The CABA Board of Directors

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.

Co-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.

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.

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).

Pete Horton is Vice President, Market Development at the Legrand North and Central America Electrical Wiring Systems (EWS) Division. In this role he is responsible for driving IoT innovation and technology across five business units. Previously he was Vice President of the WattStopper business unit at Legrand’s Building Controls Systems Division where he architected the Digital Lighting Management platform and led the acquisition of AIC Wireless. Earlier he was the Lighting Control Marketing Manager for Legrand in Europe. In 1985 he founded Horton Controls Inc, a software, technology provider, and partner with GE Lighting, which was sold to Legrand in 2000. Horton currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Haystack Organization. He also serves as the technical co-chair on the Alliance to Save Energy’s Systems Efficiency Initiative. In the past, he served on the board of directors of Wireless Environments in Cleveland, OH which was acquired by Ring.com in 2017 and Amazon in 2018.

Members at Large

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 (IoT)-related standard or alliance. He has held key positions in the Wireless Industrial Network Alliance, the HART Communications Foundation, and the Open Connectivity Foundation. David 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.

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.

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.

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.

Brian Ensign is Vice President, Marketing at Superior Essex Communications, a structured cable manufacturer focused on delivering industry leading product solutions focused on enabling technology and intelligent spaces with sustainability in mind. In his role, Ensign leads a team of marketing and demand creation professionals focused on customer engagement and the creation of industry-leading solutions. Ensign’s industry experience over the last 26 years has centered on technology-, market-development, and marketing activities in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) community with a focus on structured cabling, intelligent spaces, sustainability, partnerships, and cyber security. Ensign holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the SUNY Polytechnic Institute along with RCDD, NTS, OSP, and RTPM designations from BICSI, where he is a BICSI Past President. Ensign is a frequent public speaker of industry, technology, and trends at various industry events and functions.