Board of Directors

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



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

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.

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.

Matthew Beattie is Executive Director, Fiber to the Building Program, AT&T, a component of the company’s multiyear IP transformation effort. In this position, Mr. Beattie coordinates the marketing, sales, and network build of fiber optic services to business properties. The program has seen the conversion of thousands of properties to AT&T Fiber Ready Buildings and delivers a broad portfolio of telecommunications services to building tenants. Mr. Beattie has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including marketing, sales, and operations experience with voice, data, and mobile communications. His work at AT&T and Cingular has provided him expertise in distribution, network deployment, and product development. Mr. Beattie joined Cingular Wireless in 2003 where he launched new distribution channels, including an approach to fully integrate demand generation campaigns with fulfillment at his contact centers. He then accepted the position of Area Vice President for Global Sales in the Pacific Northwest, where he managed wireless distribution to top multinational companies. Mr. Beattie returned to AT&T via its acquisition of Cingular Wireless in 2007. From that point until the fall of 2012 he was the West Region Sales Vice President for the AT&T’s Small Business organization. Previously, Mr. Beattie worked at AT&T from 1990 through 2003 in marketing, sales, and operations. Mr. Beattie graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He did his graduate work at North Carolina State University, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Operations Research. He was in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1988-2002, leaving the service with the rank of Major, and last served during Operation Enduring Freedom as an Operations Officer in Heidelberg, Germany.

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.

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.

Christine Boles is the Director of Smart Building Solutions in Intel’s Smart Home and Building Division where her organization is responsible for Intel’s smart building IOT business including product and ecosystem strategies. Christine has over 20 years of defining, developing, delivering and enabling customers and ecosystem for Intel based solutions in a broad range of embedded and internet of things applications across many industries such as communications, storage, retail, and imaging and now commercial buildings. Most recently, Christine led Intel’s Retail Platform Marketing group for Intel’s Retail Solutions Division where her organization is responsible for definition and support of Intel’s ingredients for retail segment applications. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Arizona State University. Christine lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband and three children. 

Dr. David Claridge, PE is the Director of the Energy Systems Laboratory and the Leland Jordan Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is internationally known for his work on energy efficiency, particularly for pioneering development of existing building commissioning by leading the development of Continuous Commissioning® which has improved energy efficiency in hundreds of large buildings including universities, hospitals, offices, and airports with a typical payback of two years. He was also a major contributor to the methods used to measure enegy savings in the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol and ASHRAE Guideline 14. He holds 12 to 18 patents, is author of 350 to 400 journal and conference papers, is a Fellow ASME and of ASHRAE, and in 2011 was named an Honorary International Member of the Society of Heating, Air-conditioning and Sanitary Engineers of Japan in recognition of his contributions to energy efficiency in buildings. He received his B.S. from Walla Walla College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.

Barb Farrah is Manager of Business Intelligence and Strategic Planning at Intermatic, Inc. located in the Chicagoland area. She is responsible for providing a high level of evidence-based, strategic guidance for Marketing and senior management. Through the direction of primary and secondary market research, competitive intelligence and business analyses, she ensures that marketing and business planning decision-making are supported by timely, accurate and cost-effective data and analysis. Barb’s background and expertise has been in helping companies make the transitions required by changing market and technological forces, from helping Baby Bells charter the unfamiliar waters of competition following the Divestiture of AT&T, to helping Lucent make the transition from analog to digital following Trivestiture, to helping packaging companies make the strategic shift required with the growth of Big Box retail, to her current work at Intermatic identifying new growth opportunities for controls manufacturers in the rapidly changing world of building automation.

Obiorah Ike is the Product Marketing Manager responsible for Home Automation and Industrial connectors for ABB Building products group in the US. Mr Ike is responsible for the go-to-market strategies, channel development, and sales support for both product group. He has also held technical positions with Trison Business Solutions/GM Fuel cell group and Florida Power and Light Company. Mr. Ike holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from The University of Florida, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University, and an MBA from Hult international Business School.

Matt Kastantin is the Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Ecorithm, a leading data analytics company helping customers optimize the performance of their buildings through its award-winning fault detection and diagnosis-based solutions. Matt leads the company’s sales strategy and execution with revenue responsibility across Ecorithm’s direct sales, value-added reseller and solution partner channels. As a veteran of early stage companies providing smart building solutions, Matt has spent the past decade helping companies scale their business models through aggressive revenue growth from both direct customer acquisition and channel sales development. Matt began in the smart buildings space as an early member of EnerNOC’s business development team. He launched the company’s Mid-Atlantic regional sales division in 2005, which became the highest revenue, market share and margin contributor to the company within two years. Matt’s prior experience includes management consulting and information technology solution sales and marketing. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from The University of Virginia’s Darden School.

Yann Kulp is Vice President SmartSpace at Schneider Electric, a $27 billion global leader in energy management solutions. Prior to this role, Yann was based in Paris as Director, Communications - Residential & Commercial Controls for Schneider Electric EMEAS, and also held sales, marketing and strategy roles at Legrand and Schneider Electric in U.S. and Europe. He leads the strategic & commercial growth of residential & small commercial energy management solutions in North America. They deliver cloud connected customer engagement, energy efficiency and demand response solutions for homes, small buildings (banking, retail chains...), small businesses, utilities, smart cities and energy retailers. Kulp studied business in France, followed by an MBA at Syracuse University. Since 2012, he is based in Chicago with his wife and three children. In addition to the CABA board, he serves of the board of the Chicago chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, is co-chair of the CABA Connected Home Council, and is active in the Chicago start-up community. 

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.

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. 

Mark Pacelle is Senior Director, Open Innovation for North America at Philips Lighting. In this role, he leads systematic scouting of strategic and relevant innovation in academia, industry, and early stage ventures. Mark has deep expertise and has consulted in technology strategy, product management, marketing, and business development across a number of established and emerging high tech industries. He was on the founding team and successfully led strategy, product management and marketing at two early-stage M2M and Internet-ofThings (IoT) companies serving the industrial and building automation, energy management, and medical monitoring markets. In addition, he has provided business and product strategy consulting in a number of emerging IoT segments. Mark is a frequent speaker and published author on the application of IoT and analytics to optimize energy management, operational efficiency and sustainability across a broad array of residential and commercial segments. Mark holds a BS in Industrial Enginering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

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.

Ryan Rist is Innovation Director for American Family Insurance where he oversees a research and development team focusing on innovative technologies with the potential to deliver a deeper understanding of customers, improve customer engagement and drive operational excellence. Ryan managed the Microsoft and American Family home automation accelerator that incubated ten of the most promising start-ups in home security, energy, water and automation. Ryan has worked in a variety of roles at American Family including marketing and strategy where he developed one of the first successful applications of in-vehicle technology in the insurance industry that led to a reduction in the frequency and severity of car accidents among newly licensed drivers. Prior to joining American Family, Ryan started his career in supply chain at Lucent Technologies. In addition, Ryan cofounded a software start-up that developed patented technology to rapidly analyze large amounts of bathymetric data and predict the location of fish. He holds a bachelors degree from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. 

Ryan Rodau is Director – Vertical, Research & Product Marketing at Current, powered by GE. In this position, Ryan oversees a team that develops and executes the go-to-market strategy for a variety of vertical segments, affording him broad understanding of market needs. Ryan brings more than 19 years of experience in the building infrastructure industry, having held relevant positions at GE; Halex (Berkshire Hathaway), a distributor of electrical products; and Novar (Honeywell), an energy management systems and building automation solutions company. Throughout his career, Ryan has developed a thorough knowledge of lighting, electrical, building automation, energy management and other control systems, which he now applies while working to bring greater intelligence to buildings and other connected environments across the globe. Ryan has earned Six Sigma Green Belt certification; 2008 Business Development Executive of the Year recognition; and is a member of several organizations, including the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), International Sign Association (ISA) and United States Sign Council (USSC). He received his bachelor’s degree in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University and earned a Marketing-focused MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.;

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.