A Hybrid* Smart Building Controls Conference
MAY 5-7 2021

Proudly hosted by Cochrane Supply & Engineering, we're excited to announce the return of Controls-Con May 5th-7th, 2021—a Smart Building Controls Conference AND the World's First Master Systems Integrator (MSI) Conference! Controls-Con 2021 will bring enhanced offerings through a conversion to a HYBRID* event, including the added value of a Pre-Conference education day and the convenience of attending from anywhere via a virtual platform!

Join hundreds of industry professionals from throughout the United States, Canada and beyond to explore the latest technologies and possibilities of Building Automation, Controls and OT in commercial and industrial buildings. Controls-Con is geared towards integrators, HVAC/mechanical contractors, technicians, facility managers and more, with a focus on providing invaluable networking opportunities, cutting-edge educational content and direct access to the industry's top vendors.

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Educational sessions focused on making buildings smarter
Building automation & integration expo hall
Networking & idea-sharing with industry professionals
  • SlashSystems Integrators
  • SlashProgrammers
  • SlashEngineers
  • SlashIT Professionals
  • SlashEstimators
  • SlashProject Managers
  • SlashService Technicians
  • SlashContractors
  • SlashSales Professionals
  • SlashBuilding Managers
  • SlashFacility Managers
  • SlashExecutives

This event furthers our industry... it paves the way to look ahead for us and what we need to know going forward. The leading industry experts on the frontlines are continuously looking for the next NEXT thing, and then they bring that information to us. That's huge! It's a big community (at Controls-Con), and it helps me be a better integrator.


You don't know what's out there until you attend Controls-Con. The vendors and industry leaders give you great advice and you'll see products you might not knew existed. It's a great way to grow your business.



Cochrane Supply & Engineering was founded in 1967 and has grown into a Leading Smart Building Controls Supplier. Recognized as one of the nation's Top 50 HVACR Distributors by Distribution Trends Magazine, the company has locations in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, as well as an affiliate in Ontario called Canada Controls. Cochrane Supply is pleased to offer a huge inventory of products for comfort, safety and security for commercial and industrial buildings, as well as provide world-class technical support, development and training for building automation systems and controls.
Scott Cochrane
Scott Cochrane
President & CEO, Cochrane Supply & Engineering – President, Canada Controls
Scott Cochrane is President and CEO of Cochrane Supply & Engineering, a leading Smart Building Controls Supplier with locations throughout Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, as well as an affiliate in Ontario called Canada Controls. Scott earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business with minors in Marketing and Finance from Eastern Michigan University and holds an additional minor in HVAC Technologies from Macomb Community College. In 2000, he took over the business from his father, Donald Cochrane, Sr., who founded the company in 1967. Scott is an IBcon Digital Impact Award Winner for going above and beyond to positively impact the smart building industry, as well as a winner of the ControlTrends Impact Person of the Year Award and Distributor Executive of the Year Award for his contributions to the industry.
Ken Sinclair
Ken Sinclair
Editor, Owner, & Founder,
Ken Sinclair has been called an oracle of the digital age. He sees himself more as a storyteller and hopes the stories he tells will be a catalyst for the IoT future we are all (eventually) going to live. Ken believes that systems will be smarter, self-learning, edgy, innovative, and sophisticated, and to create, manage and re-invent those systems the industry needs to grow our most important resource, our younger people, by reaching out to them with messages about how vibrant, vital and rewarding working in this industry can be.
Jim Young
Jim Young
Founder & CEO, Realcomm
Jim Young is the founder of the Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization that produces Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world's leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. Jim interacts with some of the largest companies globally pertaining to some of the most advanced and progressive, next-generation real estate projects under development.
Martin Villeneuve
Martin Villeneuve
SVP Distributed Building Technology, Acuity Brands – President, Distech Controls
President of Distech Controls, Martin accompanies and guides the management team to implement effective growth and development strategies while continuing to offer innovative solutions linking the different building systems and occupants.
Terrill Laughton
Terrill Laughton
Vice President & General Manager for Energy Optimization & Connected Offerings, Johnson Controls
Terrill Laughton is the Vice President & General Manager for Johnson Controls' Energy Optimization and Connected Offerings business unit. He and his team are developing and managing a suite of offerings that leverage advanced analytics and IoT infrastructure to provide improved building performance and occupant experience in all types of buildings and facilities. As part of his current role, Terrill's responsibilities range from driving large scale implementations, building out partnership opportunities and leading the commercialization of market-leading solutions.
Pat Tessier
Pat Tessier
Sr. Director of Global Product Management for Building Management Systems, Honeywell
Based in Minnesota, USA, Pat Tessier is the Sr. Director of Global Product Management for the Honeywell Building Management Systems (BMS) business. Pat has more than 26 years of experience in residential and commercial controls with 18 granted patents, and several patents pending including IP and wireless controls. Pat holds a Master's degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.
Ken Schmidt
Ken Schmidt
Managing Director, Tridium Global
Ken Schmidt is the Managing Director of Tridium and is responsible for the operations for Tridium globally. Ken holds a degree in Forensic Chemistry from Michigan State University. He joined Tridium in 2017 after spending 13 years with Honeywell where he held roles in Sales Management, Marketing, Business Development and General Management positions. Ken is married to his wife Michelle, and has 2 daughters Madison and MacKenzie.
Pre-Conference panels will include discussions that dive into a wide variety of educational building automation content for each specified topic, ranging from introductory concepts to advanced strategies for implementation.
9:00AM – 11:00AM EST
Operational Technology (OT) Education Panel – What You Should Know About the Emergence of IP Controls and OT Networks in the BAS World

Join Greg Fitzpatrick, CxA from Cochrane Supply & Engineering as he leads a panel of five industry experts in a discussion about the latest trend in our industry, IP controls and OT networks.

This discussion will cover: The Benefits of IP Technology for the Systems Integrator, OT Network Design, Server Application/Management, VPN Access and Network Security and Cyber Security as a Managed Service. Our goal is to help our industry become more familiar with IP controls and the networks that support this technology, so that we are all comfortable with designing, specifying, deploying and managing these networks. Panel speakers will include:

  • Ryan Hughson - Director of Business Development, Optigo Networks
  • William Behn - President, Tosibox
  • Steve Fey - CEO, Totem Building Cybersecurity
  • Joost Verhofstad - Channel Sales Manager, Americas Sales, Stratus
  • Scott Papay - Sales Manager, Long Building Technologies
11:00AM – 11:30AM EST
Vendors LIVE in Virtual Expo Hall Booths!
11:30AM – 1:30PM EST
Security Education Panel – How to Be More Profitable by Adding Security to Your Portfolio

Join Randell Bishop, Security Specialist at Cochrane Supply & Engineering, in an action-packed, two-hour overview of how to integrate security into commercial and industrial buildings, including how to tie various systems together via open APIs. Explore enterprise security recommendations, video surveillance, basic access control, and smart sensor technologies. Panel speakers will include:

  • Laura Kevitt - Senior Product Manager, Tridium
  • Joe Hudak - Regional Sales Director, ACTi Cameras
  • James Cromer - Territory Sales, Kantech
  • Mike Davis - Strategic Sales Solutions, S3 Reps, IPVideo Corp
1:30PM – 2:00PM EST
Vendors LIVE in Virtual Expo Hall Booths!
2:00PM – 4:00PM EST
Niagara UI Experience Panel – How to Leverage the Power of Niagara

Join Nicole Conklin, Product Director at Cochrane Supply & Engineering, as she leads a panel discussion based on real-life projects and successful strategies maximizing the capabilities of Niagara. Hear from companies that have found ways to leverage the Niagara Framework and get actionable tactics on how to integrate the software into your daily business. The panel will be comprised of speakers from the following companies:

  • Mitch Reed - Division Manager for Building Automation & Controls, Conti Corporation
  • Pat Harder - Director of Product Development, Pathian, Inc.
  • Sidney Blomberg, Jr. - President, K & S Ventures, Inc.
  • Jerry Gray - President, Enterprise Controls Group
4:00PM – 4:30PM EST
Vendors LIVE in Virtual Expo Hall Booths!
11:00AM – 1:00PM EST
Vendors LIVE in Virtual Expo Hall Booths!
12:00PM – 12:30PM EST
Virtual Networking Lounge Sponsored by Distech Controls
12:30PM – 1:00PM EST
Virtual Networking Lounge Sponsored by Honeywell
1:00PM – 4:45PM EST
General Session
VIRTUAL, MotorCity Casino

The building automation and controls industry has gone through a variety of eras, with the latest one being a shift focused on the technology in our industry-the Operational Technology (OT) Era. Building automation professionals are now tech professionals putting in their own IT networks with a transformation to business as a service, where new functions become new realities. Hear from successful industry thought leaders as they discuss new architectures that deliver innovative solutions, new tools for new types of applications in buildings, and long-term goals for the industry and the benefits they bring. Don't miss this engaging session as it prepares the audience for what's to come, so in an industry that largely remains behind, you'll be at the forefront of the future of smart buildings. Because the future is now.

4:45PM – 5:30PM EST
Virtual Happy Hour Networking Lounge Sponsored by Vykon
Vendors LIVE in Virtual Expo Hall Booths!
8:00AM – 9:00AM EST
Vendors LIVE in Virtual Expo Hall Booths!
8:15AM – 8:45PM EST
Virtual Networking Lounge Sponsored by Johnson Controls
9:00AM – 12:00PM EST
Breakout Sessions
For sales professionals, managers, executives
How to Successfully Utilize Master Systems Integration
This track is going to focus on case studies and implementation plans relating to Master Systems Integration, highlighting instances of how people are hiring or working with Master Systems Integrators. It will additionally highlight best practices/current trends on how the industry is evolving to take advantage of new technology amidst modern challenges, like data management.
  • Scott Cochrane - President & CEO, Cochrane Supply & Engineering – President, Canada Controls
  • Jim Young - Founder & CEO, Realcomm
  • Ken Sinclair - Editor, Owner, & Founder,
  • Robert Reale - Managing Director of Strategic Operations, CBRE
  • Sabine Lam - Building Operating Systems Global Lead for Real Estate and Workplace Services, Google
  • Donny Walker - Partner, Newcomb & Boyd
  • Bobbie Tincher - Utilities Systems Manager, University of Kentucky
For programmers and engineers
Future Tech of BAS
Join our lineup of highly-experienced BAS tech professionals as they unveil the new cutting-edge software and industry technology in the works that you need to know about. Watch best practice demonstrations on how to leverage these technologies to drive the latest advancements in your buildings to make them smarter and more efficient than they are today. Stay at the forefront of emerging technology trends in building automation and integration, and get your questions answered by the experts.
  • Kevin Williamson - Technical Support Manager, Tridium
  • James Johnson - Senior Product Specialist, Tridium
  • Eric Swiney - Director of Applications, Distech Controls
  • Robert Harland - Business Development Manager, Johnson Controls
  • Jason Sawyer - BAS Product Portfolio Manager, Johnson Controls
  • Lou Jones - Quality Assurance Engineer, Honeywell
  • Mike Mitchell - CTO, Cochrane Tech Services
  • Kimberly Brown - Tech Services Manager, Cochrane Tech Services
  • Aaron Rickle - Tech Services, Cochrane Tech Services
12:00PM – 1:00PM EST
Virtual Idea Exchange Lounge Sponsored by Vykon
Vendors LIVE in Virtual Expo Hall Booths!

* While Controls-Con 2021 is a hybrid event, there will be limited attendees allowed on site at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, MI to adhere to permissible capacities guided by state restrictions. Allowed number of attendees on site is subject to change in accordance with active state guidelines at the time of the event. Pre-Conference events and Expo Hall will be virtual only.

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