Cambridge Engineering, a manufacturer of energy-efficient, high temperature, heating and ventilation (HTHV) gas-fired space heating and ventilation equipment, has named Marc Braun as its new president. Braun was previously executive vice president of sales and marketing for the company. John Kramer, formerly the president and CEO, will continue in his role as CEO.
Braun is a well-known advocate for energy efficiency in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. He is an active member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers) and supports two standing committees as both a participant and an authorized reviewer of pending industry standards and guidelines. He’s also a frequent speaker at ASHRAE and other industry conferences. Braun played a critical role in the development of HTHV as a product category, working with both ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The category was introduced in 2013 and is part of standards created for all gas-fired heaters that perform at 90 percent or higher efficiency levels. In addition to ASHRAE, Braun is actively involved in AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute), serving on the engineering committee for commercial and industrial forced air heating products.
“Marc has been a champion of moving the HVAC industry to higher standards in performance, safety, and energy consumption, and his efforts have paid off in many areas,” Kramer said. “He is a driver in our industry and within Cambridge to achieve more and to focus on the greater good. He is also an inventor and has successfully been granted three U.S. patents since joining our firm. Marc’s leadership skills and his energy have led to growth and success at Cambridge and we have a great deal of confidence in his ability to serve as president of the company.”
Braun steps into the role of president with more than eight years of service at Cambridge. He said he is deeply honored to serve his fellow employees and clients in his new role. “This change is a reflection of the tremendous growth that our employees have achieved, and I’m very proud of them,” Braun said.
Both Braun and Kramer have been intimately involved in encouraging a highly engaged workforce and a renewed focus on continuous improvement using “Lean” principles. “Our approach to ‘Lean’ principles has truly transformed our company culture, making us more aware of inefficiencies and waste,” Kramer said. “We have also pumped up our creativity and keep finding better ways to bring energy-efficient solutions to the marketplace.”
Braun holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and started his career with Dow Chemical. He then worked for a subsidiary of Koch Engineering, serving the international oil and gas industry as director of technical advisors. He joined Cambridge Engineering in 2008 as chief operating officer. In addition to speaking at HVAC industry events, Braun frequently meets with engineers, building owners, and utility company representatives on next generation heating and ventilation technologies.
Cambridge Engineering earned the title of “Manufacturer of the Year” from the Missouri Association of Manufacturers in 2016. The annual Made in Missouri Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Cambridge Engineering was singled out for the association’s top award because of its deep focus on quality, cost, and productivity improvements.
Cambridge products are used to heat and improve indoor air quality in large spaces such as gymnasiums, sports venues, and warehouses. The company has invested heavily in research and development to offer products that save energy, reduce operating costs and safely improve indoor air quality in commercial and industrial buildings.
Cambridge is an active member of the DOE’s Better Buildings Alliance, an initiative of manufacturers and businesses dedicated to reducing energy consumption in commercial spaces by a minimum of 20 percent by the year 2020.