The CABA Board is made up of representatives from several of the leading organizations involved in the design, manufacture, installation, and retailing of products related to intelligent buildings and connected homes.
Stephen 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.
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.
Members at Large
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).
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.
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.
Hugo Lafontaine is Vice-President Digital Energy at Schneider Electric Canada, responsible for smart building and digital power business. With almost 20 years in the building automation and HVAC industry, Hugo Lafontaine is highly passionate about building technologies and the ability to optimize and drive efficiencies to all aspects of buildings, including commercial real estate and critical space such as data centers and hospitals. He brings extensive experience from previously held roles as a controls consultant, building automation integrator specialist, and increasingly progressive roles within sales and marketing, and recently in management. He spent 11.5 years at Regulvar, one of Canada’s largest building system integrators, before joining Schneider Electric in 2017 as the national sales manager for building automation systems. Most recently, he was the general manager for Canada and North-East U.S. at Daikin Applied. He obtained his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2002 and became a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario in 2006. In 2016, Hugo completed his Executive master’s in business and management at the Telfer School of Management.
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.
Jim Hunter 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.
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.
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.
Kevin Graebel is the Director of Marketing & Offering Management for the Honeywell Building Solutions (HBS) business. His primary responsibility is to lead the offering and go-to-market strategy for the services business, where HBS is leading the charge to connect buildings to the cloud using the Honeywell Forge platform. Previously, he has worked in the Smart Energy and Residential (now Resideo) businesses at Honeywell, where he led the “Healthy Home” business with a vision for selling a broader range of air quality and awareness solutions to homeowners. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science, a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a focus on Data Science, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Charlie Derk is the Director of Product Marketing for Legrand‘s Building Controls Division. His responsibilities are focused on the strategic direction and business development for shading and residential controls. Charlie has been working with lighting and shading control products for the past 22 years in engineering, product management, marketing and sales roles. Prior to Legrand he worked for Crestron Electronics where he was instrumental in building their shading product line. Charlie has also held positions with Doherty Design Group and Lutron Electronics where he was a lead engineer for their HomeWorks Interactive platform. Charlie holds a degree in Computer Science and is currently based in northern New Jersey.
Todd Denison is Vice President & General Manager of UL’s Appliances, HVAC & Lighting Division. He leads a global team focused on enabling manufacturers success by helping them navigate complex global compliance requirements and bring safe, high performing, connected products to the global marketplace. In Todd’s 20+ years with UL, he has worked with manufacturers and stakeholders in the commercial, industrial and consumer space, and is a member of UL’s Connected Technologies leadership team. In his current role, he is actively involved in UL’s ecosystem solution development, and leads UL’s executive relationships with AHRI, AHAM and American Lighting Association. Todd holds a BS in accounting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and an MBA from Northwestern University in Chicago, and is currently based in the Chicago suburbs.
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.
Trevor Deters is the Director of Product Marketing of the Smart + Connected Category at Steelcase. Trevor leads a global team who develop and manage a suite of data-driven solutions that work together to help organizations make better decisions about how to use space and give their employees a great experience at work. He has spent the past 10 years at Steelcase building a technology business which now includes room scheduling devices and software, employee experience apps, collaboration technology, and an IoT platform that provides analytics and insights on workplace utilization and performance. Trevor holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Spanish from Calvin University and an MBA from Grand Valley State University. He is currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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.
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.
Troy Maeder is the Director of Strategy and Business Development at Carrier/Automated Logic Corporation (ALC), and he works at ALC’s corporate headquarters in Kennesaw, GA (Atlanta suburb). He has worked in the building automation industry his entire career (36+ years), starting with MCC Powers. In 1986, he became co-owner of a new BAS contracting business, which was sold in 1989, at which point he joined ALC. He has had the opportunity to serve a wide range of roles throughout his career at ALC, including: District Sales Engineer, Branch Manager, National Accounts Manager, launching and leading the OEMCtrl brand division, Director of Operations, Director of R&D, and then Director of Product Management prior to his current role leading business & product strategy development and business alliance initiatives. Troy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Tom Daenzer is Manager of Digital Business Development for Belimo Americas since 2018. He leads a team responsible for supporting the growth of HVAC valves and actuators that harness smart and/or connected capabilities. One of Tom’s primary roles is to guide development of the services and APIs that compliment these connected products through relationships with industry peers and technology partners. He leads the Belimo Americas IoT Committee, and is a member of the global IoT Core and IoT steering committees. Prior to his Digital role, he was Business Development Manager for Belimo’s Shared Logic line of intelligent actuator solutions. Before working for Belimo, Tom spent 17 years on the construction side of the building automation industry, with roles ranging from software engineer and project manager to department manager. He is passionate about leveraging technology to improve occupant comfort while reducing a building’s energy footprint. Tom holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.
David Eckell has been Graybar’s National Market Manager for CIG and Data Communications solutions since 2018. In this role he develops marketing and sales enablement strategies across commercial, institutional and government markets. Additionally, he helps set strategic direction for technical solutions such as IoT, AV, Security, Data Centers and Wireless. David is currently a member of the CompTIA IoT Advisory Council as well as the Communications Cable and Connectivity Data Center committee. Before working for Graybar, David spent 19 years in the telecommunications industry in a variety of roles ranging from network engineer and program manager to channel sales and ultimately market strategy. He enjoys helping companies navigate new technologies to gain tangible competitive advantages from them. David holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and an MBA from East Carolina University.