidity control in sensitive areas of small outpatient surgery buildings and controlling unwanted noise from large packaged air conditioners.

Presentation Description:

Consulting engineers are pushed to the limit every day to design projects in record time, provide for requirements the building owners do not properly describe, meet unrealistic budgets, deal with inexperienced installers, see to it building operators have systems they can understand, and somehow cover their costs and liabilities.  Jim Bradford, a 40 year veteran of the Arkansas marketplace will provide some meaningful discussion on the entities consulting engineers must serve and please and then finish his program by discussing two chronically troublesome technical design issues:  humidity control in sensitive areas of small outpatient surgery buildings and controlling unwanted noise from large packaged air conditioners.

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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 – January 8, 2020

Jake Skinner – Secretary

Members Present: Kim Koch, Fallon Lee, Nick Moore, Randy Moore, Priscilla Almeida, Josh Faulkner, Russell Black, Brody Barker, Cruz Eslick, Ron McCarty, Steve McConnell, Drew Grant, Jake Skinner, Daniel Nehus, Hunter Brock, Ryan Smith, Stephen Eoff, Tracy Emmerling, Zach Oliver

Call to order:  10:32 am

 President – Steve McConnell

    • PAOE (Overall, currently at 5,960 points) – 2nd in the Region YTD –tracking well
      • ALL - Please take some time to review & enter in points for work you’ve done.
    • Chapter long term strategic plan (3 years) with goals for chapter growth, leadership, and financial stability. Submitted plan to DRC Jon Symko by 12/31/19. Future leadership to review)
    • Chapter Nominating Committee
      • 60 days prior to CIQ to turn in roster
      • Kim koch volunteered to be on Nom. Committee
    • Winter Meeting/AHR Expo – Orlando (February 1-5, 2020)
    • CRC – Houston (April 23-25, 2020)
      • Sign up available now online


  • President Elect / CTTC – Drew Grant
    • Lunch Meeting/Program – announce during meeting
      • Approx 60 RSVPs prior to mtg
      • Darly Boyce will deliver Pres Address
    • Dec 18 had a successful Tech Seminar, PDH will be issued by end of week
    • PAOE points updated
    • President-Elect Training – Dallas, January 24-25
    • Will be reaching out for volunteers for ASHRAE leadership positions next year


  • Treasurer - Cruz Eslick
    • Account balance updates
    • Audit committee – review of 2018-2019 books


  • Secretary – Jake Skinner
    • December Meeting Minutes were approved by the board


  • Board of Governors – Kim Koch, Bill Simpson, Randy Moore
    • Audit committee – Final for approval
      • Randy Moore – info for draft copy to CRC was sent to leadership for review.
      • Vote as approved to accept audit report



  • Reception – Tracy Emmerling
    • Will be selling RP Sportsman Raffle


  • Research Promotion - Ron McCarty
    • RP efforts
      • Update on YTD funds raised
        • Early distribution of RP funds/POAE points
        • Currently $15,270 donated for RP, Goal = $40,000
      • Sportsman’s Raffle tickets for sale now through April.
        • Available for purchase on AR ASHRAE website
      • Spring Trap Shoot – Friday, March 6th
      • Poker Tournaments (January23 Powers & March TBD at HEP)


  • Membership Promotion – Zach Oliver
    • Update on number of Delinquencies? Reach out to for reinstatement, membership renewal?


  • Student Activities - Fallon Lee (Chair)
    • Activities with Student branches
    • K-12 Stem Update
    • Upcoming School visits – volunteers needed
    • Students from ATU and ASU are set to attend winter conference
    • Spring career fair will be used for fundraising
    • eSTEM interested in potential mentor program for their engineering prep curriculum
    • Bale elementary has science fair on 1/21 and need judge volunteers (2-4 people), 8-10 am
    • K-12 Stem award for all officers to visit a school


  • Historian – Russell Black
    • Newsletter Articles – leadership interview for Feb newsletter
    • Leadership Recall with Bill Harrison – Filming at HEP, February 12th after ASHRAE meeting


  • Social/Special Events – Nick Moore
    • Spring Golf Tournament - CC of A, booked for 15th
    • Need to setup a meeting to discuss new ideas


  • YEA – Priscilla Almeida
    • Working on PE Tech Session
    • Working on YEA Tech session
    • Working on joint committee January Social


  • Electronic Communication – Hunter Brock
    • Please let EC Committee know about upcoming and past events so we can promote them on social media
    • Committee is updating Facebook, will add photos from Winter Tech Seminar


  • Newsletter – Brody Barker
    • Next Month’s Newsletter deadline is Friday, January 31st?
    • Issue by Wednesday, February 5th (one week prior to Chapter meeting, February 12th)



  • Social Media – Hunter Brock/Ryan Smith
    • Social media updates – Promoted Chapter Meeting & YEA/SA Bowling Social on Facebook
    • Take pictures/Request pictures – meetings/social events/etc.
    • Work with other committees to keep calendar, website, Facebook content current


  • Government Affairs – Josh Faulkner
    • Working to solicit suggestions since Legislature is not in session.
    • Engineer’s Week in February


  • Refrigeration – Drew Grant
    • Coordination with /CTTC
      • VRF round table for Spring meeting
      • TJ Bell to moderate
      • Questionnaire sent out to all board members to request questions and interest in participating
        • Still need questions for panel for April 1 meeting
      • POAE Points: As part of the VRF Round Table:
        • CT16: Chapter program on low GWP refrigerants: Discuss next gen refrigerants as part of this discussion
      • Refrigeration plans – Tours, Tech Session, Other:
        • Been in contact with Sean Moore, RVP for Refrigeration.
        • Following up on Friday for VRF tour ideas.
        • Tour options:
          • Ice Skating Rink / Formally Verizon Arena Ice Making System
          • Brewery
          • Looking for a date in March-April to do this. Will firm date in January.
          • Will count for POAE points – CT19 tour of food/refrigeration plant


  • Sustainability – Drew Grant / Steve McConnell
    • Working ACH on potential partnership for sustainability project
    • Working for AR Dream Center


  • Honors and Awards – Steve McConnell
    • Member nominations for Chapter Service Award & 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
    • Working on Past President’s Night planning (Date May 7th)


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YEA & Student Activitites

Student Activities Science Fair Judging: 

Recently the student activities committee had the opportunity to help out the Little Rock School District with a few science fairs. We were responsible for judging about 35 different projects for the students of Stephens Elem and Bale Elem ranging in the level of complexity. The schools are very interested to bring us back soon to talk about our jobs and about STEM careers so look out for upcoming opportunities. We have also been in contact with the college students around AR as well. We provided financial aid for the student ASHRAE members at Arkansas State and Arkansas Tech University campuses last month to attend the winter conference. Coming up in March we plan to host a March Madness fundraiser with a lot of really cool prizes up for grabs so be on the lookout for information at the next meeting. There is always a list of opportunities to volunteer with the local schools so please feel free to reach out to Fallon Lee or Daniel Nehus if you are interested in helping out.


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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Arkansas ASHRAE Research Promotion

By: Ron McCarty, RP Chair


Thank you all for your generous contributions and sponsorships benefiting ASHRAE Research. The current level of donations  towards our goal $40,000 sits at $12,250.  To meet the current goal we have a number of upcoming fund raisers in the works.  The Sportsman’s Raffle RP promotion has been changed to Gift Cards from Bass Pro Shops with the drawing at our April meeting.  Tickets for the Sportsman’s Raffle can be purchased on line at or directly from Ron McCarty (call 501-350-5728).    Last week we held the second of three Texas Hold’em  Poker Nights for Research Promotion that raised $250 for ASHRAE RP.  This event was hosted by Powers of Arkansas. The big winners for the night were Scott Flournoy and RP.  Congratulations to Scott and thank you for the those that participated and donated to ASHRAE RP.  The next  Texas Hold’em  Poker Nights  will be hosted by Harrison Energy Partners with the date to be announced.

The next event on the RP calendar is our Trap Shoot  on March 6th at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex in Jacksonville AR.  The event starts at 1:00 PM with lunch server at 12:00.  This is a great event and should be a lot of fun.  Please contact either Steve Keen (501-680-0104) or Ron McCarty (501-370-5728) to help with registration or to answer any questions. 

Our calling campaign will begin as we approach 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. 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.

Thank you again for your support!!!

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ASHRAE History

Arkansas ASHRAE History

Russell Black, Arkansas ASHRAE Historian

Vernon Wade was Arkansas ASHRAE President in 1994-95.  In addition to Vernon, immediate family members have also contributed enormously to Arkansas ASHRAE:  brother Hank G. Wade was also a Chapter President (1979-80), and father Hank W. Wade was elected to the Arkansas ASHRAE Hall of Fame in 2015.

Following, please find Vernon’s Leadership Recall Interview (March 24, 1998)

I was born in Memphis, Tennessee on January 19, 1954. I am the second of three, with my older brother, Hank and my younger sister, Wendy. My parents Henry and Betty Wade moved us to Little Rock in 1959. My father worked for Honeywell in Memphis and came to Little Rock to open a business representing Barber-Colman controls and air distribution systems.

I grew up in Little Rock and was educated from kindergarten through U.A.L.R. graduating with a bachelors in business administration in 1977. I thought then my education had been completed. However, upon beginning work at Wade Company I realized the education had just begun.

I needed engineering and application knowledge and gained some of it through various factory sponsored training schools. I also began doing test and balance work which helped me understand systems and gave me cause to interact with the consulting engineers. Kent Pettit and Bill Goodman impressed upon me to gain further knowledge through ASHRAE and so I became an Affiliate in 1979. ASHRAE is now my primary source of education. I have accepted the fact that products and applications will always change and that an education is never complete. Furthermore, these changes are good and the best way to keep informed of them is through ASHRAE membership.

I gained a comfort level with ASHRAE simply by attending meetings and social functions. The Board of Directors nominated me to go through the officer chairs starting in 1991. I had self-doubts such as maturity, knowledge, commitment, or the time to dedicate. As I went through the officer chairs I found a competent effort got the job done. I found many ASHRAE members in the chapter had a sense of commitment and that the membership supports the officers well. I don't know where the time came from but it came and went fast.

I was Chapter President, 1994-95, which was the ASHRAE Centennial year. The challenge was to recognize the Centennial and to create and archive our chapter history. This was in addition to the goals and operations of the Chapter's normal business year. I was concerned, but after

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ASHRAE Events & Sponsorships

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 HVAC Design Training Austin, TX: 

ASHRAE is organizing the 3-day HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials and the 2-day HVAC Design: Level II – Application training in Austin, TX on March 23-25 and March 26-27, 2020. For more information and to register for the event please visit:

ASHRAE Region VIII CRC Houston: 


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ASHRAE Certifications

ASHRAE Certified HVAC Designer

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Chapter Officers, BOG, Chairs, and Committee Members

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