BACnet International Announces 2011 “Leaders of the Pack” Award Winners: Recognized For Outstanding Contributions to the BACnet Community

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BACnet International announced the winners of its annual “Leaders of the Pack” awards to recognize the achievements of individuals and companies involved in the BACnet community. The Award Ceremony took place during the 2011 Facility Decisions Conference & Expo on October 11-12, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. The award categories along with award explanations are listed below.

BACnet International announced the winners of its annual “Leaders of the Pack” awards to recognize the achievements of individuals and companies involved in the BACnet community. The Award Ceremony took place during the 2011 Facility Decisions Conference & Expo on October 11-12, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. The award categories along with award explanations are listed below.

Alpha Dog Award
Carl Neilson of Delta Controls. The Alpha Dog Award is presented to an individual who exhibits outstanding leadership. Carl Neilson is a constant and dynamic voice of BACnet International through his leadership. His passion is truly inspiring.

St. Bernard Award
Michael R Wilson of OEMCtrl. The St. Bernard Award goes to an individual who is always coming to the rescue. Michael R Wilson always steps up if something needs to be done, especially if no one else is available to do it. If you need something done at the last minute, he is there.

German Shepherd Award #1
Joel Bender of Cornell University. The German Shepherd award is given to an individual who is known for keeping the group in line and upholding the BACnet Standards. This year, it is being presented to two individuals equally deserving of the honor. The first award goes to Joel Bender, who is the essence of what BACnet is by constantly asking, "what can we make that people can use?" He also contributes massively himself, maintaining the key pieces of the infrastructure that ties us all together.

German Shepherd Award #2
Steve Karg of WattStopper. The second German Shepherd award is presented to Steve Karg who is like a Swiss Army Knife, and applies his varied skills to help produce the best that the BACnet community has to offer.

Labrador Award.
Grant Wichenko of Appin Associates. The Labrador Award is presented to someone who shows unquestioning loyalty to BACnet International and the BACnet Standard. Anyone who works with Grant Wichenko is aware of his total loyalty to the BACnet product. Those involved in standards work will understand the commitment required to work in the standards development area and the unquestioning loyalty required for such sustained activity. He also expends enormous effort to implement BACnet in any project in which his company is engaged.

Rottweiler Award
Brad Hill of Honeywell. The Rottweiler Award was designed to honor a fierce protector of BACnet International and BACnet Standards. This year’s recipient is Brad Hill, who is a fixture in BACnet International and who contributes by participating on the BACnet International Board of Directors.

Jack Russell Award
Ben Dorsey of KMC Controls. The Jack Russell Award goes to an individual who is always doing something for the betterment of BACnet International and the BACnet Standard. Ben Dorsey is constantly involved with improving BACnet International through his work with the BACnet International marketing committee. He is heavily involved in improving the website and other publications that BACnet produces.

Howler Award
Ken Sinclair of Automated Buildings.    The Howler Award serves to recognize an individual for making a lot of noise about BACnet International and BACnet Standards. This year’s recipient is Ken Sinclair, who continues to keep BACnet in the forefront of industry media via his coverage on AutomatedBuildings.com.

Fox Hound Award.
Jack Lee of Airtek. The Fox Hound Award goes to an individual who quickly and stealthily came up from behind in BACnet International. As a newcomer to BACnet International participation, Airtek in a single year has moved from BACnet-ambitious to BACnet-commanding. With 21 different BTL Listed models in three different device profiles, Airtek has risen to technical mastery of correct and interoperable BACnet.

Best in Show Award
Crate & Barrel project submitted by Carrier.    The Best in Show Award goes to a project posted in the BACnet Success Stories. This company's very first BACnet Success Story is an impressive piece of work. This LEED Gold project with a recognized retail industry leader is the ideal example of what we want submitted as a BACnet Success Story. It identifies the project challenges and solutions. It is a clear, cogent, compelling and well-composed narrative. It identifies BACnet as the key to success on this project. It contains customer and integrator quotations. It identifies all contributing firms, consultants, integrators, contractors and manufacturers with hyperlinks to their web sites. It supplies a system schematic made available in the, “Systems Integrated,” section, and it uses outstanding project photos.

Andy McMillan, President of BACnet International and General Manager of Philips Teletrol, shared his appreciation to the community. “Within the BACnet International community, there are members who go above and beyond to make BACnet an effective and successful building automation standard. This is the time when we award those individuals as, ‘Leaders of the Pack,’ and recognize them for enriching this organization in every way they know how.” McMillan continued, “Please join me in thanking the winners again for their unfailing loyalty to BACnet International and the BACnet standard.”

Companies interested in enjoying the benefits of BACnet International membership can get more information here.

About BACnet® International
BACnet International is an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs, and promotional activities. The BACnet standard was developed by ASHRAE and has been made publicly available so that manufacturers can create interoperable systems of products. BACnet International complements the work of the ASHRAE standards committee and BACnet-related interest groups around the world. BACnet International members include building owners, consulting engineers and facility managers, as well as companies involved in the design, manufacturing installation, commissioning, and maintenance of control equipment that uses BACnet for communication. For more information, please visit http://www.bacnetinternational.org.

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