March 2020 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Daniel J. Howell

Happy almost spring fellow ASHRAE West Michigan Members! I wanted to take a moment to update the members on the chapter. The West Michigan ASHRAE Board is full of new faces, and has been working diligently to provide value to the membership. As we enter the home stretch for the ASHRAE year and begin planning for the next society year, I want to take a look at what the chapter has accomplished thus far and then set our eyes forward on goals for the future.

Board Leadership Development: We have been working diligently to grow our board. As many are aware, we have for years looked for volunteers to join the board willing to take a 5 year track of chapter leadership. Over the past few years this commitment became challenging to fill. After much thought and input from members, the board decided this year to move forward with a 4 year path for volunteers willing to lead the chapter. As a result of this, we have eliminated the vice president position, and established Membership and Promotion committee chairman, to handle the responsibility previously held by the vice president.

The West Michigan chapter board has added 3 new faces in the last year.

Jon Rumohr, of Tower Pinkster, joined our board last year as our secretary, and currently our acting treasurer. Jon has spent many years in mechanical system design. He brought with him his deep industry knowledge and has helped guide us on ways to add value for the membership.

Ken Wissner, of Sandler, joined the board this fall holding our Membership and Promotion chair. Ken has held positons in many different areas of our industry and has seen all sides. Previously, Ken worked through the board positions in the Cleveland chapter.  He has been a great addition to the chapter and provides guidance and great perspective from his previous experience.

Annie Vanderstelt, of Hedrick Associates, was our most recent addition to the board. Annie is a recent graduate and digging into our industry. During her time at Ferris State University she was involved with ACCA and took part in the ASHRAE design competition. She has joined the board this winter as secretary, and has hit the ground sprinting. Annie most recently attended the ASHRAE winter conference as part of the ASHRAE Leaders program. 

We have also made effort to further develop a pipeline of future chapter leaders. The chapter is hosting an event this spring, aimed at this goal of developing future members for our chapter. While we have made great progress, we still need your help! The involvement of younger members on the chapter board is critical to the continued success of our chapter. Please invite and encourage people from your companies to experience our chapter and the benefits of ASHRAE.

Chapter Educational Opportunities:  The board has worked persistently to offer valuable educational opportunities to our members. We have challenged ourselves to find the right speakers and topics for our membership. I think the board has done an excellent job achieving this goal. As many previous board members before are aware, it is not a simple task to schedule 9 different months and 3 different locations. This year, we hosted 9 different speakers, including 2 distinguished lecturers from society. We also hosted a tour and have another tour planned for this coming fall.  I want to thank everyone that had a part in making that happen.

Our goal moving forward is to expand our reach from the monthly meetings to including future technical sessions, and workshops to our members. These are valuable opportunities for our membership, and help grow our reach. If you have any ideas or would like to volunteer please reach out to the board.

Research and Promotion:  As many of the members are familiar, the chapter hosts a golf outing and fishing outings each year. These events are held each year to primarily raise money for ASHRAE research and promotion. ASHRAE Research and promotion goes on to fund a multitude of different projects. The results of these projects have an impact on the standards, design guides, and books many of us use. The West Michigan chapter has raised $8,061 of our research and promotion fundraising goal of $14,000 for the 2019-2020 society year. I would like to thank all those that attended these events and donated. I would also like to thank our committees that invest a significant share of time into making these events happen.

Thank you all for your support through chapter event attendance, Research & Promotion contributions and volunteerism. The chapter continues to thrive on member participation and we are always looking for more people to help with various committees, recruitment to meetings, and special events. If you have any interest at all, please let one of the chapter leaders know you would like to help.

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West MI Chapter Updates

Announcement: March’s Tour of the Stryker Facility to be Rescheduled

The March Chapter Meeting was required to be rescheduled due to a conflict. A tour of the Stryker Facility was planned for this month and will be scheduled for the fall. This month the chapter will focus on a recruiting event.  See everyone in April!

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Upcoming Technical Speaker


April 20, 2020
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Western Michigan University John E. Fetzer Center
2251 Business Ct.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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Ken's Bio

Ken Wissner is a 40 year industry veteran in the mechanical, construction, and energy management space.  He has founded and led several businesses across the trades spectrum, including independent and franchise based.  He has a gift for leading teams and a talent in developing sales professionals, where he has spent 20 years as a Sandler Sales Student and Sales Trainer.

-Former Chapter President, and current committee co-chair of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)

-CxAP Accredited Commissioning Process Authority Professional through the University of Wisconsin-Madison and LEED AP® Certification by the Issuing authority of the U.S. Green Building Council

-Founded and led several business initiatives as CEO, including an environmental construction and mechanical engineering company, a marketing agency for industrial manufacturers, a design / build and construction management services business, and a partner and principal of a nationally recognized Heating and Air Conditioning Contracting firm


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Meeting Locations

Grand Rapids Location:
University Club - Grand Rapids
111 Lyon St. NW #1025
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Free parking in 5/3 ramp off Ottawa or Monroe St. for the meeting. Tell parking ramp booth attendant that you’re there for an ASHRAE meeting.

5:00 – 6:00 Social
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:00 – 8:00 Program

$30.00 – Members
$35.00 – Non Members
$20.00 – Students / Retirees

Kalamazoo Location:
Western Michigan University John E. Fetzer Center
2251 Business Ct.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

11:45 – 12:00 Gather
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Program

$25.00 – Members
$30.00 – Non Members
$15.00 – Students, Retirees

RSVP on our website or to Ryan Fiebig @ [email protected] for both GR and KZOO meetings.

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In response to inquiries regarding "local" ASHRAE career postings..... On behalf of the West Michigan Chapter, we are pleased to announce we have a new ASHRAE West Michigan careers page as part of our chapter website.
The West Michigan ASHRAE page is dedicated to our individual and corporate membership as a means to reach local talent.
If you are still looking for this feature, please feel free to begin utilizing it.
The postings require a minimal fee to keep the page self-sustaining with website maintenance.
Let us know if you have any questions.

ASHRAE Jobs is the official jobs board for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers ( The service is devoted to assisting professional members find some of the best jobs the HVAC/R industry has to offer Professionals and employers are brought together through:

Job Listings: Help wanted listings without space restrictions, directed specifically to the desired audience. Build your pipeline of talent, find a superstar or diversity candidate, or simply upgrade the quality of your team.
Resume Access: Access a database of actively searching professionals. Review and screen for experience and credentials prior to initiating contact. This on-demand service enables hiring managers to source candidates immediately and speed up the hiring cycle.
Talent Alert: Included with Resume Access, Talent Alert pro-actively notifies you when new resumes of interest post into ASHRAE Jobs. Our automated resume delivery system sends these resumes out to you by email. There is no need to log back in down the road.

Employer Branding: Promote yourself as an employer of choice through site advertising, branded emails, and job alert email sponsorships. Collect these job seekers early in their search path, and before they apply to your competitor.

Have questions? Call Doug Woolf, ASHRAE advisor! 877-252-2168 (CST). 


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