Monthly President’s Message

Madison Schultz - President of ASHRAE COK Chapter
By: Madison Schultz

February 10, 2020


Hello ASHRAEcok Family!

I am super excited to serve as your President this year! My goal for the year is to Empower Members. We are lucky to have so many wonderful volunteers helping this year so this year will be jampacked with events; I hope to see you at many of them.

I have two big shout-outs this month:

I want to thank Don and Audre Carter. Don is on the Board of Governors and a serial volunteer with ASHRAE. He is a constant present at nearly all ASHRAEcok events (BOG Meetings, Chapter Meetings, Sustainability Events, and the list goes on…). Although his wife, Audre, is not an ASHRAE Member, she is another constant presence at ASHRAEcok events. She was an integral member of the planning committee for the Chapter Regional Conference that was hosted in Oklahoma City a few years ago; she is a strong supporter of our Companions Events; she attended the Sustainability Event in the fall to help clean up the river. I am delighted that this power couple is so active in chapter events and thrilled that Don Carter has been selected by the Nominating Committee to lead the chapter in the future. Thank you Don and Audre!

I hope everyone who attended the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo learned a lot, made new connections, and made it home safely. I enjoyed learning about the updated IEEE/ASHRAE Guideline 21 about battery storage rooms and attending the Workshop on Mentoring. As a reminder, all attendees of the conference have access to the Digital Conference for the next 18 months to catch any content that they may have missed.

I am very excited for this year’s Day on the Hill. The Northeast Oklahoma Chapter will be joining us on February 25 to visit our legislatures at the state capitol. I hope you’ll be able to join us. See the GAC article by Byron Hughes for more information.

If you are a YEA Member and have not already attended, I strongly recommend that you attend the YEA Leadership Weekend 1.0 in Minneapolis, MN on May 15-17. Registration will open soon. If you have already attended the YEA Leadership Weekend 1.0, I strongly recommend that you attend the YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0 in Palm Springs, CA on May 1-3 (Psst, I will be leading this weekend so sign up to hang out with the cool kids). Registration is currently open. The class size is limited to 20 people so will fill up quickly! Registration for both weekends is at

The chapter has an extensive slate of programs this year. These include providing funding to students who attended the Winter Conference and AHR Expo, sponsoring lunch for Student Branch Meetings, scholarships, partial funding to send volunteers to training, and so much more. To fully fund all of our programs, we need to raise almost $4,000. The Board of Governors and a few select committee chairs have contacted companies who have staff that are current ASHRAE members to see if they are interested in helping. Included in this newsletter is the Sponsorship Menu. If you or your company are interested in participating, please fill out the form and send it to our Treasurer.

I am pleased to welcome our ASHRAE and SMACNA panelist: Stephanie Thomas, Scott Sanders, Chuck Darr, Joe McKenzie, Kyle Bellmon, and Mike Clark. If you want to submit a question to our panelist, please visit As a reminder, our new location is Will Rogers Theater at 4322 N Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

All the committee chairs are hard at work planning spectacular events for the year. Please reach out if you want to get engaged with all they are doing or if you have an idea for an event or activity that will empower members.


Jeremy Wood (ECC/Webmaster) & Kaylee Oliver (Social Media) - 2018-2019 EC Excellence WinnerRegion VIII ECC Excellence-Winner '18-'19

Michael Wilson - 2017-2018 EC Excellence Honorable MentionRegion VIII ECC Excellence-Honorable Mention '17-'18

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