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Providing Backpacks and School Supplies to Thousands of Students

- Monday, August 15, 2022

Convergentz is part of The Hunton Group and we exist to radically improve the environments in which people live, work, and play, and our local schools are very important to us. 

Since 2019, The Hunton Group has partnered with HPD to provide backpacks and school supplies to thousands of students across the Greater-Houston area. This year we took it upon ourselves to personally deliver over 1,500 backpacks with supplies to six different Title 1 schools across five separate school districts. It is truly an honor to impact so many young lives, and we wish all our students the best for this upcoming 2022-2023 school year. 

We also host our annual Cool Rides Hot Rods car show to raise money for our backpack drive. This family-friendly event is always a ton of fun and benefits a great cause, so mark your calendars now! This year’s show is scheduled for October 29th and is set to be our biggest one yet!

Visit https://huntongroup.com/carshow/ today to learn more and register your ride for the hottest, coolest car show in town!


Convergentz Expands Capabilities to Fire & Life Safety

- Tuesday, August 10, 2021
PRESS RELEASE

Houston, TX – August 2021

CONVERGENTZ EXPANDS CAPABILITES TO FIRE & LIFE SAFETY

Convergentz, a technology leader and master systems integration, is proud to announce the addition of the Fire & Life Safety sales and service to their extensive list of capabilities.

Mr. Kyle Jarnagin is heading up this team and brings over 40 years of experience to the team. 

Kurt McCulloch, General Manager of Convergentz, says, “We are excited to expand our capabilities and to serve new and existing customers with Fire & Life Safety. Mr. Jarnagin is focused on building a service-based organization that will bring the very best in customer service and fire protection technology.”

Convergentz Fire & Life Safety offers Central Station Monitoring of fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems, inspection and testing of fire alarm systems, installation, sales, and service of fire extinguishers. For a detailed list of our capabilities, click here.

This combination of safety, experience, knowledge, and legendary customer service is the key to our performance and helps achieve our goal: To provide value in high quality fire protection services to protect lives and property.

About Convergentz

Established in 2010, is a technology leader and master systems integrator, and integrates IT and traditional building system functions to improve building performance, environmental comfort and energy efficiency. We are a trusted reliable choice for advanced building automation and connected real estate solutions. Convergentz is a subsidiary of The Hunton Group, a leading company in the HVAC industry.

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Contact Information:

Convergentz
Mitzi Coil, Marketing Director
713-328-3727, mcoil@huntongroup.com

Now is the time for a N4 upgrade!

- Wednesday, April 07, 2021
NOW IS THE TIME FOR AN UPGRADE OF YOUR LEGACY NIAGARA AX SYSTEM TO N4:

On July 1 2021, Tridium’s entire AX product line will be obsolete. The legacy AX hardware (JACE), software, and licenses will no longer be sold or supported.


In most cases, existing software migrates, making the upgrade cost effective. Convergentz has partnered with Distech, which uses the latest Tridium technology in their products.

BENEFITS OF UPGRADING TO N4:
  • Faster and easier to use
  • Less reliant on browser plug-ins (java)
  • All new user interface (HTML5, rich UI features)
  • Powerful security
  • Easier integration capabilities
Download flyer and give us a call at 713-267-5790.


40 Years for Hunton Group

- Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Then

Richard O. Hunton, the forerunner, founded the Hunton Group in October 1981 as a subsidiary of the Trane Company. Houston Trane was then located in southwest Houston on Landsbury Drive and consisted of three divisions, Commercial Sales, Service, and Parts. However, from the start, Mr. Hunton envisioned that the Company would ultimately become the dominant supplier in the HVAC market for Southeast Texas. 

The Company started out with 75 associates and total sales in the first full year of operation of $28 million. Early 1983, the Building Controls division was formed and on January 1, 1984, the Company was purchased by Mr. Hunton as an independent operation. During the early years (1983-1989) the Houston economy was in a downward spiral and sales of commercial equipment decreased sharply; however, revenues from service and parts continued to grow in each succeeding year. As a result of unfavorable local economic conditions, management had to develop long-term growth strategies to reposition the Company for opportunities that would develop when the economy turned around.

The Company continued a pattern of slow steady growth during the mid-eighties by prudently increasing its resources (financial, manpower, and technology) to match the growth it was experiencing, revenues more than double by 1986. In 1988, the Company began planning for a new acquisition into the residential market and in 1990 Houston Trane acquired the exclusive distribution for Trane Residential & LCU products in S.E. Texas and constructed a new headquarters in Westchase in order to consolidate all divisions.

In 1993 the Existing Building Systems division was added and in 1994, an in-house financing company (Vical Financial) was formed. At the end of 1994, total sales exceeded $60 million with 115 associates, and the original vision of being the dominant HVAC force in SE Texas had been realized. Hunton Group is the only major supplier of HVAC equipment in Southwest Texas that remained intact from 1981 to the present; all others either had major reorganizations or ownership changes.

In 1997, due to its significant amount of international business involvement, Hunton Trane changed its name to Hou-Tra International and established a Specialty Products group to supply major non-Trane components for central chilled water systems. In 1998, HVAC Mechanical Services, Inc. was purchased by Hou-Tra International and merged with Hou-Tra’s aftermarket services division to form a new division – a full service, turnkey solutions provider for commercial, institutional, and industrial markets.

In 2002, Hunton Distribution was formed as a separate company by merging Residential equipment sales, Parts, Supplies, and Vical Financial. At the same time, Hunton Distribution expanded its territory to included West Texas, Oklahoma, and Eastern New Mexico with distribution locations in Houston (2), Lubbock, Abilene, Oklahoma, and El Paso.

Beginning in 2004, Hou-Tra International changed its name to The Hunton Group, consisting of Hunton Trane, Hunton Trane Services, and Hunton Specialty Products on the Commercial Solutions side; and Hunton Distribution and Vical Financial on the Distribution side. By 2006, sales were $250 million with over 350 employees. Hunton Group then formed Hunton Energy, a development company for coal gasification production using emerging and tested technologies. Then in 2007, Hunton Distribution built a new 121,000 square foot headquarters and warehouse. In 2007 and 2008, Hunton was the #1 Evapco distributor in the United States. It was also in 2008 that the Company sales increased to $300 million with over 400 employees.

For the years of 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2012 the Company received the Trane Pacesetter award for being #1 in sales for Trane in both applied commercial and residential products. Hunton Energy received the TCEQ permit in 2009, for its Freeport gasification plant (one of only two permits issued in the USA for gasification plants) and 2010, marked the birth of Convergentz, an independent controls company specializing in building integration with open protocols.

In 2012 the Company completed Houston’s first “Smart Building” retrofit at Pennzoil Plaza and acquired Advanced Home Technologies (AHT), a design and installation contractor for home entertainment and security systems. In 2013, Convergentz sales exceed $15 million and received a contract to renovate controls for the National Archives in Washington, DC. Hunton Services and Convergentz completed the renovation of the third high-rise office building in downtown Houston along with a $2 million retrofit of the George R. Brown Convention Building Open System Controls.

In 2017, Hunton Distribution consolidated locations in response to changes in the market. We closed our offices in El Paso, Lubbock and Amarillo so that we could more fully serve the Houston and Oklahoma service hubs.


Now

In 2018, Hunton Distribution proudly opened our 3rd location in the Greater Houston Area. This facility is an impressive 76,000 sq./ft of warehouse space conveniently located in southeast Houston and goes a long way toward providing more efficient and more convenient ways for our customers to do business with us. In 2019, Hunton Distribution sold the Oklahoma City office to keep its focus on southeast Texas.

To this day, it is the continued goal of Hunton Group to be the preferred provider of efficient and sustainable indoor environmental systems and services for commercial, industrial, and residential customers and to earn this trusted position through understanding, innovation, and technical and operational excellence.

“Our ultimate goal throughout the family of Hunton Group companies, is seamless service and 100% customer satisfaction,” says R.O. Hunton, Chairman & Founder. “We have structured our organization to better coordinate our considerable knowledge and people resources to help make our customers’ jobs easier and to bring real added value to the table.”

In 2019, Hunton Trane and Hunton Services won the Trane Pacesetter award and in 2020, the Hunton Group won the Houston Chronicle’s Top Workplace Award for the 8th year and won National Top Workplace. Convergentz is proud to be a part of Hunton Group of companies since 2010.

For more information: www.huntongroup.com

10 Best Innovative Technology Solution Providers of 2020

- Thursday, June 11, 2020
Article by Industry Era Magazine, June 2020, page 14-15.

Convergentz was born out of a need for Building System Integration Solutions and Internet Protocol (IP) based control systems. As early as 2005, Hunton Services started to notice that Chief Engineers were, increasingly, losing control of their facilities. What they also observed was a (Competitors and Customers) Customers wanted to move their control platforms into the IP World. After getting tired of losing projects to small “Open” control shops in town, they had to find a way to compete using IP technology. “As this was a new direction in the market, away from the portfolio of control product technology that we had within the Hunton Group at that time, we created Convergentz,” says Richard Hunton, Jr., the CEO of The Hunton Group, the founder and president of Convergentz. He has always been a true visionary and instilled the same vision in the company. Convergentz was ahead of the Internet of Things (IoT), starting when it was just a buzz word. “What we had envisioned simply wasn’t possible with the Systems and Sensors we had to work with, at the time, despite all the articles and marketing materials we read,” adds Richard. “So, we focused on what we could do, HVAC, Security, and Systems Integration, and concentrated on delivering dependable and economical open systems and building system integrations.” Now, ten years later, IoT technology has caught up with the earlier vision allowing the Convergentz team to design even smarter buildings...

Continue reading full article at Industry Era Review.


Take Advantage of Distech’s Niagara-4 Trade-Up Program

- Tuesday, April 21, 2020
NOW IS THE TIME FOR AN UPGRADE
Beginning July 1, 2021, legacy JACE hardware, AX downgrade options, and AX software will no longer be sold and Tridium is phasing out the entire Niagra AX product line. Now is the time to upgrade your legacy AX system and save money in the process!

Distech is offering a 20% discount when you upgrade to a Niagara-4 JACE-8000, including the software core and initial SMA when replacing legacy AX JACE. 

Additionally, a 10% discount will be added when replacing AX platforms purchased on or after January 1, 2017 for a total 30% discount.

UPGRADING TRIDIUM JACE PLATFORM:
  • Software does not have to be rewritten; therefore, this option is more cost-effective in most cases.
  • Distech uses the latest Tridium technology in their hardware.

*OFFER VALID THROUGH DECEMBER 15, 2020.

Let us be your trusted partner. Offer valid through December 15, 2020.

Top 10 Intelligent Building Consulting Company

- Thursday, April 02, 2020

We (a company of The Hunton Group) are honored to be named a Top 10 Intelligent Building Consulting Company.

“An intelligent building can be thought of as the epicenter of safety, security, energy, efficiency, and comfort. We can bring all of the different control systems in a building onto a single pane of glass, thus visualizing a multitude of functionalities at the fingertips of the users...”

“The Hunton Group: The Elixir of Infrastructural Intelligence,” Article by Construction Tech Review, read more here.

Download PDF of article here.

First PACE project for Houston

- Tuesday, February 27, 2018
First PACE project for the Commercial Office Building Sector comes to Houston at 1225 North Loop West

The Hunton Group is proud to announce that with several strategic key partners, 1225 North Loop West is the first office building in Houston, Texas to close a PACE project. PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy, essentially a long term, low cost loan for commercial building improvements. Convergentz and Hunton Trane consulted with Stellar International in designing the building automation, lighting, and central plant. The upgrade includes two Earthwise Trane CenTraVac Chillers’, as well as a Tracer Ensemble Web-based Enterprise System integration solution including air handler and central plant optimization.

“The Tracer Ensemble Building management system will empower the building owner to run his building more efficiently and securely at the same time. We’re very proud of this collaborative project, a great example of enhancing energy management to provide positive building outcomes.” – Kurt McCulloch, General Manager of Convergentz.

Convergentz, Hunton Trane and Moore Mechanical partnered to bring an outside the box solution to 1225 North Loop West. Stellar International acting as project manager, also teamed with PACE Houston, Petros PACE Finance, and Xtralight to bring the project to fruition. Certification was completed by Riehl Engineering indicated that this PACE project will create an annual savings of over 1.5 million KWH and 2.9 million dollars in savings over 20 years. This project began November 15th, 2017 and is expected to be completed by the middle of 2018.

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The Hunton Group, founded in 1981, is a conglomerate of synergized companies delivering energy efficient HVAC products and systems; factory certified service; turn key financial solutions and advanced building integration and control systems. Please visit the Hunton Group to learn more.

Please visit Texas Pace Authority or Green Houston to learn more about PACE or visit www.PACEHOUSTON.com for professional consulting. To learn how Stellar International can help you through the PACE process, please contact them at info@stellaricre.com.

#GivingTuesday 2017 for ASHRAE

- Tuesday, November 28, 2017

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving when people come together to support the causes they believe in. Invest in aspiring HVAC&R engineering students by making a gift to the ASHRAE Presidents Scholarship Fund! Gifts of any size are appreciated and can count toward a Chapter RP campaign goal. Your gift will help to secure the leaders of our industry for tomorrow. Click here to give.

Named Top Five Places to Work for Midsize Companies in Houston

- Wednesday, November 01, 2017
On November 1st, The Hunton Group was awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Houston Chronicle for the fifth time. The Hunton Group jumped from the 30th top workplaces in 2016 to the 5th place in 2017. This announcement came on the 36th anniversary of The Hunton Group, and gave the employees just one more reason to celebrate their workplace.

The Hunton group went up against 14,500 employers in the Houston area and is the only HVAC equipment, controls, distribution, and mechanical company in the top 5 for all three categories-small, medium and large. Richard Hunton Jr, President and COO of the Hunton Group couldn’t have been more excited about the honor and in a statement to the company, he let the Hunton Group family know it was all because of them. “What an incredible honor, and to find out on our 36 anniversary! Our employees make us who we are and we’re only as strong as our team. We’re excited to continue to grow and show this city why the Hunton Group is a Top Place to Work.”

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage. Aspects of workplace culture were measured including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage stated that “…to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.”

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The Hunton Group, founded in 1981, is a conglomerate of synergized companies delivering energy efficient HVAC products and systems; factory certified service; turn key financial solutions and advanced building integration and control systems. Please visit the Hunton Group to learn more.

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