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EMAIL INTERVIEW – Ken Smyers and Ken Sinclair
Ken Smyers, VP and
Co-Owner of DMS
Controls Group, LLC, in Pittsburgh, has over 30 years of experience in
the HVAC, Building Automation, and Controls Industry and is also
Co-Founder of the ControlTrends Awards, which was established to
recognize the superstars and heroes of the HVAC and Building Automation
Industries. Ken is also very much involved with Eric Stromquist
a leading internet source for HVAC and Controls
The 2014 ControlTrends Awards
Nomination period has ended and
the voting period is about to begin. Tell us about the nominees
and were there any surprises? (See September interview for more details.)
Sinclair: This year’s ControlTrends Awards are different. Explain some of the differences.
Smyers: We are always seeking to improve the process and based on the suggestions and inputs we received from last year, we divided four of the categories into large and small manufacturers, and added additional controller and thermostat categories, ultimately increasing the total number of categories to twenty-four. More people, more products, and more solutions were recognized, presenting and highlighting, a much broader representation of our industry.
Sinclair: Okay, the nomination period is over, what can we expect next?
Smyers: Well, next
comes the voting period, which begins December 15,
2014, and will continue until January 15, 2015. Everyone that has
registered to vote will receive an email ballot. If you haven’t
registered to vote and wish to participate, please go to the
and use the link to register.
Sinclair: In addition to the winners being announced and the ControlTrends Awards being given, what other events take place and what can the attendees expect?
Smyers: We do our best to make the ControlTrends Awards as exciting and entertaining as possible. The Prairie Ballroom is ideal and convenient venue for the ControlTrends Awards. The Hyatt Regency Prairie Ballroom is a short eight minute walk from the AHR Show floor inside the McCormick facility. The 6:00PM to 8:00PM time slot minimizes schedule conflicts with many of the other AHR and hospitality events. Marc Petock will be our MC as usual. We have a fast-moving, exciting, and entertaining agenda that promises to be a most memorable and enjoyable occasion for our industry.
Chicago is a fabulous city full of history and energy, which lends itself readily to this year’s (surprise) motif. Additionally, we’ll have the Hall of Fame inductees, the Petock Award, an update on the ControlTrends Museum, and something new -- the Young Gun Awards.
We really appreciate all of the support
that you have given us in
getting the Young Guns Awards started. The Young Guns Award is in
direct support of your efforts to “Grow the Industry Younger.” Thank
you for helping us find the appropriate spokesperson for the 2014
ControlTrends Young Gun Awards, Brad White, with SES Consulting, who
epitomizes the award, and serves as an outstanding role model, having
found success in our HVAC industry at such an early age.
Any last thoughts? What does the
ControlTrends have in mind for the future?
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