September 2020 Print

President's Report

First and foremost, I hope each of you and your families are doing well and staying safe during these uncertain times. In a normal environment, we would be sending kids back to school and getting ready for football season. But the past few months have been filled with a lot of uncertainty with the current pandemic. The year 2020 will be a year we will remember for generations to come. As we transition into the 2020-2021 ASHRAE Dallas season, the Board of Governors and Leadership group have been hard at work planning an exciting year for you, the member. The safety of our members is our first priority and for that reason the BOG has elected to move the September and October monthly meeting to a virtual platform, registration details will be sent. We will continue to monitor ASHRAE guidelines to help us make decisions for future meetings. 

Our theme for this ASHRAE season is “KEEP IT SIMPLE : DO YOUR PART.” Given all the curve balls life has thrown at us this year, we feel more than ever that it is critical for members to do their part to make this year successful. We ask you, the member, to do your part by volunteering and attending events throughout the year.

Lastly, the heavy lifting and hard work are currently being shouldered by our amazing volunteers on our Board of Governors and Leadership group. I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of our volunteers who take time out of their busy schedule to make this chapter successful. We are always open to adding keen and energetic volunteers to our Leadership group. If you are interested, feel free to reach out to myself and anyone on the BOG/Leadership group.

We miss you and we can’t wait to see you in person again.

Stay well, stay blessed.

Ermias Lamesgin
2020-2021 ASHRAE Dallas Chapter President

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Note from the President-Elect/CTTC Chair

My name is Eric Borders and I am the current president-elect and CTTC Chair.  I currently work for McMillan James Equipment Company as a Senior Sales Executive.  I obtained my Chemical Engineering Degree from Purdue University and also have Masters of Science in Economics from Purdue as well.

I have been involved in ASHRAE for about 8 years and have been a Dallas ASHRAE member for 5 years.  This is my fourth year serving as a Dallas ASHRAE Board Member and I have been involved on several other committees including YEA, Student Activities, RP, and membership promotion.  I look forward to an exciting and transformational year serving our Dallas ASHRAE members.  This year has challenged us all in ways we could have never imagined.  I have been extremely impressed how our Dallas ASHRAE board members have overcome these challenges and hope you all look forward to seeing how we work through these trying times as a community. We are going to start off this year’s monthly chapter meetings virtually and focused around the current pandemic we all face.

If you have any comments, recommendations, thoughts, or opinions feel free to reach out to me.  My work email is [email protected] and I encourage any and all comments and criticism.  Stay tuned for all the events and activities our leadership team has planned and I hope all of you are happy and healthy!

Eric Borders
Dallas ASHRAE President-Elect/CTTC Chair

September Lunch Meeting

When: 09/09/2020
Where: ZOOM meeting – Stay Tuned for email invite with login details
Topic: COVID-19 Pandemic Technology Considerations

Presenter: Brandon Damas, PE, HFDP, HBDP, BEMP, BEAP, LEED AP BD+C
Presenter Bio:

Brandon Damas is a Senior Account Manager for HTS.  In his current role, he provides engineers and owners in the DFW area with unique design and construction solutions for projects in all commercial and industrial markets. Prior to joining HTS in 2011, Brandon worked for a national, MEP consulting firm in Dallas, Texas for four years.

Brandon is an ASHRAE member and serves on many technical committees for the organization. He previously served the Dallas Chapter as President, CTTC Chair, at large member, secretary, membership promotion chair, research promotion chair, and treasurer. Brandon is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, is ASHRAE certified with 4 different certifications (Healthcare Facility Design Professional, High-performance Building Design Professional, Building Energy Modeling Professional, and Building Energy Assessment Professional) , and is a LEED accredited professional with an emphasis in building design and construction. He was a recipient of the 2014 40 under 40 award by the consulting-specifying engineer magazine. Brandon also is a voting member of ASHRAE 90.1 project committee, a voting member of ASHRAE 90.1 mechanical subcommittee, a provisional corresponding member for T.C. 9.06 (healthcare facilities), and webmaster for T.C. 5.05 (air-to-air energy recovery). He has a degree in architectural engineering from Kansas State University.


Future Lunch Meetings and Topics

October 14th, 2020 – Ionization Technology and COVID-19 presented by Dan Rellihan of Plasma-Air

November 11th, 2020 – IAQ and Cognitive Functioning in High Performing Buildings presented by ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Brian Monk of Carrier

December 9th 2020 – Joint Meeting with Ft. Worth ASHRAE stay tuned for details!

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Treasurer's Report

My name is Matt Spears and I am your current Treasurer for the 2020-2021 ASHRAE season. I have been in the Industry for four years and am a Sales Engineer at Texas AirSystems. I went to Texas A&M University, where I received a degree in Industrial Engineering. I was born and raised in Baytown, TX, and enjoy hunting, fishing, and playing golf.

For almost three years, I have been involved in ASHRAE, and have served as Historian, RP Committee, and RP Chair. In my current role as Treasurer for the Dallas ASHRAE Chapter, I am responsible for creating budgets, overseeing the financial affairs of the Dallas Chapter, and ensuring our members are having fun along the way.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, or any other BOG member, if you are interested in volunteering. It is a great way to get involved and to meet your peers in the industry.

Matt Spears
2020-2021 ASHRAE Dallas Treasurer

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Note from the Secretary

Hello Dallas ASHRAE,

I am excited to be your new Secretary. I previously held the position as Student Activities Chair and have been involved in ASHRAE for two years. I hold an Industrial Engineering Degree from OU and have been in the HVAC industry for five years. I currently work as a Sales Associate at Texas AirSystems. 

I enjoy the camaraderie of our Chapter and Board and viable information that ASHRAE provides.  I will be sending out communications and managing the tasks and meetings of the Board of Governors. While these are trying times, I am up for the challenge to serve the Dallas ASHRAE Chapter in any way that I can.  If you have questions about communications, please email [email protected] 

Bri Williams
Secretary/Electronic Communications Chair

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Honors & Awards

August 2020 Update

Hello ASHRAE friends! I am honored to serve again as your Honors & Awards Chair for the Dallas Chapter- hopefully, we will continue to bring home the metal and well-deserved recognition for chapter members & volunteers. If there is an ASHRAE member deserving of recognition for their efforts in design, research, or as a volunteer, please reach out to me. There’s an award for that!

I have been involved in ASHRAE since I was a student at UCF. This year, I am serving on many ASHRAE committees at the local, regional, and Society level. Volunteering in ASHRE is the way I give back to the organization that has given me so much.

Pam Duffy
Honors & Awards Chair
[email protected]

It’s BACK! Submissions now OPEN for 2021 ASHRAE Dallas Building Technology Awards

Get yourself and your firm recognized for a great design project! And the best part? I will personally help you put together the application.

This program recognizes excellence in building design. We have up to 21 awards up for grabs! Buildings that qualify are:

  • Occupied no later than September 1st, 2020
  • New, existing, and building commissioning projects in one of these categories:
    • Commercial Buildings
    • Institutional Buildings
    • Health Care Facilities
    • Industrial Facilities or Processes
    • Public Assembly
    • Residential

First-place winners in the Dallas competition will be automatically submitted to the regional competition, and regional winners will be advanced to the Society competition. Society winners will be featured in the ASHRAE Journal. 

Submissions are due by September 18, 2020. You can learn more about how to apply at -- or contact me anytime at [email protected].


Dallas Project wins Regional Award

Big news! The winner of our 2020 ASHRAE Dallas Building Technology competition locked in the regional award during the ASHRAE Region VIII Chapter Regional Conference. Ray Braswell High School in Little Elm, Texas, features a energy-efficient geothermal design from RWB Consulting Engineers. Learn more about the technical details of this award-winning design at our website,


Dallas ASHRAE Members Honored with Service Awards

Three of our very own were recently honored with service awards. These awards recognize sustained volunteer service to ASHRAE. Two members received the prestigious Distinguished Service Award which-under normal circumstances – is presented by the Society President during the annual meeting.


Nathan Hart was recently honored with the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award. Nathan is a Principal at Dallas-based engineering firm RWB Consulting Engineers.  In his 20+ years as a member, he has volunteered thousands of hours to the Society’s mission. He most recently served as Chair of the Society's Chapter Technology Transfer Committee, and he is a past President of the Dallas Chapter. We are proud of Nathan's accomplishments and we are thrilled to see him recognized for his decades of service. Congratulations, Nathan!


Mark Jackson was recently honored with the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award.  Mark is a Senior Product Manager at Daikin North America. He has a PhD from UT Austin in Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and is an expert in IAQ/IEQ. Within ASHRAE, Mark has dedicated much of his time to developing ASHRAE technical standards with many years of service on Guideline 10, Standard 62.2, and Technical Committee 2.1 – Physiology and Human Environment. Congratulations, Mark!


Matt Short was awarded the ASHRAE Chapter Service award for his service to the ASHRAE Dallas Chapter. Matt is the Owner and Principal of Acts 29 Consulting in Dallas, TX. Matt has been a volunteer with the Dallas chapters since 2010, serving as Dallas Chapter president in 2016-2017. Matt also served as President-Elect, CTTC Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and as Government Activities Chair. Matt- thank you for your service to the Dallas Chapter, we appreciate you! Congratulations!

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YEA & Student Activities

My name is Minh Vu and I am excited to serve as your Student Activities (SA) Chair for 2020-2021 ASHRAE Dallas Chapter. Graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 and moved to Dallas with my family in 2019, I’m looking to blend my Midwest nice with fast and furious Dallas lifestyle.

I get to know ASHRAE in my college senior year and have benefited a lot from the organization as a student and a young professional. I am currently a mechanical engineer at TLC Engineering Solutions, providing MEP and structural design for project across the country. Now, I decided to give back to the HVAC industry while I’m stocked with youthful energy and burning passion. In the current role as a SA Chair, I am the ‘first responder’ to local student branch when they need help with educational, inspirational, or financial support. My goal is to bring ASHRAE to younger generation’s attention and give them inspiration for their career. School is hard, but life after school is harder, so please don’t hesitate to contact me and let our chapter best prepare you for that essential transition.

Minh Vu, EI, LEED Green Associate
Engineer | Mechanical
[email protected]
8350 N. Central Expy., Ste 775
Dallas, TX 75206
Direct: 214.540.5920
Main: 214.540.5900


Don't miss out on the fun, come on out and enjoy a couple drinks and some tantalizing conversatino in support of all the Young Engineers in ASHRAE.

A big thanks to this month's YEA Happy Hour sponsor (and this year's YEA Chair) Cal McMillan with McMillan James Equipment Company! Without your contributions and efforts, our events wouldn't be nearly as enjoyable.

When: September 09, 2020
            5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: The Rustic
            3656 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75204
Tickets: Click Here

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Women in ASHRAE

I’m Alyssa Pauly and I am the Women in ASHRAE chair.  I attended Kansas State University (Go Cats!) where I obtained my degree in Architectural Engineering. I worked for a MEP Engineering Design firm here in Dallas upon graduation for 5 years and am now currently a project manager with CBRE.

I have been involved in ASHRAE for about 9 years and have been a Dallas ASHRAE member for 6 years. As the Women in ASHRAE chair, I plan to bring attention to the Dallas ASHRAE chapter by hosting some events that will show women how “cool” HVAC can be, and work to gain new members! 

Alyssa Pauly
Women in ASHRAE Chair

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Government Affairs Committee Update

Howdy fellow ASHRAE associates! I am Tim Campbell and your Grassroots Government Affairs Committee (GGAC) Chair. Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I moved to Dallas in 2011. I worked at Campos Engineering and then as a Regional Director at Jordan & Skala. After 23 great years in Mechanical Engineering, I moved over to manufacturing as a Commercial Account Manager with Uponor covering Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. I have been a member of ASHRAE since 2007 and I am happy to serve the great folks of the ASHRAE Dallas Chapter!

Working with our Regional Vice Chair and fellow chapters in Region VIII, I’ll coordinate government outreach to promote and lobby our areas of interest on behalf of our ASHRAE community. The GGAC’s primary objective is a “Day on the Hill” where we present and discuss our interests with our government officials and agencies. With that in mind, I welcome any and all ideas pertaining to Education, Codes, and Standards that will improve our engineering and construction methodologies.

I can be reached at 321.282.8816 or [email protected]. Looking forward to a great year – stay safe and healthy!

Tim Campbell
Commercial Account Manager – Texas | Oklahoma | Arkansas
Uponor North America

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Membership Promotion

My name is Quentin Mackie and I am the current Membership Promotion Chair for the 2020-2021 ASHRAE season. I currently work for Oslin Nation Company as the Lead Application/Sales Engineer. I obtained my degree in mechanical engineering for the University of North Texas.

I have been involved in ASHRAE for about 4 years as a student and a professional. This is my first year as membership promotions chair and I am eager to help build up our Dallas chapter. This has been a year of uncertainty and change, but together as a community we can grow and be a positive influence in our industry. My role in ASHRAE is to grow our chapter with new members, encourage involvement, and help support members by ensuring that everyone is getting the most out of our society.

Quentin Mackie
2020-2021 Dallas ASHRAE Membership Promotion Chair
[email protected]

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Social Media Highlights

My name is Jamie Wood. I am the new Social Media Chair for Dallas ASHRAE. I received my degree in Mechanical and Energy Engineering in December of 2017 from the University of North Texas. MEAN GREEN!

This past year was my first year in ASHRAE. I loved the group so much that I decided to take on a bigger role. I currently hold a position with C1S Group as a Mechanical Designer. A daily description of my job would be coordinating with my project managers to complete design work for our clients. I am looking forward to the Social Media Chair and growing our presence in an ever-growing world of technology. My DM’s are always open so feel free to reach out.

Jamie Wood
Social Media Chair
[email protected]


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Research Promotion Update

My name is Henry Holmes and I am the current Research and Promotion Chair. I received my Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Arkansas. I work at Schmidt & Stacy as a Mechanical Designer, Dallas Green Reviewer and Project Manager; where I am frequently involved with coordination of Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing disciplines with the Architect and other consultants, venders, and contractors. I have also been involved with the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at the University of Texas Arlington as an adjunct teacher for Environmental Control Systems.

This year as RP Chair I plan to streamline processes on our current Golf/Clay Shoot events for future BOG members and create a new event to help with our budget goals and chapter networking opportunities.

Henry Holmes
2020-2021 Dallas ASHRAE Research and Promotion Chair
[email protected]

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Refrigeration Update

I work for Trane as a Sales Engineer and Team Leader. I got my mechanical engineering degree in 2002 and have been in this industry for over 17 years working with engineers, contractors, and owners.

This is my 2nd year on the ASHRAE board and I am the Refrigerant Chair this year. I get to focus on the often ignored “R” in that equation! I will be hosting a site visit in 2021 once the pandemic allows the economy to open. I plan on gathering our group to a brewery that will focus on refrigeration for their products and also a net-zero energy site (if possible) that often pumps electricity back into the grid. Looking to do this in March or April when the outside temperatures are nicer and will try my best to pair it at the end of the business day so a YEA happy hour can happen in conjunction.

Thank you,

Tony King – Trane Technologies
Team Leader – Commercial Account Manager, Texas Trane
(469) 758-3101 Office
(972) 333-8318 Cell
[email protected]

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General Chapter News

2020 Dallas ASHRAE Clay Shoot
We had an amazing turn out and a great time at this year's Clay Shoot. Everyone had the opportunity to complete a 100 shot round of Sporting Clays over 13 stations, and we even had one shooter score a 95/100! Thank you to everyone who showed, and a special thanks to all of our Sponsors!

1st Place Team:

2nd Place Team:

3rd Place Team:

Individual Shooter Award:

Dallas Chapter Member Ken Fulk Elected to Serve as Director At Large

We are proud to announce that Dallas Chapter member Ken Fulk has been elected to serve on the ASHRAE Board of Directors. He will serve in the Director At Large role from 2020-2023.

ASHRAE’s Board of Directors oversees all of ASHRAE’s policies and procedures. The Board of Directors is the deciding group for all of ASHRAE activities, including topics of membership, technology, standards, publishing, finances, associate groups, and more. Ken is no stranger to the Board, as he served previously from 2008-2011 as the Director and Regional Chair representing Region VIII.

Ken has a long legacy of leadership in ASHRAE. He has served on a wide variety of committees, such as Society Rules, Nominating, Government Affairs, Finance, Planning, Building Energy Quotient, and Handbook. He is also a past President of the Dallas Chapter.

Read more about Ken and the Board here:

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A Message from the Editor

Hello ASHRAE Dallas, my name is Jake Hall, and I will be your Newsletter Editor this year!  I recently moved to the DFW area, and I am excited to be involved in the ASHRAE chapter here. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering from CSU Sacramento, and I have been in the HVAC industry for about 4 years now. 

My hobbies include powerlifting, shooting sports, and kayak fishing. If you enjoy any of these things as well, please reach out! [email protected]

If you have anything you would like seen in future newsletter, or if you have any concerns/questions about this newsletter, please contact me.

Jake Hall
Siemens Industry, Inc.
Sr. Sales Exectutive, Automation Service

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