The iConnect Training Tech Team are always on the lookout for new and innovative training concepts. By actively engaging with industry experts, we’re able to stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in the HVAC/R industry. Ultimately, it allows us to develop training units and curriculum that prepare future technicians for the technology they’ll see when out in the field.
Matt, a member of the HVAC/R training tech team, started his career in the electric field after graduating from a vocational technical high school. He received his master electrical license and has worked in all aspects of the industry. For the last 8 years he has focused his attention on the energy efficiency market with a concentration on the building automation and controls world. During his time as the energy manager for the National Guard he worked with various systems from Tridium, JCI, ALC, Schneider, and Trane. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, and rock climbing in the great state of Colorado.
Jon Vietti is a world-leading DDC Controls specialist providing consultation, training, programming, and systems integration for Building Automation direct digital (DDC) controls with emphasis on Tridium Niagara AX Supervisor software and JACE controllers, as well as BACnet, LON and Modbus network protocols. As the creator of iConnect Training’s Building Automation System product line, Jon designed this line featuring benchtop & portable educational solutions for Building Automation Systems HVACR automation controls. When Jon is not working, he can be found exploring the great outdoors with his wife LaDonna in their beautiful region of Washington State near the Columbia River Gorge.
As an industry renowned author and presenter, Eugene Silberstein is an icon in the HVAC education world. Now as Director of Technical Education and Standards at the ESCO Institute, Eugene is influencing the way industry leaders and instructors are shaping HVAC/R technicians and standards for future decades. Eugene has consulted with North Park Innovations for the past 10 years. When not focusing on HVAC, Eugene enjoys classic cars, playing the piano and pool, and riding his 2004 and 2018 Harley motorcycles.
Joey Henderson joins us with 34+ years in the HVAC Field, starting his career in the Navy on nuclear submarines, then as an HVAC contractor for 15 years, a technical rep for both Carrier and Trane, and now with a master HVAC certification in South Carolina, as an instructor and speaker. When Joey is not in the HVAC field, he loves grilling outdoors and listening to classic rock; spending time with his wife, (“She is a lot of fun!”) and trail walking.
Senior instructor at System Tech Services Inc. in Florida, Mike is a mechanical engineer with 45 years of focus in the HVAC/R field. From his work at the NASA Space Center, to aviation, to commercial refrigeration, Mike’s deep technical knowledge makes him an outstanding instructor.
When Mike’s not teaching, he can be found is his airplane hangar or in the air flying his Yak 52 or Cessna 172.
Nick leads technical and new product development for North Park Innovations Group, including assembly, testing, design concepts and engineering, quality, and training. He is skilled and cross-trained in all technical elements of the business, and this has made him a popular trainer for customers around the world. Nick has a background in welding and engineering, and enjoys ice-fishing, sports, and family time when he’s not at work.
Jim started in the HVAC trade 10 years ago as an apprentice before graduating to a MES (Mechanical Equipment Service) refrigeration journeyman. His career has been with UA Local 50 and the Piping Industry Training Center in Toledo, Ohio, where he mainly works in the field providing service to commercial and industrial customers. His work includes a wide variety of equipment from package rooftop units, heat pumps, chillers, boilers, cooling towers, commercial medium and low temperature refrigeration and food service equipment. Many of his customers are healthcare facilities or industrial manufacturing companies. At the UA apprenticeship school, he teaches first-year electrical theory, second-year wiring diagrams and the NFPA 70E electrical safety course. In addition to his everyday job, he works as a volunteer firefighter serving his community, and is enrolled in EMT school. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids. He also enjoy woodworking projects and repairing antique radios when time permits.
In the winters, Jim’s work location might be inside a Great Lakes freighter like this one!