President’s Message, October 2016

Welcome members and GGASHRAE followers to the 2016-17 year. It feels not too long ago that I was being asked by Clark Bisel and Glenn Friedman to help restart the chapter’s tradition of hosting an annual seminar and join the chapter as the new CTTC chair but that was more than 10 years ago! They say that time flies when you are having fun and that has certainly been true for my time with the chapter.

As I’m sure most past presidents have done, I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating how I can help your board and committee members provide a better overall experience and value for our members. I quickly realized that this goal is not unlike what I have been trying to do in my career as an MEP consultant where we also strive to provide the most value to each client with limited resources we have. The chapter “resources” are volunteers instead of paid employees and you the members are our clients but the two are similar. Keeping this in mind I will be focusing primarily on the following two chapter improvement goals for 2016-17. 

The first is improving our internal processes and chapter operations. There are only a limited number of hours in the day, even for an all-volunteer pool of super heroes who also excel at their full time day jobs. Developing better working/training tools and in general working smarter instead of harder is how I hope we will succeed in providing more service without asking our volunteers to contribute even more of their very generous contributions in time. 

The Second goal is to recruit more members and friends to help us out. As one of the largest chapters for ASHRAE, we’ll hopefully be exceeding 1000 members in the near future. What may not be entirely clear to some members is that most of the work behind the scenes is accomplished by 7 board members and the handful of committee members you can find our website. I will be including a more detailed message regarding recruitment in my November message but if you feel you’d like to get involved in any way or have a special skill that you feel would be invaluable improving our service to our member base at large, please reach out to any of the board members ASAP. 

Switching gears, I wanted to add that the GGASHRAE “cleaned up” during the awards ceremony that took place this Summer in Los Angeles. I personally contribute much of this success to great leadership from Erik Kolderup in particular but in general to the tireless BOG and committee base from last year. We’ll highlight all of the awards winners at our next meeting. 

I am honored and humbled to be your President this year and look forward to seeing more of you this upcoming year.

Tyler Bradshaw,

2016-2017 Golden Gate ASHRAE President


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