Special group rate: $179, plus applicable taxes and fees, per night. To receive this rate, reserve by Aug. 26. Use this Link to Book Now!
Located in the heart of Country Club Plaza, amid high-end retail establishments, restaurants, and entertainment venues, The Fontaine is a sophisticated destination for business and leisure travel. Walk across custom tile mosaics set into the gleaming marble floors, enjoy intricately carved wood paneling and playful Renaissance artwork adorning the walls, and marvel at the hand-blown Venetian glass chandeliers floating overhead. Each detail is designed to delight the senses while setting a scene of serene sophistication—a place in which guests are both dazzled and utterly relaxed.
Address: 901 W. 48th Place, Kansas City, MO 64112
Special group rate: $179, plus applicable taxes and fees, per night. To receive this rate, reserve by Aug. 26.
Registration includes course material, two buffet breakfasts, one lunch, and coffee/refreshments.
Through July 21: $550 per attendee
July 22 through Aug. 26: $700 per attendee
More than one from your organization attending? Contact us for a special discount code to save $50 per person.
All registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing to AMCA Meetings and Events Manager Christine Rogers at [email protected] by Aug. 26. A refund of the full conference fee, minus a $100 administrative fee, will be given for requests received by that date. All requests for exceptions to the cancellation/refund policy must be submitted in writing with appropriate documentation by Sept. 22. If a discount was given for multiple attendees and a cancellation results in a single attendance, the discount will be removed.
Prior to the conference, requests for substitutions of full registrations can be made by writing to [email protected]. Requests for substitutions on site must be accompanied by proof of the original confirmation letter. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant. The individual submitting a substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the substitution. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprinting are strictly prohibited.
Payment—in USD by credit card—must be made in full at the time of registration.
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For information related to the sessions and speakers, contact Scott Arnold, senior manager, industry engagement and content, at [email protected]. For all other inquiries related to the event, contact Christine Rogers, manager, meetings and events, at [email protected].
With a unique background in the manufacture, marketing, application, and sale of a variety of HVAC products, Michael Bulzomi is product manager, commercial dampers, for Greenheck. He has been involved in the development of building standards, authored numerous white papers and trade-publication articles, and participated on a number of technical committees. He is a member of ASHRAE and the National Fire Protection Association and chair of the AMCA International Fire and Smoke Damper Subcommittee.
Dane Carey is director of engineering for TAMCO. He has more than 35 years of experience in the HVAC industry, including service on AMCA International’s board of directors while at the same time sitting as chair of AMCA International’s Air Control Division and Damper Engineering Committee and the technical committees for ANSI/AMCA Standard 500-D, Laboratory Methods of Testing Dampers for Rating; AMCA Publication 502, Damper Application Manual for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning; and AMCA Publication 503, Fire, Ceiling (Radiation), Smoke and Fire/Smoke Dampers Application Manual. He is a member of ASHRAE technical committees 5.2 (Duct Design) and 5.6 (Control of Fire and Smoke) and the standards technical panel for UL standards 555 (Fire Dampers), 555S (Smoke Dampers), and 555C (Ceiling Dampers). He holds four U.S. patents for air-control dampers.
The director of sales, HVAC market, United States and Canada, for Kinetics Noise Control Inc., Lee Chiddention has spent the majority of his career in business management and sales. He manages a team of five inside sales engineers, 15 applications engineers, and 75 sales representatives across North America and oversees all technical marketing literature and product development, including testing, for HVAC products.
Manager of commercial and life-safety damper products for Ruskin, Mike Coyazo is responsible for new-product development, maintenance, customer training, and marketing. He has 24 years of experience with the company. He is an active member of the National Fire Protection Association and the AMCA International North America Air Movement Code Action and Review Committee.
The vice president of sales for Mars Air Systems LLC, Frank Cuaderno has more than 25 years of air-systems-industry experience. He is a member of the Air Curtain Engineering Committee, chairs the North America Region Steering Committee, and is a past member of the board of directors of AMCA International. Additionally, he is a member of a number of ASHRAE committees as well as the technical advisory groups for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 117, Fans, and NSF/ANSI 37, Air Curtain for Entranceways for Food and Food Service Establishments.
As business-development manager, architectural louvers, for Construction Specialties, Charles DiGisco provides engineered solutions and specifications to architects, mechanical engineers, façade consultants, and glazing and building-envelope professionals while supporting a network of independent representatives, inside product specialists, and business-unit sales administrators throughout North America. He is an author of five American Institute of Architects-approved continuing-education courses and is an American Institute of Architects-registered provider and a Registered Continuing Education Program-certified presenter.
Aaron Gunzner, PE
Aaron Gunzner, PE, is senior manager, advocacy, for AMCA International. In this role, he works with AMCA committees in North America to develop strategies and tactics that manifest the mission of the association “to advance the knowledge, growth, and integrity of the air-movement-and-control industry.” His work generally relates to energy, construction, and life-safety codes and standards and energy-efficiency regulations.
Amanda Hickman serves as president and consultant for The Hickman Group, an independent code-consulting firm based in Plantation, Fla. With 17 years of experience in the development and revision of codes and standards, she creates, oversees, and administers programs to advance clients’ objectives throughout the United States, maintaining relationships with numerous regulatory agencies, associations, state code bodies, and other stakeholder groups and serving on numerous committees.
William (Bill) Howarth
The president of Ventilation & Fan Consulting Service International LLC, William (Bill) Howarth has more than 30 years of experience in the fan-and-blower industry, including application, engineering, sales, testing, technical support, and vibration analysis for process and original-equipment-manufacturer customers. He is a member of the U.S. delegation for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 117, Fans. For more than 20 years, he has been an instructor for the annual North Carolina Industrial Ventilation Course and in 2022 was named the John “Pat” Curran Instructor of the Year.
Michael Ivanovich is senior director, global affairs, for AMCA International. In this role, he works with AMCA committees in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East to develop strategies and tactics that manifest the mission of the association “to advance the knowledge, growth, and integrity of the air-movement-and-control industry.” Most of this work involves energy-efficiency codes, standards, and regulations for fans, dampers, and air curtains. Advocacy arenas include the U.S. Department of Energy, ASHRAE, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Code Council, and the California Energy Commission.
As director of Berner International LLC’s engineering group, David Johnson is responsible for the research, design, development, and certification of all of the company’s products and engages in regulatory affairs concerning national, international, and government codes and standards. He has more than 30 years’ experience working in the HVAC industry, with a focus primarily on air-curtain systems. He has served on numerous International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ASHRAE, NSF, and AMCA International committees over the past three decades and was AMCA International’s president for 2018-2019.
With more than 28 years of experience adapting fans to industrial, municipal, and power applications, David Maletich is vice president of engineering for The New York Blower Co. He serves on various AMCA International and American Society of Mechanical Engineers committees. Additionally, he has presented on a variety of fan-related topics at the Industrial Ventilation Conference and AMCA International, ASHRAE, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and university events.
Jim Meats, PE
Jim Meats, PE, is vice president, sales and marketing, for Loren Cook Co. With a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Kansas State University, he started his career in 1982, designing mechanical and electrical systems for commercial and industrial projects. He has been in HVAC manufacturing since 1987, working for both air-movement and air-control companies. He is chairman of the board of AMCA International for 2022-2023.
As global product manager for the carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) value stream for Howden, a Chart Industries company, Aaron Saldanha is responsible for product/market strategy and product optimization to meet legislative requirements in a rapidly evolving space. He has more than 13 years of experience in the fan industry in the United States and India, with roles including engineering/research and development, testing, and sales. He is a technical resource for AMCA and has served as a member of several technical committees for AMCA publications.
As director of sales, North America, for Kinetics Noise Control Inc., John Sofra manages sales and marketing efforts for the North American industrial, environmental, and airflow attenuation markets. This encompasses sound and vibration isolation for industrial “in-plant” equipment and processes, “outdoor” mechanical equipment, and ventilation sound control for HVAC duct systems and industrial fans. He has served on numerous ASHRAE technical committees for acoustics and vibration and taught continuing-education courses on ventilation and acoustics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Christian Taber, BEMP, HBDP, CEM
Principal engineer, codes and standards, for Big Ass Fans, Christian Taber, BEMP, HBDP, CEM, actively participates in the development of building codes, standards, and regulations, frequently collaborating with the International Code Council, AMCA International, ASHRAE, and the U.S. Department of Energy. His contributions to the air-movement industry include leadership roles on committees for test standards, codes, and publications for fans. He has presented his work at various national and international conferences and written several articles published in ASHRAE Journal.
Ron Wroblewski, PE
As president of Productive Energy Solutions, Ron Wroblewski, PE, helps owners and operators of industrial and commercial facilities increase productivity and profitability by making more effective use of their fan, pump, and blower systems. He is senior industrial-fan-systems-optimization trainer for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and designer and presenter of online and in-person educational courses for AMCA International. As part of his work for the DOE, UNIDO, and AMCA International, he has designed and presented seminars around the world.