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COMPANY PROFILE

Enerfit is a family-owned company with hundreds of years of cumulative experience in the HVAC and controls industry.

We began developing our retrofit in 2006 and have spent the last eight years refining & making our products end-user friendly.

We are headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee - a city with a proud history of both industrial and green innovation.

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RON PATCH, PRESIDENT/FOUNDER

Ron founded Enerfit in 2006 after a long career in HVAC sales and controls.

From 1972-1989, he was a sales engineer at Trane Company. Because of Trane’s unit selection process at the time, Ron had to manually select and specify each component – experience that would later prove critical in developing Enerfit.

In 1985, Ron founded Electronic Controls Inc., a controls contractor and mechanical service company with a broad presence in East Tennessee, Northern Alabama and Northern Georgia. In addition to the controls business, he is also the owner of ECI Industrial, Inc., a UL-listed industrial control panel shop with a customer base in the natural gas and medical industries.

Drawing on his dual expertise in HVAC unit engineering and building controls, he designed and patented the advanced concepts and systems behind the Enerfit retrofit. In recognition of his innovative work with Enerfit, in 2010 Ron was honored with the Chattanooga Technology Council’s Early Innovator Award.

Ron holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

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BEN PATCH, VICE PRESIDENT

Ben began his career in writing and journalism. In his first position as a copywriter in a New York based ad agency, he wrote for A&P, the NYPD, and pharmaceuticals.

During this time, he realized that his true interest was not in the creative work, but in the systems that created it. In 2005, he co-founded Pixelfix NY, an IT consulting firm specializing in media, architectural and animation studios.

From 2009-2011, Ben assisted Enerfit from New York, but the business soon grew too big and he moved to Chattanooga into his current role as VP.

He is a former board member of the Jazz Foundation of America and currently sits on the board of the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy.

Ben holds a BA in English from Dartmouth College.

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BALUS SMITH, ELECTRONICS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Chattanooga native Balus Smith began his electronics career in the United States Air Force in 1965, where he worked on the inertial navigation systems in F-4 Phantom Fighter/Bombers.

In 1969, he moved to the private sector in California to work on the Cointronics Lunar Lander arcade game. In 1970, Balus returned to Chattanooga and began a TVA apprenticeship with courses on industrial electronics at Oak Ridge.

Balus moved to Electric Systems in 1977, where he was responsible for the board design of power supplies, interconnect boards and specialized circuitboards for the textile and carpet industries. In 2003, Balus moved to Enerfit sister company ECI Industrial LLC.

Balus’s insights have been instrumental in developing the current Enerfit Version 1 Basic, which eliminates as many field wiring termination as possible by building them into an integrated mezzanine board.

Balus holds an ASEE from Chattanooga State Community College.

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BRIAN MORRISON, FIELD TRAINING MANAGER

Brian began work as an HVAC subcontractor while studying HVAC refrigeration at Coosa Valley Tech in Rome, Georgia.

After graduation, Brian moved to Cartersville, Georgia as an HVAC service technician.

In 1998, he relocated to Chattanooga and continued his work in HVAC field service, joining Enerfit sister company ECI in 2009. Brian’s 27 years of HVAC mechanical work, along with control experience, make him a great trainer and troubleshooter for Enerfit field installations.

Brian is EPA certified and holds manufacturer's certifications from Carrier, Trane, Heatcraft, Honeywell Boiler Controls, ABB, NOVAR, KMC and Delta Controls.