InsideIQ Conducts Productive Member Conference

Dec. 6, 2016
InsideIQ Member companies stay on the forefront of Technology innovation and system integration to benefit each customer

Electing new leadership, previewing the organization’s new website, exploring the latest trends in smart building technology and contributing to members in need were highlights of the recent InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance Fall Meeting held in Savannah, Ga.

InsideIQ is an international alliance of independent building automation contractors who are trusted, local experts in building automation and systems integration.

Scott Derby will seek the industry's 'best and brightest' in expanding InsideIQ membership.

“InsideIQ begins a new year with a full slate of committed, enthusiastic leaders in place and ready to guide the organization and our member companies to further achievements in applying advanced building automation technology,” said Scott Derby, newly elected president of the Alliance and vice president and partner with SmartEdge, Buffalo, N.Y. “As president, my priorities this year include continuing membership expansion by drawing from the best and brightest industry leaders in the world. I also want to ensure the newly approved Affiliate Membership program for companies serving our industry gets off the ground quickly and is successful. Lastly, I want to increase our sharing of industry trends and best practices. Our members have so much to offer each other and time spent during the Fall Meeting learning from one another was a highlight of the event.”

New board officer Daryld Karloff, executive vice president, Building Services at Baker Group, Des Moines, Iowa,  will serve as secretary of the Alliance. Returning board officers include Jerry Jannicelli, president of Technical Building Services, Inc., Ballston Spa, N.Y., who will serve this year as vice president and chair of the Ways and Means Committee; and treasurer Kent James, vice president of Control Technologies, Lubbock, Tex.

Continuing their service as chairmen on the InsideIQ board are:

  • Technical Committee: Shad Buhlig, president of Automatic Controls Engineering, Hayward, Calif.
  • Marketing Committee: Chuck Kopocis, vice president, Control Services, Inc., Omaha, Neb.
  • Business Development Committee: Charlie Sabean, vice president, Modern Systems Management Ltd., Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
  • Operations Committee; Bob Socks, vice president of Control Systems Inc., Hagerstown, Md.
  • Past President: Leroy Walden, vice president of McKenney’s Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
  • Education Committee: Dean Welch, vice president of Climate Systems Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.

“As a volunteer organization, InsideIQ board members are first and foremost leaders of independent, local building automation companies dedicated to providing excellent solutions and service for their customers,” Derby said. “We dedicate the time to serve InsideIQ because of the value membership and participation provides. A collaborative organization, our members share ideas and best practices so that our companies can provide best-in-breed products and solutions to our customers.”

The InsideIQ Fall Meeting was the first opportunity members had to view the Alliance’s redesigned website. The new site — which is live HERE — emphasizes finding a controls contractor, joining InsideIQ as a member or an employee, and sponsorship opportunities.

Another highlight of the event was a presentation on the impact of intelligent building technology on commercial real estate by Jim Young, founder of Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization that produces conferences on technology, intelligent buildings and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry.

Attendees also learned about the latest control products through a New Product Showcase featuring: Platinum Sponsors, Schneider Electric, Vykon by Tridium and Kele; Gold Sponsors; Belimo Air Controls and Optimum Energy; Silver Sponsors; Alps Controls, Connect-Air Wire and Cable, Functional Devices, Jonas Construction Software, Lutron Electronics, Walker Reid Strategies and Windy City Wire; Bronze Sponsors; Building Automation Products (BAPI), Dwyer Instruments, Optigo Networks, Veris Industries and Viewpoint Construction Software.

InsideIQ committed proceeds from the gathering to the furtherance of the Girls Scouts of America, which was founded in the event’s host city, Savannah, Ga. In addition, the alliance generated more than $17,000 through a GoFundMe campaign in support of member firm Louisiana Controls and its employees, many of whom suffered losses during the recent flooding in and around Baton Rouge, La.

InsideIQ welcomed back to the organization two former members: Wadsworth Solutions, Cleveland, Oh. and Long Building Technologies, Littleton, Colo.