The COVID-19 global pandemic is transforming the way the lodging industry meets the comfort and safety needs for guests. Proper in-room HVAC and air treatment plays a significant role.  HVAC solutions that incorporate ASHRAE-recommended protocol to address IAQ and airborne transmissions can help protect guest well-being, all while instilling consumer confidence in the air they breathe. Join us, as leading industry experts discuss how COVID-19 has changed the landscape of IAQ for hoteliers, and how HVAC options contribute to the solution.

Featured Speakers:

Terry Smith

Vice President, Engineering
Marriott International

Terry Smith serves as Vice President of Engineering for Marriott International. In this role, Terry oversees a team of engineers responsible for design and construction of all global new build and conversion projects in the Marriott portfolio. Mr. Smith is responsible for developing, maintaining, and producing Global Engineering Design Standards for all 30 Marriott Brands. Terry also serves as a technical resource for operating hotels.

With more than 40 years of industry experience, Mr. Smith has a strong background in building systems, efficient facilities design and construction, cost analysis and controls of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems for new and existing projects. An associate of Marriott International for thirty years, Mr. Smith has proven effective in Owner relations, communication, and negotiation. He is an industrious and reliable asset to Marriott International. Terry graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Carl Hren

Senior Vice President
Concord Hospitality

Carl joined Concord Hospitality in 2013 and brings a wealth of construction experience having managed both ground up and renovation projects across the country. Carl worked for White Lodging as director of construction for seven years where he was honored as the 2009 Investments and Development Leader of the Year. Having worked on both the general contractor-side and the ownership-side of project management, he is an invaluable asset to the Concord team. Carl graduated with a bachelor’s degree, from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lewis G. Harriman III

Director of Research
Mason-Grant Consulting

Lew Harriman retired from Mason-Grant Consulting in Portsmouth, NH, where he served as the Director of Research for 33 years. He is a Fellow, Life Member and Distinguished Lecturer of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). In 2018 Lew was inducted into the Indoor Air Quality Hall of Fame. Since January 2020, he has served as a volunteer consultant to ASHRAE’s COVID-19 Epidemic Task Force.

TJ Wheeler

Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Friedrich Air Conditioning

TJ Wheeler is the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Friedrich Air Conditioning. During his tenure at Friedrich he has led the product marketing and sales groups towards several of the company’s most innovative milestones including the industry’s first WiFi connected room air conditioner and the launches of the all new VRP and Freshaire PTAC product lines.

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