September 2018 Print

Message from the President


Welcome to the 2018-2019 ASHRAE North Piedmont Chapter! We are very excited to kick off this new year and continue our long standing role as one of the best organizations in the area. We recently enjoyed a fantastic joint CRC with Region XII where we were able to meet many familiar faces from Region IV as well as make some new friends from Region XII. The South Carolina chapter did a great job helping coordinate and setup the event.

The 2018-2019 calendar year is going to be packed with great meetings, volunteer opportunities, and fun outings, as our goal this year is to not only attract new members, but re-engage with the members who may have stepped away. This all starts the evening of September 13th at Kress Terrace. We are very pleased to host Mr. Devin Abellon for an interesting discussion on the topic of Ethics in our highly competitive industry. Please make plans now to attend and bring a friend! All new member signups will receive a free meeting voucher and more!

We will continue to provide PDH opportunities for registered PE’s at each chapter meeting. Please make use of this easy opportunity to earn your credit hours. 

As always, feel free to contact me with your feedback and suggestions.

We look forward to seeing you at our first chapter meeting!



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Chapter Technology Transfer and Programs

Hello and welcome to the start of another great ASHRAE year!  To start things off, I'd like to congratulate our out-going CTT and Programs Chair (and incoming Chapter President), Kevin Brese, on bringing home the award for Region IV's Best Chapter Program Chair.  A well-deserved thanks goes to him!  We'd love to duplicate that success this year as we aim to fill out the calendar with a well-rounded range of topics in conjuction with the theme to this Society year, "Building Our New Energy Future."

I hope can join us for dinner and drinks at our first meeting on September 13, as we host Mr. David Abellon at Kress Terrace.  His presentation "The (un)Ethical Engineer" broaches an interesting topic in our highly competitive industry.  

Lastly, you did read that correctly.  We will be planning a mix of both dinner and lunch meetings this year as a slight change of pace.  We hope this will accomodate more of our members and bring back more of the social aspect perhaps not afforded when we all have to rush back to the office after lunch.  Watch this space next month for a list of upcoming meetings and topics!


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Research Promotion

Greetings, North Piedmont Members. "Congratulations" and a very big "Thank you" are in order as we transition into the 2018-19 Campaign. We reached our goal last year of $29,000! This will help support ASHRAE Research, Scholarships, Learning Institute, Graduate Reasearch Projects, and YEA Leadership Training. Thank you to all our donors, on behalf of ASHRAE, Thank You very, very much. 


Just as a heads up, planning is underway for our Annual Holiday Party and RP Auction. We're eyeing that second week in December and will be sending out a save-the-date just as soon as it is finalized. Also keep an eye out for updates on out Fall Golf Outing, sure to be hitting your inboxes soon.


One more time, Thank You to our donors and sponsors who, year after year, put North Piedmont at the top of the list!  For those interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact me at 

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I am excited to say that I will be working as our Membership Promotion chair again this year. As many of you know, Membership is the lifeblood for our chapter and society. We need to continue to work to grow and enhance our members experience and I am looking forward to leading that charge again this year. We will be having a "new member signup booth" at each meeting this year. By signing up at a meeting we will also offer a coupon for a future meeting. Please ask your colleges and friends to attend.

Chase Crowder



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Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA)

We have an exciting year ahead for us in ASHRAE and I want to thank you all for participating this year.  I want to let everyone know that there is an upcoming YEA Leadership Weekend being held in Portland, ME on November 2-4th.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about society, develop soft skills and network with peers.  The North Piedmont Chapter will fund one person from our chapter to attend.  If you are interested please send me an email ( so I can send you an application for the chapter to sponsor you. If you want to register for the event please click on the following link: YEA Leadership Weekend Registration. Registration is $450 and includes hotel and meals for the weekend. I hope to see you at our first ASHRAE meeting!

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Student Activities


Welcome back to school, and to ASHRAE 2018-9.  We are off to a great start for the A & T Student branch with a scheduled guest lecturer visit to campus on September 18th.  You are also invited to a Chapter meeting that evening, on the topic of Ethics, at the Kress Terrace.  PLEASE register if you can attend.  There is no cost for students.  Just choose bypass payment when registering.

It's not too early to begin working on ASHRAE Scholarship applications for 2019-20.  Success can happen for those who apply.  Your own Jamaal Carter is the recipient of a $5k scholarship.

We are planning to support the student branch with an interview and resume clinic on September 18th.  More details on this event will be forthcoming soon.

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Grassroots Government Advocacy

Hello All,
I will be The North Piedmont Chapter Government Advocacy Chair for the 2018/2019 Ashrae year. We are currently working with the Triangle chapter planning on NC Day on the Hill acitivites and are excited about what we have planned this year

ASHRAE is engaging with elected and appointed officials at all levels of government on a global basis. It is vital that a network of active engineer-advocates exists worldwide to impress upon decision-makers how their choices will impact society – and HVAC&R professionals specifically – and create a sustainable built environment.

ASHRAE Government Affairs Action Alerts
Learn more and take action on timely government affairs issues at all levels of government by visiting ASHRAE’s government affairs action center at

To learn how you can use this new member benefit, check out these You Tube training modules:

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