Meet Steve Hamstra, Senior VP of Engineering

We would like to welcome Steve Hamstra to Melink as the Senior Vice President of Engineering for our Solar & Geothermal team. Steve comes with over 40 years of experience in the geo industry, many notable accomplishments, and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.

Starting in high school, Steve’s passion ignited when he began working with geothermal heat pumps while working for his father’s HVAC company. During his time with his dad, he helped install around 250 geo systems into homes around Western Michigan. After graduating college, Steve held a handful of positions all with a focus on energy and most with geothermal. The majority of Steve’s career was building an Architect and Engineering firm in Holland, Michigan into what it is today. This is where Steve worked on his first commercial project for geothermal in 1985, which is still running efficiently today! During a briefly leave of absence in the design world, Steve served as CEO/CTO of Greensleeves LLC, a geothermal design and control software company. Here, he received an ASHRAE Global First Place Award for the engineering design of the geothermal HVAC system at the University of Findlay. He was also successful in getting two geothermal-related technology aspects patented.

Throughout Steve’s career he has contributed to many trade publications and conferences, including those held by ASHRAE, IGSHPA, U.S. Department of Energy, among many others. In January, he is speaking at the AHR conference presented by ASHRAE. Steve also serves on the ASHRAE Technical Committee 6.8 Ground Source Heat Pumps where he is currently Vice Chair, and on IGSHPA’s Research Committee. When the ASHRAE guide for commercial geothermal system design was being developed, he supported the efforts on the technical committee. His work as gotten him named Energy Engineer of The Year in IL, IN, IO, MI, MN, OH, and WI, and AEE Fellow for lifetime achievement in the energy industry by the Association of Energy Engineers.

Now, with a shared passion and mission with the Melink Solar & Geo team, Steve wants to help Melink leverage their platform to commercialize geothermal and educate others on the benefits of being green. Among other things, he is most excited with assisting in the design of HQ2 and working on our Department of Energy Grant research efforts.

When Steve isn’t talking geothermal, he loves to give back and serve his community. He has been on the local City Council, Board of Education, Hospital Board and Board of Public Works.

We are thrilled to have Steve on board and know his passion and expertise will help us continue to pave the way for the geothermal market. Welcome to the Melink family Steve!

Meet Anna Rusconi, Sales Engineer Co-op

Business Unit and Job Title

I am a Sales Engineer Co-op for Test and Balance.

What does your job entail?

My job entails writing proposals for customers, providing technical support, and helping to manage new accounts.  I work to help the Test and Balance sales team in any way I can.  Because I am a co-op, my term started in the beginning of August and I will continuing working until mid-December.  After this, I will go back to school to finish getting my Mechanical Engineering degree.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I am currently a University of Dayton student.  I completed 3 separate co-op rotations with Crane Pumps & Systems in Piqua, OH before starting my co-op at Melink.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

The best part of working at Melink is getting to know my co-workers.  I enjoy getting to work with a group of people that are hard-working, and they are always there for me whenever I have a question about anything.

What do you like to do in your time off?

During my time off, I enjoy spending time with my family.  I am one of three girls, and I am very close with my sisters and my parents.  I also enjoy traveling with friends and family.  I also enjoy participating in community service.  I actually just got accepted on a service trip where I will be spending ten days in Belize over Christmas.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I am afraid of the Ocean.  It scares me not knowing what is swimming underneath me.  Even though I am afraid, I still force myself to go in every time.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my family.  My parents raised us into the people my sisters and I are today.  They were great role models when I was growing up in their words and actions.  They were constantly working hard to support our family, and I can see the result of their hard work in my family.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope that everyone is able to realize how important sustainability is to the environment, and they are then able to realize what value Melink can add to the world.

 

Meet Bryan Evenson, Sr. Development Engineer

Business Unit and Job Title

I am a Senior Development Engineer in the Product Development group.

What does your job entail?

When I started at Melink, my job was highly focused on embedded software development for Intelli-Hood.  In short, planning and designing how the Intelli-Hood system should operate and writing all the code for the system.  I was also directing the contracted hardware engineer to ensure the electrical hardware met the needs of the Intelli-Hood system.

Today my job is similar, except I’m no longer purely dedicated to Intelli-Hood.  Now that we have Evan Risley as an employee, we’re doing our hardware designs in-house instead of hiring a contractor.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I worked for about nine years as an embedded software engineer for a military contractor in the Cincinnati area.  It was a great opportunity to work on some very interesting projects.  Unfortunately, the company shut down due to an acquisition, which led me to finding an opportunity here at Melink.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

My favorite aspect is the freedom I have in my job at Melink.  This is especially apparent to me when I compare my work life at Melink to my last job.

What do you like to do in your time off?

For some reason I seem to enjoy hobbies that take a long time and has an unknown outcome.  I do a little home gardening.  I don’t yield much for vegetables from my garden, but I’d say most of the worth is in teaching my kids that vegetables come from the ground and not the supermarket.

I’ve also enjoy homebrewing, which is a fantastic hobby in which you can get as technical as you want to get.  I think I’ve learned more about water chemistry through homebrewing than I did through either my high school or college chemistry classes.

 

 

Meet Adam Householder, Intelli-Hood Sales Engineer

Business Unit and Job Title

Sales Engineer with Intelli-Hood

What does your job entail?

I am part of a Melink’s Sales Engineering Team. I work to develop Intelli-Hood’s western market presence within New Construction specifications as well as, manage retro-fit opportunities across corporate dining facilities, restaurants, and amusement venues.

What is your personal philosophy?

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.”

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I was a Chemical Sales Engineer for wastewater, boilers, and cooling towers working to improve operations and reduce cost through chemical solutions. I focused on wastewater minimization and reuse, energy efficiency, and regulatory compliance.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

Melink has a very open, inviting, and transparent culture. Everyone at Melink is working to better the company in their own way and grow as an owner.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I love going to the pool and watching sports. I’m very excited about a MLS team coming to Cincinnati and the 2018 World Cup.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I am related to Abraham Lincoln.

What are you most proud of?

My education and my family.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope Melink can set the standard for demand control kitchen ventilation code across the world.

Motto or personal mantra?

Yesterday’s success is today’s expectation.

Do you collect anything?

Soccer Jerseys.

Meet Roshan Revankar, Geothermal Engineer

We are excited to introduce the newest member of our Geothermal team, Roshan Revankar. Roshan has over seven years of dynamic experience in the geothermal HVAC industry and holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Prior to working for Melink, Roshan worked as an Executive Director for International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) where he was a pioneer in the emerging geothermal industry and has an extensive list of accomplishments.

When Roshan began with IGSHPA, it was an international association, but had no chapters outside of the United States. Roshan initiated and formalized international membership by starting the first ever international IGSHPA Chapters in Sweden, Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, and India. He also worked on a Department of Energy grant to help identify positions in the new geothermal industry, and write job descriptions to accompany the new positions. Currently, he is serving as the Chair of Training for IGSHPA to take this a step further and write qualification standards and certifications for professionals in geothermal to bring a level of high quality and consistency to the industry.

With a shared vision and mission with Melink CEO, Steve Melink, and Director of Geo, Seth Parker, Roshan wants to help Melink leverage their platform to commercialize geothermal and educate others on the cleanest and most energy efficient way to heat and cool their buildings. Among other things, his main objectives are to design ground loop systems, enhance existing standards and inspection services, work on DOE grants, and continue educating the market on Manifest – Melinks’ patented centralized pumping station.

When he isn’t talking heat pumps and ground loops, Roshan enjoys spending time exploring his new hometown in the bay area of California with his wife, and prepping for the arrival of their newest addition, a little boy due to arrive late summer.

We are thrilled to have Roshan on board, and know his passion and expertise will help us continue to pave the way for the geothermal market. Welcome to the Melink family Roshan!

Meet Eric Tanner, Melink Sales Engineer

Business Unit and Job Title

Sales Engineer with Intelli-Hood

What does your job entail?

As a member of a highly focused sales team I am responsible for identifying, tracking, quoting, and closing all New Construction opportunities across all Eastern U.S. Intelli-Hood® markets. I strive to stay as technically focused as possible so as to educate potential clients and specifiers to the benefits of our Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation system and technology, Intelli-Hood®.

What is your personal philosophy?

We only get one shot at life. We are all on this earth together at this very moment, for a reason.  Respect everyone.  Be kind to everyone.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I was an IT Recruiter for just shy of 6 years.  Essentially, I “networked” for a living.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

Leadership listens.  People listen.  Everyone wants to help as everyone wants to succeed especially on the fringe of going to an ESOP.  It’s all about working hard and enjoying the ride while remaining laser line focused on proving insanely great service while changing the world one building at a time.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I’m a disciplined workout nut.  I truly enjoy running and, while I’m not super excited when going to the gym, I love the feeling once I am done.  Ultimately, I need to keep moving.  Anything outside like hiking, camping, exploring new state parks, traveling with my fiancé Kelly.  I’m truly up for any adventure and challenge.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

Despite always having to stay busy, waking up early, running, etc…I also love to sleep.  I’m definitely not the type who says, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”.

What are you most proud of?

I try to count my blessings and appreciate everything in my life. I’d say I am proud of my ability to stay mindful, thankful and levelheaded in times of stress and doubt.

What are your hopes for our industry?

It would be my hope that cerebral influencers and leaders overcome the selfish, greed-driven minds that influence our governments, economy and ultimately their own pocket books. Until this happens, we may never see true full adoption of sustainable practices that ultimately may disrupt the powerhouse fuel-giants of the 20th and 21st century.  As we only have one life, we only have one earth that life calls home.  I hope we can all protect it together.

Motto or personal mantra?

There is but one cause of human failure and that is man’s lack of faith in his true self.

Do you collect anything?

Running/Race Medals – So far, I am over 20!

Meet Melissa Gruesser, Account Manager for Melink T&B

Business Unit and Job Title

Account Manager for Test and Balance

What does your job entail?

My job is to maintain and develop, existing and new customer relationships within the test and balance industry.

What is your personal philosophy?

My personal philosophy is to take responsibility for your own actions, and to be respectful of others.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

Before working at Melink, I was an Account Specialist for Sweco, a manufacturing company located in Florence, KY.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

Honestly, my co-workers. I work with an amazing team of people that are not only supportive, but fun and energetic. We always have a blast and get the job done.

 What do you like to do in your time off?

On my off time I enjoy spending time with my family. During the summer we love to go swimming and grill by the pool.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I love video games; I have ever since I was a little kid. During college I worked at Gamestop for several years before moving on to my “grownup” job. I still remember playing NES Mario with my dad in the living room floor on Christmas morning.

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of my daughter, Hailey. She just turned 9 this past weekend. She’s one of the most caring people I’ve ever met; she has a huge heart. She’s extremely smart and she loves math and science. I know one day she’ll go on to do tremendous things.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope one day that all organizations see the value that Melink brings to the world of sustainability.

Motto or personal mantra?

If you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.

Do you collect anything?

I collect movies. I used to collect a lot more when I was younger, but I still pick up a new on every now and then. Scary movies have always been my favorite.

Meet Nathan Young, Solar & Geo Operations Manager

 

 

Business Unitand Job Title

Solar & Geo Operations Manager

What does your job entail?

I am involved from the beginning to the end of all of the Melink solar projects in many different ways. On the front end I do site visits to gather information for design and estimating.  I do the preliminary design work and budgeting for the quotes and RFP’s we respond to. Depending on the location of the project, the budgeting process can involve a lot more of leg work up front. Getting accurate installation numbers from contractors and getting familiar with the local state, AHJ and utility requirements can be challenging. Once we are awarded the project, I prepare all of the construction drawings for permitting and secure the interconnection agreements. I also help out the PM’s with getting the right equipment and pricing for our projects. During project construction I help the PM’s when technical issues arise and with QC. On the back end, I am always on the commissioning team to ensure the project is functioning properly.

What is your personal philosophy?

I don’t know that I have a specific personal philosophy. I try to work hard and always move forward.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I worked for a few smaller solar contractors in the SW Ohio area.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

I get to work with great people in an industry I enjoy.

What do you like to do in your time off?

Exercise and Sleep

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I was as a licensed massage therapist for 7 years before I joined the solar industry.

What are you most proud of?

When my kids act, create or perform better than I have taught them or expected.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope the solar industry can continue to flourish and exceed expectations even with the obstacles the current administration is putting in place.

Motto or personal mantra?

Stay Humble. Work Hard. Be Kind.

Do you collect anything?

My wife would say I collect running shoes.

Meet Angela Bradley, Director of HR

What does your job entail? 

Support and guidance for management on strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, budget, and employee relations.

What is your personal philosophy?

“never, never, never give up”

What did you do before coming to Melink? 

HR Manager with Effox-Flextor, Division of CECO Environmental

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

The Employees

What do you like to do in your time off? 

Spend time with my family and friends.  We like to boat, ride our motorcycle and travel as much as we can.

What are you most proud of? 

I did not complete college in 4 years but 14 years.  I never gave up on the importance of my education. During those 14 years, I married, had 2 kids, continued to work part time and attend school part time.  I finished in May of 1999 after having my daughter at spring break. 

What are your hopes for our industry company?   

Achieving our annual goals, development of our employees, and recruit and retain top talent

Motto or personal mantra? 

A former boss and mentor printed this quote for me.  She said, “When you feel challenged or overwhelmed, read and repeat every day” . . .

 “I plead with you – never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged.  Be not afraid.”     ­-St. John Paul II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you collect
anything?
 

I love antiques and hunting
for antique furniture

Meet Matt Meyer, Director of Field Service for Melink T&B!

Business Unit and Job Title

Director of Field Service, Melink T&B

What does your job entail?

Leading and developing the T&B National Network and continually refining field operations to improve customer service and profitability.

What is your personal philosophy?

Enjoy what I do, enjoy who I spend time with, and be passionate in all that I do.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

Project Manager and Service Department manager in the commercial roofing industry for several years and before that I was a Captain in the US Army.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

The people, hands down the best group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. The passion that is displayed each and every day is infectious. You cannot help but try to be your very best when you work here.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I like spending time and traveling with my family. We love to go to museums, parks, zoos, sporting events and just hanging out at the house too! I also like working with my hands and working in the yard.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I’m a history nerd. I named my son, Jackson, after my favorite US President/War of 1812 General and also my favorite Civil War General.

What are you most proud of?

My wife and kids!

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope that our industry continues to grow and evolve. And that Melink is at the forefront of innovation as buildings become more intelligent and consumers seek to become more energy and environmentally conscious.

Motto or personal mantra?

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. – Theodore Roosevelt

Do you collect anything?

OH YES! I collect Beer Steins, Pint Glasses, Coasters, Bobbleheads – pretty much anything for my basement bar.