December 2020 Newsletter ASHRAE West MI Print

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12/14/20 Webinar 12pm to 1pm
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Jon Rumohr is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Speaker Bio

Dennis Metz serves as a Territory Sales Manager with Camfil USA, Inc. He has over 35 years of experience in the fields of air filtration and ultra-violet germicidal irradiation and his primary focus is to act as a consultant in recommending the most cost effective air cleaning technologies for protecting human health and processes.

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ASHRAE Research Promotion Recognition

Western Michigan Chapter of ASHRAE had a challenging year in fundraising (2019-2020).  Many generous individuals and companies donated to the West MI ASHRAE fundraising events and we are very thankful for that!

For RP (Research Promotion), our chapter had a goal of $14,000 and unfortunately, we were short of that, coming in at $8,706.  We sincerely appreciate the efforts of a lot of loyal members and member companies.  All of the donations are applied directly to many ongoing research projects that benefit our industry.

Thank You for being part of the future of our organization and please continue to contribute to this great cause!

The following RP donors are being recognized at the virtual chapter meeting on December 14th.


R.L. Deppmann

Air Tech Inc

Century A & E

AbsolutAire Inc

Trane West Michigan


Macaire Incorporated

Smart Building Services


Hedrick Associates


Quality Air Service


Raley Brothers

Wilson Brinker Assoc.

Camfil Farr

Howley Agency Sales

Kyle Emmerich

Douglas Zentz

Bill Barnhart

David Shugars

Scott Ziegler

Denny Metz

Keith Page

Rusty Hotchkiss

Tom Billups

Jonathan Rumohr

Glenn Glidden

Scott Ziegler

Shawn  Olger

Marjorie Banda

Joseph Hancock

Andy Bosse

Mark Miersen

Timothy Dawson

Brian Hercik

Karl E Huffman

David Vander Meeden

John Oyer

Scott Moorlag

Thad Kuzma

David Hearth




The Western Michigan ASRHAE Chapter applauds the contributions of all the donors for their continued support of ASHRAE Research Promotion.

We encourage those who are being recognized to attend the virtual meeting on Dec.14th.


Best Regards,

Thad Kuzma - Western Michigan RP Chair

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Event Recap

"This year’s ASHRAE Northern Section of West Michigan Chapter Fishing Extravaganza was a success despite the COVID-19 issues. There were some very successful Charter Fishing trips with lots of fish being caught. I would like to thank all the sponsors who supported this event. The weather was somewhat cooler than we would have liked. However, we did not have to fight the wind, we only had to fight the fish. I would also like to thank, Daydreamer Fishing Charters – Ben Orr, who put together the fleet of boats for our event. There were mostly Lake Trout caught and only a few Salmon this year. Johnson Controls boat landed the largest chinook salmon at 22.0 lbs. caught by Matt Burke, Matt’s name will be engraved on the trophy plaque and he has the bragging rights for this year’s fishing event. Congratulations Matt!!! Everyone who attended the tail gate banquet received a door prize. Here are a few memorable photos from this year’s fall Fishing Extravaganza."

- Steve Bizon
  Traverse City

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West MI Chapter Updates

New ASHRAE West MI LinkedIn Page 

Follow us on LinkedIn for chapter updates, events, and shared content! 
As the world is migrating to digital communications, we are following suite and have created a social media page. We hope this will keep our chapter community involved and in touch with one another during these unprecedented times. 

Link to West MI Page: WEST MI LINKEDIN

Link to YEA West MI Page: YEA LINKEDIN


Past Webinar Recordings Now Available 

We will now be posting recordings of ASHRAE monthly webinars on our West MI page. Viewing will be availble to both members and non-members. 

To View
Visit the ASHRAE West MI homepage
Hover over the "Media" tab along the top of the page
Click "Recorded Webinars"
Click the link on the word document to view the online video


Welcome West Michigan's New YEA Chair!

Derek Smits has recently taken the role of Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) chair alongside with YEA co-chair Annie Vanderstelt. Derek works at Quality Air as an engineer where he designs HVAC systems for design-build projects. He has worked for Quality Air since graduating from Grand Valley State University with a mechanical engineering degree in 2018. Having joined ASHRAE in February of 2020, Derek was shortly after offered the position of YEA Chair, which he gladly accepted.

As YEA Chair, he hopes to expand ASHRAE’s reach among young, motivated engineers in HVAC. Derek plans to reach his goals by means of encouraging peer recruitment, increasing student chapter involvement, and communicating the value of ASHRAE to young engineers. He acknowledges the importance of continuously growing the ASHRAE grassroots with new members. Outside of the professional world, Derek is a soccer enthusiast, loves tinkering with machines, and enjoys frequent trips to the Netherlands where most of his family resides.


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