Welcome to another year of ASHRAE here in the Long Island Chapter!
The 2022-2023 season is approaching for the ASHRAE Society and ASHRAE-LI Chapter members for socializing, networking, and, most importantly, learning experience. The Society’s learning and standard/guideline experience never end, says it the 128 years of experience. Our local Chapter, founded in 1957, is also dedicated to improving the quality of life indoors like The Society and has already added the outdoor quality of life that is environmental sustainability into the context. The miracle of all the services done by the Society, Regional, and Chapter levels are generated by thousands of volunteers worldwide. Considering all these dedications, I want to thank our most recent president Matthew J. Vitrano, the board, and the committee members of the 2021-2022 season for their hard work, dedication, and consistent volunteering. Another special recognition for her commitment and service for about 20 years goes to Liset Cordero. She decided to retire from her Newsletter editor role upon her career advancement at her current company. Many thanks, and I wish her success in her new role.
Now, we are opening another chapter for a new adventure with our new board and committee members, mainly from the younger generation. The new members’ vibrant energy will enhance our impact as one of the top chapters in the region. Long Island, one of the wealthiest regions in the country, with approximately 3 million population, excluding the Kings and Queens Counties, houses engineering firms serving both the island and the NYC metropolitan area. Our Chapter will keep supporting the engineering and HVAC-R industry firms by conveying the latest policy, technology, and industry updates to them. Long Island engineers experiencing both urban and sub-urban lifestyles are always being encouraged to design the most innovative project due to the demand from the competitive building owners. The manufacturers production lines must be the best efficient and most competitive product. The contractor firms installing these innovative projects must have the most talented technicians and installers on the field. The Island's HVAC-R industry share their indefinably valuable experiences with our chapter as a give back. We will maintain and improve our relationship by supporting human and natural health in the first line. We will try to inform the firms with the new technological developments and new designs considering the electrification and decarbonization efforts. We encourage our members and guests to follow our upcoming programs along with our newly established Sustainability Committee through the Long Island Sounder and LinkedIn account.
We will be as usual holding our meetings at Westbury Manor every second Tuesday of each month starting with free cocktail hours at 6 pm. This great HVAC-R industry networking event will be enhanced with 1 PDH credit presentation and lessons learned sessions. Our programs and CTTC committee have already started to schedule these events. On the other hand, the YEA committee members will remain active by planning events at beer breweries, go-cart racing, and such to reach more young engineers. We may organize other unexpected events for the young engineers, wait for it. Another goal is to distribute more scholarships to more students by raising money for the students. Andy Manos won The Top Dog award from the Society in June by raising $28,451 for the Chapter’s research and promotion. He also reached his regional goal of $212,000. The Government Affairs Committee is already in contact with NYSERDA to convey the latest updates on Workforce Training and other incentives. Also, the GCA will plan to contact local or regional government officials to inform them of the importance of ASHRAE’s role in building system design and human health. Last year, the Membership Promotion committee awarded the top Long Island firms that increased their employee's participation in the chapter membership for the 'membership battle competition'. These awards will be extended to other categories such as best design, sales engineer, the year's most innovative design and design firm. Our historians contact the past presidents and interview them to convey their experiences to the new generation and keep the historical record. The historian committee will display the Chapter’s History Boards at the CRC in NH this year. Our top event, the Golf Outing at Cherry Valley has raised the highest money so far for the chapter. Long Island Chapter owes a big thank to the architect of this great success that led by Peter Gerazounis. Our communications committee works tirelessly every month to share information about the activities and update the website ashareli.com, newsletter, and social media accounts.
We are excited for the CRC event that is in Concord, NH, this year to plan our new season at the regional and societal levels. We will share new information learned from the CRC event and the images of the great moments of the social activities. Moreover, I’m personally waiting to meet with the top ASHRAE society leaders and industry experts again. I'm excited to see our chapter committee members in Concord. Have a safe trip.
President, Long Island Chapter
President, Long Island Chapter