March 2021 Print

President's Message


Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is safe and well. Good news, we will be having our sporting clay event next month! We look forward to everyone that can attend, and we appreciate all of your support. This month's meeting will again be virtual, but with things moving in a positive direction, we’re hoping to have an in person meeting either April or May. Lastly, our annual scholarship application closed, and we will be announcing the winners at next months meeting.

Best Regards,

Alec Lyons



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President Elect Report

President Elect / Programs Chair – John Bigda

Please join us for an online training session, can be attended from the comfort of your home or wherever you are working/being during these days of social distancing!

Thursday, March 25, 2020

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

This meeting will be held online via Teams

Access Information will be sent prior to the meeting  

Register at:

Meeting Registration

It is FREE to attend this presentation.

Trevor Benbow

Variable Primary Chiller Systems

A discussion of variable primary pumping systems, including the history and evolution of hydronic system design and the drive to optimizing plant energy efficiency and reliability. 


Trevor graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Mechanical Engineering/Minor in Business and concentration in HVAC in 1996.  He started with Trane in July of 1996 and moved to Reno as Trane’s Salesperson in December of 1996.  In February of 2010, he started Nevada Mechanical Systems, which merged with Western Nevada Supply and formed WN Mechanical Systems in 2012. Trevor spends his spare time doing useless nerdy stuff like programming psychrometric and energy programs, all ASHRAE approved of course. 

Meeting Schedule: 

Meeting for next year are being evaluated. See schedule for remainder of the ASHRAE "year".

ASHRAE Meeting Dates 2020-21
Date Person Company Lunch/Dinner Location Topic
9/17/20 Keith Jordan Sanuvox Lunch-WEB WEB UV Light Air Purification

Dan Relihan

Plasma Air Lunch-WEB WEB Bi-Polar Ionization Air Purification
11/19/20 Mark Mahon Price Industries Lunch-WEB WEB Terminal Unit  Reheat
1/21/21 Jack Zarour ASHRAE Lunch-WEB WEB DL-Filtration
2/18/21 Kelli Goatley-Seals & Christine Thompson NTPC Lunch-WEB WEB Smoke


Trevor Benbow WN Mechanical Lunch-WEB WEB Variable Primary Chiller Systems
4/20/21 Lydia Peri TMWA Lunch-WEB WEB Water Treatment
5/21/21 TBD Armstrong Lunch-WEB WEB Steam Traps


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Calendar of Events

Saturday April 10, 2021 –Registration at 9:00 a.m., Shoot at 10:00 a.m.


Carson Valley Clays
61 China Springs Rd.
Gardnerville, NV

Entry Fee: $110.00 per shooter       

                  $550.00 per team  

Mail checks to: Northern Nevada ASHRAE, C/O Matt Brennan, 898 Maestro Drive, Reno, NV  89511 

We are currently experiencing a problem with registration and payment on our website.  In addition to mailing forms and checks, you can also pay directly to PayPal, send the money to [email protected] , comment on what you are paying for i.e. Station Sponsor or Team or both. 


The fee includes:

  • Sporting Clays, Lunch, Ammunition for all participants.
  • Prizes awarded in 4 classes (A thru D, Lewis Scoring) plus individual categories (High Team, High Gun, High Lady, and High Student).

All Participants and Guests are eligible to participate in a raffle in with great prizes. Raffle Tickets will be on sale before at our website and at the shoot: $5.00 for 1 ticket, or $20.00 for 5 tickets.

The shoot will be limited to 120 total shooters, so get your registrations in ASAP.

Registration and sponsor forms attached to the newsletter.



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Historian's Report

Dean Borges-Historian

Hi Everyone,

Northern Nevada Chapter had a “Zoom Meeting” for February 18th Chapter Meeting.

There was no cost to attend this presentation by Keli Goatley-Seal with Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition discussing a  Smoke Free Truckee Meadows.” An interesting discussion of the evolution and report of reduction of the use of Tobacco and its Environmental Tobacco Smoke affects in our Casino driven economy.

Please provide me a Leadership Voices response (17 Questions in Appendix N of the Historians Guide) below.

Best regards,


Dean S. Borges, Historian, 2020-21 


A list of questions is given to the person to study before the interview.

The following are some questions for general areas to be covered.

  1. Would you give a brief biographical sketch of your life. (Place of birth, family size, early schooling, higher education, employment background outside of the HVAC industry, current family—spouse, children.)
  2. What attracted you to engineering and/or the HVAC industry?
  3. What was your first job in the HVAC industry and where did it lead?
  4. Describe the industry at that time. What were the challenges that you and your colleagues were facing?
  5. How and when did you get started in ASHRAE?
  6. What was your ASHRAE chapter and/or regional and Society experience?
  7. What were the major issues facing the industry at that time?
  8. How was ASHRAE interacting with the public?
  9. On what ASHRAE committees did you serve?
  10. What people stand out as influences on you?
  11. What events changed ASHRAE?
  12. What events changed the industry?
  13. What has ASHRAE meant to the industry’s growth?
  14. What advice would you give to a young person entering the HVAC field?
  15. Did any humorous events take place during your association with ASHRAE?
  16. What other interests and/or hobbies do you have?
  17. Any other comments you would like to make?

To make the interview most comfortable for you, please feel free to add-to, re-fashion or delete any of these questions. THANK YOU!

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