Dr. Charles Allgood
Technology Leader — Refrigerants
Chemours (DuPont) Fluoroproducts
Dr. Charles Allgood is the technology leader — refrigerants with Chemours (DuPont) Fluoroproducts in Wilmington, Del. He currently leads the company’s technical support, training and applications development for the Opteon™ and Freon™ refrigerants and is a frequent speaker at many HVACR industry events.
Prior to joining DuPont, he worked as a research chemist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has held a variety of research, technical service and market development assignments during his 25+ years in the refrigerants industry.
Dr. Allgood holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Delaware.
Brian Buynacek, PE, LEED AP
Senior Refrigeration Engineer and Marketing Consultant
Brian Buynacek has worked at Emerson for a combined 25 years in roles such as advanced manufacturing engineer, application engineer for Asia and product manager. In his current position as senior refrigeration engineer and marketing consultant, he is charged with managing various marketing projects, including: studies; white papers; strategic planning; HVAC and refrigeration mechanical engineering design; search engine optimization; marketing communications; product and project management; technical writing; and content generation.
Brian worked in the telecom industry with Lucent Technologies before becoming a consultant. As an affiliate of Design Services Network, he has driven more than 200 client projects focused on applying advanced technologies for foodservice refrigeration.
Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Dayton. In addition, he earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.
Director of Technical Support Services
Todd DeVore returned to Emerson in 2016 to serve as the company’s director of technical support services. In this role, Todd leads the organization’s educational services as well as its service engineering and application engineering support, ensuring technical support is provided in an accurate and timely manner to original equipment manufacturers, end users, wholesalers and contractors.
Todd has served in leadership positions with other companies throughout his career, including titles in other organizations such as: vice president & general manager of Champion GSE; director — engineering, quality, EH&S at GKN Aerospace; in addition to two different vice president positions at AcuTemp. Todd was previously with Emerson in a variety of product engineering and quality management roles.
Todd received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from Ashland 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.
Vice President of Marketing – Retail Solutions
Dean M. Landeche is vice president of marketing for Emerson Retail Solutions. In his role at Emerson, Landeche is responsible for leading the global marketing efforts for controls, connectivity, monitoring, services and insights for the food retail, foodservice, commercial building and transportation industries.
Landeche has more than 30 years of experience in general management, communication and marketing leadership roles within leading foodservice equipment organizations. Prior to his current role at Emerson, Landeche has served as executive vice president of Manitowoc KitchenCare, the aftermarket business for Manitowoc Foodservice. He has also served as senior vice president of marketing for Manitowoc Foodservice, and vice president of marketing for Enodis Foodservice, and Hobart. Outside of the foodservice industry, Landeche has held marketing and communication leadership roles with Alcoa Building Products, General Electric Plastics and Louisiana State University.
Landeche has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles with NAFEM, MAFSI and FCSI. He’s been recognized by B2B Marketing magazine as a “Top 10 Marketer of the Year”, and has received the prestigious William A. Marsteller Marketing Leadership Award from the Business Marketing Association (BMA) and Business Week magazine.
Landeche holds a bachelor’s of art degree in journalism from Louisiana State University along with graduate-level studies in public relations and communication management.
Andre Patenaude, C.E.T.
Director — CO₂ Business Development
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 31 years of marketing, sales, and technical service experience working directly with end users, contractors, wholesalers and OEMs.
Product Manager — Copeland Condensing Units
Ben Picker is Emerson’s product manager for the company’s Copeland condensing units. With more than 14 years of design and engineering experience related to condensing units, Ben is responsible for growing and supporting Copeland condensing unit sales through a distribution network of over 400 wholesalers.
Prior to working for Emerson, Ben worked as a design engineer in the tool and die industry. He also tested prototype weapons systems while enlisted in the U.S. Army infantry.
Ben holds an associate’s degree in engineering from Edison State, and a bachelor’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Refrigerants Technology Lead
Dr. Gustavo Pottker joined Honeywell as an R&D scientist/engineer in the Buffalo Research Laboratory in 2012. Throughout his career at Honeywell, he has participated in the development of new environmentally friendly refrigerants such as Solstice N40 (R-448A) and Solstice L40x (R-455A) for commercial refrigeration applications. Currently, he is the leader of refrigerant technology applications, responsible for the development and application of new heat transfer fluids.
Dr. Pottker received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in his native Brazil, and his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.
Vice President, System Innovation Center and Sustainability
Dr. Rajan Rajendran is the vice president, system innovation center and sustainability at Emerson. He has worked at Emerson since 1990 in various capacities: first as a research engineer; later as manager in the scroll compressor product development group; and as director for 10 years prior to his current role.
Dr. Rajendran is also the director of The Helix, Emerson’s research and innovation center located on the University of Dayton’s campus. He represents Emerson in its communications with various policy and industry organizations, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, among others.
Rajan is widely recognized throughout the industry as an expert on the application and regulation of refrigerants.
Dr. Rajendran earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Madras. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University and has an M.B.A. from Wright State University.
Manager, Regulatory Compliance/Product Safety/Product Safety Officer
As Emerson’s manager, regulatory compliance/product safety/product safety officer, Greg Relue manages the company’s product safety recognitions and certifications globally with UL, China, Korea, Brazil and the Middle East. In addition, he chairs the Sidney product safety committee, directs the global product safety groups in Europe and Asia, and manages the loss prevention activities for the Copeland groups.
Greg is the chairman of the North American standards committee for the UL60335-2-34 Motor-Compressor standard. He is also an active member of several industry committees as they relate to UL and ASHRAE.
Global Business Director — Fluorochemicals
Matthew Ritter is the global business director — fluorochemicals for Arkema, a $9 billion, global specialty chemical firm. He is responsible for creating and implementing the company’s global refrigerant and foam business strategy and tactics. He has spent the last 20 years with Arkema, leading in roles regarding business and commercial management, government relations, marketing, procurement and environmental policy.
Ritter is a senior business executive who has held a wide variety of positions in the chemical and environmental fields. He started his career as an environmental consultant with McLaren/Hart Environmental Engineering Corporation.
Matthew has represented Arkema on several industry boards and committees, and is past Chair of ASHRAE’s Refrigeration Committee and past Chair of Technical Committee on Climate Change.
Ritter holds an MBA and a master’s degree in environmental/safety management from St. Joseph’s University, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science/biology from Kutztown University.
Robert W. Southwood II
Director of Sales
As director of sales for Emerson, Robert Southwood manages a sales team responsible for calling on original equipment manufacturers, wholesalers/distributors, end users and retailers. Rob has held several different sales roles with Emerson over the past 20 years, including: district sales manager, area sales manager, regional sales manager and director of refrigeration OEM sales.
Rob was previously employed by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, RCA and United Technologies.
Rob has an associate’s degree in robotics/industrial automation from Vincennes University; a bachelor’s degree in business from Oakland City University; and an MBA in business from Indiana Wesleyan University. Rob also has a Universal Refrigerant license as well as Industrial and Residential Electrical certifications.
Lead Technical Sales Manager
Tim Uderman is the northeast lead technical sales manager for Copeland brand products. He has been with Emerson for 27 years, where he started out as an engineering lab technician developing and testing new compressor technologies.
Tim moved on to Application Engineering where he supported refrigeration OEMs with system development and technical support. From there he went to Marketing as the contractor business development manager before moving to his current position.
Director of Innovation, Retail Solutions
John Wallace is director of innovation, retail solutions at Emerson. He has been active in the design and development of electronic control systems for more than 20 years and holds several patents related to the control of HVAC and refrigeration systems.
He is a member of ASHRAE and has served on many industry committees, including: the Lonmark Refrigeration committee; the Department of Energy’s Better Building Alliance; the NAFEM (North American Food Equipment Manufacturers) Data Protocol standardization committee, which he currently chairs; and the AHRI Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Electronics section.
Wallace graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and the University of Missouri with a master’s degree in electrical engineering.
Director, Marketing — Foodservice
In his role as director of marketing in foodservice, Allen Wicher is responsible for leading the business strategy and planning for growth in restaurants, convenience stores and commercial kitchens. Here, he leverages Emerson’s product and system solution development capabilities to support OEMs and end users.
Allen has more than 25 years of progressive experience at global manufacturing companies in B2B and B2C markets, crossing multiple channels and influencers. Prior to his current role, he was residential marketing director and business team lead for Rheem Manufacturing Company (HVACR and water heating), specializing in sales and market management, product and channel marketing, product development and regulatory affairs.
Allen received his BSME from the University of Hartford and an MBA from Cleveland State University.