General Session III Speakers - Snow Melters

Alan Smetana, Project Engineer, Snow Dragon
Alan J  SmetanaAlan has been with Park-Ohio (Snow Dragon Corporate Company) for 18 years and has been in the Industrial Heat Processing industry for over 50 years. His major focus is on ovens and heat processing systems for drying, curing, and heat treating anything from special materials, foods, to basic metals and alloys.


Glen Burnett, President, Trecan Snowmelters
Glen-Burnett-2017Glen started his career in 1990 working on boiler and thermal oxidizer control systems. From 1994 to 1996, Glen received a second degree in computer science and upon completion spent a few years with a defence and aerospace company working on an Army project. In 1998, Glen was convinced to join Trecan Combustion by his father, who at the time was the President at Trecan. Glen filled a technical sales and service role, including development of Snowmelter operator interfaces. Over the years, Glen worked with the Engineering Manager on updating product design and introduction of new models of Snowmelters. In 2012, Glen started the buyout process to acquire ownership of Trecan and also moved into the role of President. Trecan Snowmelters can be found at many of the major US and Canadian snow belt airports


John Doherty, CM, Assistant Director, Technical Services, Massachusetts Port Authority
John DohertyJohn currently manages the Massachusetts Port Authority's Electrical, Mechanical, HVAC, and Water Departments, as well as its Central Heating Plant. He is responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repair of the electrical and airfield lighting distribution networks at Logan International Airport and Hanscom Field. During his more than 22 years of experience in facilities operations and maintenance, Mr. Doherty has demonstrated a commitment to energy conservation, safety and security, and sustainable initiatives. He began his career at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, where he worked for 5 year at the Nut Island and Deer Island Treatment Facilities. Following this, he accepted a position at Massport, where he has worked for 17 years as part of the aviation management team at Logan Airport. He is also a member of Massport's Energy Oversight Committee. While working for Massport, Mr. Doherty has gained extensive experience in airport snow removal. His primary duties during snow operations include managing the operation of all snow melting activities, as well as the removal of all snow from the Airfield Lighting Distribution Network. He also previously managed the Airport Snow Removal Contract for Ramp and Apron Areas. Mr. Doherty is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science, and of Northeastern University, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.


Paul Schenk, Manager, Terminal Development & Activation, Toronto Pearson Airport
P Schenk- PhotoPaul Schenk is currently the Manager of Terminal Development and Activation for Toronto Pearson International Airport. Paul began his career in airports as a seasonal snow removal equipment operator in October 2000. In spring of 2003 Paul took a role as an Airfield Maintenance Manager and held various management roles with the Airfield Maintenance group until early 2015. For almost 5 years of his time in Airfield Paul was the Manager of Apron Maintenance and one of his main focuses was optimizing the use of snow melter operations.


Alex Eisman, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
ALEX EISMANAlex has been employed by the City of Manchester, working at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for 18 years, beginning as a part time employee shoveling snow at the terminal. Prior to that, he spent 30 years working in the construction industry, operating heavy equipment and plowing snow during the winter months.For the past 14 years, I have been a "Big Blade Operator". His primary responsibility is to clear snow at the terminal ramp utilizing a 24 foot plow mounted on a rubber tire dozer. All snow removed from the terminal is melted utilizing in- ground snowmelters. He is involved with the daily and periodic maintenance of the melters, which includes the initial troubleshooting of problems that arise. He also assists with the operation of their portable snowmelter when it becomes necessary to remove large amounts of snow from isolated locations on the airport.

Kevin Burke, Snowplow and General Project Manager
Elbers Landscape Service, Inc., Buffalo, NY
Kevin burkeKevin F. Burke, CSP, is the Winter Services manager at Elbers Landscape Service Inc. In five years of managing Elbers' snow and ice removal services, Kevin's portfolio has grown to a team of 75 field employees servicing 150 commercial accounts across 170 acres. Kevin formalized his extensive industry experience with a professional certification from the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA) in 2012, and he chaired the Symposium Planning Committee that same year. In 2015, Kevin joined the Advanced Snow Manager (ASM) Stakeholder Advisory Group. Kevin holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Buffalo State College and is a lifetime resident of Buffalo, NY and its winters.







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