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

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.


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

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.

Shawn Barry is North American VP, Strategic Sales at Alarm.com, headquartered in Vienna, VA. Prior to joining Alarm.com, Shawn worked for a private family office in Newport Beach, California where he was responsible for private equity investments and advisory services. He also worked at MicroStrategy, an enterprise business intelligence software company and former parent company of Alarm.com. Shawn has his undergraduate degree in Finance from Virginia Tech. He resides in the Vienna, VA area with his wife and children.


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. Previous to Semtech, Byron held Sales 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.


Tucker Boren is the Business Intelligence leader for Acuity Brands. Tucker’s team is responsible for market, competitive, and customer intelligence, enabling fact-based decision-making across the Company’s Product, Vertical, Sales, and Senior Executive leadership teams. Prior to his current role, Tucker held Market Intelligence, Market Operations, and Market Management leadership roles at IBM with significant focus on emerging geographic markets and emerging technologies, including smart buildings and smart cities. Tucker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Arts Degree in Information Management from Webster University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Goizueta Business School at Emory University.



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).

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.

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.


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.

George Li  is the Director of Global Partner at Huawei Enterprise Business Group, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider with products and solutions deployed in over 170 countries, serving more than one third of the world's population. In his role, Li leads the development and execution of joint innovative intelligent building and smart campus solution with Huawei's global partners, including Honeywell. The joint solution covers sensor/control, network (GPON, WiFi, eLTE, etc.), data center/cloud, platform (IoT, Big Data, etc.), application and analytics software that power both building and campus. His primary responsibility is to lead strategic marketing, joint solution design, sales enablement and alignment at Huawei, along with partnerships on a global scale. Previously, he was the Head of the Global Cloud Partnership of Huawei IT Product Line, developing joint cloud solution with partners in automation, orchestration, marketplace and cloud management domains, and driving the joint solution sales for the global market. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with major in Computational Mathematics and Application Software from Fudan University in China, and a Master’s degree in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University in Canada.

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.

Martin Pleahn joined Control4 in 2011 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer bringing with him passion for product innovation, exceptional customer experience, and operating discipline to deliver industry-leading products, driving landscape-changing business and technology strategies, and improving operating excellence. Control4 became a publicly-traded company in August of 2013. Prior to joining Control4, Martin held both executive management and CEO positions at leading high technology firms. Martin started his career as computer graphics software developer. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego, studied Computer Science at San Diego State University, and graduated from UCSD's Executive Business Program for Scientists and Engineers.

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. 

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.

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.