KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The election of new leadership and approval of a restructuring plan with an emphasis on training were highlights of the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance Fall Meeting. The alliance is an international organization comprised of independent building automation contractors.

“Our members unanimously approved The Way Forward strategic initiative during the 2014 Fall Meeting,” said Paul Strohm, newly elected president of InsideIQ. “Highlights of this initiative include implementation of a new organizational structure that includes reorganizing the current committees, creating a marketing committee, and hiring an executive director to manage the organization. Implementing the InsideIQ University is also a major initiative that will transform InsideIQ into an important learning organization, complete with a training director who will be responsible for developing and promoting high impact, customized courses for InsideIQ members.

“The goal of InsideIQ University is to create a learning culture within the organization that will drive innovation, productivity, quality, customer service and, finally, profitability for InsideIQ member firms,” said Strohm. “Research indicates that organizations with strong learning cultures outperform their competitors and we see the InsideIQ University as a driver providing a robust resource to propel InsideIQ firms ahead of the competition.”

According to Strohm, who is president and COO of Kansas City, Kansas-based C & C Group and previously served as vice president of InsideIQ, new board appointments include Scott Porter, secretary; Charlie Sabean, business development chairman; and Shad Buhlig, technical chairman. Porter is president of Utah Yamas Controls, Draper, Utah; Sabean is vice president of Modern Systems Management, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; and Buhlig is president of Automatic Controls Engineering, Hayward, California.

Returning board officers for 2014 and 2015 include Leroy Walden, vice president of Atlanta-based McKenney’s Inc., who serves as vice president; treasurer Kent James who is vice president of Control Technologies, Lubbock, Texas; and Frank Rotello, CEO of Alpha Controls & Services, Rockford, Illinois, who is InsideIQ’s past president.

Continuing their service on the InsideIQ board are Byron Bailey, vice president of SNE Building Systems, East Granby, Connecticut, who serves as the education chairman; Scott Derby, vice president of SmartEdge, Tonawanda, New York, who leads the new marketing committee; and Tommy Reed, president of Louisiana Controls, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who is operations chairman.

“Each member of the InsideIQ board also leads an independent, local building automation company dedicated to providing excellent solutions and service for its customers,” said Strohm. “They volunteer to serve InsideIQ because they value the way our members pool a broad array of business and technical experience from thousands of client projects and more than 5,200 employees worldwide. Thanks to member collaboration, ideas are shared and perfected so that InsideIQ members can provide best-in-breed products and solutions that reduce customer risk and increase value.”

For more information, visit www.insideiq.org.

Publication date: 11/10/2014

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