Tom PhoenixThomas H. Phoenix, PE, FASHRAE, LEED AP has been named the 2014-2015 ASHRAE Society President.

ASHRAE advances the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. With more than 53,000 members from over 132 nations, ASHRAE is a diverse organization representing building system design and industrial processes professionals around the world.

Phoenix has chosen the theme People, Passion and Performance for his term.

“Thanks to our more than 50,000 members around the globe, ASHRAE is building a worldwide best practices network of innovative people and successful technologies to serve the built environment community. Our membership also has great passion – I see that in how much time and dedication our people give to helping write standards, develop research, guide in policy and procedure, etc. Together, our people plus their passion ensure performance – whether that’s improving the performance of our great Society or improving the performance of building stock around the world. Our people, our passion and our performance will take ASHRAE to the next level.”

Phoenix started his career in HVAC over 30 years ago as an engineer with the Division of Plant Operation of the North Carolina State Board of Education. After a few years he had an opportunity to enter the design and consulting field of the HVAC business and has been working in that discipline since then.

In 1989 Phoenix established the engineering department, and became a partner, here at . Phoenix’s design portfolio includes schools, research and testing laboratories, industrial manufacturing facilities and numerous classroom, residence hall and food service projects for colleges and universities.

Significant projects in which Phoenix has been involved include the North Carolina Museum of History, the American Airlines Hub (Terminal C) at Raleigh Durham International Airport, the Greensboro Natural Science Center SciQuarium and Animal Discovery exhibit areas, the Atlantic Coast Conference Hall of Champions Exhibit Hall and the Newbridge Bank Baseball Stadium.

Phoenix previously served on the Board of Directors as president-elect, treasurer, vice president, a director-at-large and director and regional chair for Region IV.

He is a recipient of an Exceptional Service Award, a Presidential Award of Excellence, the Region IV Rudy Ferguson Award and a Regional Award of Merit.

He was awarded a Bachelor of Science in engineering operations from North Carolina State University.

Check out his ASHRAE presidential address below: