Brian Lovell has been working in the building automation systems (BAS) field for over 25 years in every role from technician to BAS contracting firm business owner in the Atlanta area. Experiencing the need for more trained BAS technicians first-hand, he led the development of the nation’s first BAS Associate’s Degree of Applied Sciences, and has disseminated that program to several dozen colleges around the country through his on-going work with the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and others.
In response to the need for better training and definition of skills standards in the BAS industry, Brian co-founded the Association of Controls Professionals in 2014, and has served as its president. He holds various technical degrees, industry certifications and licensures, and post-graduate degrees in education.
Innovative and results-focused executive with remarkable history as a leader, educator, researcher, analyst, and productive manager with deep experience contributing to academia and nonprofit organizations. Serve as Executive Vice President of ACP, leading efforts to prepare a 21st century-ready building automation workforce. Direct research and assessments related to preparing skilled professionals for emerging automation jobs focused on building and renewable energy intelligent automation sectors. Maintain responsibility for strategic leadership, executive administration, outreach, research, program development, human resources management, communications, and marketing. Co-manage efforts on development of certifications and industry guidelines for building automation control systems professionals. As an ACP Principal, serves on the ACP Board of Directors.
Previously, served as the Associate Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment, DC; launched University of Florida’s environmental horticultural program at Plant City, FL; and as the Executive Director at the Hillsborough Community College, FL led an award-winning sustainability program. Skilled business executive who rebuilt fledgling Institute of Florida Studies; drove exponential growth and remediated budget deficit by creating and implementing focused initiatives. Inspiring and dedicated talent developer; cultivated 42 entrepreneurs as lead mentor. Maintain vast professional network across government, academia, and nonprofits; and promotes federal policy initiatives by working with the United States Senators and House of Representatives members.
Candace Haynes is the Career Pathway Development Coordinator of the Association of Controls Professionals (ACP). She establishes and cultivates relationships with K-12 systems, higher education colleges, and employers in high demand for BAS talent. This includes planning and executing workshops for counselors, weekly visits to schools, participating in career fairs and attending other community events within specific urban areas. As part of her role, she will assist the Program Director of ACP with the implementation of the short-term and long-term goals and objectives with the ACP-STEM Project.
Prior to holding this position with ACP, Candace was a Substitute Teacher and Substitute Paraprofessional in the Gwinnett County School System. During the summer season, she was a Pool Manager and Lifeguard with Swim Atlanta Pool Management Company.
Candace received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication Studies at the University of Georgia. While at the University, she worked as a Leasing Agent at Abbey West Apartments for all four years of her collegiate career.
Candace speaks at various youth events and enjoys dancing and fitness.
Roz Thomas is the CEO of R Thomas Consulting LLC which equips businesses with the analysis, tools and resources needed to achieve their goals and perform at an optimal level. Her company's work has spanned the spectrum of working with 501(c)(3) organizations, corporations, and the judicial system providing a range of consulting services including, and not limited to: data analysis and visualization; grant reporting and compliance; creation of data collection tools and customized data dashboards; writer and editor of publications; project management; logistical planning; media; and communications. Some of her work includes groundbreaking work in a national research study in the judicial system along with serving as a panelist and consultant training judicial teams across the nation in the juvenile justice system and abroad in Trinidad and Tobago. Roz is currently overseeing media, communications, and project management for ACP.
Taylor Johnson was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia. She studied Journalism with a minor in Entrepreneurship and a concentration in Public Relations at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in 2018 from GSU.
She currently is the Media Strategist for ACP where she focuses on brand development, digital strategy and developing engaging content. Taylor has worked with various social media accounts in developing their brand. This includes planning and executing launch campaigns, developing and maintaining weekly content and advising her clients with best practices and strategies.
Taylor is also the founder and CEO of Elysian 31. While Taylor builds her company, she also works as the lead Operations Manager at Towneplace Suites by Marriot. Her responsibilities include overseeing all front desk and guest relations. Taylor is passionate about brand development and educating others on creating unique content and bringing her clients’ visions to life.
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