President’s Message

Jeff Forman - President of ASHRAE COK Chapter
By: Jeff Forman

August 29, 2018

Hello fellow ASHRAE members and student members.  We have an exciting 2018-2019 year ahead of us with excellent programs featuring advanced topics, “back to the basics” review of fundamentals, leadership and lab tours.  Our Research & Promotion (RP) outings, Student Activities, Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) and Sustainability events will provide you plenty of opportunities to plug in and help us continue the momentum Damon McClure, 2017-2018 president, built and place your chapter in the running for another Golden Gavel win!

I’m both humbled and honored to be your chapter president this year.  I know many of you in our 290+ membership, but for those whom I don’t I’ve been in the industry for most of my career starting at York International in Norman the summer before graduating OSU with a BSME degree.  After graduation I moved to Norman, continued to work for York and earned my MBA from the University of Oklahoma.  After a brief career in corporate banking, HVAC and ASHRAE drew me back to spend the next 15 years in engineering roles at Temtrol and another 6 leading a great team at Governair.  Although starting a rep firm has been rewarding, none of this would have been possible without ASHRAE!

I was introduced to ASHRAE by my professor Dr. Faye McQuiston, who brought me to my first chapter meeting and ultimately convinced me to become a student member.  That student experience and Dr. McQuiston’s practical and challenging teaching of HVAC fundamentals lead me to choose this career path.  So when I recognized one of our regions goals was to increase student, YEA and women membership, I was eager to adopt it as one of our 3 chapter goals for 2018-2019.  Scott Sanders, your Student Activities Chair, has a strong team lined up and will gladly accept your help as he continues with our student Protégé Program and many on campus events at events at OSU, OU, UCO, MetroTech and Gene Autry.

Our other two chapter goals also parallel the ASHRAE region goals and are to (1) increase the overall chapter contribution to Research Promotion, by providing more individual and chapter sustainable contributions and (2) increase our chapters “Active” membership.  Chris Dolan, your RP Chair will build on his prior year RP successes providing you and your companies plenty of opportunities to contribute and communicate the “why” ASHRAE RP.  On Monday 9/10/18 we will be holding our largest and most important annual fund raising event at Kickingbird Golf course. We’ve already sent out notices, but reach out to Bryan Garcia, Special Events Chair and Chris with any questions and join us!

Still not sure how you can get “active” in ASHRAE for 2018-2019?  Reach out to Tanner Jones our new Membership Promotion (MP) chair for 2018-2019.  Tanner will do a great job leading us, and like any organization we need our current members to stay active and available.  By simply inviting a guest, colleague or student to a chapter event or program, your grass roots efforts will continue building on COK’s rich history of success. 

In closing, I’m excited to be working for you and with each of you as you donate your time and make yourself available to your COK chapter community.  We have a great Board of Governors leadership team assembled for 2018-2019 and the committee chairs speaking below are all industry leaders.  As we pursue our goals and engage in all our activities, let’s consider and let these three principles guide us:

Character Commitment Community

Character – the inward values that determine outward actions

Commitment - to be engaged, involved, available and to persevere

Community - to work together, to give back and to focus on others

Character Topic of the Month:

Availability vs. Self-Centeredness - making my schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I serve.

Are you available to your customers, to your co-workers, for your friends, for your family or perhaps a stranger needing help?  In today’s fast paced, always connected society I’m as guilty as anyone not building “margin” into my daily schedule.  How often do we get frustrated by interruptions to what we are trying to accomplish?

On the other hand do you recall a time when you paused to help someone else, to maybe just listened?  And remember how good you felt afterward?  That’s because we are all built for relationships!  Building “margin” into our schedules and being more available for others is something we could all use a little more of!

 - Jeff Forman, ASHRAE Central Oklahoma Chapter President


ASHRAE Mission:
To advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

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