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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 ControlTrends Awards has
finalized their plans for the
show at the 2015 AHR Show in Chicago. Tell us about the time and
location – and why they are significant.
Smyers: The venue for
this year’s ControlTrends Awards will be
completely different than the two previous shows, which harnessed the
ambience or flavor of the host city’s location: Eddie Dean’s
Ranch in Dallas, and the B.B. King Blues Club in NYC. With the
help of Lynxspring, we were able to make this year’s show very
convenient and accessible, considering Chicago’s wintry weather.
The Hyatt Regency Prairie Ballroom is a short eight minutes’ walk from AHR Show floor inside the McCormick facility. And 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.
Sinclair: Explain a little about the new categories and the other changes made to the categories.
Smyers: We received a lot of useful feedback from last years’ show that led to a few category accuracy improvements -- that both increased the number of categories, as well as divided certain categories into large and small manufacturers or vendors. The driving force behind the ControlTrends Awards is to highlight and recognize as many of the products, solutions, and people making the biggest or most important impact within our HVAC world each year. Adding more categories and changing the category criteria ultimately allows us to recognize more of these products, solutions, and people.
Sinclair: Besides the new categories, tell us about the new awards.
Smyers: This is an exciting aspect of the ControlTrends Awards that gives us the opportunity to focus the spotlight on people and events that don’t fall into a category yet are significant within the HVAC world. Among this year’s featured Achievement Awards is The Young Guns Award, which is about recognizing the young systems integrators and service technicians in the HVAC industry who have achieved prominence beyond their years and serve as the inspirational role models that we, as an industry have failed thus far, to recognize. Eric and I, along with many other industry members, such as Jim Sinopoli, Paul Oswald, Rick Warner, and Marc Petock, have taken your cue to join forces on educational initiatives. It will be quite a challenge to remedy this conspicuous absence of young people migrating to the HVAC industry; so, maintaining relentless and concerted attention towards resolving this industry shortfall -- is a must.
With regards to the ControlTrends
Awards, what happens between now and the January 26, 2015?
Please go to controltrends.org to register to vote! There are sponsorship opportunities still available. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We wish the ControlTrends Awards
all the best and we look forward to the show in Chicago.
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