EMA Board of Directors
Chris is a Principal in the Energy Solutions Group at Jacobs Engineering which focuses on commissioning and energy projects for clients across a diverse market. Chris has been with Jacobs since 2001 and has worked in commissioning & energy projects almost exclusively since 2002.
Chris has expertise in energy and mechanical audit and design, as well as construction and commissioning for the industrial, institutional, commercial, educational, health & research and retail sectors. Prior to Jacobs, Chris worked as an owner’s representative in construction management & engineering for JCPenney.
As the National Cx Director, Tim oversees Cx services for building types ranging from data centers to hospitals, hotels, government buildings, higher education, and many more. With 42+ years in the mechanical engineering field and 18+ directly in Cx, he performs mechanical Retro-Cx projects drive to lower energy costs with 3 years or less payback.
Tim knows how to help make buildings energy efficient as a matter of pride and professionalism.
Emmillee brings specialized experience managing IDIQ relationships with the Intelligence Community, Executive Branch, and facility management programs. The nature of these sensitive, ongoing, and often classified missions requires both expertise and attention to detail.
Emmillee has been able to administer contracts and manage multifaceted project requirements including mechanical, electrical, structural, architectural, fire protection, controls, energy management, raised floor, ATFP, security and communications expertise for surveys, studies, analysis, planning charettes, cost development, demolition, design, design-assist, and design-build/bid requirements.
With 25 years in the industry, Rick has brought a high level of management experience in the A/E/C industry, specifically in the HVACR sector. Rick has provided technical direction and support of the Commissioning directives, which includes creating standards, training and troubleshooting. He also has provided commissioning and construction services to meet the needs of the clients and supports the design services, and closely works with Project Managers.
Rick is directly responsible for assigning the Cx personnel, following and maintaining the Cx Process, reviewing and maintaining the staff required for projects, and maintaining the Quality of the Cx Process and services provided.
Kevin Brown is Vice President of Engineering at ABM. I still actively develop opportunities into self-funding solutions for our MUSH and Government clients but I also lead an excellent team of energy engineers and project developers scattered about the USA. I am a Licensed Professional Engineer concentrating on energy savings driven performance contracting.
Our focus is finding that “right” solution that balances a customer’s needs and wants with what can be funded through guaranteed energy savings. We are constantly looking for new energy conservation measures and better ways to bring value to our customers to help them fund their infrastructure needs.
Steve manages the day-to-day operations of the commissioning group, whose goals include improving the operation and performance of both new and existing buildings. The commissioning group aims for consistency and quality results, and is always looking for ways to improve its efficiency and showcase the benefits that it brings to our projects. That is accomplished through troubleshooting and solving problems with the design and construction teams, and then documenting projects as they are completed.
Among Steve’s accomplishments are forming the Energy Management Association. In addition to helping write the guidelines on the process, he was instrumental in developing a comprehensive exam to certify qualified providers.
Jim is president of Facility Commissioning Group in Lexington, Kentucky, a third-party independent commissioning provider firm founded in 1998 and solely dedicated to developing and implementing practical HVAC commissioning processes.
With 16 years of practical commissioning application experience, Jim is a Director and Past President of AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), and co-author of the ACG Commissioning Guideline for Building Owners, Design Professionals, and Commissioning Service Providers. He has 17 years of HVAC Test and Balance experienced and held a certified Test and Balance Engineer (TBE) with the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC).
Lorren has been involved in the construction industry since 1995. He has provided building commissioning and related services for a wide variety of industries and clients. Loren has been employed with a “contractor” role with building automation systems contractor, and a “designer” role for mechanical engineering consulting firms.
Experience in each of these roles has helped to provide him with insight and perspective into the challenges that each of these disciplines brings, as well as unique involvement with the commissioning industry.
Santu is the founder and principal in-charge of the MEP engineering services for S&S Engineering, Inc. Santu has extensive computer modeling experience especially for HVAC systems energy analysis and life cycle cost analysis for various buildings and is familiar with simulation and modeling tools such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFO) to study the effect of air temperature, velocity static pressure, etc. distribution in critical environmentally controlled spaces.
He has over 20 years varied design experience in educational, mixed-use, healthcare, commercial institutional and industrial projects.
With 42 years of professional experience, Al has worked on a broad range of building types, including educational, healthcare, and commercial facilities. He is well versed in the design and analysis of HVAC systems and providing engineering services, including planning, analysis and construction observation from project inception through construction administration.
His engineering expertise focuses on systems commissioning, energy analysis and energy auditing. He is currently an instructor for EMA’s EMP Seminar and O&M Training course for facility managers and engineers.
Immediate Past President
Bob Knoedler is a Vice President at Hanson Professional Services Inc. in Springfield, IL, and serves as the principal-in-charge for building commissioning and energy services both nationally and internationally.
He holds degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineering. His expertise is in the analysis, design and commissioning of mechanical (HVAC, plumbing, fire protection) and electrical (lighting and power distribution) building systems. He is active in EMA training and is currently an EMP Seminar instructor.