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EMAIL INTERVIEW – Etienne Veilleux and Ken Sinclair
Etienne Veilleux, President and CEO, Distech Controls Inc.
Founder, President and CEO of Distech Controls, Etienne Veilleux has
been the driving force in evolving the company from a regional controls
contractor to a recognized leader of innovative building and energy
management solutions. As the main driver of Distech Controls' vision,
Etienne leads corporate strategy, and also continues to be an active
contributor to the development of new products and solutions. Etienne
is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and the
Entrepreneur Organization (EO). In 2010, Etienne received the
prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award for the
province of Quebec in the Cleantech category, and a National Citation
for manufacturing, innovation, and design.
Sinclair: At the AHR show in Dallas, Texas, Distech Controls presented a number of new products. Can you tell me more?
Veilleux: Indeed, we had quite a few new products on display at the AHR this year – our 50 Series of controllers with a color LCD display, new models of our Allure™ EC-Smart-Vue communicating sensor line, and finally, our Integrated Room Control solution.
What exactly is the 50 Series?
Veilleux: The 50
Series are versions of our existing programmable BACnet® and
LONWORKS® family of HVAC controllers featuring an integrated color LCD
operator interface. Using graphical menus and a jog dial, they provide
quick access to the controller’s data points, and color-coded control
and override features, along with alarm management without any extra
programming required. Our Partners are also really enthusiastic about
the PID tuning feature we built into the controllers. A technician can
now easily tune a PID control loop in real-time with live graphics of
the loop parameters.
What’s new with the EC-Smart-Vue
Sinclair: What is the Integrated Room Control solution?
Sinclair: You’re planning to move?
Veilleux: Yes, this new building will replace the current head office, but we are staying in Brossard, Canada, just moving one street over. Everyone at Distech Controls is really looking forward to the move this spring. The building will occupy twice the current area, providing the necessary space for our growing teams. We’re also putting a lot of emphasis on creating an efficient and comfortable work environment for our employees and guests.
The building will of course be fitted
with Distech Controls’ products,
providing a real showcase for our energy efficient solutions. We’re
also committed to reducing our carbon footprint, so our new head office
will be LEED® certified upon completion.
Sinclair: It sounds like you’ve been quite busy! What makes Distech Controls successful?
I really believe that our success stems from our commitment to a
vision, our dedicated employees, and the support of our Partners
worldwide. We’ve grown about 30% compounded for the last decade
through our continued expansion in existing and new markets. I’ve
been working with some of our Partners since our first AHR Expo show in
2001 and it’s still rewarding to see how excited they get every time we
release a new product!
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