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EMAIL INTERVIEW – Ken Smyers and Ken Sinclair
Ken Smyers, with DMS Controls Group, LLC, in Pittsburgh, has over 30 years of experience in the HVAC, Building Automation, and Controls Industry and is Co-Founder of the ControlTrends Awards, which was established to recognize the superstars and heroes of the HVAC and Building Automation Industries. Ken is also very much involved with Eric Stromquist and ControlTrends.org, a leading internet source for HVAC and Controls information.
ControlTrends Awards Celebration is scheduled for January 21st, 2018,
the Sunday before the start of the 2018 AHR Show. Tell us more about
are celebrating our sixth annual ControlTrends Awards this year in
Chicago, at the Hard Rock Café located at 93 W. Ontario Street from
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. The Chicago Hard Rock Café nightclub style of
venue is well suited for this year’s theme. It’s going to another great
night of industry superstars, excitement, entertainment, and
networking. Blue Ridge Technologies and EasyIO will be hosting a VIP
Event prior to the show from 5:00 PM till the start of the show.
Sinclair: So, the ControlTrends Awards nomination period has just ended. What happens next?
ControlTrends Community members from around the world (37 Countries)
have made their nominations -- and the top five to seven nominees in
each category will be listed on the voting ballot. Now, we are in the
voting phase that will determine the winner of each category.
Look for your ControlTrends Awards email voting ballot in the very near
Sinclair: We see that there are a few category changes this year. Tell us about them.
we’ve added the Race to the Small Space Solution; HVAC, Building
Automation, or IoT Trainer of the Year; IoT Smart Building Solution of
the Year; and the Progressive Consulting Engineer of the Year
categories. As the trends that have the greatest impact on our industry
change so does a portion of the ControlTrends Awards’ focus. As new
trends, products, solutions, and people emerge, we see the vital
necessity in recognizing their impact and success by incorporating them
into the ControlTrends Awards.
Sinclair: Very good, though the show will stay primarily the same, right?
very much so. The traditional aspects of the ControlTrends Awards will
remain the same. It’s all about recognizing the people in our industry.
We’ll have the Young Guns Awards, the Petock Award, and the
ControlTrends Hall of Fame inductees. Marc Petock and Kim Brown will be
our Co-MCs again, and, of course, we appreciate your assistance and
Brad White’s assistance in keeping the Young Guns Awards alive and
Sinclair: Well, we look forward to another ControlTrends Awards update in January, and of course, another great night at the ControlTrends Awards.
Ken, back to you soon! As always, with an event like the ControlTrends
Awards, there are still a lot of moving pieces yet to connect before
the show. See you in January!
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