Board of Directors

Strong governance is provided to the Continental Automated Buildings Association through its highly-active Board of Directors.

Chairwoman



Debra Becker is the Connected Building Leader for Honeywell Building Solutions (HBS). Debra’s primary responsibility is to lead the strategic direction, business development, and sales for connected buildings. Previously, she was the Americas Construction Industry Leader and Americas Director of Global Business Operations for HBS where she led productivity and growth initiatives focused on lean process and sustainability solutions. Debra is faculty at the University of Minnesota, teaching “Sustainability for Construction Managers”. She serves on the board of the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) and is Chair of the Intelligent Buildings Council. Prior to Honeywell, Debra was Vice President, Special Projects at Adolfson & Peterson Construction where she led national initiatives, transitioning customers from construction to operations and maintenance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Debra is a LEED Accredited Professional, Associate member of the American Institute of Architects, and prior Board Member of WomenVenture in Minnesota.


Vice-Chairs



Steve Becker is the Global Leader of Open Innovation and Intellectual Property Strategy at Kimberly Clark Professional in Roswell, GA. He is responsible for establishing and managing external partnerships to support the commercialization of innovative products and solutions from Kimberly-Clark Professional. Steve has 20+ years of experience developing and protecting innovative solutions across a wide range of industries ranging from automotive, currency classification, and vending system management, to IoT systems, and various other network solutions. In his current role he also uses his vast systems engineering background to drive technology strategy across various product segments, including solutions in the intelligent buildings and smart homes sectors. Kimberly-Clark Professional partners with businesses to create Exceptional Workplaces* helping to make them safer, healthier, and more productive.

Raphael Imhof is Director, Technology & Portfolio Strategy for the Building Technologies Division at Siemens. Imhof leads the development and execution of the building technology portfolio across the Americas. With 20 years of experience in building control products and systems, Raphael drives the innovation strategy efforts for Siemens BT to enhance the integration of hardware and software platforms across the Siemens building automation, fire and security systems. In previous roles at Siemens, Raphael held various leadership positions in engineering, design architecture, and recently strategic marketing with both U.S. and global responsibilities. Raphael’s career has built his expertise in major building domains including HVAC, fire, security, energy management, Smart Grid, industrial integration, as well as the field engineering process of these solutions and related standards. Raphael holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer science from Switzerland, and an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.

Tom Semler is the Manager of Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) for Hydro One Networks, Ontario’s largest electricity utility. In his role Mr. Semler is responsible for the development and management of innovative customer CDM programs that focus on the commercial and industrial sector.  Prior to joining Hydro One Networks, Mr. Semler held various positions of responsibility in the technical as well as marketing areas for companies such as Osram Sylvania, and electricity utilities located in Ontario. Mr. Semler started his career in the building technologies industry with Tridel Corporation, where he was responsible for the integration of building automation systems as well as the delivery of value added energy services within the luxury condominium market. A Certified Engineering Technologist and part time instructor at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he teaches Lighting Energy Management, Tom Semler has been active in the CDM and related fields for the past 24 years.

 

At-Large Board Members


Norman Adkins executive vice president and president of the Electrical Division at Southwire, which serves customers within the residential, commercial and industrial markets across the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Adkins joined Southwire in 1998 as director of international sales and manufacturing. He was named director of marketing in the Energy Division in 2001 and was subsequently promoted to vice president of sales and business development. In 2005, Adkins assumed the role of president of Southwire’s OEM Division. He later took the position of senior vice president of electrical distribution and retail sales. Prior to joining Southwire, Adkins worked at Corning Incorporated for 12 years in increasing levels of responsibility in diverse functional areas of engineering, operations, sales, marketing and international business development. Adkins graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1986. In 1992, Adkins completed his MBA with a concentration in finance and international business from the Stern School at New York University.

Jerine Ahmed is a Senior Engineer with Southern California Edison’s Design and Engineering Services group where he works with a group of technical professionals responsible for providing comprehensive engineering and energy solutions, design expertise, and project and program management services utilizing new and emerging technologies. Prior to his current role at Edison, Jerine was the program manager for the HVAC Technologies and System Diagnostics Advocacy Program. Jerine has over twenty years of broad based energy engineering experience working for manufacturer, consulting engineer, energy services company (ESCO) and electric and natural gas utilities. Jerine has been involved in managing energy efficiency programs, emerging technology assessments, energy efficiency codes and standards, energy analysis including computer modeling, project development, and construction support in a variety of energy efficiency and demand response projects. He has worked closely with regulatory agencies, manufacturers, construction managers, consultants, and subcontractors. His broad based experience extends to energy management systems (EMS), home-area networks, lighting systems, HVAC technologies, boilers, cogeneration and renewable power projects, chillers, performance contracting among others. Prior to joining Edison, Jerine worked in Sempra Energy Utilities in their emerging technologies program and also managed the Codes and Standards Program. Jerine is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and senior member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). He served as a voting committee member in ASHRAE Standard 90.1 on non-residential buildings. He graduated with Honors from Assam Engineering College, India in Mechanical Engineering.

James Brehm is Founder of James Brehm & Associates, a consulting and market intelligence firm.  An independent advisor and technology evangelist, James Brehm is a regular speaker at industry conferences and one of the leading voices on the state of the IoT and M2M market today. Mr. Brehm is a regular contributor to CNBC and is frequently quoted by media outlets such as Business Week, RCR Wireless, ComputerWorld, PC Magazine, and the San Jose Mercury News. Over the past decade, Mr. Brehm has spoken to various groups on topics including wireless services, mobile marketing and advertising, mobile content, VoIP, activation and provisioning, service creation, mobile apps, premium messaging, wireless security, fixed-mobile convergence, mobile broadband (LTE and WiMAX), the telecom regulatory environment and vertical market deployment of web-enabled services. .

Tucker Boren is the Business Intelligence leader for Acuity Brands. Tucker’s team is responsible for market, competitive, and customer intelligence, enabling fact-based decision-making across the Company’s Product, Vertical, Sales, and Senior Executive leadership teams. Prior to his current role, Tucker held Market Intelligence, Market Operations, and Market Management leadership roles at IBM with significant focus on emerging geographic markets and emerging technologies, including smart buildings and smart cities. Tucker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Arts Degree in Information Management from Webster University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Brandon Buckingham is the Director of Category Marketing for the Smart + Connected Business at Steelcase, the global leader in commercial office furniture. In his role, Brandon is responsible for the strategy, and ecosystem development that will enable the Smart + Connected office spaces of the future. Brandon holds his undergraduate degree in business, and has his MBA in Finance & Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and has worked across a variety of industries in varied leadership positions.

JP Camardo is Director, Strategic Marketing for Current, Powered by GE. Current combines energy-efficient LED lighting with connected sensors and controls to create intelligent environments that deliver energy efficiency, as well as powerful productivity outcomes. In his role, JP is responsible for Product, Vertical, and Channel marketing across Current’s portfolio of solutions. JP and his team also work closely with the independent software partners that provide apps which leverage data from Current to enable customers to understand, respond to, and predict changing aspects of their operations. Prior to his role at Current, Powered by GE, JP was with Danaher Corporation, where he held a number of commercial roles across several businesses, serving customers in industries such as Oil & Gas, Environmental Monitoring, and Automotive Tools & Equipment. JP earned a BBA in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from The Ohio State University.

Richard Campbell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kele, Inc. Kele is a leading global value-added distributor of building automation system (BAS) products and controls solutions serving the $50+ billion BAS market with over 400 brands and 1.8 million parts in stock that ship same-day. Kele’s value-added services include custom assemblies, panel fabrication, and technical support. Kele’s primary customers are controls contractors, mechanical contractors, and OEMs. Richard also serves on the board of Applied Systems Technologies, a distributor specializing in high quality aluminum piping systems for industrial applications. Richard began his career as a sales engineer with Trane working with mechanical engineers and contractors. Today he has over 30 years of experience in the commercial and industrial buildings space and has held various leadership roles with both Ingersoll Rand (IR) and Trane brands, including vice president of IR’s compressed air business in North America, vice president of product management for Trane’s unitary product portfolio globally, and vice president of Trane’s central territory in their North American field sales and service organization. Richard earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Janine Davison is a global strategist and business development professional at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for ecosystem development and go-to-market strategy for Intel in the Smart Buildings IoT vertical. With over 20 years of experience, Janine’s had multi-faceted success at transforming new and underdeveloped concepts into revenue generating products and services. Her team focuses on enabling the Internet of Things for the creation of connecting devices and data to the services to create Intelligent Buildings. This creates efficiencies and more control in buildings globally. The teams strategizes, co-develops and implements solutions with every element of the value chain, including OEMs, ODMs, distributors, solution integrators, solution providers and real estate/building owners.

Andrew Hardy is Vice President at NXP Semiconductors, and is the firm's IoT (Internet of Things), smart home and smart building business development leader for North and South America. His primary responsibility is to lead the company’s strategic program in sales, technical support and applications engineering for over 25,000 IoT customers across different markets and applications including consumer, smart home, transportation, smart cities and Industry 4.0. The program works cross-functionally across various business groups and aligns critical IoT technologies and expertise such as security, connectivity, processing and digital networking to drive the company’s growth. With over 15 years of semiconductor experience, Andrew joined NXP in 2014. Prior to this role, he held technical sales and strategy positions at Texas Instruments and Analog Devices. Andrew graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He received his Master’s Degree at Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University at North Carolina.

George Li is the Director of Global Partner at Huawei Enterprise Business Group, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider with products and solutions deployed in over 170 countries, serving more than one third of the world's population. In his role, Li leads the development and execution of joint innovative intelligent building and smart campus solution with Huawei's global partners, including Honeywell. The joint solution covers sensor/control, network (GPON, WiFi, eLTE, etc.), data center/cloud, platform (IoT, Big Data, etc.), application and analytics software that power both building and campus. His primary responsibility is to lead strategic marketing, joint solution design, sales enablement and alignment at Huawei, along with partnerships on a global scale. Previously, he was the Head of the Global Cloud Partnership of Huawei IT Product Line, developing joint cloud solution with partners in automation, orchestration, marketplace and cloud management domains, and driving the joint solution sales for the global market. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with major in Computational Mathematics and Application Software from Fudan University in China, and a Master’s degree in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University in Canada.

Zouheir Mansourati, Ph. D. is Vice President, Broadband Implementation at TELUS. Dr. Zouheir Mansourati joined the TELUS Technology Strategy team in November 2006 as vice president with a focus on commercializing technology and is now leading the national broadband implementation team. Before joining TELUS, Dr. Mansourati was CTO and vice president, product management at Olympus Microsystems America, Inc. (OMI) with responsibility for optical switching product management, marketing, and business development. Dr. Mansourati has 25 years experience in the telecommunications industry with expertise in the areas of voice switching systems, data communications, and IP/optical networking. Dr. Mansourati began his career at Bell‐Northern Research (BNR) where he spent 13 years and, in 2000, helped to launch Movaz Networks (optical transport and switching equipment supplier) where he occupied several senior executive roles in product management, customer network planning, and business development. Dr. Mansourati holds a Maîtrise ès Sciences Mathématiques from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, and M. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees in mathematics from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. He has authored numerous papers on optical networking and has been published by the Quarterly of Applied Mathematics and the Canadian Applied Mathematics Society. Zouheir is a member the American Mathematical Society, Optical Society of America, and IEEE.

Scott McBrayne is Senior Director, Building Intelligence at Cadillac Fairview Corporation. Mr. McBrayne leads the company's strategic approach on building renewal, capital programs which include sustainability and building efficiency programs.  McBrayne has held several positions over the past 24 years at Cadillac Fairview including portfolio operations and working in the Technology group. The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited is one of North America’s largest owners, operators and developers of commercial real estate. Cadillac Fairview focuses on developing and managing high quality office, retail and mixed-use properties in Canada and the United States, as well as international investments in real estate companies and investment funds. 

Jay McLellan oversees the Leviton Innovation Center in New Orleans, LA. Part of the Leviton Energy Management, Controls and Automation business unit, the Innovation Center is responsible for the development and sale of automation controllers, IoT lighting controls and internet controlled devices. Additionally, it is a Center of Excellence for app, web app, cloud and embedded systems development. McLellan co-founded Home Automation, Inc. (HAI) in 1985, and served as the company’s CEO and president until August 2012, when HAI was acquired by Leviton. McLellan is committed to the growth, recognition and advancement of the home and commercial automation industry. He has been an active member of CTA since 1989, when HAI was a charter member of the TechHome Division. He has taken on numerous leadership roles at CTA, including Chair of the TechHome Division, and vice-Chair, Chair and immediate past Chair of the Executive Board. McLellan has received numerous industry awards, including TechHome’s Leadership Award, CEPro magazine’s 10 Most Influential Industry Leaders of the Past 10 Years, and Frost & Sullivan’s Building Technologies CEO of the Year Award. McLellan currently serves on the CTA Board of Industry leaders and also as Vice Chair of the CABA Connected Home Council. McLellan earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. He resides in New Orleans with his wife and two daughters. Hobbies and interests include outdoor recreation and almost anything technical.

Kevin C. McNamara is Senior Vice President, LG Electronics USA, and head of LG’s U.S. air conditioning technologies division. Since January 2011, building on his three decades of experience in the U.S. HVAC industry, he has been overseeing LG’s commercial, light commercial and residential air conditioning business areas in the United States. At LG, he has built a dynamic team that is having significant and sustained impact on the U.S. HVAC industry. McNamara’s leadership in creating a strategy focused on tailoring business plans to individual markets has been key to the skyrocketing growth trajectory for LG’s variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology in the United States. Reflecting his important role in growing the U.S. air conditioning business, he was named LG Electronics “2015 B2B Person of the Year.” McNamara earned his bachelor’s degree in Business at Niagara University in New York and attended the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C. He is a member of the LG Global Advisory Board.

Jocelyn Millette is Manager, in charge of the building energy-use technology research group at Hydro-Québec. Focusing on energy-use technologies, LTE, the Hydro-Québec research institute's energy technology laboratory, puts technological innovation to work for the company's customers. Located in Shawinigan, the laboratory brings together the expertise of some 60 specialists in building energetics and industrial energetics. As Québec’s leading research facility in technological innovation with respect to energy efficiency, LTE has a wide variety of equipment and specialized testing methods. Through its research into new technologies and performance evaluations of promising options, the laboratory meets the need of Hydro-Québec’s customers (residential, commercial, institutional and industrial) to become more efficient in the way they consume energy or to develop special applications. The laboratory’s services are offered outside the company.

Rimes Mortimer is the General Manager, Applied Innovation team within Microsoft Digital a new Microsoft organization designed to help customers define and implement their digital transformations. In his role, Mortimer leads a global team specifically focused on creating highly innovative solutions with customers and partners using emerging technologies, like IoT, Blockchain, Machine learning, AI, and Mixed Reality (Hololens). The goal of this team is to accelerate new growth areas of business opportunity for Microsoft, its customers and partners. Rimes, who holds both Environment Studies and Architecture degrees from the University of Waterloo, has helped incubate the Hololens business in Microsoft Services, new Blockchain offerings and partnerships, and Smart Buildings and City solutions deployed in Singapore, Israel, Canada, USA, Japan, and China.

Martin Pleahn joined Control4 in 2011 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer bringing with him passion for product innovation, exceptional customer experience, and operating discipline to deliver industry-leading products, driving landscape-changing business and technology strategies, and improving operating excellence. Control4 became a publicly-traded company in August of 2013. Prior to joining Control4, Martin held both executive management and CEO positions at leading high technology firms. Martin started his career as computer graphics software developer. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego, studied Computer Science at San Diego State University, and graduated from UCSD's Executive Business Program for Scientists and Engineers.

Daniel Niewirowicz leads Special Projects Group at CyberPower Systems (USA), Inc. Dan drives strategic product development; automation & IoT at CyberPower and is responsible for development of power management solutions across the critical data path from the data center to edge devices for building automation. Dan has 30 years of experience in the built environment sector. From building envelope to the latest smart facility integrations, he has extensive experience in electromechanical systems and has managed multi-million dollar MEP projects in educational, medical and commercial environments.

Trevor Nightingale is Research and Development Director of the Intelligent Building Operation research unit of NRC-Construction, the National Research Council of Canada’s leading construction research and technology development agency. Since 2011, Dr. Nightingale has focused on managing and charting research directions for groups having a focus on building-energy. He led an environmental scan of industry priorities and emerging technologies with respect to building-energy from which he developed and launched, in 2012, NRC’s 8-year R&D program on High Performance Buildings to support industry in the development and commercialization of new technologies for energy retro-fit of commercial and institutional buildings. He is a member of the Canadian Federal Executive Committee responsible for Building and Communities of the Program on Energy Research and Development, which includes strategic planning, program design and establishing project evaluation criteria, project evaluation/review, and funding allocation. Dr. Nightingale joined NRC in 1992 as a research officer specializing in noise and vibration control, after earning a Ph.D. in Building Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He also holds a B.Sc. in Physics (first class) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has been very active in international associations, as the Executive Secretary of the Canadian Acoustical association (1994-2001), member of the board of International Institute for Noise Control Engineers (2007-2013), and later Vice President of North American operations for this umbrella organization having 40 thousand members worldwide, and chairman of its international conference in 2009, hosting 1000 delegates from 44 countries. Dr. Nightingale is an adjunct professor, Faculty of Engineering, Carleton University, the author of more than 120 publications, and recipient of many awards, including two NRC Outstanding Achievement Awards, and the ASTM Award of Appreciation. 

Nitish Singh is the Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Rheem Manufacturing Company. In this role, Nitish leads product strategy, product management, and marketing functions for Rheem Americas. Rheem is a global company with industry leading businesses in water heating, air-conditioning, commercial refrigeration and pool heating in residential and commercial segments of the market. As part of Nitish’s current role, he is leading the Smart Products program across the enterprise for Rheem with an emphasis on energy and water conservation, demand response, appliance health, and lifestyle conveniences. Prior to joining Rheem, Nitish held several roles of increasing responsibility at United Technologies in brand strategy, product management and business management functions. Nitish holds a Masters degree in Marketing from The Ohio State University, a Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from India.

Rachna Stegall is the Vice-President - Connected Technologies at UL where she leads the new horizontal business for Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Business Unit – supporting UL’s clients with the development and delivery of services supporting the “Internet of Things”, which cover needs such as, interoperability, software and functional safety, cybersecurity, and new associated technologies. In this role, UL is a premier global independent safety science company with more than 123 years of history. Rachna collaborates across the C&I business as well as works closely with business units across the UL enterprise to leverage UL Enterprise capabilities and alignment of services across UL. Responsibilities include business development, finance, marketing, sales, delivery, and training to grow a profitable P&L. Rachna holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Business Management Certificate from Loyola University.