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Granite State ASHRAE Chapter Leadership Profile of Eric Flinkstrom The Granite State ASHRAE Chapter is approaching the 25th anniversary of its founding. This milestone has prompted us to reflect about the members that contributed to the Chapter’s mission and history. Eric Flinkstrom is one of those persons. Eric participated in the first meeting in 1986 to discuss creating a chapter in New Hampshire. He recalls that Deanna Bradley asked him if he would attend. Eric became the first treasurer after the Chapter was established, and later became President for the ‘91/’92 term. During those years the Chapter typically met in Manchester, NH. Eric particularly enjoyed the camaraderie of members in the Chapter, and the opportunity to learn and broaden his knowledge of the industry. Flinkstrom didn’t start his career in the HVAC and related industry. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in ’77 with a degree in mechanical engineering, He worked for 6 years at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, ME as a Systems Engineer for propulsion plants on nuclear submarines. He then met Ed Sicard of Palmer & Sicard Inc. who hired him as an in-house engineer for their design/build projects. From ’84 to ’88, Eric’s project work grew from $2.5M to $5-6M while working on hotels, office space, schools, and some manufacturing facilities. Eric’s professional growth during that time was the result of Ed Sicard being a mentor to him. From 1989 to 2000, Eric ran his own consulting firm, EAF Engineering & Consulting and Brenex Consulting in South Berwick, ME. In 2000, he took a position with Munters in Amesbury, MA as a Turnkey Project Engineer. This wasn’t the first time a Flinkstrom was involved with Munters. Eric’s grandfather had been the primary supplier of metal cabinets to the Munters Cargocaire Division in the 50's when Cargocaire was in its infancy. Before he worked at Munters, he recalls having many discussions at Chapter meetings with Dick Dussault, who had a consulting engineering and manufacturing firm that specialized in dehumidification systems and strategies. He also fondly remembers Don Parker, who worked for Munters Cargocaire, and listening to Dussault and Parker discuss different methods of dehumidification. Some of Eric’s accomplishments while he was on the Chapter’s Board of Governors were organizing the Chapter’s first conference and exhibition at the Center of New Hampshire, and establishing regular joint meetings with the local chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). The Chapter also had a popular contest to locate and document some of the oldest HVAC equipment in New Hampshire during that time. These last seven years Eric has returned to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a Drydock and HVAC Engineer. He also has been performing various consulting projects in the recent past to stay in practice. While he has not been as involved in ASHRAE recently, he saw some familiar faces and enjoyed reminiscing when he attended a Chapter meeting this year at the invitation of a friend!