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InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance Hires Program Director, Elects Officers at Fall Meeting
Monday - November 16, 2015     A+ | a-
Program Director, Paul Berg
Program Director, Paul Berg
ATLANTA — November 16, 2015 — Hiring a program director and electing new leadership were highlights of the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance Fall Meeting held in New Orleans, La. An international alliance of independent building automation contractors, InsideIQ member firms are trusted, local experts in building automation and systems integration.
“We are pleased to announce that Paul Berg is joining InsideIQ as program director and our first full-time employee. Paul will support the Executive Committee and Board of Directors to advance programs and operations while providing greater service and value to our member firms,” said Leroy Walden, vice president of Atlanta-based McKenney’s Inc., and newly elected president of InsideIQ. “Additional goals for the coming year include growing InsideIQ’s influence in the markets that we serve and deepening our connections with primary system providers while leveraging those relationships to benefit our customers.”
Based in Eagan, Min., Berg has industry knowledge as well as experience in a nonprofit environment supporting a volunteer board. Previously, he was director of marketing and public relations for the Mechanical Contractors Association of Minnesota. In addition, he has served as the executive director for a labor/management committee as well as coordinating educational programs for 13 industry trade associations. Berg also has experience as a television director and a commercial writer/producer.
According to Walden, who previously served as vice president of InsideIQ, new board appointments include Jerry Jannicelli, association secretary; Dean Welch, Education Committee chairman; and Bob Socks, Operations Committee chairman. Jannicelli is president, Technical Building Services, Inc. in Ballston Spa, NY; Welch is vice president of Climate Systems Inc., based in Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Socks is vice president of Control Systems Inc. located in Hagerstown Md.

Returning board officers include Scott Derby, vice president of SmartEdge, headquartered in Tonawanda, N.Y., who serves as vice president and chair of the Ways and Means Committee; treasurer Kent James who is vice president of Control Technologies in Lubbock, Texas; and Paul Strohm, president and COO of Kansas City, Kan.-based C & C Group, who is InsideIQ’s past president.
Continuing their service on the InsideIQ board are Charlie Sabean, vice president, Modern Systems Management Ltd, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, who serves as the Business Development Committee chairman; Chuck Kopocis, vice president, Control Services, Inc. based in Omaha, Neb., who leads the marketing committee; and Shad Buhlig, president of Automatic Controls Engineering, located in Hayward, Calif., who is the Technical Committee chair. 
“As a volunteer organization, InsideIQ board members are first and foremost leaders of independent, local building automation companies dedicated to providing excellent solutions and service for their customers,” said Walden. “They volunteer to serve InsideIQ because of the value membership and participation provides. Through collaboration, members share ideas and best practices so that InsideIQ members can provide best-in-breed products and solutions to their customers.”
In addition to hiring Berg and electing new officers, other highlights of the InsideIQ Fall Meeting included a project case study showcase. This provided an opportunity for members to discuss projects, learn about the capabilities of other member firms and open a dialogue around strategies to implement successful building automation projects. InsideIQ leaders also enhanced and renewed partnerships with primary system providers during the meeting. “Over the years we have built a solid reputation with both Schneider Electric and Tridium,” said Walden, “so that they view InsideIQ as an important member of their sales channels representing high level integration companies.”
About InsideIQ
InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance is an organization comprised of independent commercial building and facility automation companies representing common automation and security system platforms. Our member firms across North America, Europe and Australia share best practices among more than 5,200 employees at over 110 locations. Members specialize in the design and implementation of facilities and process control systems, systems integration, enterprise security systems, facilities maintenance services, energy services, and the representation of other value-added products and services. The largest independent organization of its kind, InsideIQ member companies provide consistent applications, coordination, and support for commercial facility owners. More information is available online at
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