WV ASHRAE DAY OF LEARNING – APRIL 19, 2018 – SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Session I:  Design and Economics of Commercial Ground Loop Heat Pump Systems
Session III:  Net-Energy Water Loops: A Clear Path to Net Zero Energy Buildings


Alan Niles, Western Region Commercial Sales Manager – WaterFurnace International

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer
















Session II:  Geothermal and Water Source Equipment: Latest Technologies


David Heckler, President – Comfort Supply, Inc.












Joshua Jackson, Systems Sales Engineer - Trane











Matt Long, Sales Engineer – Air Mechanical Sales










Jason Signor, PE, LEED AP, Senior Sales Engineer – LG Commercial HVAC Division










Session IV:  Indoor Air Quality Measurement and Control Technology

Tom Kolsun, Strategic Accounts Manager - Aircuity















Jim Riendeau, Vice President – ESC/EBTRON











Jim has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with over 29 years of HVAC experience in roles ranging from Vice President of ESC / EBTRON, Regional Sales Manager for York & McQuay to Strategic & National Account Manager for York and Trane. Jim’s role as a Vice President for ESC is to educate the HVAC market on how airflow monitors improve building control, aid in meeting green building programs like LEED, and prove compliance to building codes and ASHRAE standards.

David joined the HVAC industry and ASHRAE in 1986, 4th generation in the HVAC industry.  He joined Comfort Supply, Inc. in 1986 and became President in 1992.  He pioneered the use of ductless split systems in Western PA, tri-state area starting in 1989, was instrumental in the installation of the First VRF system installed in United States in 1993 and pioneered commercial use of VRF systems in Western PA, tri-state area beginning in 2001.  He has been a voting member of the ASHRAE VRF committee (TC8.7) since 2010 and assisted in the writing of the VRF chapter in the ASHRAE Handbook. Presented multiple VRF topics at local and national ASHRAE chapters, extensively involved in support and application assistance with over 2000 VRF projects since 2001 and has presented over 200 VRF design and application classes for Engineers and Contractors since 2001.

Joshua is from the Charleston, WV area.  He attended West Virginia University and graduated in the December 2016 with a B.S. in Industrial Management Systems Engineering.  He joined the Trane team in January 2017 as a Systems Sales Engineer.  He attended Trane’s Graduate Program in the Fall of 2017, and works out of the Trane office in Charleston, WV.

Tom Kolsun is a Strategic Accounts Manager of Aircuity, where he is responsible for developing campus wide, airside efficiency programs for the largest operators of research space on the East Coast.  These airside efficiency programs frequently result in the facility’s most impactful single conservation measure as well as significantly reducing O&M and deferred maintenance costs.  Tom has over 25 years of experience in the building industry focused on systems serving commercial facilities with a primary focus on technical sales, system design, and project management.  Prior to joining Aircuity, he had over 15 years of wide-ranging entrepreneurial experience primarily in the commercial construction field as founder and president of two technology related companies.  Tom is a graduate of the University of Maryland.  He is the president and co-founder of the PA/NJ/DE chapter of the International Institute for Sustainable Labs, is active in the Associations of Energy Engineers, Physical Plant Administrators of Universities and Colleges, and the US Green Building Council.

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Jason is a registered Professional Engineer in New York State with 9 years of experience as a consulting engineer.  He has been a mechanical equipment representative for more than 20 years and has been with LG as a Regional/Senior Sales Engineer for the past 5 years.

Alan Niles is a mechanical engineer with over 29 years of experience working for manufacturers of commercial water source heat pumps (WSHPs) and ground loop heat pumps (GLHPs) concentrating on commercial tower/boiler system design and commercial geo-exchange system design. Since 2009, he has been at WaterFurnace International, a manufacturer of commercial 6 Pipe Modular Heat Recovery Chillers and commercial Water Loop and Ground Loop Heat Pumps. Alan Niles is currently in his second two-year term as a Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE, speaking on the topics of economics and design of commercial ground loop systems. In 2013, Alan Niles’ article “Net-Energy Water Loops,” published in the August edition of HPAC (Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning) Engineering, introduces the use of the water loop systems as the integral building block for a building-wide net zero energy system. And in March 2015, cosponsored by HPAC Engineering, Alan held a nation-wide webinar on the use of the net energy water loop combined with simultaneous chilled water/hot water production using 6 pipe heat recovery chillers to achieve net zero energy goals.

Matt is a native of South Charleston and currently resides in the Charleston area.  He graduated in 2006 from West Virginia University with a Bachelor's Degree. He has a background in HVAC contracting and equipment sales, and joined Air Mechanical Sales in September 2017 as a Sales Engineer to handle the state of West Virginia.

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