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 was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed all of her primary and secondary education in DeKalb County, Georgia. Candace received her Communications degree from the University of Georgia in 2014.
Candace has an extensive background deeply rooted in the Arts and Entertainment. She has worked as a creative director, producer, choreographer, professional touring dancer and more on various stages, movie and television sets nationwide. Her extensive background in the arts and entertainment lead her to writing, directing and choreographing the A STEP in STEM musical as well as being the host of the ACP Automation Adventure podcast.
Candace is also the Outreach Director for the Association of Controls Professionals where she incorporates her creative, unorthodox methods in establishing and cultivating relationships with K-12 systems, higher education colleges, and employers in high demand for BAS talent. This includes planning and executing events, hosting STEM Champion workshops and spreading awareness about the career opportunities within the Building Automation Systems (BAS) and other STEM related fields. Her passions lie with the youth and she is dedicated and determined to help change as many lives as possible.
Carmin Haynes is a Senior Account Manager at Google working in the luxury fashion industry on Neiman Marcus’ multi-million dollar digital advertising strategies out of Atlanta, GA. Her focus is on growing the global Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman advertising businesses through Google Search, Display, and YouTube.
Carmin’s passion for technology has driven her to become involved with various organizations that seek to provide exposure for underrepresented groups, particularly young girls. Carmin has volunteered with Black Girls Code and has led AdWords 101 trainings for minority business owners at Accelerate with Google events. Carmin is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc which she joined during her two years of living in New York City.
No matter where she goes, Carmin is proud to be an alumnus of The University of Georgia, Class of 2013 where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Marketing, with a Minor in Spanish. Most recently, Carmin most recently returned to UGA where she was honored as a 2019 recipient of the UGA 40 Under 40 award.
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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