IGSHPA 2.0 - Update

Updated March 6, 2015

From the President:

As the saying goes, "be careful what you wish for—you might just get it!"

Last week, the first elected IGSHPA Board of Directors met, elected officers, and began the next phase of what Executive Director Bob Ingersoll has named IGSHPA 2.0. The implementation of IGSHPA 2.0 means that membership now has responsibility- not just input.

Members, working through their elected representatives, will assist and guide the Executive Director and staff in the development of priorities, strategic direction, allocation of resources and much more—all within the new bylaws approved at the IGHSPA annual conference last October.

This will be a "ground-up" process (no pun intended). The new organizational structure creates an information and communication channel between members and the Executive Director, Board, and staff. The actions of both the Board and staff will be conducted with transparency to the membership, and will be continually evaluated against membership needs.

Your new Board is made up of representatives from all the major sectors of our industry. These Board members all give their time and energy on a volunteer basis. Our two day meeting last week in Stillwater was exciting and promising. The nine members of the Board, along with the IGSHPA staff, brought their different backgrounds and viewpoints together to develop a framework for identifying IGSHPA's challenges and making decisions. All who were at these meetings realize that getting to this point has taken a lot of time.

As President, I see my primary responsibility as making sure we, the Board and Staff, move forward as quickly and conscientiously as practical. Most importantly, we need to communicate our status and progress to membership, and affiliated organizations on a regular basis. We will do this through as many channels as possible.

Finally, I want to emphasize what I said earlier. This is a "ground-up" organization with more control and responsibility for its own destiny than it ever has ever had. This means we will need much broader volunteer participation than we have had in the past to move IGSHPA forward. We have a great organization in a great industry. Let's work on this together!


John Turley

What’s next?

The board and staff are working hard to finalize the creation of committee operations, the new advisory council and strategic planning. Keep an eye on your email and the blog for continued updates.

IGSHPA 2.0 - Update

Updated January 16, 2015

In November, IGSHPA started the process of slating the inaugural IGSHPA Board of Directors. The process started with the current advisory council nominating candidates for the board of directors from six industry sectors. An electronic ballot was created and all voting members were sent a login for the ballot. Voting members chose the initial six board of directors and the new board met earlier this week via teleconference to slate the two at-large board of directors. Oklahoma State University College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology selected Dr. Dan Fisher as the OSU appointee on the Board of Directors. IGSHPA Director Bob Ingersoll will serve as a non-voting board of director as well.

IGSHPA is pleased to announce the following people as the inaugural IGSHPA Board of Directors.

Name Sector Affiliation
Allan Skouby Distributor GeoPro, Inc.
Michael Albertson Manufacturer WaterFurnace International, Inc.
Garen Ewbank Arch, Engr, Designers Ewbank Geo Testing, LLC
Jeromy Cotten Utilities Tennessee Valley Authority
John Turley Dealers, Contractors Middleton Geothermal Services
John Henrich GHEX Bergerson – Caswell, Inc.
Dr. Dan Fisher OSU Appointee CEAT - OSU
Don Penn Arch, Engr, Designers Don Penn Consulting Engineer/IEG Ltd.
Cary Smith Distributor Sound Geothermal
Bob Ingersoll Ex Officio IGSHPA Director

What’s next?

We look forward to an exciting year and the future of IGSHPA with the Board of Directors now selected. The Board of Directors will have a face-to-face meeting in the upcoming weeks in Stillwater to set the structure of IGSHPA and the details of the organization. After this date, we will be able to provide you with information on how the new advisory council will be formed and how you can get involved with different committees in IGSHPA. Please continue to watch the blog and newsletter for more information.

IGSHPA 2.0 - Update

Updated December 8, 2014

November was a busy month for the current advisory council and the staff. The advisory council conversed via email to nominate members in each of the six sectors (Distributors, Manufacturers, Architects/Engineers/Designers, Utilities, HVAC Dealer-Contractors, and Geothermal Exchange) for the new IGSHPA Board of Directors. All nominees were contacted to ensure they would serve on the board of directors if elected. Nominees who accepted the nomination have been placed on a secure online ballot and a link to the ballot has been emailed to all voting members with the members own login and password.

What’s next?

Voting will remain open until January 5. Once member voting closes, the current advisory council will meet to elect the at-large Board of Director members. The new Board of Directors will be announced January 15.

IGSHPA 2.0 Bylaws - Update

Updated October 30, 2014

The current IGSHPA advisory council met Tuesday, October 14, during the 2014 Technical Conference and Expo. After a presentation on IGSHPA 2.0 and brief updates from the marketing, membership, training, research, and standards committees, the advisory council reviewed the proposed IGSHPA bylaws. The proposed bylaws were created by Glenn Tecker’s team at Tecker International from the work of the design team in Tulsa in May. The bylaws were reviewed by members of the design team and advisory council prior to the conference. After brief discussion and explanation, Brian Urlaub moved to approve the new bylaws and John Turley seconded. The bylaws were approved unanimously by a voice vote by the advisory council.

What’s next?

The IGSHPA staff will set 6 industry sectors to form the new membership segments of IGSHPA, based off of the workings of the design team in Tulsa in May. Voting members will be placed into the sector that best reflects the industry they represent. The current advisory council will nominate IGSHPA members from each sector for the new Board of Directors. The advisory council can nominate more than one member from each sector for the board and all nominees will be voted upon by the current voting membership of IGSHPA. After the election, the current advisory council will select two members to serve as at-large Board of Director members. OSU will also appoint the OSU representative on the IGSHPA Board of Directors at this time. The IGSHPA Executive Director is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors. After the new Board of Directors is in place, the Board of Directors will elect the officers of the board. All 9 voting members of the board are eligible for an officer position the first board cycle.

In short, the make-up of the first board of directors shall be composed of ten (10) members, including four (4) officers, two (2) elected Directors, two (2) Directors At-Large appointed by the current advisory council, one (1) Director appointed by OSU and (1) the IGSHPA Executive Director who shall serve ex-officio and without vote.

The current advisory council will serve in an advisory role until the new Board of Directors in in place. The new board will be in place January 15, 2015.

Please continue to watch the blog, social media posts and your email to see how you can become involved in the next phase of IGSHPA. Voting instructions will be available shortly. New IGSHPA bylaws can be viewed here.

IGSHPA 2.0 Bylaws

Updated Seprember 15, 2014

After comments by the design team were implemented in the new IGSHPA bylaws, the bylaws have been sent to the current advisory council September 11 to start the approval process. The advisory council has until October 10th to make comments on the bylaws as written. All comments will be emailed to Bob, IGSHPA Director.

What’s next?

Comments will be presented to the advisory council during the annual advisory council meeting at 1 p.m. October 14th in Baltimore before the annual IGSHPA conference. The current advisory council will vote on the new bylaws during the advisory council meeting.

IGSHPA 2.0 Bylaws

Updated August 12, 2014

The draft bylaws written by Glenn Tecker and his team were received by IGSHPA staff. IGSHPA has sent the bylaws to the members of the design team for a thorough review before the adoption of the new bylaws. The design team has until August 22 to review and comment on the bylaws. The bylaws were drafted based off of the summit design document the design team previously approved.

What’s next?

Once the bylaws have been agreed upon by the design team, the bylaws will be sent to the advisory council. Adoption of the new bylaws will follow Chapter 10 Section 1 of the current IGSHPA Constitution and Bylaws. This section states, “The articles of the bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote in the advisory council meeting at the yearly meeting. Any proposed amendment will be sent by electronic mail or other medium to the council chairperson at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting and then distributed to all council members at least two weeks, (14) days, in advance for their review and consideration.”
“The advisory council shall have two weeks to make suggested changes and/or additions to proposed amendments. Following incorporation of suggested revisions, the proposed amendments will again be disseminated. The advisory council may vote to amend the bylaws by written ballot, electronic ballot, or table said amendments until the yearly meeting.”

IGSHPA 2.0 Update

Updated July 11, 2014

IGSHPA received the summit design document from Glenn Tecker in mid-June. The document was sent to the summit attendees (design team) for a review to make sure what was stated in the document was what the group agreed upon and meant during the retreat. The document included a program strategy of IGSHPA core purpose and values; IGSHPA mission; a big audacious goal; and long range goals, objectives and strategies. Also an operational strategy with a governance model, program model, membership model, and finance model were presented to the group based on a group consensus of the best design model. The design team was given the chance to make changes and ask clarifying questions about the document. Once comments were received from the attendees, IGSHPA staff combined the comments into one document and the document was sent to Glenn Tecker.

What’s next?

Glenn Tecker will write the draft bylaws for IGSHPA over the next few weeks from the document that has been agreed upon by the design team. The bylaws will then be sent back to the design team for a thorough review and adoption of the bylaws. We will continue to update you in the coming months about the progress of IGSHPA 2.0 and an update will be made during the 2014 conference about where IGSHPA is headed.

Organizational Design Summit

May 14 - 16, 2014

Hyatt Regency, Tulsa, OK

Updated June 9, 2014

IGSHPA 2.0 May meeting Power Point

IGSHPA Advisory Council Members, committee chairs, staff and others in the GSHP industry met in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 14-16 for an organizational design summit facilitated by Glenn Tecker. This is a work in progress and more details will be available during the annual technical conference. Those participating in the summit were

  • Trey Austin-Geo-Energy Services
  • Randy Chambers-OG&E
  • Jeromy Cotten-Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Jack DiEnna-Geothermal National & International Initiative
  • Garen Ewbank-Ewbank Geo Testing, LLC
  • Dan Fisher-Oklahoma State University
  • Abhishek Ghale-IGSHPA
  • Dean Grunseth-Mammoth Inc.
  • Jack Henrich-Bergerson-Caswell, Inc.
  • Bob Ingersoll-IGSHPA
  • Ed Kirtley, OSU
  • Ed Lohrenz-GEOptimize, Inc.
  • Kevin McCray-National Groundwater Association
  • Lisa Meline-Meline Engineering Corp.
  • Mark Metzner-CSA Group, Inc.
  • Howard Newton-Mammoth, Inc.
  • Erin Portman-IGSHPA
  • Terry Proffer-Major Geothermal, Inc.
  • Roshan Revankar-IGSHPA
  • Phil Schoen-Geo-Enterprises, Inc.
  • Allan Skouby-Geothermal Resource Technologies, Inc.
  • Chris Smith-Bosch Thermotechnology
  • Ted Striplin-McElroy Manufacturing, Inc.
  • John Turley-Middleton Geothermal Services
  • Brian Urlaub-Enertech Global, LLC

Event Summary:
The leadership of IGSHPA has been hearing from you, our members, during the last few months. A reoccurring theme came up about the direction of IGSHPA and how members fit into the mix. In a way, you felt you had lost your voice in what is a members’ association. IGSHPA and Oklahoma State University leadership listened and felt it was best to invite key stakeholders representing various sectors of IGSHPA together to start work on an organizational design summit- IGSHPA 2.0 as some will call it. A three day meeting, facilitated by Glenn Tecker of Tecker International, was decided on and key stakeholders were brought to Tulsa to discuss the history of IGSHPA, the geothermal market trends and conditions, and the direction IGSHPA needed to go to be the best association it can be for the membership. Key topics discussed were core ideaology of the mission and values, goals of the organization moving forward, strategic objectives and strategies to reach the objectives. Summit attendees worked in small groups to design infrastructure models for the membership, governance, program, workforce and finance. Each small group’s model was presented to the overall group and a consensus among the overall group was formed on how the infrastructure will be designed. The summit was a general overview and the details of the infrastructure will be set by stakeholder work groups.

Where do we go from here?
The meeting in Tulsa was the beginning to design IGSHPA 2.0. The flipcharts from the small groups and the overall infrastructure consensus are in the hands of Glenn Tecker. Once IGSHPA receives the synopsis of the summit from Glenn, work on the details will continue with the people who were involved in the summit. As new updates are available, this page will be updated with information to keep the membership informed of the changes at IGSHPA. We want to assure you that this is your association and the people involved in the summit are looking out for your best interest. An update will be made during conference to keep you informed of the progress at IGSHPA 2.0.