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The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI), an organizational member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is pleased to announce the appointment of John Jones as national technical director. He will play a critical technical leadership role in BPI's national expansion and serve as director of the organization's accreditation and quality assurance programs.

Previously, Mr. Jones was the program manager of the Home Performance Programs for the Residential Efficiency and Affordability Program (REAP) at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). His focus areas included the NYSERDA Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® and New York ENERGY STAR programs. He oversaw the development of the rules and regulations for the NYSERDA Green Residential Building Program, assisted in the development of the NYSERDA building science curricula, and served as an instructor for the New York Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program.

Mr. Jones has provided guidance to national initiatives including the proposed HOME STAR legislation that is under development in Congress. He has also aided the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in enhancing the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Prior to his work with NYSERDA, Mr. Jones owned and operated a residential and light commercial HVAC business serving central New York. He holds a bachelor of science degree in technical and trades education.

BPI is an independent, not-for-profit organization that develops standards for home performance and weatherization retrofit work. BPI supports the development of a highly professional building performance industry through individual and organizational credentialing and a rigorous quality assurance program.

ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer BICSI, a professional association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry, has announced a number of promotions and structural staffing changes.

Betty Eckebrecht has been promoted to vice president of administration and chief financial officer. In her six years with BICSI Ms. Eckebrecht has served as director of administration and finance, acting director of international operations, and acting executive director. Previously she was chief financial officer for the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA). She is a certified public accountant (CPA) and certified association executive (CAE), and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

Maarja Kolberg has been promoted to director of membership and marketing. Ms. Kolberg previously served as BICSI's communications manager and communications coordinator. She is credentialed as a CAE and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota.

BICSI provides information, education, and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. The association serves more than 23,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers, and technicians who provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety, and automation systems.

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