As we’ve seen this year, the hospitality industry is constantly evolving. More than ever, the systems that keep hotels and lodges running must prioritize energy efficiency and cost. As heating and cooling technologies progress, more hospitality venues are choosing Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems over conventional HVAC equipment to achieve lower energy use and monthly operating costs, greater sustainability and superior comfort control for guests.

METUS along with roundtable guests from Concord Hospitality, Base4 and Sun Development & Management will share the basics and benefits of VRF systems along with industry insider perspectives on their experience using VRF technology.

Featured Speakers:

Tom Varga

Business Development Manager
Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS)

Since joining Mitsubishi Electric in 2007, Tom has helped pioneer the evolution of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heating and cooling technology in the U.S. by collaborating with authorized distributors, contractors and the engineering community on local, regional and national projects. He currently works with hospitality ownership groups and developers across the country, establishing comprehensive HVAC solutions from concept through commissioning. Tom graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology.

Bharat Patel

CEO + Chairman
Sun Development & Management Corporation

Mr. Patel is a recognized expert in design, hotel development, construction, operations, franchising and financial deal structuring. Under his steady leadership, Sun Development has developed more than 60 hotels and is still growing. Bharat has been the recipient of several industry recognitions including Hilton Hotel’s Embassy Suites - Developer of the Year Award and Family Developer of the Year Award. In 2019, he received Hilton’s All Suite Developer of the Year. Bharat studied at the University of Southern Mississippi, Rutgers University and New Jersey Medical School, earning bachelor’s degrees in microbiology and biochemistry as well as his master’s degree in microbiology.

Garry Vermaas, PhD, PE

CEO + Principal

With more than 25 years of experience in structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design and construction, Dr. Garry Vermaas is the founder and CEO of Base4 and Stonepile Construction College. Currently, his culturally- and technologically-diverse team of over 270 team members continues to develop technology-driven organizational and A/E data-sharing systems working on an array of project types including hotels, multifamily, senior living and mixed-use.

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.

Duration:  1 Hour

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