Credentials: *Attended University of Cincinnati *Siemens Building Technologies: 1999-2010 HVAC Parts Coordinator HVAC/Fire Service Sales *Nu-Calgon 2010-Current Account Manager Proficient in HVAC/R chemicals
Excels in identifying plumbing parts and problems, and is knowledgeable on domestic water heaters and industrial valves
Ductless Manager - Goodman Mfg
MOEN Territory Manager 18 years
Member of AIA, ASID
MOEN certified trainer.
Robert "Bob" Blume
Work experience 40 plus years: Frito-Lay, Parker Hannifan, ConAgra, Aramark (Maintenance Services), Midco Plastics
Teaching experience 32 plus years:
Manhattan Area Tech College, Salina Area Tech College, and HutchCC plus numerous companies including those listed above. Coordinator of the Automation Engineering Technology Program at Hutchinson Community College.
Credentials: Darrell Boger is a Master Mechanical and Plumbing artisan, Certified Mechanical Inspector, Certified Plumbing Inspector, Certified Combination Inspector, Certified Electrical Inspector, Certified Building Inspector, Certified Plans Examiner, States of Kansas and Iowa Certified Codes Instructor, Certified Disaster Assessment Inspector, Certified Backflow Tester, Certified Flood Plain Manager, Chairman of the South Central Kansas Chapter of IAPMO, and has over 41 years in the construction industry.
National Training Supervisor for Rinnai Corporation.
Tankless Manufacturer trainer for 15 + years
Professional svc technition, 20 years plus experience with tankless water heaters
40 yrs experience in the irrigation industry, 34 for those years in education. Former Director of education for the irrigation Association. Hold CLIA, CIC, and CID steps 1-4
Credentials: Senior Technical Trainer, Navien America. Midwest regional field technician for 3 years. Course instructor 2 years. Formerly HVAC contractor licensed in the State of Oklahoma, 10 years.
•Plumbing and Mechanical Industry for 35+ Years
•Plumbing Contractor for 27 Years
•Viega District Manager
•Viega Certified Training Instructor
Johnson Controls, Inc
Certified master plumber – eight years of industry experience.
ASSE certified Backflow Instructor and Proctor
Green Plumber’s Training Instructor
Medical Gas Installer and Brazer
Certified UA Foreman and Job Steward
Bob is active in the GA State Inspectors Association and PHCC, and is a member of ASSE, ASPE, ICC, and IAPMO
O'Connor Employee 2014-Present
1993 Maize Kansas
1995 North Central Kansas Vocational School
Plumbing, Heating and Air
ICE Core Certified / Diploma
1999 Local #29 Sheet Metal Union
License / Diploma / Welding Certifications
2015 VRF Certified Trainer – I.R. Equipment
Mechanical / HVAC – Trade History
1994 – Current
HVAC / Mechanical Positions, titles and duties :
• Mechanical - ductwork – design, fabrication & installation
• Mechanical - Field supervisor
• Mechanical / HVAC - Project manager
• Mechanical / HVAC - Estimator
• Mechanical - Service sales
• Wholesale distribution territory manager
• Ductless specialist
• Geo specialist
• Product trainer
• VRF start-up & commissioning
Bradford White commercial specialist
Certified commercial water heater instructor
National Sales Manager for Watts Commercial Division
Credentials: John Clark has 31 years’ experience in Commercial and Mechanical Plumbing. Member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #441 and Plumbing code instructor for 17 years. He holds master plumbing license, backflow certification, and medical gas certification. John completed 5 years’ instructor training program for the United Association. He worked at Central Air Conditioning for 30 years, and started teaching July 2016 as the full time instructor at PPATKS as the Plumbing Instructor.
Noritz Product Trainer
Credentials: Field Service Rep | O'Connor Co. | Wichlta, KS
1976 Entered Lansing Community College HVAC Associate Degree Program
1978 Graduated with an Associate of Science Degree Cum Laude
1977 - 1982 Owned and operated Residential Cooling & Heating sales and service of Owosso, MI
1982 - 1988 National Technical Trainer for the Coleman Co. HVAC Division
1989-2007 Territory Manager for the O'Connor Co. Wichita, Ks a Trane equipment distributor
2007 - to Present, Field Service Representative for Trane HVAC products and Technical Trainer for O'Connor Co. Wichita, KS
Factory A/C Trainer for BOSCH.
Received Technical Training at Oklahoma State University.
Studies: Sales Management, energy efficiency, business development, performance management.
Credentials: Heimos Plumbing; George Heimos Owner 06/1990-1993
Worked as a laborer during the summers. Digging, shop duties, stock purchase, and inventory management.
Heimos Plumbing: George Heimos, Owner 06/1996-05/1998
Apprentice plumber through the state of OR Apprenticeship program. Worked under a journeyman plumber in residential, and commercial plumbing.
A-1 Speedy Plumbing
Apprentice Plumber, through the State of OR Apprenticeship Program, was in the commercial industrial division.
Bob Brandes Plumbing 01/1999-03/2001
Apprentice Plumber through the State of OR Apprenticeship Program. Completed Apprenticeship while plumbing multi-million dollar custom homes.
Scotts Plumbing; Scott Ogden Owner 4/2001-01/2006
Journeyman Plumber, acting as foreman; performing all aspects of plumbing, new construction, light commercial, remodels, and service.
Self Employed; DBA Almeda Plumbing 01/2006-Present
Manage a multifaceted plumbing shop with emphasis on quality and efficiency. Coordinating a wide range of services, from Property Management Service accounts to plumbing whole subdivisions, or providing plumbing services to the State of OR in large living facilities.
Field Service Manager, Hunter Industries
State/AO Smith Water Heaters
State Factory Engineer and not only designs both Tank and Tankless Systems also assists in the testing of the products and helps assist in factory troubleshooting when comes to Service and Warranty issues. Has over 25 years experience when it comes to specializing in the engineering of hot water systems.
Account Manager for McQueeny-Lock
Elkay Manufacturer's Rep for over 20 years
Richard F Drinnen JR
Credentials: Local 441 instructor certified through the UA and Washtenaw Community college.
Travis is co-owner of HVAC Sales Inc., which is a 28 year old independent rep agency covering 5 states. Travis has been with HVAC Sales for 9 years and previous
to that worked for Charleston Inc. (HVAC Wholesaler) for 7 years.In that role worked with numerous manufacturers to provide informational and technical training to contractors and installers of
HVAC products. During his time at Charleston he was a HACCA member and sat on the vendor council committee for 2 years.
Travis is recognized as a trainer by the city of Omaha, Lincoln NE and Wichita Ks to provide continuing ed credits. He is a member of HARDI. In addition serves on several Rep councils committees, of manufacturers of which he represents.
Mersen Regional Sales Manager - Electrical Power
Business Analyst for HE Williams
AIA Approved Speaker/Instructor
Ghassan F. Elkhatib
14 years as professional engineer in over 40 states. Currently Systems Application Specialist for Air Fixture Company in Kansas City, KS.
B-Line manufacture representative, owner of CK Dorman Co. Trained at Bradford White's training facility in Middleville, Michigan
Sales Manager for HE Williams
Approved AIA Instructor
10+ years' experience in the lighting industry
Chuck Falkenberg Sr
Credentials: Representing ADA fixtures since inception of the Federal Act. 41 years consulting with specifying engineers through out Kansas.
• 41 years of experience in HVAC industry in service, installation, business ownership
• Service Manager for cfm Distributors for 13 years
• Has taken over 80 York and other HVAC manufacturers training courses
• Written and taught over 166 cfm Distributors service training courses to an estimated 4800 students
• Johnson County, KS continuing education instructor
• York Service Manager of the Year 6 times
• York Distinguished Trainer Award
• York Instructor Continuing Education training every year for 10 years (required to teach York service courses)
Key Account Manager for Major Projects with 3M Corporation
Certified instructor/installer for 3M
Has been teaching mechanical codes for over 25 years & has been in the trades for over 45 years
Over 20 years experience with electric motors and drives. Factory Training in Drive Set-Up and Application
Credentials: Robert Giesen was born and educated in Wichita, Kansas, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree from Friends University in 1963. He taught Vocational Education after graduation, and started B & B Electric Motor Co. on October 1, 1969. He has been in the industry for 55 years, and president/owner of B & B Electric Motor Co. for 45 years. He is a past president of several associations and organizations, which include, Heart of America Chapter of EASA, Electrical Trades Advisory Council for the Wichita Area Technical College, and the Business Advisory Council for the Wichita area Workforce Center. He serves as a director or trustee of several organizations, and served six years as International Director for the Electrical Apparatus Service Association a worldwide trade association of electric motor shop owners. He is currently a member of the Wichita Area IV Workforce Alliance Board and a member of the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce.
Thomas V. Gobin
President GAS Products Sales
33 years natural gas industry: Operations, R&D, contractor & Sales/Technical Support
Owner Sprinkler Systems Inc
SharkTech Trainer and Coordinator for SharkTech Canada,
More than twenty years of sales, marketing and training knowledge in the industry. His core market experience includes working with Wholesale, Retail, and Hardware channels.
Ron C. Gulley
Completed apprenticeship with Sheet Metal Workers Local 2 in 1970.
Taught HVAC schools for KCMO votech, JATC Local 2, Carrier, Bryant and Rheem Distributors.
Teaches ACCA and Smacna curriculum..
Retired member of ASHRAE, ACCA, NFPA, and ICC.
Taught classes registered with PHCC from 2003.
Roger Hailey joined Emerson Climate Technologies as an Educational Services Training consultant in March, 2013. A 1970 graduate of Rankin Technical College's HVAC/R program in St. Louis, Missouri. Roger has been involved in various aspects of refrigeration.
Certified GE Industrial Systems Instructor
22 years in the Electrical Industry.
Six years as an electrical distributor outside salesman for Stanion Wholesale Electric calling on industrial end users.
Four years as Manufacturers Representative with Mercer Zimmerman in Wichita, KS. I worked with consultants to design lighting control systems and general lighting design.
He spent two and half years with Cutler Hammer working with consultants and industrials to help design electrical distribution systems and industrial control applications.
The last ten years he has been with Square D as a Sales Engineer working with industrials, consultants and some contractors to design electrical distribution systems
and industrial control applications. I have been involved with numerous projects ranging from a single control panel for a single machine to designing complete electrical distribution and automation systems for asphalt plants and oil pipeline pumping stations.
He has a business degree from Wichita State University and two years of engineering classes at Kansas Technical Institute (now part of Kansas State University)
Specification Sales Manager for RAB Lighting
20+ years' experience in the lighting industry
Lighting Certified by the NCQLP
Fred began his career in 1989 working with water heaters and hot water systems. As the A.O. Smith rep for our area, he specializes in hot water system design,
water heater troubleshooting, training, and sales. As a 29-year veteran of the water heater business, he is uniquely qualified on multiple bands and types of hot water equipment.
Currently, Fred is the principal of Big Rivers Marketing. Big Rivers Marketing handles water heating lines in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, and Iowa.
Credentials: One of the methods that allows builders to certify their homes- Prescriptive Measure or Performance Path or testing the home. RESNET Certified HERS Raters are the only ones that can evaluate, inspect and certify the homes for the prescriptive path. I am a RESNET Certified HERS Rater. I am a certified Adult education instructor for the Dept of Homeland security. BPI (Building Performance Institute) Building Analyst, BPI Shell or Envelope Analyst Missouri and Kansas State Certified Energy Auditor. KCPL Commercial Energy Auditor. I am certified to do the HVAC Testing and Certification for Energy Star Homes V 3.0. Duct Blaster and Blower Door Testing. Manual J, Manual D, and Manual S efficient/Proficient
25 years with Emerson Copeland. Sales engineer and instructor
Electrical Instructor 20 years
Teaching from basic fundamentals up to an industrial electrician. Including National Electrical code. Teach code prep classes for students to take electrical exam.
Been to Mike Electrical classes and other training classes to stay up to date on all codes and electrical trends Master electrician
Worked in the field as an electrician before starting to teach and still do with class and in summer time.
Sean began his career in “green technologies” in 1981 installing solar and geothermal systems in the Pacific Northwest. He quickly recognized the unique opportunities and benefits pond loops presented and began to focus his marketing efforts to water front property owners in the greater Seattle area. Sean started his own HVAC company in 1984 and has installed well over 600 pond loops and countless ground and open loop systems that include large mansions, houseboats, private yachts, the US Navy and a cruise ship. Sean is a technical trainer for ClimateMaster and IGSHPA and is on the IGSHPA Training Committee; he travels across North America teaching his “do it right or stay home” approach. He continues to size & design systems; consult on projects and test new loop designs, equipment and accessories
Former HVAC Contractor Oklahoma Lic#73128
Distributor Qualified Instructor Fujitsu
20-SEER trainer for Allied Air
DSR (Distributor Service Representative) for Allied Air Level IV
Formerly Technical Service Advisor for Nordyne
Employed by Locke Supply since 2011.
Credentials: Kansas master liscensed 30 years experience in hvac Trane and American Standard factory approved hvac trainer Iowa Mechanical Code Furnace Safety Trainer Nate approved trainer President of FSC and have provided training on heat exchanger failures since 1998 to well over 5000 service techs.
2002 – Present EWC Controls Inc. Leander, TX Regional Sales Manager
Territory: TX, OK, NE, KS, MO, IA, CA, NV, AZ, & NM.
Zoning Troubleshooter and Design Specialist.
Southern Trainer for Distributors, Contractors, Builders and Consumers.
Design Multimedia Presentations Focused on the Distributor, Contractor, and Builders.
Develop Criteria for Future Products in the Zoning Industry.
1992-2002 Gemaire Distributors, Inc.
Vero Beach, FL
Territory Manager / Technical Troubleshooter
• Technical and Application Training on Forced Air Systems.
• Instructed Training and Sales Courses for Employees and Clients.
• Organize Sales and Product Training Seminars.
• Aided Contractors with Installation of all HVAC Equipment and Accessories.
• Designed Total House and Building Systems.
• Organized and Delivered Presentations During Annual Corporate Meetings.
1990-1992 ABB Enterprises Inc. Coral Springs, FL
Inventory Specialist / Purchasing Agent
• Developed ISO 9000 Within Division.
• Set-up and Maintained Kan-ban Inventory Control System.
• Held Department Training Meetings.
• Designed Inventory Queries For Purchasing Raw Materials.
Sterling factory trainer
Johnson & White Sales company. Worked in the Kansas and Western MO markets for past 13 years. Provided many CEU classes for engineers and contractors during this time
Credentials: Jeff Johnson Training HVAC dealers to sell, size, install and service geothermal heat pumps and loop fields is just the beginning of what makes Jeff sensational in the classroom. He brings over 22 years of experience from a diverse background in geothermal to offer complete training and insight to those who take his classes. In fact, he spent six years as a Regional Sales Manager and Technical Advisor at GeoSystems, where he mentored others how to achieve success in the industry. Heâ€™s also assisted in the authoring and technical editing of installation and operation manuals, meaning students can learn more from his depth of knowledge and passion for this technology. Jeff is IGSHPA certified and studied Marketing and Sales at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Carrier Factory Authorized Continuing Education Instructor
Master Mech. & HVAC License Block & Associates 1997
19 years as lead of HVAC and boiler repairs KTA
Technical support Coleman company 4 years
Licensed Trade Mech. since 1991
Technician in 3 of Wichita's larger HVAC and Refrigeration companies
27 years in the HVAC industry
Credentials: National Account Manager- Worthington Territory- 25 states and Western Canada 4yrs- General Contractor/Estimator 9 yrs- Various Positions with/Lenox 2yrs- Worthington
Credentials: 24 years installation, service & sales. 4 years with Goodman Dist as Tech Service Manager. Previously NATE certified gas furnace, A/C, H.P. & air flow.
Arnie has over 30 years of hands-on HVAC experience working as an installer, service technician, dispatcher, owner and manager. Arnie Langreck built his own successful HVAC Company from scratch. Learn from someone that has successfully been there and done that and is still doing it every day. Arnie still manages a growing and profitable HVAC Company and will talk to you about the REAL WORLD
Dr. Lavis has a diverse background that combines years of industry experience with theoretical knowledge. She is an Associate Professor at Kansas State University in the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources with a teaching and extension specialist appointment. Dr. Lavis has worked closely with students teaching and advising in various capacities since 1990.
She teaches Arboriculture, Landscape Maintenance, team teaches the Business of Landscape Contracting and the Pre-internship and Professionalism course. In 1998, she partnered with the Irrigation Association to develop the department’s first landscape irrigation course, Landscape Irrigation Systems. Approximately eight years ago, she joined Drs. Bremer, Fry and Keeley to develop an online course, Water Issues in the Lawn and Landscape.
Dr. Lavis has been recognized both on campus and nationally. In 2013, she was recognized with the American Horticultural Society Teaching Award and the Irrigation Association Educator of the Year; in 2014, the Kansas State Presidential Advising Award and the International Society of Arboriculture Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education, and most recently she was recognized as the College of Agriculture Faculty of the Spring 2016 semester, all awards were student nominated.
Along with her arboriculture students, in 2013, Kansas State achieved the Arbor Day Foundation recognition of becoming a, Tree Campus USA. To maintain this status, and fulfill two key requirements, each year arboriculture students sponsor Arbor Day activities and events sharing their passion for trees and their many benefits to the entire campus community.
Her idea of an outdoor space came to fruition in 2014 when the Horticulture Club built an incredible outdoor space that includes a landscaped garden and patio with tables, a water feature and landscape lighting. In addition to this, Dr. Lavis’s ultimate goal is that the landscape around Throckmorton be so spectacular that people will know this is where students learn horticulture.
In addition to the outdoor space, in 2015, Dr. Lavis lead the committee that updated the Throckmorton lobby, it now houses the first green wall on campus.
Since 2003, she has served as an advisor to the Horticulture Club and co-coaches the Landscape Contracting Team for the annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition. This event hosts 29 horticultural competitive events and the largest green industry career fair in the country. The team took 8th out of 63 teams last March at Mississippi State. In the areas of her expertise, students have earned 1st place in Irrigation Design, three-times; 3rd place twice in Irrigation Installation and in the top five, four times; 1st in Irrigation Troubleshooting and three-times in the top three; six times, students placed in the top five in Arboricultural Techniques, and1st in Landscape Plant Install and several times in the top 10, against 60+ schools. She likes to say, “her students do all the work, while her and Greg Davis, and the Kansas State horticulture program reap the rewards and recognition.
Master Plumber Certified
Master Mechanical Certified
Hutchinson Community College’s Instructor/Coordinator for HVACR and Manufacturing Engineering Tech. After teaching part time for several years, Dennis began full time teaching in the Fall of 2011. Previously, Dennis worked nearly twenty years in the maintenance field and holds both mechanical and plumbing licenses. Dennis has HCC Associate degrees in Manufacturing and Electronic Engineering Technologies. Before coming to Hutchinson Community College, Dennis was most recently the Maintenance Manager at the Kansas State Fair.
Has been in the HVAC business for over 30 years. He is also NATE certified and a certified instructor for RHEEM Manufacturing.
Territory Manager for Meglio-ESI
Approved MELTRIC Instructor
Manufacturer's Representative for MELTRIC
Credentials: Duane Madere is an Allied Commercial Sales Manager. He has over 19 years experience in the field of application of commercial equipment. He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree (Engineering Drafting Technology). He is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD + C).
SiteOne Landscape Supply Sales Rep
Certified Building Official, Certified Residential and Commercial combination Inspector, Certified Plans Examiner, over 13 years experience. 7 years and counting as the Building Official for the City of Hutchinson
Contractor Account Manager, Specifications Manager, Public Agency Manager - Kansas and Missouri
Rain Bird Corporation
Broad background in sales within the Wholesale market. Over twelve years of sales and account development
Credentials: HVAC Director for Western Supply Co: Design HVAC systems, Assist technicians in troubleshooting. Instructor for Hutchinson Community College HVAC Department
Field Application Engineer for Eaton/Bussmann
Principal Member of CMP-13 for the NEC and NFPA 79
Member of the UL 508A STP (standards panel)
Started in HVAC in 1979 as a contractor.Worked his way thru college for Mechanical Engineering and Marketing. Worked for Snyder General as an Application
Engineer and then Product Manager from 1986 thru 1992.
Service Manager from 1992 thru 2003 Nordyne.
2004 thru 2012 President of Espitech ( Manufactured High velocity systems and specialized cond. units.)
2013 thru 2014 Director of Sales-Emerson Flow Controls.
2014 to present- Fujitsu General RSM Central Region.
Manage 10 states for Sales of DHP
Regional Manager, Water Right, Inc for 25 + years
Conducted classes and training for plumbers, well drillers and water treatment dealers all over the country
and given classes for state and national well drilling, plumbing and water treatment association. Also written numerous articles on water treatment for various regional and national publications
NATE Certified service technician in the DFW area since 2012.
DTR with Rheem/Ruud since 2014.
Credentials: Brad has been working with Pentair for almost 3 years as a Territory Sales Manager. He covers Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri and sell all Pentair products related to pumps and accessories for residential water systems, agricultural and irrigation systems.
John has worked a variety of HVAC, Maintenance and Supervisory positions, he currently teaches in both the Electrical Engineering Technology and the Manufacturing
Engineering Technology areas at Hutchinson Community College.
Instructor – Hutchinson Community College, Full time since Fall 2012, Part-time 2008-2012.
HVAC Technician, Sturgeon Plumbing, Hutchinson, KS 2008-2012.
Maintenance Technician, Vanguard, McPherson, KS. 2004-2008.
Production Supervisor, Lowen Corp, Hutchinson, KS. 2001-2005
Georgia Master Plumber, comes armed with twenty years of experience. He’s logged years in the field – from new construction to tenant build. Patrick holds a renewed certification as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester and is active with the Plumbing and Mechanical Association in Georgia.
37 Years in the HVACR Field. In addition he has been the Rheem distributor service rep. for Garden City Wholesale, and tech support manager. He has been providing HVAC SEMINARS SINCE 1992. Glenn also has a master mechanical certificate.
Carrier Factory Trainer
34 Years in the HVAC Industry
Credentials: EDUCATION AAS Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology SUNY at Morrisville, New York Various Classes and Seminars Curriculum Development Adult Education Techniques Effective Communications Vocational Education EXPERIENCE 6 years Lab Technician Carrier Corporation Syracuse, New York Performance and Agency certification testing Residential and Room Air products 5 years Regional Customer Assurance Manager Carrier Northeast Syracuse, New York Technical troubleshooting, Warranty administration Customer complaint resolution and Dealer Technical Training for Full Line Carrier Distributor 15 years Technical Service Manager Carrier Corporation Syracuse, New York Service and Application Engineering for Carrier 1-130 ton Rooftop and Spilt System Products 5 years Senior Training Specialist Carrier Corporation Syracuse, New York Senior Service Training Instructor for Tech 1 Mechanical and Electrical Troubleshooting, Basic Apprentice, Tech 2 Heat Pump, Tech 3 Gas Furnace, Constant Volume and Variable Air Volume Rooftops, NATE and EPA Certification Courses
Brendan has been in the HVAC industry since 2002 and has held multiple positions including HVAC Service
and installation Technician, Adjunct instructor for Ranken Technical College in St Louis, MO, Technical Service Manager for Enertech Global, and currently as a Manufacturer Representative for Mondale
During Brendan's time at Enertech Global he assisted customers with design and application of geothermal systems, worked with customer and internal staff to troubleshoot geothermal systems, and instructed equipment and HVAC trade training at multiple locations in the United States and Canada. He has proven to be professional and knowledgeable in all relations within the HVAC industry.
Manufacturer's rep with McCoy sales for Haws, Lochinar, Eemax and Rinnai
HE Williams Project Engineering Manager
AIA Approved Speaker
Credentials: Brian Rogers brings 25 years of education, training and experience to his instruction.
State of Iowa Master Mechanical License
Territory Sales Manager with Bullwark Clothing
Rheem Tankless Manager
Southwest Region Rheem Manufacturing
10 years Service Administration - Coleman Co
15 years Field Service Tech
13 years Distributor Service Administration - Comfort Products
Nevada Journeyman Plumber and Medical Gas Certified professional - experience in commercial and industrial plumbing projects, residential plumbing service and repair, and commercial sales for a big box DIY leader
Holds degrees in Industrial Engineering Technology and Computer Science Technology.
Tracpipe rep for 15 years.
Director of Technical Training, ESCO Group.
Eugene is an author or co-author of 10 HVAC textbooks and a master instructor.
Professor Eugene Silberstein of Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New York has had the title of Certified Master HVACR Educator “CMHE” conferred upon him.
Professor Eugene Silberstein has been involved in all aspects of the HVACR industry for over 25 years. His experience includes; field technician, system designer, contractor, teacher, administrator, consultant and author. He was previously the discipline leader and professor of HVACR Associates of Applied Sciences program on the Michael J. Grant Campus of Suffolk County Community College in Bentwood, New York.
To add to already impressive and extensive credentials, Professor Silberstein is author of “Heat Pumps and Residential Construction Academy” and Co-author of the industry leading text book “Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology”, both published by Delmar Cengage Learning (http://www.cengage.com/delmar).
Credentials: Regional Sales Manager Panduit Corporation
Utility Sales Territory Manager with 3M corporation
Company NameKansas State Fire Marshal
Dates EmployedApr 2015 – Present
Employment Duration3 yrs 7 mos
LocationSedgwick a 16 Sourrounding counties
• Ensures safe use of boilers and compliance with Kansas Boiler Safety Act K.S.A 44-913, American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessels Codes, National Board Inspection Code
• Conducts internal and external inspections of high and low pressure boilers and pressure vessels according to the codes established by the National Board of Boilers and Pressure Vessel Inspectors and the Kansas Boiler Safety Act K.S.A 44-913
• Responsible for the recurring certificate inspections on 1526 objects in Rice, Reno, Kingman, Harper, McPherson, Harvey, Sedgwick, Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Marion, Chase, Lyon, Greenwood, Elk, and Chautauqua counties
• Carries out various test in order to ensure quality and reliability of safety devices on boilers and pressure vessels during each stage of operation
• Issues jurisdictional numbers to new installations and completes documentation substantiating inspection findings. Compiles a field data, files and submits inspection reports electronically into jurisdictional database for review and processing
• Evaluates existing boiler systems for possible suspension or condemnation
• Provides information to owners, operators and installers on the requirements of the Kansas Safe Boiler Act K.S.A 44-913
• Possesses technical knowledge of the construction, installation, repair, maintenance and operation of high and low pressure boilers and pressure vessels, Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office and Praeses Jurisdiction online Boiler and Pressure vessel data base, and able to interpret blue prints, and manuals
• Completed Inservice Commission Course (IC); a two-week course that introduces boiler and pressure vessel terminology used by ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes and the National Board Inspection Code (NBIC); duties of the inservice inspector as defined by ASME and NBIC codes; and examines the requirements for installation, inservice inspection, repairs and alteration to boilers and pressure vessels of the NBIC.
Has experience across many facets of the building materials industry from product sales, to retail, to owning a home repair company.
Experience with training individuals from the Hardware, Retail, and Wholesale fields.
Trained at Bradford White's training facility in Middleville, Michigan
• 24 years experience designing, servicing, installing and troubleshooting refrigeration systems.
• Has taught 12 refrigeration training courses in the last three years to over 300 people.
• Twice has been a guest instructor for Jackson County MO Metropolitan community Colleges.
• Has participated in over 80 refrigeration manufacturer training courses.
• Certified in Bohn Refrigeration products.
Senior Commercial Technical Representative and Applications Engineer, Rheem Manufacturing Company
Applications Engineer for Rheem since July 2013
As Senior Commercial Technical Representative and Applications Engineer, Shaun supports the sales, engineering and development of commercial air products – focusing mainly on training. He is known to be the first person to call when it comes to technical troubleshooting and diagnostics for field representatives for the entire commercial line. As an expert in energy, he holds CEM (Certified Energy Manager) and EMP (Energy Management Professional) credentials.
Shaun is coming up on his 21st anniversary at Rheem --- mainly because he loves his job, enjoys meeting new people and considers Rheem his family. He started out as a Technical Specialist for Rheem Water Heaters in 1996 and has held other titles, like Product Specialist, Tankless Marketing Specialist, and Hybrid Applications Engineer.
Prior to joining Rheem, Shaun was a store manager at a home improvement store and a broadcast engineer at a television station.
With over 31 years of experience, Russell Thornburg brings to the classroom first-hand knowledge of many aspects of the building industry from the basics of home ownership, to general contracting, to field inspection and plans examiner. For more than twenty years he was self-employed as a licensed general contractor, and has over 17 years of experience working for municipalities in the state of Minnesota and Kansas. During this time he began teaching Building Inspection Technology programs for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, as well as Continuing Education Seminars from around the country and ICC chapters. He currently works as Program Director for Johnson County Contractor Licensing of KS, writes and develops code seminars and presents these programs for various organizations, including municipalities, institutes, ICC chapters, Home Builders Associations, and industries throughout the United States.
Credentials: Jeff has been a teacher at the Local 29 JATC for 14 years. He has completed OSHA 500 and OSHA 502. Jeff has been a sheet metal worker for over 30 years, working with cranes and rigging over this time period.
Credentials: Cheryl Treptow is an experienced fire and rescue trainer, having been co-owner of Mid West Fire Training Associates since 1987. She has been certified as a Fire Service Instructor II since 1997. She is Training Officer of Coffey Co. Fire District #1, New Strawn Station.
Billie B. Vines, Jr.
Credentials: Bill Vines has a B.S. in Biology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Wichita State University. Mr. Vines has been working in public health locally since 1984 and has had State of Kansas teaching credentials since 1997 teaching principles of water protection to local trades since that time through this association locally and across the state. Mr. Vines is the Region 12 American Backflow Prevention Association Director for the State of Kansas and serves on the Executive Board of the National ABPA.
Watsco, Inc. Cocoanut Grove, FL, May, 2015 – Present Director of HVAC Technical Training
Zurn manager of Irrigation
35 years in backflow and irrigation experience
Credentials: Based in Reno, NV, Nelson B Warthan is a nationally known speaker, trainer, facilitator and consultant, combining more than 40 years in technical fields, regulatory, management, leadership, education and staff development into the operations industry. He has excelled in the fields of HVAC, water ops, air quality, electronics, total quality management, self-actualization, operations, adult and young adult motivation and learning. Mr. Warthan conducts workshops for companies and organizations nationwide and is one of the most highly sought after HVAC instructors teaching today.
44 years experience in the construction industry with 21 of those years as an inspector. A certified Combination inspector for both commercial and residential construction. Currently the Building Trades Official for the City of Derby, Kansas. Has been giving instruction to building contractors and other trade groups for 20 years, including teaching code classes at Wichita Area Technical College for 5 years.
Credentials: Michael R. Weaver began his career as an apprentice electrician with a local private contractor. After 10 years, he became a Block-Experior Certified Master Electrician and with his wife, started their own electrical contracting business, which they operated for over 20 years. Mr. Weaver is a Principal of C&M Enterprises in Salina, Kansas and develops and presents electrical and safety based training programs for contractors, tradesmen, design professionals, and code officials.
As a nationally recognized instructor and trainer, he is routinely entrusted with the
responsibility of providing education for the International Code Council®, the
International Association of Electrical Inspectors®, various municipalities and
government jurisdictions across the nation, and private industry.
He is an experienced trainer / presenter of the National Electrical Code®, Part VIII of the International Residential Code®, and NFPA 70E®. Mike is a national instructor for the International Code Council, a national instructor for the International Association of Electrical Inspectors®, a member of the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®), the International Association of Electrical Inspectors® (IAEI®), the International Code Council® (ICC®), and the International Association of Building Officials® (IABO®). He is currently an IRC® and NEC® subject matter expert for the International Code Council®.
He is the author of Dwelling Service and Feeder Calculations, Commercial
Service and feeder Calculations and NEC ® Electrical Calculations, while
continuing to develop a series of study guides based upon the latest code cycle of
Credentials: Has worked full time in HVAC/R industry since 1997. Co-owner/General Manager of a HVAC/R contracting business. Holds Kansas Master Mechanical License and Oklahoma Mechanical Contractor License.
Senior Sales Representative for Okonite Cable
Greg was in the contracting business for 26 years. He has been in the wholesale side of the business for the last 25 years. The last 23 have been with O’Connor Company as their Technical Support Specialist and Trainer.
Credentials: Licensed Mechanical Administrator / HVAC Specialist
Graduated Grants Pass High School, Grants Pass – 1996
United States Air Force HVAC Apprentice/Journeyman Program – 1997-2005
• HVAC Apprentice Certification
• CFC Refrigerant Handling License
• HVAC Journeyman Advance Controls Course
• HVAC Journeyman Advance Direct Expansion Course
Credentials: Journeymen, 34 years of experience in the HVAC industry. 32 years in the field as an installer, service tech,supervisor, estimator and designing HVAC systems. 2016 to present I have been the HVAC manager for Western Supply Company where duties include assisting technicians in technical support and designing HVAC systems
Outside Sales, Mack McClain Associates
Previous Sales Engineer for Watts Radiant, 25 years' experience
State/AO Smith Water Heaters
State Factory Engineer and not only designs both Tank and Tankless Systems also assists in the testing of the products and helps assist in factory troubleshooting when comes to Service and Warranty issues. Has over 20 years experience when it comes to specializing in the engineering of hot water systems.
Carrier Factory Authorized Trainer
20 years experience
Sales Representative for UPONOR
Certified Trainer for Gastite/FlashShield