A new twist to Expo week in Dallas last January was the first ControlTrends Awards (CTA). Stromquist & Company sponsors these new honors to reward innovation and performance (and they maintain a fairly active website at http://controltrends.org), and ES was one of the media sponsors for the debut contest and ceremony.
Most but not all of the awards were for products. Werner Buck, former president of Belimo, received the CTA inaugural Hall of Fame Award for “his outstanding professional and community contributions.”
Buck also took home the Petock Award, given annually to a deserving member of the HVAC industry and named after Mark Petock, who did a lot of good work at Tridium before moving to his current position at Lynxspring.
Anyway, these cover a lot of ground and many companies, so I wanted to share the full list of ControlTrends Awards 2012 winners with you.
Variable Frequency Drive of the Year
Honeywell Smart VFD
Thermostat of the Year
Viconics VT7600 Series
Commercial Product of the Year
Belimo Energy Valve
Automation Graphic Tool of the Year
DGLux by DGLogik
Building Energy Management Application
Johnson Controls Panoptix
Building Automation Controller of the Year
Vendor Technical Support Company of the Year
Building Automation System of the Year
Commercial HVAC Control Vendor of the Year
Most Valuable Support Person of the Year
James Johnson, Vykon
Barry Gordon, ACI
Person of the Year
Passion, Integrity, Dedication Award
Roger Rebennack, Honeywell
HVAC Executive of the Year
Chris Eichmann, Johnson Controls
Mike Keller, Honeywell
UPWARD AND ONWARD
As the saying goes, it’s nice when good things happen to good people. After 13 years, ES is losing our managing editor, Caroline Fritz. The big upside is that she’s leaving to become editor of Mission Critical Magazine here at BNP Media. On the other hand, she has been a friendly presence, valued fellow editor, and critical contributor to the magazine’s month-to-month success for the past 150 issues or so.
Those of you with relevant responsibilities and interests should check out Mission Criticalif you’re not already. Back here, we carry on and thank Caroline for everything she’s done.