Chad Wren Joins the Team to Lead Quality, Lean and Safety Initiatives

Welcome Chad Wren, the new Quality, Lean and HSE Manager for IMI Hydronic Engineering.

Based at IMI Hydronic’s North American headquarters in Dallas, Chad will take on responsibility for the RMA resolutions, lean assessments, and safety improvements. He brings extensive experience in quality and lean roles from the aerospace, heavy industrial turbines, and customer hydraulic machinery industries.

And Chad’s excited about his new role. “Quality, Lean Enterprise, Health and Safety are all passions of mine,” he says, “and I am very fortunate to be a part of this IMI team.”

Chad has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of work, Chad enjoys raising his three teenaged children.

New Lead-Free Valve Brochure

With our ICSS Automatic Balancing Valves and UA Zero Manual Balancing Valves, you can count on the optimal hydronic balancing solution for all your potable water applications. Both Lead-Free Balancing Valves meet or exceed standards established by the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (RLDWA) of 2014, and the ICSS is NSF/ANSI 61-G Certified and approved directly by NSF for commercial hot water contact applications.

Check out our newest product brochure on IMI Flow Design’s Lead-Free Balancing Valves Here

Video Challenge Series: Get to Know Zach Sifuentes

With social distancing keeping us apart, we challenged the IMI Hydronic team to connect with customers through video that shares their favorite activities and IMI products.

The series continues with Zach Sifuentes, Mechanical Engineer and IMI Flow Design’s IT Support and JDE Data Manager, who enjoys staying active outdoors with his family, including their newest addition.

Just as Dallas’s parks optimize opportunities for family fun, Zach appreciates the capabilities of the Harmony pressure independent balancing and control valve to optimize HVAC system performance. With full stroke and no lift limitation for perfect EOM characteristic, direct flow setting and readout, breakaway isolation valve and digitally configurable actuator saving up to 50% in commissioning time, Harmony is the precise PIBCV for modulating control.

To learn more about IMI Flow Design’s Harmony valves, click here

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Amy Cole Joins the Americas Team to Lead Growth Acceleration

Welcome, Amy Cole, new President of IMI Hydronic Engineering Americas. Amy joined us in June to lead the growth of the IMI Flow Design and IMI TA brands in North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean.

Growth strategy, execution, culture, and customer enthusiasm have infused Amy’s leadership over her 32-year career, including 24 years at Hilti, a global leader in products and services for construction. She brings extensive experience in sales, marketing, manufacturing, operations, and product development in the Americas, all of which give her deep understanding and insight into helping IMI Hydronic customers grow their businesses.

Amy’s commercial success and extensive interaction with engineers, consultants, architects, and other influencers informs her understanding of the powerful role IMI Hydronic Engineering’s technical expertise plays in differentiating the company from its competitors.

Sustainable, profitable growth is also what excites Amy about her new role. “The potential in the Americas first drew me to this opportunity,” she explains. “The US alone is the second largest market in the world for hydronic systems.” She appreciates demonstrated commitment to growth, including recent approval of the North America Growth Accelerator, a five-year, customer-centric initiative focused on disruptive technologies and other innovations that will help sales reps and their customers overcome the current marketplace challenges that concern them most.

Amy sees that commitment reflected in IMI Hydronic’s culture that emphasizes the development of its people. “IMI’s Graduate Program is world-class – the best I’ve ever seen – giving our grads high-level access to global growth projects, as well as broad, hands-on functional experience.” She notes the program also creates new opportunities for others not in the program.

Working alongside Phil Clifton, IMI Hydronic Engineering’s Divisional Managing Director, excites Amy too. “Phil is a champion of falling in love with the customer’s problem, creating a mindset that helps everybody understand what we’re trying to do and motivates them.” She also appreciates IMI Hydronic’s executive team, characterized by diversity of both thought and experience, as well as a genuine commitment to The IMI Way, the company’s code of responsible business.Everything is better than advertised. Working on a team of nine, from eight different countries is exhilarating.

Amy’s enthusiasm extends to her Americas’ senior leadership team too. “We have a perfect blend of expertise from long-time team members and of fresh ideas from newer members that works really, really well,” she notes. “Add Growth Accelerator on top of that combination, and we’re energized and well-positioned to seize new opportunities.” She’s also engaged in the digital aspect of growth, learning more about driving digital possibilities as a platform for Growth Accelerator.

Looking ahead, Amy sees unlimited potential, despite the challenges of a global pandemic. “I firmly believe that when you invest in teams, get close to your customers, and innovate you emerge from a downturn stronger than ever.”

Hydronic Engineering Defined


Optimal performance! The common goal of engineers, controls contractors, building owners and operators when designing, installing and commissioning HVAC systems. And that means two things:

  • Consistent comfort for tenants and users at every building location
  • Energy efficiency for reduced consumption and costs


Hydronic engineering is the foundation for optimal HVAC system performance. Here’s a short slide show on the critical role hydronic engineering plays in the development of optimal HVAC systems, created by Mike Trantham, Engineering Manager at IMI Hydronic North America.

IMI Flow Design delivers a full line of manual, automatic and pressure independent balancing and control valves, coil hookup kits, hoses and other associated products, all well known for their superior quality. Contact us anytime at to see how we can help you achieve optimal performance on your next HVAC project.

Short Social Media Survey: Need Your Help!

In the fast-paced and ever-growing online world, we’re relying more than ever on digital platforms and online resources to communicate with each other. And we have a lot of options for finding information, as well as where, when and what to post content.

IMI Hydronic North America wants to determine the most effective platforms to communicate with and best support you. So, we’re conducting a brief survey to better understand your social media use, needs and preferences.
Please take a few minutes to share your thinking here.

And thank you in advance for your participation.

Finance’s Lisa Garcia Goes Above and Beyond

Here’s to IMI Hydronic North America’s Lisa Garcia, AP Staff Accountant and July’s winner of IMI’s Above and Beyond award. This company-wide honor recognizes employee excellence, teamwork and performance that exceeds job expectations.

In her nomination, Becky Man, Financial Director for the Americas, noted Lisa’s above-and-beyond work during the annual inventory at IMI Hydronic’s North American headquarters in Dallas. “Lisa virtually ran the inventory for Finance single-handedly, putting in considerable additional hours and dealing with several difficult situations both professionally and calmly.”

Thank you and congratulations Lisa Garcia!

Video Challenge Series: Get to Know Julie Coronado

With social distancing keeping us apart, we challenged the IMI Hydronic team to connect with customers through video that shares their favorite activities and IMI products. 

The series continues with Julie Coronado, Customer Support Supervisor at IMI Hydronic North America, who enjoys the outdoors, especially walking her dog. Just like walking is central to Julie’s exercise routine, the AutoFlow Cartridge, her favorite IMI product, is the heart of every AutoFlow Valve from IM Flow Design. With a patented hybrid port, the ½” AutoFlow Cartridge can control rates as low as 0.5 gpm with precision.

Watch Julie’s video, then, go to to learn about our full line of AutoFlow Valves. Or connect with, or to find out more about designing with them for your hydronic balancing system.