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BACnet International Welcomes New Slate of Members to Board of Directors
Atlanta, GA – January 26,2016 – BACnet International is pleased to announce the results of its recent board of directors elections. The new board is comprised of eight industry executives, including: Roland Laird, Andy McMillan, Jonathan Fulton, Brad Hill, Dennis Swoboda, Raymond Rae, Nancy Stein and Michael Wilson. The board of BACnet International will continue to focus on expanding the successful use of the BACnet building automation protocol.
The following individuals will serve on the 2016 BACnet International Board of Directors:
Roland Laird, Reliable Controls [Chair]
Roland Laird is the founder and president of Reliable Controls Corporation. Since 1986, Reliable Controls has grown to more than 120 professionals, providing a comprehensive BACnet building automation system. In his current role as president, Laird maintains an active involvement in product development with special emphasis on quality assurance. Through 2005 to 2010, he was an active participant in BACnet International’s BACnet Testing Labs working group and the ASHRAE SSPC 135 BACnet Committee. Laird graduated with honors in instrumentation technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1980.
Andy McMillan, BACnet International President & Managing Director
Andy McMillan is president of BACnet International, where he works with users and suppliers to expand and enhance the BACnet community. Formerly he served as president and general manager of an building automation unit of Philips Lighting. McMillan’s background includes broad open systems industry development and marketing experience, as well as strong technical knowledge of distributed automation and information management systems. McMillan has co-founded several companies and has been a featured speaker on open systems and automation at conferences in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. McMillan co-authored a book on open systems networking and holds a dozen patents in sensors, automation and software. He has MBA and BSEE degrees from the University of Michigan and is a member of ASHRAE, AEE, IEEE.
Jonathan Fulton, BCI - Building Control Integrators
Jonathan Fulton is the founder of an Ohio-based integration firm called Building Control Integrators (BCI), which specializes in high-level BACnet integrations. He has been actively involved in designing, implementing and servicing BACnet based systems since 1995. As a state of Ohio licensed HVAC and electrical contractor, he regularly deals with multiple facets of the automation industry. Fulton attended DeVry University, Moody Bible Institute and Western Theological Seminary in pursuit of technological and theological studies. He is passionate about open protocols, the spiritual development of others, and personal higher learning. Fulton is happily married with three children and concurrently serves as a pastor of a central Ohio church.
Brad Hill, Honeywell International
Brad Hill is working as a project management office leader for Honeywell Environmental and Energy Solutions where he is involved in leading the new product development of commercial building offerings. Hill joined Honeywell in 1990 where he was involved in the design and programming of complex integrated control solutions for large projects. He began involvement with BACnet in 1996 through the need to integrate BACnet devices into building management systems. In 1999, Hill began product development work which included the development of a BACnet operator workstation, where he acquired a deep knowledge of the BACnet standard, after which time he continued on to manage and then lead building management product developments. Hill holds an MBA, MES (Energy Studies), BCompSc (Hons), and a DipElecEng, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and PMP®.
Dennis Swoboda - Blue Ridge Technologies
Dennis Swoboda is the vice president of sales and marketing for Blue Ridge Technologies, a manufacturer of Native BACnet lighting control solutions designed for open communication with most building automation systems. In his role, Swoboda oversees global sales and marketing initiatives for the sale and installation of Blue Ridge Technologies lighting control systems. In addition, he works with engineers, end users, owners and controls contractors to help lower life cycle costs, increase energy savings, and reduce carbon emissions by taking control of the largest energy loads in a building. Swoboda has over 20 years of lighting control experience, and gives frequent talks and presentations on energy codes, lighting, and BACnet. He has been a member of BACnet International for almost a decade, and has previously served as the BACnet International marketing committee chair.
Raymond Rae - Delta Controls, Inc.
Raymond Rae is the vice president of Delta Controls Inc., a full line manufacturer of native BACnet Direct Digital Control (DDC) systems for building automation systems. Rae co-founded the Delta Controls Group in 1980, which now has thousands of installations worldwide. Rae has enjoyed more than 35 years in the HVAC industry and has an extensive background, which includes: energy auditing, computerized building simulations, system commissioning, controls, engineering, product certifications, design and marketing. Rae has been a member of ASHRAE since 1984.
Nancy Stein - Siemens Industry Inc.
Nancy Stein is director of product management for Siemens Building Technologies, Control Products and Systems (CPS) Business Unit. In her role, Stein is responsible for strategic direction of all CPS products. She also monitors the development of business plans and manages product lifecycles and market positioning. Stein has been with Siemens for over 22 years in product marketing and solution sales positions. Stein has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s in business administration from DePaul University.
Michael R. Wilson – Automated Logic
Michael has worked for Automated Logic since 2003, and is presently the product marketing manager. In this role, Wilson gathers VOC, competitive and market analysis in order to support product roadmap. Wilson has served as the marketing committee chair, as well as a member of the steering committee. Wilson’s leadership and contributions have been recognized by BACnet International on many occasions, where he has won awards for "always coming to the rescue," for being, "an individual who exhibits outstanding leadership,” and as "Volunteer of the Year.” Wilson has a strategy and information technology background and has also served as the presentation consultant to CIOs of Delta Air Lines and The Home Depot.
“We have a great team of leaders on the board of directors for BACnet International,” said McMillan. “This group has experience in all areas of building technology and automation. As the industry continues to evolve, BACnet International remains committed to providing educational programs and opportunities to help building owners/operators, building engineers and facility managers take full advantage of the BACnet protocol.”
About BACnet International
BACnet International is an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs and promotional activities. BACnet International oversees operation of the BACnet Testing Labs (BTL) and maintains a global listing of tested products. The BACnet standard was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and has been made publicly available so that manufacturers can create interoperable systems of products. BACnet International complements the work of the ASHRAE standards committee and BACnet-related interest groups around the world. BACnet International members include building owners, consulting engineers and facility managers, as well as companies involved in the design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and maintenance of control equipment that uses BACnet for communication.