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October 2014 President's Report

William Lee, P.E.

Bill Lee, P.E.

Wow, what a great start to the new ASHRAE year. There were 66 attendees at the September meeting, with lots of 1st time attendees, new members, regulars and old timers that I haven’t seen in a while. Thanks to our Do’s and Don’ts speaker – Bret Elton of LG Electronics – for his talk on” How VRF system operates”, and to our controls roundtable speakers : Ken Richardson of Island Controls, R.J. Ritter of Trane, Rolf Klein of Hawaii Energy Systems, and Robert Bittner of JCI. It was very insightful. I was amazed at the accumulated wisdom and knowledge of speakers. Every attendee at the meeting came away a little smarter.

During the meeting we also took time to celebrate our chapter’s 45th anniversary, with a historical moment given by past president Barry Jim On, and some insights of the early days from past president Ken Richardson.

I also want to say goodbye and thank you to Dean Oakley of Trane for serving on the BOG for the past 3 years. Dean has taken a promotion to a new position located in Memphis, Tenn.   Mahalo and Aloha Dean, Wishing you well in your new job.

Welcome and thank you to Andrew Crossland who has agreed to take Dean’s spot on the BOG. Andrew has been and will continue to serve as the webmaster. He’s one of the upcoming young leader in ASHRAE.

Why be involved in ASHRAE Hawaii? We all live very busy lives, with many competing demands on our time. So why attend meetings and get involved? Here are just a few reasons:

Technical resources – Everyone in the HVAC industry knows that ASHRAE is the foremost technical society in the world. As a member there are numerous technical resources available to you. Not only the handbooks that are mailed out annually or the monthly magazine, or the on-line resources, or the ASHRAE publications but the monthly meetings. We strive to have an informative and educational meeting every month, with interesting subjects on local issues.

Learning opportunities – along with the monthly meetings, we also have an annual technical seminar usually in March or April. This is a day -long affair centered on one or two technical topics. This year’s will be in March. There are also technical tours to interesting projects that our chapter organizes, webcasts, and product shows. But beyond the formal technical meetings and seminars, I’ve always found that the greatest learning opportunities are in talking to people. It helps to get a feel for what’s going on around town and asking people’s opinions on things. So the before and after parts of meetings are important too.

Advance your career – It’s your career, get active in the industry, - “learn more, you’ll earn more”

Meet others in the industry, gain different perspectives – The great thing about ASHRAE is the mix of people involved – contractors, manufacturer’s representatives, consulting engineers, students, and others.

Socialize – find your tribe, in ASHRAE we speak your language – the HVAC language. It’s nice to know there are others that get excited about the same things you do, or go thru the same types of problems. Or have the same interests (anyone interested in Star Trek?) Relationships are important even for engineers.

There are a lot of exciting things happening in our ASHRAE Hawaii Chapter that may appeal to you. I haven’t even mentioned half of the stuff that goes on.

If you haven’t checked out an ASHRAE meeting in a while, please come – you will be welcomed. But please register early at least a week before the meeting. Late registrations are driving us crazy in trying to get the food order in – and you don’t want to attend the meeting and not get any food.

See you at the October meeting.


Bill Lee, P.E.
2014-2015 ASHRAE Hawaii Chapter President



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