Starting this ASHRAE year each month one of our many volunteers on our Northeast ASHRAE Board, who help make the Chapter what it is, will be interviewed. Not only will this give our other members an opportunity to get to know them better (especially while we have virtual meetings), but it will also give the opportunity to learn more about what each person is involved in within our Chapter. Learning about the positions within our Chapter Board is a great starting place to getting involved!

This months interview is with John Thomas, who is serves on our Board of Governors. The questions are the black underline, and his responses are in blue underneath.


1.        What is your currently current role with our ASHRAE Chapter and what does that entail for responsibilities?

I’ve been serving on the Board of Governors for several years now.  Primary responsibilities include attending BOG meetings regularly and providing feedback, opinions, and support on various topics during business meetings.

2.        How long have you been in the industry / ASHRAE and what experiences do you have?

          I’ve been in the HVAC business for over 10 years as a specialist in the application and design of hydronic systems and   

          equipment.  

3.        What do you enjoy doing in your space time?

Since the COVID pandemic, most of my early morning hours are spent either in my continually growing basement gym or running around the SUNY Albany loop, training for the return of the Spartan races.  My evenings and weekends are spent with my wife Taiane and children Bella (7) and Xander (2).

4.        What is your favorite thing about being involved in ASHRAE?

       I’ve really enjoyed getting to know all of the current and past board members, as well as the regularly attending members

       when we were able to have in person meetings.  I anxiously await the return of “in person” meetings and some normalcy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Starting this ASHRAE year each month one of our many volunteers on our Northeast ASHRAE Board, who help make the Chapter what it is, will be interviewed. Not only will this give our other members an opportunity to get to know them better (especially while we have virtual meetings), but it will also give the opportunity to learn more about what each person is involved in within our Chapter. Learning about the positions within our Chapter Board is a great starting place to getting involved!

This months interview is with Stan Westhoff, who is our Chapters current Chapter Historian. The questions are the black underline, and her responses are in blue underneath.

 

1.    What is your current role with our ASHRAE Chapter and what does that entail for Board responsibilities?

I currently serve as Chapter Historian with responsibility for documenting chapter history.

2.    How long have you been in the industry / ASHRAE and what experience do you have?

I started in the industry over 50 years ago when I started working for York at the headquarters in York, PA after serving in the Navy.  I went through their Graduate Engineering Program and was assigned to the Commercial Air Handling and Refrigeration Products Division.  After the birth of my son we moved to Wilton, NY and started with Eastern Refrigeration as an Assistant Service Manager and moved up into a Sales Engineer position later to Vice President and General Manager before leaving to start a service company for Tougher Industries and served as General Manager.  I left Tougher Industries to become a Sales Engineer in Building Automation Products for Trane.  I retired from Trane, but later took a position with Honeywell Service Sales and finally I worked for Unilux Advanced Manufacturing as a Sales Associate at their Headquarters in Niskayuna, NY working with their distributors world-wide in the sales of boilers.

 

I was introduced to ASHRAE at Eastern Refrigeration and have been a member of ASHRAE for 46 years.   I was asked to serve a Membership Promotion Chair by William Jacobs.  I then went on to serve as Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect and President in 1985-86.  I went on to serve the Region as a Refrigeration Chair and member of the Society Refrigeration Committee and chaired the Refrigeration Committee for two years before moving on to Region I Director and Member of the Society Board of Directors.  After three years in this position I went on to serve on the Technology Council, Nominating Committee for Region I and as Regional Historian.  Last year I was Chair of the Society Historical Committee. I currently am the Regional Historian.  I have been honored to have received the following awards, Presidential Award of Excellence, Most Improved Chapter, Chapter Service Award, Regional Award of Merit, Distinguished Service Award and Exceptional Service Award.

3.    What do you enjoy to do in your spare time?

I was an avid runner up into my 70's before moving over to rowing with the Saratoga Rowing Association.  I row singles, quads and eights.  I also enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, riding my motorcycle and shooting sports.

4.    What is your favorite thing about being involved in ASHRAE?

I thought ASHRAE was the place to be if you were in this industry.  I enjoyed the people in ASHRAE and the opportunity to learn from those in the industry and to teach those coming into the industry and ASHRAE.

 

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Get to Know your ASHRAE Board : Octobers Monthly Interview

Starting this ASHRAE year each month one of our many volunteers on our Northeast ASHRAE Board, who help make the Chapter what it is, will be interviewed. Not only will this give our other members an opportunity to get to know them better (especially while we have virtual meetings), but it will also give the opportunity to learn more about what each person is involved in within our Chapter. Learning about the positions within our Chapter Board is a great starting place to getting involved!

This months interview is with Marianne Schumacher, who is our Chapters current Vice President. The questions are the black underline, and her responses are in blue underneath.

1.    What is your current role with our ASHRAE Chapter and what does that entail for Board responsibilities?

My currently role with the chapter is VP / Newsletter Editor. Each month I participate in chapter meetings as well as post articles on our chapters website and create the newsletter that gets sent out to each member.

2.    How long have you been in the industry / ASHRAE and what experience do you have?

I first joined the HVAC industry after graduating from Clarkson University in 2014. That was also the time I first joined ASHRAE out in the Rochester, NY chapter. For work experience I was first an account manager and helped customers design / provide building automation systems. Within the ASHRAE chapter I also became the Research Promotion Chair. I then transitioned into engineering project layouts for building automation systems and did that for a few years with two different companies which lead me to move to the Albany area. I transitioned roles within my company about a year ago and now support our internal engineers and account managers in use of our internal toolsets. Within our Northeast ASHRAE Chapter, I have been the Research Promotion chair for many years previously and excited to now be in this VP position.    

3.    What do you enjoy to do in your spare time?

I have lived in the Saratoga Springs area for almost 4 years now since moving out this way and enjoy doing multiple different things depending on the season. I have liked going to ski at the mountains out this way or in VT, hike the ADK’s with my pup named Meeka, and enjoy concerts at SPAC.  

4.    What is your favorite thing about being involved in ASHRAE?

I have really enjoyed meeting others within the industry and learn about their experiences. ASHRAE is the foundation for our industry’s knowledge base and its great to work alongside people that recognize this and are eager to help promote this organization.

 

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Starting this ASHRAE year each month one of our many volunteers on our Northeast ASHRAE Board, who help make the Chapter what it is, will be interviewed. Not only will this give our other members an opportunity to get to know them better (especially while we have virtual meetings), but it will also give the opportunity to learn more about what each person is involved in within our Chapter. Learning about the positions within our Chapter Board is a great starting place to getting involved!

This months interview is with Charlie Casey, who is our Chapters current Chapter Secretary. The questions are the black underline, and her responses are in blue underneath.

1.    What is your current role with our ASHRAE Chapter and what does that entail for Board responsibilities?

I currently serve as the chapter Secretary. I work in cooperation with other Board Members to organize our business sessions.  My responsibilities include serving as a Board Member, detailing chapter meeting minutes, organizing chapter meetings, maintaining meeting records, and other various activities

2.    How long have you been in the industry / ASHRAE and what experience do you have?

I have been in the industry for 6.5 years.  I spent my first 4 years working in the Boston, MA office with Johnson Controls.  When there was an opening in the Johnson Controls Albany office 2.5 years ago, I transferred and moved home to Troy.  In my role as a Consulting Engineering Account Executive, I focus on assisting Consulting Engineers in their HVAC Equipment and Controls system design.  I graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  I also attained my M.B.A. from Boston College while I worked out of our Boston office.

3.    What do you enjoy to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I spend the majority of my day outdoors.  I spend a lot of my time working on my house and surrounding property.  I enjoy staying active and playing sports like hockey, soccer, and lacrosse.  I have an interest in cars and snowmobiles, while filling the rest of my free time by playing guitar.  With a baby due mid-December, my spare time activities will certainly change! 

4.    What is your favorite thing about being involved in ASHRAE?

I enjoy being part of a group with similar professional interests.  ASHRAE has given me a platform to meet many members of the local HVAC community, expand my network, and develop new friendships.  Additionally, it is great to be involved in activities for our members as well as local college students who show interest in this field.

 

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quantum   

This month I had the pleasure to speak with Curt Wilsey, P.E Principal, of Quantum Engineering.

 

Curt was born and raised in Selkirk, New York and is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is now the owner and President of Quantum Engineering based in his hometown of Selkirk. Curt has been a member of ASHRAE since 1987; having served as President from 1996 to 1997 and Chapter Historian from 2002 to 2003.

 

Engineering has always been a family affair, beginning with Curt’s father. Curt’s father was an engineer and owner of an engineering consulting firm where Curt worked as a kid. He would spend his nights and weekends in high school working with father drafting plans. This, at times, would take away from his regular school work. Luckily, his teachers would allow him to submit the drawings he was working on with his father in lieu of the required homework, as long as he could explain them. Today you can find his wife, daughter, and son all working side by side with Curt at Quantum Engineering.

 

Curt has had a long and prestigious career with countless highlights. He helped design the ventilation system at the Knickerbocker Arena, now the Times Union Center, along with the Department of Transportation building located at 50 Wolf Road in Colonie. Most recently, Curt and his team of elite engineers designed the HVAC system for the historic home of James Madison, fourth U.S. President, in Virginia. The home, built in 1767, is over 12,000 square feet, featuring 22 rooms, and quite obviously presented many engineering challenges.

 

Curt and his team were able to meet each and every challenge. Of the utmost importance was designing a system that would preserve the extensive collection of original furniture, documents, and textiles. So, where do you install a sophisticated system of HVAC equipment in house over 250 years old? Curt and his team designed a 1,000 square foot utility bunker, 18 feet below the ground. The design includes a geothermal system that provides a renewable, efficient, and discrete heating and cooling system that can operate without being noticed.

 

When Curt is not spending time on his many projects, you can find him watching the Giants, savoring his wife’s tuna casserole, or admiring his collection of vintage mechanical equipment. If you ever have the chance to have a conversation with Curt, jump at the opportunity. I had a great time interviewing Curt and getting to know him better. You can always count on him and his company, Quantum Engineering, to support ASHRAE NorthEast.

 

Jason Filler

Membership Promotion Chair

 

 

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