Newark, NJ

E360 Forum—Newark, NJ

Prepare for Changes Coming to Our Industry

On August 24, 2016, Emerson Climate Technologies hosted a day-long E360 Forum at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. Comprised of more than 100 commercial refrigeration industry stakeholders from several disciplines, it marked the tenth E360 event since the program’s inception in 2014. The event consisted of informative keynote presentations and expert-led breakout discussions on various topics of concern in food retail and foodservice segments.

Visit E360 Resources page to access speaker presentations. To view E360 Forum sessions from Newark or other previous events, please visit our YouTube channel.

Who Should Attend?

  • ​Consultants
  • Convenience​ Store End Users
  • Energy Managers
  • Foodservice End Users
  • Service Providers
  • ​Contractors
  • Distributors
  • Facility Managers
  • OEMs
  • Supermarket End Users

If you have questions, you can email us at e360.climate@emerson.com

Agenda

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast available until 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided from Noon to 1 p.m..

8:30 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Topics​ Presenters​
Introduction and Opening Remarks Bob Labbett, vice president — refrigeration communications & channel marketing
Emerson Climate Technologies
​E360: Addressing the Challenges Facing the Refrigeration Industry ​Don Newlon, vice president/general manager — refrigeration marketing
Emerson Climate Technologies
​Top HVACR Industry Issues in an Election Year ​Jon Melchi, vice president of government affairs & business development, HARDI
​Setting Your Business Apart Through Industry Certification ​Valerie Briggs, director, marketing and business development, NATE
​Navigating the Changes With Refrigerants ​Kurt Knapke, vice president engineering & electronics
Emerson Climate Technologies
​How Trends and Technology Will Impact Retailers ​Dean Landeche, vice president of marketing — retail solutions
Emerson Climate Technologies
CO2 Systems: Trends, Benefits and ROI ​Derek Gosselin, technical sales manager — systems division
Hillphoenix
​System Upgrades That Impact Sustainable Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings ​Andre Patenaude, director — CO2 business development, Emerson Climate Technologies
Darren Cooper, president
Renteknik Group
​Understanding Leak Detection and Implementing Effective Programs ​John Wallace, director — innovation, retail solutions
Emerson Climate Technologies
​How Can Refrigeration Architecture Help Improve Operating Efficiencies? ​Howell Feig, national sales manager, AHT Cooling Systems USA
Understanding Applications for Alternate Refrigerants ​Jason Prenger, director - refrigeration engineering, Emerson Climate Technologies
How to Meet 2017/2020 Energy Regulations Allen Wicher, director, marketing — foodservice, Emerson Climate Technologies
Ani Jayanth, foodservice marketing manager
Emerson Climate Technologies
​The Case for R-290 Allen Wicher, director, marketing — foodservice, Emerson Climate Technologies
Mike Saunders, senior lead innovation technologist
 Emerson Climate Technologies​
​Enterprise Management & Communicating Kitchens Paul Hepperla, director — new solutions development for foodservice & product management — enterprise services
Emerson Climate Technologies
Dean Landeche, vice president of marketing — retail solutions
Emerson Climate Technologies​

* Breaks Held: 10:00-10:15 a.m.; 1:40-1:50 p.m.; 2:30-2:40 p.m; 3:20-3:30 p.m.
Industrial Track: 1:50-2:00 p.m.; 2:50-3:00 p.m.

Track 3: Optimizing Energy Efficiency in Industrial
(Bergen, Essex & Hudson)
11:30 a.m. Registration

Introduction to Combined Heat and Power Matt Lensink, chief operating officer
CEM Engineering
​Project Certainty: Achieving Top Quartile Project Performance Through Proven Methodologies ​Dennis Doody, director — engineering and project management, Vilter Manufacturing
Emerson Climate Technologies
​Natural Refrigerant Alternatives for the Industrial Marketplace ​Antonio De Lourdes, Senior Project Engineering (R & D), Vilter Manufacturing
Emerson Climate Technologies
Andre Patenaude, director — CO2 business development
Emerson Climate Technologies

6 p.m. — 8 p.m.: Welcome Dinner (Aug. 23)

​Welcome Dinner Salon E

A welcome dinner, the night prior to the E360 Forum, will kick off the event. We hope you can join us for an opportunity to mingle with fellow attendees and presenters.

4 p.m. — 6 p.m.: Networking Reception (Aug. 24)

​Networking Reception Elizabeth Ballroom — Salon F, G, H

A networking reception from 4-6 p.m. will follow immediately after the final breakout sessions have concluded. Food and drinks will be provided, and you'll have a chance to visit with the event's presenters and network with your peers.

Hotel Accomodations

To contact the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel or make accommodations for your stay, use the following information.

 

1000 Spring Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908) 436-4600

Renaissance Newark

Trans​​portation

Complimentary airport shuttle service (hotel is located approximately 3 miles from the airport)

Session Descriptions

E360: Addressing the Challenges Facing the Refrigeration Industry
Presenter: Don Newlon, Vice President/General Manager — Refrigeration Marketing, Emerson Climate Technologies

Our industry continues to prepare for looming EPA refrigerant delistings and DOE energy reduction regulations. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to solve the challenges posed by these changes. Don Newlon will discuss how these dynamics helped drive the developments of the E360 program and The Helix Innovation Center. He will explore how your company can utilize these resources to better face these issues and also provide the latest update and proposed timelines on the ever-changing regulatory landscape.

Top HVACR Industry Issues in an Election Year
Presenter: Jon Melchi, Vice President of Government Affairs & Business Development, HARDI

As President Obama finishes his last year in the White House, regulatory agencies are finishing a flurry of activity, which is impacting not only the products we sell, but how we run and operate our businesses. In this session, Jon Melchi, HARDI vice president of government affairs and business development, will cover regulatory actions by the Department of Energy (efficiency standards, the latest on dry charge), the EPA (SNAP and changes to the 608 program), and update attendees on legislation impacting the HVACR industry and the latest activity on Capitol Hill.

Setting Your Business Apart Through Industry Certification
Presenter: Valerie Briggs, Director, Marketing and Business Development, NATE

With the need for qualified, trained technicians in the U.S. and Canada growing, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) has aimed to meet this need. Since 1997, NATE has certified the professional competence of HVACR technicians who have successfully completed its rigorous exams. NATE graduates learn several aspects of diagnostic troubleshooting and system implementation, making them invaluable to operations. Join Valerie Briggs, NATE’s director of marketing and business development, as she reviews the organization’s history and discusses how certification helps set businesses apart while helping stem the tide of unqualified technicians in the industry.

Navigating the Changes With Refrigerants
Presenter: Kurt Knapke, Vice President Engineering & Electronics, Emerson Climate Technologies

The refrigeration equipment supply chain prepares for the DOE’s energy reduction mandates for stand-alone refrigeration systems in 2017 while continuing to monitor the EPA’s ongoing refrigerant delisting initiatives. Kurt Knapke will discuss the effects that equipment development, performance and handling requirements will have upon operators. Attendees will also learn about alternative synthetic refrigerants that promise lower global warming potential, as well as the re-emergence of natural options such as propane and CO2.

How Trends and Technology Will Impact Retailers
Presenter: Dean Landeche, Vice President of Marketing — Retail Solutions, Emerson Climate Technologies

Now more than ever, consumers demand to know where their food comes from, and which regulatory protocols are in place to ensure its freshness. As such, retailers must find opportunities to create a future with greater transparency. The Food Safety Modernization Act includes new requirements related to food quality, safety and integrity from retailers and at stores. Historically, numerous processes, ownership transactions and logistics complexities have created a fragmented tracking environment. Dean Landeche will analyze the relationship between food retail sales and consumer transparency. By better leveraging or extending existing retail systems to harvest and using facility data to demonstrate engagement in “fresh and sustainable” farming methodologies, food retailers may generate a competitive advantage that results in increased sales and customer loyalty.

Introduction to Combined Heat and Power (Industrial Track)
Speaker: Matt Lensink, chief operating officer, CEM Engineering

Matt Lensink, chief operating officer of CEM Engineering, will break down the myriad advantages — both financial and energy — of adopting combined heat and power (aka cogeneration) in applications with a high demand for steam and hot water or hot air. He will discuss the methods by which operators could utilize CHP to help achieve maximum operational efficiency and cite several real-world case studies where CHP was used to lower operational expenditures and reduce energy while improving reliability.

Project Certainty: Achieving Top Quartile Project Performance Through Proven Methodologies (Industrial Track)
Speaker: Dennis Doody, director — engineering and project management, Vilter Manufacturing, Emerson Climate Technologies

Process industry project teams face daily challenges related to technical complexity and a shortage of experienced workers. These create a thorny environment for integrated project execution — requiring a solution that defies traditional thinking to provide dependable implementation and strong bottom-line results. Emerson’s Project Certainty approach provides a path to superior project performance by eliminating cost, accommodating late changes and reducing complexity. It’s an approach built on industry expertise and success.

Dennis Doody of Vilter’s Project Management Office will discuss in detail how Vilter tackles the technical projects other companies won’t — or simply can’t. Attendees will first get a historical look of large-project business and then learn how Vilter’s combination of planning, communication and focus on customer success can be used to help reduce project complexity and mitigate risk. In addition, a Vilter case study will show attendees the company’s step-by-step work in action. If you’d like to know how to better smoothly move your next “request for quote” to an operational site, be sure to attend this informative session.

Natural Refrigerant Alternatives for the Industrial Marketplace (Industrial Track)
Speaker: Antonio De Lourdes, Senior Project Engineering (R&D), Vilter Manufacturing, Emerson Climate Technologies
Speaker: Andre Patenaude, director — CO2 business development, Emerson Climate Technologies

After proving its effectiveness in commercial refrigeration applications for more than a decade, CO2-based refrigeration is quickly emerging as a viable alternative in the industrial marketplace. In this timely presentation, Antonio De Lourdes and Andre Patenaude will explore the drivers behind this transition, including: changes in the regulatory landscape; the many benefits of using CO2 as a refrigerant; and the different system architectures that are most applicable in industrial applications, such as subcritical (cascade) and transcritical CO2 systems. You’ll also learn how ammonia is still being used effectively in industrial applications in combination with CO2 by reducing its charge and moving it out of occupied spaces to mitigate safety concerns.

​CO2 Systems: Trends, Benefits and ROI
Presenter: Derek Gosselin, technical sales manager — systems division, Hillphoenix

When you look at the energy footprint of a typical supermarket, it’s no surprise that the refrigeration industry has been tasked with improving energy efficiencies. One supermarket requires a charge of 3,500 pounds for its refrigeration system. Twenty-five percent of that refrigerant is lost to leakage, resulting in the CO2 emissions equivalent of operating 330 passenger cars. Annually, a typical supermarket also produces nearly 3 million pounds of CO2 from electricity consumption, 60 percent of which can be attributed to refrigeration equipment. With roughly 40,000 supermarkets in the U.S. alone, it’s easy to see why regulations have been drafted to cut energy consumption, lower GWP refrigerants, and reduce both refrigerant charge and leakage. Derek Gosselin will explore the trends in system architecture that are helping to accomplish these goals, including current options, trials and research in systems that utilize CO2 as a natural refrigerant and R407A as a lower GWP alternative.

Understanding Applications for Alternate Refrigerants
Presenter: Jason Prenger, director — refrigeration engineering, Emerson Climate Technologies

The EPA’s approval of several new lower-GWP refrigerants through its recent SNAP rulings has operators wondering which ones would best suit the needs of their businesses. Several refrigerants have already proven to increase energy efficiency in reach-ins, walk-ins, freezers and vending machines, but can they work reliably in compressors? Jason Prenger will head a discussion exploring the capacity and efficiency performance of various lower-GWP A1 refrigerants. He will also review which challenges the new refrigerants pose by compression technology and options to mitigate those challenges.

System Upgrades That Impact Sustainable Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings
Presenter: Andre Patenaude, director — CO2 business development, Emerson Climate Technologies
Presenter: Darren Cooper, president, Renteknik Group

When a $21 billion Canadian grocery chain sought ways to cut back on their rising energy costs, they turned to the Renteknik Group. The Renteknik Group analyzed data using its ClimaCheck system to quickly identify where the grocer could save energy. It was ascertained that Emerson Climate Technologies’ equipment and expertise would be necessary for the task. Andre Patenaude and Darren Cooper will discuss how both organizations worked to evaluate how energy was consumed at the grocery; determine which equipment would provide the greatest operational efficiencies; and their collaboration in implementing a long-term sustainable plan for energy savings for the client.

Understanding Leak Detection and Implementing Effective Programs
Presenter: John Wallace, director — innovation, retail solutions, Emerson Climate Technologies

As the regulatory landscape continues to shift around the commercial refrigeration industry, retailers and contractors are under increasing pressure to reduce — and even eliminate — refrigerant leaks. Did you know that more than 35 percent of all leaks are caused by racks? Do you know where else in your facility leaks can occur? Knowing where leaks occur is just part of the solution; learning how and why they do is just as important as detecting and eliminating them. Join John Wallace as he discusses: what an effective leak detection program looks like and the benefits of putting such a program in place; an overview of the regulatory environment related to leak detection; and current leak detection technologies, including tips on how to get the best results.

How Can Refrigeration Architecture Help Improve Operating Efficiencies?
Presenter: Howell Feig, national sales manager, AHT Cooling Systems USA

With the implementation of both Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency regulations soon to occur, operators need to understand every potential option for improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon footprint. Join Howell Feig as he discusses why using R-290 (propane) makes good business and environmental sense in self-contained equipment; which case classifications are currently available and/or will be available shortly; how you can easily connect multiple cases to a water loop with an external condenser/dry cooler for heat removal; options for utilizing heat removal; how components can connect in a monitoring system; and natural refrigeration design flexibility for retail environments.

How to Meet 2017/2020 Energy Regulations
Presenter: Allen Wicher, director, marketing — foodservice, Emerson Climate Technologies
Presenter: Ani Jayanth, foodservice marketing manager, Emerson Climate Technologies

The foodservice industry is currently being influenced by the Department of Energy regulating energy consumption for walk-in coolers and freezers; reach-in, self-contained systems; and ice machines; each having a compliance date. Allen Wicher and Ani Jayanth will address the implications of this regulation and moderate a discussion on how to achieve compliance. Both individuals will explore channel impact, testing procedures to compliance calculations and system improvement levers.

The Case for R-290
Presenter: Allen Wicher, director, marketing — foodservice, Emerson Climate Technologies
Presenter: Mike Saunders, senior lead innovation technologist, Emerson Climate Technologies

The use of propane (R-290) as a refrigerant has been the subject of much debate since it was first introduced more than a century ago. Often regarded as too risky for commercial refrigeration and air conditioning applications, R-290 has been largely ignored in the U.S. in favor of seemingly safer refrigerant options. But as CFCs and HFCs have become the targets of environmental regulations in recent decades, the low global warming potential (GWP) of R-290 has brought the natural refrigerant back to the forefront. In this informative session, Allen Wicher and Mike Saunders will closely examine the case of R-290, exploring its re-emerging potential while pointing out the challenges to its widespread adoption. You'll learn: why the European Union has embraced R-290 as a low-GWP alternative; how its performance efficiencies and thermodynamic properties are equivalent to R-22; and why some national retailers have recently approved R-290 in smaller, low-charge applications. Wicher and Saunders will also discuss the biggest obstacles to U.S. adoption of R-290 and address the common misconceptions about the sometimes controversial refrigerant to help you w​ith your risk-reward analysis.

Enterprise Management and Communicating Kitchens
Presenter: Paul Hepperla, Director — New Solutions Development for Foodservice and Product Management — Enterprise Services, Emerson Climate Technologies
Presenter: Dean Landeche, Vice President of Marketing, Retail Solutions, Emerson Climate Technologies

Retailers today are presented with opportunities to enable their kitchen equipment to “communicate” and achieve efficiency gains, energy insights, maintenance improvements and increased revenue. This session will discuss this emerging trend and the value of connected kitchen equipment, including: alerts to indicate the potential of downtime; reductions in energy consumption through visibility to equipment use; the ability to schedule patterns; and the utilization of menu and firmware changes to capture new revenue opportunities without over-taxing store personnel. Paul Hepperla and Dean Landeche are uniquely qualified to address these topics. Serving Emerson’s retail clients, Paul oversees the ideation, creation and deployment of new enterprise software and services solutions. Their insights will help retailers and manufacturers begin the process of setting up a communicating kitchen.

Presenter Bios

Valerie Briggs
Director, Marketing and Business Development
NATE

As director of marketing and business development for North American Technician Excellence (NATE), Valerie Briggs oversees business development, advertising, marketing and public relations activities for the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. She also serves as NATE’s staff liaison on its marketing committee, which is comprised of numerous industry professionals and subject matter experts who volunteer their time to support the advancement of technician certification in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

Prior to joining NATE, Briggs worked as senior director of external communications and marketing outreach for the National Community Pharmacists Association, a national health care trade association representing the interests of the owners of more than 23,000 independent retail pharmacies. She was previously responsible for marketing and training for the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program, a health care and employment program for people with disabilities, and in the late 1990’s worked as a marketing manager for The Community PhoneBook, handling media, marketing and promotional opportunities for 135 community telephone directories published in 11 states.

Briggs earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce, marketing and management from the University of Virginia. In addition, she earned an MBA and a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Maryland University College.

Darren Cooper
President
Renteknik Group

Darren Cooper is the president of Renteknik Group, an energy engineering consultancy based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. He is a licensed professional engineer with more than 20 years of experience in energy efficiency and energy management; renewable energy technologies; construction; and engineering. His expertise covers the following realms: building and system commissioning; recommissioning and retro-commissioning; energy efficiency and optimization for cooling and refrigeration systems; energy audits; lighting audits; conservation and LEED consulting; and renewable technologies such as solar thermal and cooling.

He is a LEED® AP and Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) and a member of both ASHRAE and the Association of Energy Engineers.

Darren graduated from the University of Dundee with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Antonio De Lourdes
Senior Project Engineer (R&D)
Vilter Manufacturing, Emerson Climate Technologies

Antonio De Lourdes is the senior project engineer (R&D), Vilter Manufacturing for Emerson Climate Technologies. In this role, he is responsible for developing Vilter’s total CO2 solution for the industrial marketplace. He is the lead product engineer for Vilter’s reciprocating compressors and possesses more than five years of career industrial refrigeration experience.

Antonio has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in new product development from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is an active member of IIAR and is a voting member of its CO2 Handbook Committee.

Dennis Doody
Director — Engineering and Project Management Office
Vilter Manufacturing, Emerson Climate Technologies

Dennis Doody has been with Emerson/Vilter for more than six years. He is currently leading Vilter’s Project Management Office (PMO) that includes their customized Engineer to Order projects. He was instrumental in developing and executing Vilter’s project management methodology and quote to cash process. Prior to leading their PMO team, Dennis was responsible for managing the manufacturing of Vilter’s NFPA 70E motor starters for new construction and the retrofit markets.

Dennis also has career experience as a sales representative for Graybar Electric, where he was responsible for cultivating relationships and growing sales, with a focus on automation and control products in the industrial, commercial and original equipment manufacturer markets.

Dennis is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and also completed his electrical apprenticeship through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union #134 Chicago.

Howell Feig
National Sales Manager
AHT Cooling Systems USA

Howell Feig is currently the national sales manager for AHT Cooling Systems USA. He has been with the company since it entered the North American market in 2005, and has helped the organization in marketing, sales and identifying retail market needs. During his tenure at AHT, Howell has been on the forefront of introducing the North American market to energy savings, natural refrigerants and building alternative food retail environments.

Along with his expertise in sales and marketing, he also has valuable career experience in operations and supply chain.

Howell earned a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing from the College of Charleston.

Derek Gosselin
Technical Sales Manager — Systems Division
Hillphoenix

With more than 25 years of HVACR industry experience, Derek Gosselin currently serves as the technical sales manager — Systems Division for Hillphoenix, a Dover Company, located in Conyers, Ga.

Derek began his career as a store planner at Associated Grocers of New England in Manchester, N.H., before joining Tyler Refrigeration as its New England district sales manager. After logging more than 10 years in the position, he was eventually promoted to national account manager there, where he worked for another 10 years. In 2009 as part of the Hillphoenix acquisition of Tyler, Derek joined Hillphoenix as a national account manager before moving into operations as a systems division product manager with a focus on business and product development. With the recent trends in the industry, he has moved into the position of technical sales manager to support the promotion and education for the application of new technologies.

Derek received a degree in architectural engineering from New Hampshire Technical College and attended product management courses at Georgia Tech.

Paul Hepperla
New Solutions Development for Foodservice and Product Management — Enterprise Services
Emerson Climate Technologies

In Paul Hepperla’s current role as director of new solutions development, he is charged with identifying new opportunities and markets as well as the ideation, creation and deployment of new enterprise software and services solutions for Emerson’s retail clients.

Prior to joining Emerson, Paul was vice president of corporate and product strategy for Verisae, Inc., and served in previous roles with SUPERVALU, Xcel Energy, Johnson Controls and Building Automation Products, Inc.

Paul holds a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from St. Louis University.

Ani Jayanth
Foodservice Marketing Manager
Emerson Climate Technologies

Ani Jayanth started his career at Emerson Climate Technologies in 2003 as an engineering co-op and started his professional career with the company in 2008. During that time, Ani has gained considerable experience in manufacturing, operations, product engineering and sales.

He graduated cum laude from Kettering University with an engineering degree and recently completed his MBA with The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Kurt Knapke
Vice President, Engineering & Electronics
Emerson Climate Technologies

Kurt Knapke began his career with Emerson Climate Technologies as an engineering co-op in 1997. He has since held positions of increasing responsibility at both Emerson Climate Technologies  and Emerson in engineering, marketing, sales and product planning, including: manager — supermarket & electronics programs; director — end user sales; director — compressor electronics; and director — product planning & electronics development. In his current role of vice president, engineering & electronics, he leads the organization’s integration of electronics and refrigeration compressors.

Kurt has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo and both a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s of business administration from the University of Dayton.

Dean Landeche
Vice President of Marketing — Retail Solutions
Emerson Climate Technologies

Dean M. Landeche is vice president of marketing for Emerson Climate Technologies Retail Solutions. In his role at Emerson, Landeche is responsible for leading the global marketing efforts for controls, connectivity, monitoring, services and insights for the Food Retail, Foodservice, Commercial Building and Transportation industries.;

Landeche has more than 30 years of experience in general management, communication and marketing leadership roles within leading foodservice equipment organizations. Prior to his current role at Emerson, Landeche has served as executive vice president of Manitowoc KitchenCare, the aftermarket business for Manitowoc Foodservice. He has also served as senior vice president of marketing for Manitowoc Foodservice, and vice president of marketing for Enodis Foodservice, and Hobart. Outside of the foodservice industry, Landeche has held marketing and communication leadership roles with Alcoa Building Products, General Electric Plastics and Louisiana State University.

Landeche has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles with NAFEM, MAFSI and FCSI. He’s been recognized by B2B Marketing magazine as a “Top 10 Marketer of the Year”, and has received the prestigious William A. Marsteller Marketing Leadership Award from the Business Marketing Association (BMA) and Business Week magazine.

Landeche holds a bachelor’s of art degree in journalism from Louisiana State University along with graduate-level studies in public relations and communication management.

Matt Lensink
Chief Operating Officer
CEM Engineering

Matt Lensink is the chief operating officer of CEM Engineering, responsible for the development and schematic design of natural gas-fired cogeneration projects for the company’s industrial and institutional clients. During his time with CEM, Matt has been instrumental in supporting its clients with the development of more than 25 MW of embedded cogeneration projects.

He spent the first four years of his career with a leading biogas design-build firm, where he was responsible for the development of 12 biogas-based combined heat and power (CHP) facilities throughout Canada.

Matt graduated from McMaster University with a degree in mechanical engineering and management.

Jon Melchi
Vice President of Government Affairs & Business Development
HARDI

Jon Melchi is the vice president of government affairs & business development for Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI). Since joining HARDI in 2010, Melchi has provided a voice for distributors in the legislative and regulatory communities of Washington and various state capitals. He currently serves as the government affairs columnist for two industry publications and has served as an information resource for industry partners. In 2012, Melchi was named an industry “Newsmaker” by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration News.

In 2014, Jon represented HARDI throughout the Regional Standards petition, negotiations and settlement and is respected as a leading authority on regional standards policy. He also led HARDI’s engagement with the EPA on refrigerant regulations and launched HARDI’s political action committee, HARDIPAC. He achieved record participation for HARDI’s congressional fly-in, and as an ambassador for HVACR distribution, significantly increased the voice of HARDI’s members on Capitol Hill.

Jon has more than 10 years of political campaign and government relations experience prior to joining HARDI.

Melchi earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from The Ohio State University.

Don Newlon
V.P./G.M., Refrigeration Marketing
Emerson Climate Technologies

Don Newlon has been leading strategic change in the HVACR industry for 23 years, with career highlights spanning U.S. and international marketing, and product and general management. With a core background in engineering, Don has brought executive leadership to four of Emerson’s most successful, $100M global growth platforms. He currently leads the development and execution of refrigeration marketing, customer and technology initiatives, and technical and educational services.

Since beginning his career as an engineering co-op, Don has been instrumental in the implementation of many of Emerson’s key initiatives, including: launching Emerson’s first Copeland Scroll™ compressors in transportation and refrigeration; overseeing the development and promotion of Glacier scroll and Copeland Discus™ platforms; providing general management for the CopelandBitzer joint venture; and leading product and channel market management in residential and commercial air conditioning for the rapidly growing Asia Pacific region.

Don holds a BSME from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from The Ohio State University.

Andre Patenaude, C.E.T.
Director — CO2 Business Development
Emerson Climate Technologies

Andre Patenaude, director of CO2 business development at Emerson Climate Technologies, is responsible for developing the global strategy around the company’s CO2 industry stewardship, marketing initiatives, and channel training as it relates to CO2 refrigeration systems.

Previously, Andre led Emerson’s Canadian market strategy, planning and implementation of programs for its refrigeration and air conditioning business. In total, he possesses 31 years of marketing, sales, and technical service experience working directly with end users, contractors, wholesalers and OEMs.

Jason Prenger
Director — Refrigeration Engineering
Emerson Climate Technologies

Jason Prenger has more than 17 years of professional experience in the HVACR industry. During this time, he’s worked at Emerson in various roles, including engineering, operations and marketing. He currently serves as engineering director in refrigeration, where he is responsible for new product development for hermetic, semi-hermetic and scroll technologies.

Jason earned both a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Dayton.

Mike Saunders
Senior Lead Innovation Technologist
Emerson Climate Technologies

Mike Saunders has more than 21 years of career experience in refrigeration product development and support. His current role has him working at Emerson’s new Helix Innovation Center on the University of Dayton campus, focusing on innovation in the food retail and foodservice spaces. Rather than concentrating on individual components in these environments, he helps develop solutions to problems that exist within the entire scope of supermarket and foodservice operations, analyzing and evaluating ideas that evolve from the collaborative process at The Helix.

Mike holds both a B.S. and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho.

John Wallace
Director — Innovation, Retail Solutions
Emerson Climate Technologies

John Wallace is director of innovation, retail solutions at Emerson Climate Technologies. He has been active in the design and development of electronic control systems for more than 20 years and holds several patents related to the control of HVAC and refrigeration systems.

He is a member of ASHRAE and has served on many industry committees, including: the Lonmark Refrigeration committee; the Department of Energy’s Better Building Alliance; the NAFEM (North American Food Equipment Manufacturers) Data Protocol standardization committee, which he currently chairs; and the AHRI Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Electronics section.

Wallace graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and the University of Missouri with a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

Allen Wicher
Director, Marketing — Foodservice
Emerson Climate Technologies

In his role as director of marketing in foodservice, Allen Wicher is responsible for leading the business strategy and planning for growth in restaurants, convenience stores and commercial kitchens. Here, he leverages Emerson’s product and system solution development capabilities to support OEMs and end users.

Allen has more than 25 years of progressive experience at global manufacturing companies in B2B and B2C markets, crossing multiple channels and influencers. Prior to his current role, he was residential marketing director and business team lead for Rheem Manufacturing Company (HVACR and water heating), specializing in sales and market management, product and channel marketing, product development and regulatory affairs.

Allen received his BSME from the University of Hartford and an MBA from Cleveland State University.

 
 
 

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