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December Lunch Meeting

Topic: Millenials

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

Location: Brother John's

Generation Z:  Ready or not, our industry's future depends on them and it's sooner than you might think.

·        Roughly 10,000 baby boomers will exit the workforce each day between now and the end of the next decade.

·        Social Security Administration estimates 22% of U.S. workforce will retire over next eight years.  HVACR will likely be hit harder with an estimated 115,000 new workers to be trained by2022.

·        Status quo is no longer an option.

·        Solving the looming challenge of the graying of industry employees across the board, and hiring A-list talents to replace them.

·        So who is Generation Z?

·        And welcome to the HVACR industry of tomorrow.

·        Universities provide a unique perspective.



Dave Palty

ASHRAE Region X, Regional Vice-Chair (RVC), Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee (GGAC)

AEMEP Group, Principal


Mr. Palty is a results-driven, customer-focused HVACR Executive with more than 35 years of proven success of leveraging existing and emerging energy efficiency technologies to drive business goals by keeping current on industry standards and market factors that successfully translate company values to clients while propelling an organization to the top tier of its industry.  Dave is a graduate of the College of Engineering at Iowa State University.


Mr. Palty’s past national speaking engagements include HVACR and Sustainability topics for:

·        Association of Energy Engineers’ Globalcon (AEE) National Conference

·        Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) National Conference


·        Green Summit National Conference

Jenna Elmer
University of Arizona

Assistant Director of Human Resources of Facilities Management


Ms. Elmer has certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and an APPA Supervisor Toolkit Trainer while currently holding leadership positions in professional organizations including:

·        2017-2018 College and University Professional Assocaition for Human Resources (CUPA HR) Arizona Chapter Program and Events Coordinator

·        2017-2018 Rocky Mountain APPA (RMA) Professional Development Committee Chair


As a member of the senior management team, Ms. Elmer works diligently to create an award winning corporate culture that engenders the growth of each employee.  Ms. Elmer is a versatile human resources professional providing corporate leadership on human resource policies, programs and practices that permeate all aspects of the human resources function to include leadership development, formulating policies and procedures, building effective HR systems, conducting training, managing rapid and sustained business growth, and directing HR strategies.  Ms. Elmer has been certified as an SPHR since 1999 and more than 20 years of experience as an HR professional and has worked in higher education, facilities management, and aerospace.  Ms. Elmer is a graduate of Northern Arizona University.


Jenna was instrumental in establishing the nationally recognized Building Trades Apprentice Program.

Faced with a looming shortage of qualified tradesmen to work in the facilities management department, the University of Arizona took matters into its own hands and established an apprentice program creating a pipeline of candidates for its shops.


Ms. Elmer’s past national speaking engagements include topics for Facility Management and Human Resources:

·        Establishing an Apprenticeship Program (APPA Webinar Series 07DEC17)

·        Hiring to Transform Your Organization (APPA)

·        Setting up a Facilities Management Apprenticeship Program for Seamless Succession Planning (APPA)


Additionally, Ms. Elmer authored the “Effective Talent Management” chapter in the APPA Book of Knowledge, which is the foundational text for APPA credentialing.  You can find her contribution in Part 1 – General Administration and Management, Section I-B:  Human Resources Management.


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