Letter from the Director and Regional Chair:
WE ARE REGION XII and it’s our time to shine! The upcoming ASHRAE Winter and AHR Expo in our Region – we are the hosts! Not only that, we have grown! With the addition of several student branches we now have a new Chapter in Chile! Currently, Region XII now has 12 Chapters and 10 Sections and more than 2,600 members (almost 100 members more than last year at this time!). These Chapters and Sections represent most of Florida, South and Central America and the Caribbean. This expanse of our Region allows us to not only share the technology of ASHRAE, but our culture, our history, our languages and passion of sustainability. We have mentored each other, traveled great distances to collaborate and have volunteered countless hours of time and expertise to not only represent Region XII, but to truly advance the arts and sciences of HVAC & R.
The Region’s strongest membership growth stems from the hard work of the South American Chapters (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia). This is because of their synergies with similar Alliance Societies such as ACAIRE, AAF, AGBC and ABRAVA. I am proud to share that members of these chapters have also translated many ASHRAE documents to Spanish at https://www.ashrae.org/about-ashrae/espanol-about-ashrae-. Finally, Society has responded to our requests, the Spanish Translation of ASHRAE Standard 170-2013 Ventilation of Health Care Facilities is now available in digital and print from in the ASHRAE bookstore on an individual copy basis. What’s even more exciting is the collaboration of technical documents and design guides into Spanish and shared within the region.
Our Chapters also share Distinguished Lecturers, keynote speakers and participate in each other’s social events such as golf, clay shoots and fishing tournaments. The Chapters have exchanged ideas about fundraisers, joint meetings and how to build a successful student activities. Just last year, our Region introduced two new Student Branches: Brazil (San Paulo University) and FTC/Kissimmee – (Space Coast) and UCF has won SECOND PLACE for the 2014-2015 Student Design Competition in the Design Calculation category.
During the 2015-2016 Society Year, we will focus on endorsing ASHRAE’s new strategic plan and help to promote our International growth, the adaptability of ASHRAE Standards and continue to expand our educational tools. In fact, ASHRAE has chosen Miami to host a Society endorsed and provided HVAC Fundamentals Course in April 2016.
Finally I want to thank the volunteers both at the Chapter and Society level. I am so proud to call Region XII my own, to walk in the footsteps of past DRCs and work with many of my ASHRAE mentors and friends.
Jennifer A. Isenbeck, PE, LEED BD+C, ASHRAE CPMP
Past Region XII Directors and Regional Chairs:
J. Wesley Floreth 1979-1983
James H. Carroll, Jr., PE 1983-1986
Alberto J. Sanchez, PE 1986-1989
Ronald J. Kessner, PE 1989-1992
Thomas H. Williams 1992-1995
Raymond E. Patenaude, PE 1995-1998
Rex E. Noble, Jr., PE 1998-2001
Suzanne LeViseur, PE 2001-2004
Robert B. Risley 2004-2007
Ross D. Montgomery, PE 2007-2010
William W. Malphus 2010-2013
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