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AHREXPO 2024 | The View: Contractor Realities in BAS Today

Session Information: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024 | 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | Room: S401BC

Session Overview

In this session our expert panelists will tackle the pressing challenges facing today’s contractors in the building controls industry. Gain valuable insights into navigating issues such as IT/OT network architecture,  economics, energy, reality vs Prop Tech, and more from those with a deep understanding of the realities of building automation.

Scott Papay, Sales Leader, LONG Building Technologies

Scott is responsible for leading all sales efforts for the controls business unit at LONG headquarters. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and served in the United States Navy as an Engineering Watch Supervisor before moving on to management positions at Bailco Service Corporation, Johnson Controls, Tiernam & Patrylo and Trane. He has been with LONG since 2009. 

Josh Reding, President, Sunbelt Controls

Sunbelt Controls has over 30 years of experience as an independent Building Automation System contractor.  Today we are highly regarded as a premier provider of BAS and Integration solutions for a wide portfolio of clients across the Western United States.  Our solutions and services are comprehensive, ranging from New Construction Installation and System Retrofits to Preventative Service, Data Analytics and Fault Detection Diagnostics.  Since our inception, we have valued Project Management as the key to implementing successful Building Automation Systems.

Pranjal De, V.P. Integrated Building Technology Development, Modern Niagara

Modern Niagara provides building automation systems design services for Data Centres, Laboratories, Government, Commercial, Education, and Entertainment facilities across Canada in both New Construction and Retrofit environments. With a strong focus on project delivery, we provide detailed control schematics, wiring diagrams, and sequence of operations to aid the project team complete projects on time and on budget. Working closely with industry leading suppliers we aim to deliver the best solution to meet the clients requirements.

Matt Montgomery, Automation Controls Sales, Gardiner

My focus is to build mutually beneficial relationships between contractors, property owners, property managers, maintenance staff, field personnel, sales representatives, sub-contractors, and engineers. From these relationships, we as a team are able to develop and deploy effective automation, controls, security, and building health solutions specific to our client’s needs.

Chris Meilstrup, Sales Engineer, LONG Building Technologies

Chris is a Senior Sales Engineer for LONG Building Technologies in the Colorado market. His primary focus is in new project and business development with existing mechanical contractor partners. He worked in sales and energy engineering roles for other HVAC contractors prior to joining LONG in 2014. Chris was a Submarine Officer in the United States Navy prior to entering the HVAC industry. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Master’s Degree in Engineering Management, and is a Certified Energy Manager.