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President's Welcome

Dear Nebraska ASHRAE Members,

I hope everyone has had a productive summer and has had a chance to do some relaxing. As the incoming President of the Nebraska Chapter I would like to first thank Sara Poursharafeddin, last year’s President, for all her work and commitment to leading our chapter.

Since we last met in May for a tour of OPPD’s Service Station, a few things have happened:

1. We had a successful golf outing at Ironhorse Golf Club in Ashland, NE. Thank you for all who attended and a special thanks to Aaron Rasell and Kyle Heberly for organizing the event.

2. Many members of our chapter traveled to Wichita, Kansas for the Region IX Chapter Regional Conference (CRC). At CRC we were recognized for our efforts as a chapter last year.

3. The board of directors conducted a chapter planning meeting for this coming year.

This year, ASHRAE Society President Tom Phoenix’s presidential theme is “People, Passion and Performance.” In his address at the summer meeting he first explained that success can be defined as: “If tomorrow you are better than you are today, then you are successful.” Furthermore, he explains that ASHRAE’s greatest asset is its people. People will make time for something they see is valuable.

As a local chapter we need to focus on how to make ASHRAE more valuable to our members. Therefore, I’m asking for input from all of our members to help the Nebraska Chapter provide more value. Please provide me with feedback on the following:

· What additional technical training sessions do you need?

· What keeps you coming to our monthly meetings, or why don’t you make it a priority to attend?

· How can we help with finding new employees or employment opportunities?

· What lunch presentations would you like to see at monthly meetings?

Your feedback will be valuable in directing the Nebraska Chapter’s future efforts. Much like Tom Phoenix mentioned, we need to create an organization that attracts new people and generates a passion to be involved. When we do this our organization will be successful . . . . Better tomorrow than it is today! I look forward to seeing many of you at our first meeting on September 9, 2014.


Jeff Backemeyer

Nebraska Chapter ASHRAE President, 2014-2015

Please contact me with any questions or suggestions on how to improve our chapter.  I can be reached at or by phone at 402-537-9217.  You may also contact any of our board members:

Tyler Glesne - President Elect

Jessica Errett - Secretary

Tom Lewis - Treasurer

Mike Barry - 1st Board Member

 - 2nd Board Member

Sara Poursharafeddin - Board Ex-officio




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