Starting this ASHRAE year each month one of our many volunteers on our Northeast ASHRAE Board, who help make the Chapter what it is, will be interviewed. Not only will this give our other members an opportunity to get to know them better (especially while we have virtual meetings), but it will also give the opportunity to learn more about what each person is involved in within our Chapter. Learning about the positions within our Chapter Board is a great starting place to getting involved!

This months interview is with Stan Westhoff, who is our Chapters current Chapter Historian. The questions are the black underline, and her responses are in blue underneath.


1.    What is your current role with our ASHRAE Chapter and what does that entail for Board responsibilities?

I currently serve as Chapter Historian with responsibility for documenting chapter history.

2.    How long have you been in the industry / ASHRAE and what experience do you have?

I started in the industry over 50 years ago when I started working for York at the headquarters in York, PA after serving in the Navy.  I went through their Graduate Engineering Program and was assigned to the Commercial Air Handling and Refrigeration Products Division.  After the birth of my son we moved to Wilton, NY and started with Eastern Refrigeration as an Assistant Service Manager and moved up into a Sales Engineer position later to Vice President and General Manager before leaving to start a service company for Tougher Industries and served as General Manager.  I left Tougher Industries to become a Sales Engineer in Building Automation Products for Trane.  I retired from Trane, but later took a position with Honeywell Service Sales and finally I worked for Unilux Advanced Manufacturing as a Sales Associate at their Headquarters in Niskayuna, NY working with their distributors world-wide in the sales of boilers.


I was introduced to ASHRAE at Eastern Refrigeration and have been a member of ASHRAE for 46 years.   I was asked to serve a Membership Promotion Chair by William Jacobs.  I then went on to serve as Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect and President in 1985-86.  I went on to serve the Region as a Refrigeration Chair and member of the Society Refrigeration Committee and chaired the Refrigeration Committee for two years before moving on to Region I Director and Member of the Society Board of Directors.  After three years in this position I went on to serve on the Technology Council, Nominating Committee for Region I and as Regional Historian.  Last year I was Chair of the Society Historical Committee. I currently am the Regional Historian.  I have been honored to have received the following awards, Presidential Award of Excellence, Most Improved Chapter, Chapter Service Award, Regional Award of Merit, Distinguished Service Award and Exceptional Service Award.

3.    What do you enjoy to do in your spare time?

I was an avid runner up into my 70's before moving over to rowing with the Saratoga Rowing Association.  I row singles, quads and eights.  I also enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, riding my motorcycle and shooting sports.

4.    What is your favorite thing about being involved in ASHRAE?

I thought ASHRAE was the place to be if you were in this industry.  I enjoyed the people in ASHRAE and the opportunity to learn from those in the industry and to teach those coming into the industry and ASHRAE.


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