Board of Directors

Strong governance is provided to the Continental Automated Buildings Association through its highly-active 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) as Chair. 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.


Steven Becker is Associate Director – Platform Commercialization at Kimberly Clark Professional in Roswell, GA. He is responsible for launching new platform innovations and solutions focused on smart washroom systems and intelligent building systems. Steve has 20+ years of experience developing and commercializing 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, Steve uses his vast systems engineering and business acumen to drive platform technology solutions across various product segments and product lines. Kimberly-Clark Professional partners with businesses to create Exceptional Workplaces* helping to make them safer, healthier, and more productive.

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.


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. 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. 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.

Byron BeMiller is Vertical Marketing lead for Smart Buildings at Semtech and the head of the LoRa Alliance Smart Building Working Group. He is the former VP of Sales at TrackNet, an IoT solutions provider which was acquired by Semtech.  Prior to TrackNet, Byron had spent the previous 7 years at Semtech where he held a variety of Business Development and Product Marketing positions including responsibility for LoRa Business Development activities in the LATAM market. Byron previously held Sale and Business Development management positions at Ciena and Nortel Networks. He holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois and an MS in Management from Georgia Tech.

Richard Campbell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kele, Inc. Kele is a leading global value-added distributor of building automation system (BAS) products and controls solutions serving the $50+ billion BAS market with over 400 brands and 1.8 million parts in stock that ship same-day. Kele’s value-added services include custom assemblies, panel fabrication, and technical support. Kele’s primary customers are controls contractors, mechanical contractors, and OEMs. Richard also serves on the board of Applied Systems Technologies, a distributor specializing in high quality aluminum piping systems for industrial applications. Richard began his career as a sales engineer with Trane working with mechanical engineers and contractors. Today he has over 30 years of experience in the commercial and industrial buildings space and has held various leadership roles with both Ingersoll Rand (IR) and Trane brands, including vice president of IR’s compressed air business in North America, vice president of product management for Trane’s unitary product portfolio globally, and vice president of Trane’s central territory in their North American field sales and service organization. Richard earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Terrence DeFranco is President and Chief Financial Officer of Iota Communications, Inc. Prior to Solbright’s merger with Iota, he served as the CEO of Solbright Group, Inc. from 2013 to 2018. In the past he served as CEO of Edentify, Inc. His background is primarily in the area of corporate finance, management and capital raising, previously serving as head of investment banking for Baird, Patrick & Co., Inc. and head of investment banking and founding partner of Burlington Securities Corp. He began his career on Wall Street in 1991 with UBS. He has been an active principal investor, senior manager and advisor to many early-stage companies and has extensive experience in dealing with issues related to the management, finance, operations and corporate development of startup and middle market public and private companies. Terrence is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Economics and currently serves on other corporate and non-profit boards and committees.

Eric Harper joined SnapAV in 2010 as co-head of Product Development and now leads Product Marketing & Market Management for the company. He has spent the last 20+ years serving the residential technology industry, including product and marketing executive leadership roles at ELAN/Sunfire (CORE Brands), Integra (ONKYO) and as a custom integrator in the 1990s. Eric holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University.

Charles Hume is the Director of Digital Power Technologies at Southwire. In this role, Charles investigates new and transformative developments in the areas of power and data transmission. Charles is also one of the key members of  Southwire’s Spark Studio, an innovation center at Georgia Tech, where he leads research projects with members of the Georgia Tech faculty along with leaders from government, business, and other universities. Before joining Southwire, Charles spent over 20 years in leadership roles in the defense and commercial industries with companies such as General Atomics and Illinois Tool Works. Charles began his career as a naval officer and division director at the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Florida.

Jim Hunter leads all Jim leads all Delos'™ technology efforts as Chief Technology Officer, including the continued integration of Delos wellness-based algorithms across technology platforms for residential and commercial environments to help people be well in spaces where they live, work, sleep and play. Prior to joining Delos, Jim provided oversight for technology, architecture and innovation at Greenwave Systems, led Motorola/Google's architecture and strategy for driving the future of the smart home and shaped a powerful standards-based platform as the Founder and Chief Architect of 4Home, Inc. Jim began his technology career as a nuclear engineer and master training specialist serving in the US Navy, earning numerous awards and certifications. Today, he is an internationally-recognized thought leader, inventor and speaker on all things IoT, Security, Wellness, AI and Future societies at global events like Connections, CES, Transform, WebSummit, Collision and IoT World. Jim is an active contributor to leading tech publications such as TechCrunch and VentureBeat.

David Kaufman is a Director of Business Development for Resideo Technologies Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in automation holding various executive sales, marketing, and general management roles consistently achieving organic business growth totally over $500M. He is currently the primary Resideo representative for any Internet of Things related standard or alliance. He has held key positions in the Wireless Industrial Network Alliance, the HART Communications Foundation, and the Open Connectivity Foundation. He was a charter board member of the Wireless Compliance Institute, the Energy Information Standards Alliance, and the OpenADR Alliance. He has been recognized with numerous awards for his industry contributions including 2 awards from the US National Institute of Technology (NIST). He has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA from St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, and a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Honeywell. David also holds multiple US patents. He is a published author on wireless technologies and a recent 3 time All American Triathlete. David currently resides in the Phoenix, Arizona area with wife and children.

Scott McBrayne is Senior Director, National Operations (Shared Services) at Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited. He leads the company's strategic approach on building renewal, capital programs which include sustainability and building efficiency programs. He has held several positions over the past 24 years at Cadillac Fairview including portfolio operations and working in the Technology group. Cadillac Fairview is one of North America’s largest owners, operators and developers of commercial real estate. The company 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.

Rimes Mortimer is the General Manager, Applied Innovation 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 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 earned a Ph.D. in Building Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and also holds a B.Sc. in Physics (first class) from the University of British Columbia. He has been very active in international associations, as the Executive Secretary of the Canadian Acoustical Association, board member of the International Institute for Noise Control Engineers, and later this organization's Vice President, North American operations. 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. 

Eric Simon is Senior Sales/Strategy Director Americas for Steelcase's IoT Smart + Connected Business with responsibilities that include developing new RTM/GTM strategies for the Steelcase IoT/XaaS business of sensemaking and edge computing technologies that include digital signage, collaboration, space sensing, and partnerships. Reporting to the Senior VP of Corporate Strategy/Business Development, Eric directly oversees the the company's Americas strategy for sales, GTM and pursuit-related activities. Prior to joining Steelcase Eric worked at HPQ and HPI; in his last role as the Device-as-a-Service/Lifecycle Services Business/Pursuit Leader. As the Director for this business, his responsibilities included managing the margin- and revenue targets for the associated business that he was responsible for in the US. That encompassed all corporate/commercial/state, local and education business as well as both CONUS and OCONUS for federal business.

Michael Skurla is Director of Product Strategy for BitBox USA, providers of the BitBox IoT platform for multi-site, distributed facilities’ operational intelligence, based in Nashville, Tenn. Mike sets cutting-edge product strategy for the company’s IoT platform which was recently recognized with a 2019 IoT Evolution Product of the Year award. He brings 22+ years’ experience in control automation and IoT product design with Fortune 500 companies, focused on the intersection of software and hardware, with emphasis on outcome-based analytics for mission-critical industries across commercial building, retail, healthcare, and data center infrastructure management (DCIM). A well-recognized thought leader, and a contributor to several industry publications including Critical Facilities and LD+A, he is a frequent lecturer on advanced usage of analytics and emerging IT technologies to foster efficiency within the commercial facility design. He is a contributing member of ASHRAE, IES Education, and USGBC. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science/Programming with a minor in management from Western Illinois University. He is LEED AP BD+C and AP O+M certified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

Shawn Sparling is VP Enterprise and Public Sector at Nokia. He has more than 28 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, half of that time in international positions in Europe, China and South East Asia, across Operations, R&D, Sales and Marketing. Shawn returned to Canada in 2011 after serving as President for Alcatel-Lucent Malaysia. Mr. Sparling currently Heads Nokia’s Enterprise and Public Sector team in Canada to bring Nokia’s mission critical network capabilities to industries and public sector agencies. Mr. Sparling is a graduate of Queen’s University, Ontario with a B.Sc. Honors in Engineering.

Danny Sran is the Construction Lead in New Growth Markets at TELUS. Danny, based in Vancouver, Canada, is currently leading the New Growth Markets segment at TELUS. His primary responsibility is to work with building developers, construction partners and TELUS’ workforce to enable newly constructed commercial and residential buildings across Western Canada with fibre optic connectivty. Since joining TELUS in 2000, Danny has led teams in Sales, Finance, Project Management, Vendor Management and Construction contributing to his broad range of experience within this organization and the industry as a whole. Prior to joining TELUS, Danny oversaw large Business Accounts in the alpine region of Europe for Schneider GmbH and successfully expanded their business footprint into Eastern Europe and Asia. Danny has spent 25 years in the central hub of Europe in Salzburg, Austria where he also completed his education in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management, as well as a one year term in the Military of Austria. This diverse experience enables him to communicate in multiple languages and successfully support organizations across the globe.

Rachna Stegall is the Vice-President - Connected Technologies at UL 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.

Anita Travieso is a Senior Manager at Hydro-Québec and currently responsible for the development and management of energy efficiency and DSM programs for all Hydro-Québec customers (residential, commercial, institutional and industrial). To support, encourage, and promote energy transition, innovation, and efficiency, she works closely with Québec’s Energy Regulatory board, provincial government entities, energy consultants, and building contractors. Anita has 20+ years of experience as a leader in the energy management field and as a result is recognized for her expertise and experience. Prior to joining Hydro-Québec she held positions in the building automation field as consultant as well as a contractor. She is a certified Building Engineer and has an architecture Technologist certificate.

Andrew Wale is Vice President Product Marketing for Legrand North America’s Building Control Systems Division. Now in his twelfth year with Legrand, Andrew responsibilities are focused on Legrand’s Wattstopper product line brand that provides leading edge IoT centric light control solutions for healthcare, commercial office and education verticals in the C&I buildings markets. Andrew has worked in Lighting and Lighting Controls for both residential and commercial building markets for the past twenty years. Prior to Legrand he worked for Philips Lighting Electronics as VP of Marketing/Business Development. At Philips his focus was adoption of LED lighting and RF (mesh) based lighting control in the commercial buildings market. Andrew represented Philips on the board of the ZigBee Alliance for two years. A graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Andrew grew up in the U.K. and has worked extensively in both Europe and North America. He now lives and works out of Southern California.

Brian White is the Director, Digital Marketing for Rheem, a manufacturer of heating, cooling, water heating and commercial boilers and refrigeration products. In this role, Brian leads digital strategy, innovation and marketing efforts across the global Rheem organization. Brian has a deep knowledge of Rheem’s connected products and a passion for all things connected. Prior to joining Rheem, he worked in technical and business development roles across a number of industries, and varying company sizes. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship from Baylor University.