New MSCA board members are introduced at conference

BONITA SPRINGS, FLA. – New officers of the Mechanical Service Contractors of America Board of Managers were introduced as MSCA concluded its 24th Annual Educational Conference here, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point.

David J. Bavisotto was named chairman of the MSCA Board of Managers; Thom Brazel, vice chairman; and Arnold “Woody” Woodall, treasurer. New board members, Scott Berger and Steve Harvey, will replace outgoing board members Russell J. Borst and Joe Urban.

“This was a challenging year,” said Jeff McCoy, vice president of Mechanical Inc., Freeport, Ill., outgoing MSCA chairman. “We have focused on finding ways to fortify our members for the long haul. Mechanical service contractors are skilled, by nature, in looking for ways to nurture and create sustainable systems. MSCA’s leadership in green maintenance, sustainable answers and efficient use of energy and fuel, is showing the way. I’m proud to turn this leadership over to Dave Bavisotto for the coming year.”

“The coming year will give us an opportunity to continue to offer initiatives that are crucial to the growth of our member companies, like MSCA STAR and GreenStar,” said Bavisotto. “We are on the cutting edge of new technologies that are changing the way we do our jobs. Our plans are to keep members current, offering ever-increasing support for success.”

Bavisotto, LEED AP, is the service sales manager for MSCA STAR and GreenStar contractor Illingworth-Kilgust Mechanical, Milwaukee. Prior to joining Illingworth in 2007, Bavisotto worked as the service department manager for J. F. Ahern Co., Menomonee Falls, Wis., where he was instrumental in establishing a mechanical service operation. A member and former chairman of MSCA’s National Marketing Committee, Bavisotto is also on the HVAC advisory board at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich.

Vice Chairman Thom Brazel, LEED AP, has been an MSCA board member since 2002. He is general manager of West Coast Operations for Hill York Service Corp., Sarasota, Fla. Brazel has nearly completed his certified energy manager certification, adding to expertise applicable to energy-related retrofit projects. Prior to joining Hill York in 2005, Brazel created two McClure Company branch offices in State College and Williamsport, Pa. At McClure, he served as sales engineer, service manager, regional manager and general manager of service operations. In 2002, Brazel co-founded Enginuity LLC, in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Hill York is an MSCA STAR Contractor and has also attained MSCA GreenStar status.

New Treasurer Woody Woodall is director of business development for W.E. Bowers, Beltsville, Md. He has more than 30 years of experience in the HVACR and mechanical contracting industry. He started his career as an apprentice in Steamfitters Local 602 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) and has worked as a service technician, installation mechanic, dispatcher, project manager, estimator, service manager, salesman, director of operations and director of business development. His teaching certification is from Purdue University, and Woodall’s teaching experience includes 10 years at the UA apprentice school and frequent stints at the University of Maryland. Woodall is the instructor of MSCA’s popular HVAC 101 program. W.E. Bowers is an MSCA STAR contractor and has also attained MSCA GreenStar status.

New Board Member Scott Berger, LEED AP, is the president of MSCA STAR and GreenStar contractor Arista Air Conditioning Corp., Long Island City, N.Y. He is the treasurer and a trustee for the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation and serves on the MSCA Education Committee, Mechanical Contractors Association of America Advanced Leadership Institute and Green Coordinating Committee, as well as being an active member with the United States Green Building Council. He also is a past board member of The Intl. Facilities Managers Association in New York and a member of The Metropolitan Business Network.

New Board Member Stephen W. Harvey, LEED AP, is a member of the education committee of the Mechanical Service Contractors of America and a partner and general manager with MSCA STAR contractor, Soefker Services LLC. Memphis, Tenn.