Johnson Controls Panel at NFMT Highlights the Changing Demographics in HVACR

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Johnson Controls reinforced the ‘Changing Demographics in HVACR’ whitepaper with a panel at the recent National Facilities Management & Technology (NFM & T) Conference and tradeshow on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Renee Joseph, Vice President, Channel Sales and Marketing Operations welcomed the crowd of 100           

and talked about the whitepaper and reviewed the metrics of the current U.S. population and the need to have many open HVACR roles filled by the growing demographics of women, millennials, and minorities.  Corrie Prunuske, VP & GM Customer Business Unit CBRE then moderated a diverse panel that consisted of a representative of each of these demographics from Johnson Controls and CBRE:

  1. Brian Pfeifer, Technologies Manager for Johnson Controls Enterprise Properties Group from our corporate offices in Glendale, Wisconsin.
  2. Michelle Butters is a Division Leader for the Facilities Management line of business with CBRE for the central U.S and Canada.
  3. Lyle Gladney is the Customer Business Manager for Johnson Controls and works onsite at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia.

The panel engaged in a lively discussion on what drew them to the HVACR and FM industry and what keeps them there. They also talked about their backgrounds, challenges in the FM and HVACR fields, innovations, and trends they currently see taking place. After that, Q & A was opened up to the audience for questions they had about the whitepaper topic and for the panelists.

Directly following, Johnson Controls also sponsored the ‘Young Professionals’ panel where Renee also introduced her whitepaper and said a few words opening the session. Later that evening, we sponsored the ‘Young Professionals’ reception and networked with millennials and other young professionals who attended, to further talk about the industry and its attributes.

More than 5000 attended the show and conference with the majority of the audience being Facility Managers representing government, retail, commercial, healthcare, industrial and the hospitality industries.

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