E360 Forum - Chicago

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Add Emerson’s E360 Forum in Chicago to your list of must-attend industry events in 2017.

Faced with today’s challenges, from the growing technician shortage and the introduction of new refrigerants to the dynamic regulatory climate, how can you keep informed?

At this FREE E360 Forum, we will explore these topics. You’ll also be able to choose from four interactive breakout sessions designed to discuss today’s leading concerns: regulations, applications, air conditioning and industrial refrigeration.

Event Details

6 – 8 p.m.: Welcome Dinner (Oct. 4th)

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.

 

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: General Session and Breakout Presentations (Oct. 5th)​​​​​​​

 

4 – 6 p.m.: Networking Reception (Oct. 5th)

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

Agenda

 

Check-in opens at 7 a.m. with breakfast available until 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided from Noon – 1 p.m.

 

SESSIONS

PRESENTERS

KEYNOTE/GENERAL SESSION

Refrigerant and Energy Regulations Update

Don Newlon, vp/gm refrigeration marketing, Emerson

Panel Discussion: Designing Refrigeration and HVAC Systems for Foodservice, Supermarkets and Cold Storage

Randy Mielke, president, Mielke Consulting (Cold Storage)

Tim Prater, president, Prater Engineering (AC)

Tony Welter, vice president, Henderson Engineers (Food Retail)

Retail and Foodservice for 2025: The Future for Customers, Operators and Facilities

Dean Landeche, vice president of marketing, retail solutions, Emerson

Technician Shortage: Planning for the Future

Bob Labbett, vice president refrigeration communications & channel marketing, Emerson

BREAKOUT:  APPLICATIONS

Utilizing Digital Retrofits to Achieve Capacity Modulation

Jason Prenger, director — refrigeration engineering, Emerson

Impact of Technology and CO2 on the Future of System Architecture

Derek Gosselin, director — technical product support, Hillphoenix 

The Case for R-290
Allen Wicher, director, marketing — foodservice, Emerson 
Bryan Tonn, senior engineering manager, H&K International

Understanding Applications for Alternative Refrigerants

Jason Prenger, director — refrigeration engineering, Emerson

BREAKOUT:  REGULATIONS

How to Meet 2017/2020 Energy Regulations

Allen Wicher, director, marketing — foodservice, Emerson

Bryan Tonn, senior engineering manager, H&K International

DOE & EPA Impacts to Commercial Refrigeration

Ani Jayanth, director, product marketing — food retail and plants & labs refrigeration, Emerson

New Refrigerants Designation and Safety Classifications

Stefanie Kopchick, North America marketing manager, refrigerants, Chemours

Marc Scancarello, director — materials engineering and systems chemistry, Emerson

Trends in Supermarket Refrigeration Architecture

Ani Jayanth, director, product marketing — food retail and plants & labs refrigeration, Emerson

Mike Saunders, senior lead innovation technologist, Emerson

BREAKOUT:  AIR CONDITIONING

HVAC Regulations, Refrigerants and Solutions

David Hules, director of commercial marketing, air conditioning business, Emerson

Addressing Industry Employment and Skills Gap
Becky Hoelscher, director — AC aftermarket, Emerson
HVAC From the Specifying Engineer’s Perspective
Matt Waddell, publisher — consulting-specifying engineer group, CFE Media

BREAKOUT:  INDUSTRIAL REFRIGERATION

Natural Refrigerant Alternatives for Industrial Refrigeration

Antonio De Lourdes, lead engineer (R&D), Vilter Manufacturing

Andre Patenaude, director — CO2 business development, Emerson

Energy Efficiency and Security: Still Important in a World With Low-cost Fuel

Tom Hoopes, director, marketing and business development, Vilter Manufacturing

Alan Simchick, district sales manager, Vilter Manufacturing

Project Certainty: Achieving Top Quartile Project Performance Through Proven Methodologies

Dennis Doody, director — engineering and project management office, Vilter Manufacturing

Cristina Galvez, project coordinator, Vilter Manufacturing

 

KEYNOTE/GENERAL SESSION

Refrigerant and Energy Regulations Update

Presenter:  Don Newlon, vp/gm refrigeration marketing, Emerson

Don Newlon will provide the latest update on the ever-changing regulatory landscape. With the EPA announcing its final rule on refrigerant delisting, the refrigeration equipment supply chain prepares for the DOE’s energy reduction mandates for stand-alone refrigeration systems in 2017. Don will place all of these recent regulatory actions within a historic, global perspective and demonstrate how the European Union is leading the charge on rulemaking through the passing of F-Gas regulations in 2014. Attendees will learn about a new class of alternative synthetic refrigerants that promise lower global warming potential, as well as the re-emergence of natural options such as propane and CO2. Impacts to equipment development, performance and handling requirements will be discussed in detail.


Retail and Foodservice for 2025: The Future for Customers, Operators and Facilities

Presenter:  Dean Landeche, vice president of marketing, retail solutions, Emerson

Emerson and global retail market experts Euromonitor have teamed up to create new research-based insights on the grocery, convenience, foodservice and mixed retail markets. Beyond a discussion of major trends in the marketplace, Dean Landeche, vice president of marketing, retail solutions, will present a vision of how grocery retail and chained foodservice outlets are set to evolve in the future. Particular emphasis will be placed on the built environments and infrastructure requirements of these facilities and what these “retail stores and restaurants of the future” will look like to attract, retain and entertain consumers.  

 

Technician Shortage: Planning for the Future

Presenter:  Bob Labbett, vice president refrigeration communications & channel marketing, Emerson

The HVACR Workforce Development Foundation estimates that 115,000 HVACR technicians will be needed by 2022 to fill industry jobs in North America. In an era of dynamic regulatory changes, wide variations in system architectures and new product technologies, the need for qualified HVACR technicians is more critical than ever. And as the current pool of skilled technicians moves toward retirement, fewer of those entering the workforce are considering HVACR as a profession. Many would argue that the growing technician shortage is one of the greatest challenges facing the HVACR industry today.

 

Bob Labbett, Emerson’s vice president of refrigeration communications and channel marketing, will discuss industry stakeholder input — including contractors, vocational school educators and equipment manufacturers — to take a fresh look at this growing problem. He’ll examine the current state of the entire HVACR technician profession and focus on the unique challenges facing refrigeration contractors today. This interactive session will explore new solutions to the problem via an active conversation framed on the following key areas: awareness, recruitment and training.


BREAKOUT: APPLICATIONS

Utilizing Digital Retrofits to Achieve Capacity Modulation

Presenter:  Jason Prenger, director — refrigeration engineering, Emerson

Most supermarket refrigeration racks have very limited capacity modulation capability and are designed to provide a fixed output, regardless of the refrigeration requirements. This architecture makes it difficult to achieve the tight control over suction pressures needed to improve case temperature precision and reduce compressor cycling. To address this problem, many operators are opting to retrofit these racks with a digital compressor to serve as the lead compressor. Not only can this conversion take place during planned service intervals — such as when refrigerant charge is removed from the system — it also enables the supermarket to precisely match existing and future refrigeration load requirements. Jason Prenger, director of refrigeration engineering, will discuss the advantages of compressor modulation utilizing Copeland™ digital compressors and controller options.

 

Impact of Technology and CO2 on the Future of System Architecture

Presenter:  Derek Gosselin, director — technical product support, Hillphoenix 

With more than 270 installations of CO2-based refrigeration systems in the United States and Canada, CO2 is quickly becoming a viable alternative to traditional hydrofluorocarbon systems. The trend toward wider CO2 adoption in North America is driven by multiple factors, including: the increasing availability of CO2-based equipment, improvements to CO2 technologies, and its proven track record in other parts of the world.

 

Derek Gosselin, Hillphoenix’s director of technical product support team, will lead this important discussion. He’ll take a closer look at some of the stores that have installed CO2 refrigeration architectures and present their results to date. Derek will discuss the considerations of moving to a CO2 system and in the process, dispel some myths about CO2. Topics of discussion will include: first costs versus total cost of ownership; installation; technician training; system pressures; design/sizing tips; and overcoming challenges in warmer climates. He will also examine how the move to CO2 impacts OEMs, wholesalers, contractors and end users.


Understanding Applications for Alternative Refrigerants

Presenter:  Jason Prenger, director — refrigeration engineering, Emerson

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, director of refrigeration engineering, 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.


BREAKOUT: REGULATIONS

How to Meet 2017/2020 Energy Regulations

Presenter:  Allen Wicher, director, marketing — foodservice, Emerson

Presenter:  Bryan Tonn, senior engineering manager, H&K International

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 Bryan Tonn will address the implications of this regulation and moderate a discussion on how to achieve compliance. He will explore channel impact, testing procedures to compliance calculations and system improvement levers.

 

DOE and EPA Impacts to Commercial Refrigeration

Presenter:  Ani Jayanth, director, product marketing — food retail and plants & labs refrigeration, Emerson

Our industry is in the middle of a dynamic regulatory transition that will permanently reshape the commercial refrigeration landscape. In the next several years, Department of Energy (DOE) efficiency mandates and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refrigerant regulations will impact walk-in and stand-alone coolers and freezers and commercial ice makers. Understanding the scope of these impacts requires a clear understanding of how new alternative refrigerants will perform in these applications and how energy reductions can be achieved.

 

In this timely session, Ani Jayanth, Emerson’s director of product marketing, will provide an update on the latest regulatory developments and their implications to the affected commercial refrigeration equipment classes. From an energy efficiency perspective, Ani will review the DOE’s energy reduction targets in stand-alone and walk-in systems and present recommended component and equipment design strategies for achieving these reductions. He will also discuss Emerson’s refrigerant qualification process for its compressors and what performance considerations to keep in mind when selecting refrigerant alternatives.

 

New Refrigerants Designation and Safety Classifications

Presenter:  Stefanie Kopchick, North America marketing manager, refrigerants, Chemours

Presenter:  Marc Scancarello, director — materials engineering and systems chemistry, Emerson

With several environmental regulations calling for the phase-down of high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, the commercial refrigeration industry is actively evaluating new, lower-GWP alternatives. While several ASHRAE Class A1 (non-flammable, low toxicity) low-GWP refrigerants have been introduced to the market, refrigerant manufacturers are developing new refrigerants classified as 2L (mildly flammable) to achieve “ultra-low” GWP levels. As North America marketing manager of refrigerants at the Chemours Company, Stefanie Kopchick understands the performance characteristics and safety considerations regarding the use of these new refrigerant alternatives. She will be joined by Marc Scancarello, director of materials engineering and systems chemistry at Emerson. Together, Kopchick and Scancarello will compare class 2L refrigerants to other familiar gases and review the measurements used to define this class of products. They’ll provide an update on the latest testing efforts the industry is undertaking to better understand how to safely use these products. Attendees will also learn about the current state of initiatives to revise safety standards/codes, evaluate appropriate charge limits and address servicing considerations.

 

Trends in Supermarket Refrigeration Architecture

Presenter:  Ani Jayanth, director, product marketing — food retail and plants & labs refrigeration, Emerson

Presenter:  Mike Saunders, senior lead innovation technologist, Emerson

Today’s supermarket operators have a wide variety of refrigeration architectures from which to choose. Refrigerant regulations, sustainability objectives, and the desire to reduce energy consumption are driving many operators to forgo traditional refrigeration systems in favor of emerging architectures. This informative discussion will be led by Emerson’s subject matter experts in the supermarket space: Mike Saunders, senior lead innovation technologist; and Ani Jayanth, director of food retail marketing. Saunders and Jayanth will review several system architectures being utilized in supermarkets — from tried-and-true, HFC-based centralized and distributed direct expansion systems to CO2 booster, secondary and cascade systems. We will learn together the pros and cons of each system, evaluating capacity, performance, serviceability, environmental impacts and equipment costs. We will also explore how these options have evolved in response to industry drivers and led to the increasing adoption of CO2 architectures in food retail markets.


BREAKOUT: AIR CONDITIONING

HVAC Regulations, Refrigerants and Solutions

Presenter:  David Hules, director of commercial marketing, air conditioning business, Emerson

The changing regulatory climate has created a dynamic period of dialogue in the commercial HVAC industry. While the previous presidential administration introduced several regulations that will impact HVAC in the coming years, the current administration seeks to usher in an era of deregulation. Keeping track of the current requirements is a difficult task. As Emerson’s Director of Marketing for the Commercial Air Conditioning business, David Hules will help clarify any uncertainty by providing an update on the latest regulatory changes and their implications.


BREAKOUT: INDUSTRIAL REFRIGERATION

Natural Refrigerant Alternatives for Industrial Refrigeration

Presenter:  Antonio De Lourdes, lead engineer (R&D), Vilter Manufacturing

Presenter:  Andre Patenaude, director — CO2 business development, Emerson

The industrial refrigeration space is no stranger to natural refrigerant-based systems. Ammonia has been ever-present in low-temperature settings in process cooling and cold storage applications for nearly a century. But as these older systems need to be replaced, tightening safety standards and environmental regulations are driving many operators to seek other natural refrigerant alternatives. After proving its effectiveness in commercial refrigeration applications for more than a decade, CO2 is also emerging as a viable alternative in the industrial marketplace.


Antonio De Lourdes, senior project R&D engineer for Vilter, and Emerson’s director of CO2 business development, Andre Patenaude, will explore key natural refrigerant considerations and selection criteria, including: long-term planning, energy efficiency, safety and installed costs. Attendees will learn about the many benefits of using CO2 as a refrigerant and the available system architectures that are most applicable in industrial applications. Antonio and Andre will demonstrate 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. Considering the unstable political climate, industrial refrigeration decisions must ultimately satisfy business objectives and community preferences.


Energy Efficiency and Security: Still Important in a World With Low-cost Fuel

Presenter:  Tom Hoopes, director, marketing and business development, Vilter Manufacturing
Presenter:  Alan Simchick, district sales manager, Vilter Manufacturing

In a world where low-cost fuel is expected for the long term, the use of combined heat and power (CHP) systems is becoming an increasingly viable option to offset rising power prices. Not only does CHP allow operators to take control of their energy supply through on-site power generation, it provides the benefit of capturing useful heat that can be repurposed in a variety of heating and cooling processes. With their potential to deliver significant energy savings, CHP and industrial heat pumps can add to your bottom line by reducing annual operating costs.


In this informative session, Tom Hoopes, Vilter’s director of marketing and business development, and Alan Simchick, Vilter’s district sales manager, will explain the basics of CHP cogeneration and combined cooling heat and power (CCHP), or trigeneration. The bulk of their discussion will focus on the application of these systems with internal combustion engines and gas turbine generators as the primary movers. In addition to learning about the business case for CHP adoption, attendees will also hear how industrial heat pumps can offer potential water savings and reduced energy consumption by recovering waste heat.


Project Certainty: Achieving Top Quartile Project Performance Through Proven Methodologies

Presenter:  Dennis Doody, director — engineering and project management office, Vilter Manufacturing
Presenter:  Cristina Galvez, project coordinator, Vilter Manufacturing

Did you know that 35 percent of sub-$500 million projects fail? But with proper top quartile planning and the right partners, project teams can contain costs and bring projects to completion on time and under budget. Process industry teams face daily challenges related to technical complexity and a shortage of experienced workers, which threaten integrated project execution. The situation requires 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 costs, accommodating late changes and reducing complexity. It’s an approach built on industry expertise and success.


Dennis Doody and Cristina Galvez 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.

Gary Chafee
Southeast District Manager
Vilter Manufacturing/Emerson


Gary has been with Vilter since 2004 as its Southeast district manager. He is responsible for managing sales activities in eight states, including direct sales, marketing, application engineering and distribution network. 


Gary has been active in the refrigeration industry since 1983, and has worked with various manufacturers of industrial refrigeration equipment in sales, marketing, application engineering and marketing positions.


He is active in both IIAR committees and RETA.

Gary earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MSIA from Purdue.


Antonio De Lourdes
Lead Engineer (R&D)
Vilter Manufacturing/Emerson


Antonio De Lourdes is the lead engineer (R&D), Vilter Manufacturing for Emerson. 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 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


Dennis Doody has been with Emerson/Vilter for more than seven 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 design, manufacturing and installation 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.


Cristina Galvez
Project Coordinator 
Vilter Manufacturing/Emerson
 
Cristina Galvez has been with Emerson/Vilter for 14 years. She is currently a project manager for Vilter’s Project Management Office, which covers their customized engineer to order and configure to order projects. Prior to her current role, she was Vilter’s electrical product support technician and customer service representative.
 
Cristina has more than eight years of additional career customer service experience as a customer service representative for We Energies and H&R Block.
 
Cristina earned an associate’s degree in electronic engineering from Milwaukee Area Technical College and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Concordia University.


Derek Gosselin
Director — Technical Product Support
Hillphoenix
 
With more than 30 years of HVACR industry experience, Derek Gosselin currently serves as director of technical product support for all product at Hillphoenix, a Dover Company, located in Conyers, GA.


Derek began his career as a store planner at Associated Grocers of New England in Manchester, NH, before joining Tyler Refrigeration as its New England district sales manager. After logging more than 10 years in the position, he was 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 product support for 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.


Becky Hoelscher 
Director, AC Aftermarket
Emerson


In her role as Emerson’s AC aftermarket director, Becky Hoelscher is responsible for the company’s global sales as they pertain to air conditioning services and units. An HVAC industry veteran for more than 15 years, she has been with Emerson since 2006 in both contractor support manager and national account executive positions.


Becky is an active member of ACCA, MSCA, MCAA and Joint Futures. She advocates career technical education and is an ardent supporter of the Ohio-based Upper Valley Career Center, which focuses on developing valuable academic, employability and technical HVAC skills in today’s contractor workforce.
 
Becky earned an associate’s degree in business, business management from Edison State Community College; a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Bluffton University; and an MBA from Wright State University.
 
Thomas Hoopes
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Vilter Manufacturing/Emerson


Thomas Hoopes, the director of marketing and business development at Vilter Manufacturing, is responsible for marketing initiatives and identifying new solution opportunities for Vilter’s reciprocating and single-screw technologies. His focus is on emerging trends in both industrial refrigeration and gas compression, and leading the development of solutions that address changing environmental, energy and project execution requirements.


Tom joined the Emerson team in 2013 after more than 30 years in the compressor industry, most recently as general manager of a major global screw compressor manufacturer. Tom’s experience ranges from industrial refrigeration and process gas compression, including fuel gas compression in the power generation industry.


Tom is a graduate of Ithaca College, resides in suburban Philadelphia, and enjoys mentoring young professionals.


David Hules
Director of Commercial Marketing, Air Conditioning Business 
Emerson


David Hules has nine years of experience with Emerson. In his current position as director of commercial marketing for the air conditioning business, he is responsible for understanding industry trends across commercial air conditioning market segments and translating these into marketing activities and new products for Emerson.


Prior to his current position, David was the director of marketing and business development, variable speed; and manager of strategic planning. Over the five years he worked in those titles, he led internal planning efforts for review sessions; evaluated new business opportunities in adjacent markets; and prepared analysis for the leadership team.


In addition, he worked for three years as a product planner for Emerson.


David earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Purdue University.


Ani Jayanth
Director, Product Marketing — Food Retail and Plants & Labs Refrigeration
Emerson


Ani Jayanth came to Emerson in 2003 as an engineering co-op and started his professional career with the company as a lean manufacturing engineer in 2008. Over his career, he has worked in positions of increasing responsibility within the company: operations supervisor, product engineer, inside sales manager and product marketing manager, before his current position. By doing so, he has gained considerable experiences in manufacturing, operations, engineering, sales and product marketing.


Ani holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Kettering University and has obtained his MBA from The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.


Stefanie M. Kopchick   
North America Marketing Manager, Refrigerants
The Chemours Company


Stefanie Kopchick has spent her entire 12-year career with DuPont and a spin-off of its performance chemicals division, Chemours. Over her tenure, she has held a variety of roles in engineering, operations, supply chain, technical service and marketing.


She spent the last six years in the fluorochemicals business as a refrigerants technical service consultant, global market intelligence leader for fluorochemicals, and as the North America marketing manager for refrigerants since 2015. In this role, Stefanie is deeply engaged in the development, commercialization and use of new low global warming potential refrigerants, working across the industry with equipment manufacturers, end users, wholesalers and contractors.


Stefanie received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.


Bob Labbett
V.P., Refrigeration Communications and Channel Marketing
Emerson


A veteran of the HVACR industry, Bob Labbett has been with Emerson since 1992 in various sales management roles. In 1998, he became the director of Copeland product service and led aftermarket teams that provided wholesaler support, contractor training and new product introductions. In 2002, Bob became vice president of marketing for Emerson’s Distribution Services Group, which continued his long tenure working with distribution partners and service providers.


Today he is responsible for marketing communications across the commercial refrigeration business and still oversees aftermarket programs and support. Bob is passionate about doing his part in addressing the technician shortage and is credited with coining the phrase “refrigeration gap”.


Dean Landeche
Vice President of Marketing – Retail Solutions
Emerson


Dean M. Landeche is vice president of marketing for Emerson Retail Solutions. In his role at Emerson, Dean 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.


Dean 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, Dean 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, Dean has held marketing and communication leadership roles with Alcoa Building Products, General Electric Plastics and Louisiana State University.


Dean 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.


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


Randy Mielke
President
Mielke Consulting


A specialist in ammonia refrigeration, Randy Mielke has more than 35 years of experience with various types of refrigeration systems. He is an expert in the technical design, troubleshooting, engineering and PLC controls of NH3 refrigeration systems for new and existing food processing and storage facilities throughout the United States, ensuring compliance with current standards and codes, and guiding customers in the planning and mobilization of projects from start to finish.


Randy has worked as a technical advisor on manufacturing boards; he is currently a technical product adviser for both Hansen Technologies and Danfoss. He provides engineering support to contractors and their end users and technical support to contractor service personnel. He was formerly on the Distributor Counsel advisory board for Vilter Manufacturing (Emerson) and the Controls Advisory Counsel for Frick (Johnson Controls).


Previously, Randy was an adjunct teacher at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he taught refrigeration classes. A member of IIAR and RETA, he remains current with state-of-the-art technologies by attending workshops, conferences, seminars, trainings and professional development credit courses.


Don Newlon
Vice President/General Manager – Refrigeration Marketing 
Emerson


Don Newlon has been leading strategic change in the HVACR industry for 24 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


Andre Patenaude, director of CO2 business development at Emerson, 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 33 years of marketing, sales, and technical service experience working directly with end users, contractors, wholesalers and OEMs.


Tim Prater, P.E., LEED AP
President
Prater Engineering Associates


Tim Prater is the president of Prater Engineering Associates, Inc., a consulting engineering firm based in Dublin, Ohio. He founded the firm in 1996 and has guided its growth to one of the largest MEP consulting firms in Ohio.


Tim serves as the firm’s senior mechanical engineer and project manager, focusing on heating, ventilating and air conditioning system design for multi-family residential facilities, senior care facilities, health care facilities, manufacturing facilities, corporate office buildings and data centers.


Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University and has been a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) since 1989. He is a registered professional engineer in Ohio, and is credited with achieving the highest score in the state on the exam.


Jason Prenger 
Refrigeration Engineering Director 
Emerson


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


Mike Saunders has more than 22 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.


Marc Scancarello
Director, Materials Engineering and Systems Chemistry
Emerson


Marc Scancarello began his tenure with Emerson in 1990. As the company’s director of materials engineering and systems chemistry, he leads a staff of 25 engineers, scientists and technicians in a fully equipped analytical laboratory identifying and applying new materials and processes aimed toward innovation and performance improvement. In addition to interacting with a broad range of internal and external customers, Marc manages the lab’s budget, writes appropriation requests for capital assets, and establishes and approves salary plans.  He is also involved in several industry-wide HVAC&R Low Global Warming Refrigerant research projects and is a member of domestic and international safety standards committees.


Marc has more than 35 years of professional engineering experience. He previously was employed as a process engineer at Tec-Cast and as a senior materials engineer at Kearfott Guidance and Navigation Corporation, both in N.J.


Marc is an accredited professional metallurgical engineer in Ohio. He holds 12 patents and is awaiting approval on five others.


Marc earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in materials engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.


Alan Simchick
District Sales Manager
Vilter Manufacturing/Emerson


As district sales manager, Alan Simchick supports sales for Vilter Manufacturing on the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada. He takes a practical approach to heating and cooling sales opportunities, with a focus on reliability and sustainable designs.


Alan has been in the industrial cooling and heating field for more than 23 years. Throughout most of his career he has served with equipment manufacturers in various positions, including design, product engineering, applications and sales. He also has worked as a refrigeration contractor for six years in Mexico.


Alan earned a bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania. He holds a professional engineering license in Washington, where he lives with his wife and two children. He is an active member in RETA, IIAR, ASHRAE and ASME.


Bryan Tonn
Senior Engineering Manager
H&K International


Bryan Tonn is the senior engineering manager at Dallas-based H&K International, a kitchen equipment supplier for the commercial kitchen industry. In his role, he is responsible for the company’s new product development, including fractional horsepower refrigeration systems. He began his H&K International career in 2009 when he was hired as an engineering supervisor/R&D test lab manager. It was in that position where he focused on the R&D and innovation of new products for the commercial foodservice industry. This included refrigeration systems, structural and stainless steel components, and assembly engineering.


Bryan has 14 years of refrigeration design experience, ranging from domestic and commercial refrigerators and freezers to alternative refrigerants and energy-efficiency improvements. He is well-versed with ASHRAE and NSF testing standard compliance, as well as UL and ETL safety testing for refrigeration, electrical appliances and kitchen ventilation. Prior to working at H&K International, he worked as a systems design engineer after completing a design engineering internship at Sub-Zero Freezer in Madison, Wis.


Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin — Madison.


Matt Waddell
Publisher, Consulting-Specifying Engineer Group
CFE Media


Matt Waddell is publisher of the Consulting-Specifying Engineer group within CFE Media, a B2B solutions provider for engineers. Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) is written and peer reviewed by engineers and industry professionals who design, specify, and commission mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), fire/life safety, lighting and controls systems for nonresidential buildings. He has spent the past seven years with CFE Media and has more than 20 years of journalism experience.


Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University.


Allen Wicher
Director, Marketing — Foodservice
Emerson


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 specializing in sales and marketing 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.

Hotel Accommodations

Discounted room rates can be found using the link below, or via phone by referencing ‘Emerson E360 Forum’. For group rate, reservations must be completed by September 11th.


Chicago O’Hare Marriott

8535 West Higgins Road

Chicago, IL  60631

1-773-693-4444


Transportation

From Chicago O’Hare International Airport - ORD

2.8 miles SW

 

Airport shuttle service, scheduled, complimentary; Shuttle Phone: +1 773 6934444

Alternate transportation: Windy City Limousines; fee: 26 USD (one way); Subway service, fee:  2.25 USD  (one way); Estimated taxi fare: 15 USD  (one way)

 

From Chicago Midway International Airport – MDW

20.1 miles


This hotel does not provide shuttle service from MDW.

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