Board of Directors

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

Chairwoman



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


Vice-Chairs



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

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

 

At-Large Board Members


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

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

Bob Becker is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Leviton’s Residential Business Unit.  He is responsible for the overall business strategy, operations and profitability globally.  His responsibility includes plant operations in North Carolina and Baja Mexico, and he plays an active role in China where he spent two years on assignment.  The business sells through distribution, OEM, international and retail channels and is actively involved with builders and installers while ensuring engagement at the consumer level. Prior to joining Leviton Manufacturing Co, Inc., Bob worked as a Management Consultant at Pittiglio, Rabin, Todd & McGrath helping companies achieve growth and profitability in a wide range of industries.  He has also held positions with Duracell, Alcan, and Texas Instruments in engineering, product management and business development. Bob has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester, a M.S. in Materials / Ceramic Science from Rutgers University, and a M.B.A. from Northeastern University.  He is a past member of the Executive Board of Directors for the NEMA Lighting Systems Division and CABA’s Board of Directors.

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

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

Evan Cropper leads the edge product marketing at Current, by GE, GE’s digital engine for intelligent environments. His portfolio covers the controls, sensors, platform and apps that power intelligent buildings. Evan and his team are responsible for driving Current’s indoor product strategy, bringing its product to market, and equipping sellers to sell them. Primarily focusing on wireless technologies at Current and Cisco, Evan has the opportunity to work with both global service providers and Fortune 100 companies to bring new products to market. His experience and education span product marketing, product management, and strategy and operations consulting. He also earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a BA from Emory University.

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

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

Matt Mahar is Vice President of Consumer Experience and Design at Vivint Smart Home where he oversees all software and hardware design for the company’s smart home products. His passion for delivering superior customer experiences has led Vivint to deliver the industry’s top-rated smart home app, as well as multiple award-winning product designs. Before joining Vivint Smart Home, Matt was the director of Software Experience Design at Nike where he was responsible for building the user experience and interface design for the next generation of Nike+ digital products and web experiences. Matt began his career at EA Sports where he helped market NBA Live games and led the development of online game features that generated digital revenue for EA Sports NHL. Matt is sought out for his insights on the human element of technology. He graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trevor Palmer is VP Products and Marketing, Distech Controls, an operating unit of Acuity Brands. Trevor Palmer joined Distech Controls in 2014 and leads the company’s marketing, customer service, product management and engineering departments. For more than 20 years, he has brought innovative concepts and energy management know-how to the industry, having held leadership roles in contracting, manufacturing and technical sales. Distech Controls provides unique building management technologies and services that optimize energy efficiency and comfort in buildings, all the while reducing operating costs. The firm delivers innovative solutions for greener buildings, through innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, and sustainability.

Charles Shelton is a Senior Research Engineer at the Bosch Research and Technology Center (RTC) in Pittsburgh, PA.  He earned a PhD in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 2003.  He has worked on several research projects over the years in the areas of software architecture, distributed systems, and designing graceful degradation and dependability into embedded systems.  Most recently he has worked on developing software infrastructures for Internet-connected wireless sensor networks, and is now working on developing platforms and applications for smart infrastructure and intelligent buildings.

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

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

Keith Tamboer is the Vice President of Business Intelligence & Analytics at James Brehm & Associates, a consulting and market intelligence firm. At James Brehm & Associates, Keith leads the development and execution of various quantitative and qualitative research initiatives covering industries and companies that span the IoT ecosystem. Keith has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications and business services with roles at AT&T and Dun & Bradstreet in marketing, sales operations, channel management, business analytics, market research, and competitive intelligence. In his most recent role at AT&T, Keith was responsible for market forecasting and competitive intelligence for business mobile services and IoT. Keith has a BA in economics from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and lives in New Jersey.