About Us

Control Concepts of Ohio, LLC is a provider of building automation technology and HVAC controls integration based out of Akron, Ohio. Our custom-tailored solutions can be viewed on various platforms, allowing users to control, monitor, and manage mechanical systems anytime and anywhere. 

As a building automation provider, we are committed to meeting or exceeding our customer's expectations, whether their system requirements are large or small. We are a Reliable Controls® dealer and received their 2017 MVP of the Year Award for the Great Lakes Region.

Our mission is to create efficient and intuitive building automation systems that lend to a better indoor environment while helping to reduce energy costs. We never compromise quality for profit, and our customers and employees are treated like family.


Philip Chiarappa, President

Philip has been working in the HVAC field since 2000, when he starting working for his family's mechanical contracting company BEST Commercial Energy Services.  He is a Reliable Controls® Certified MACH-System Technician (Level 4), a certified Mitsubishi VRF Start-up technician, is TRANE Tracer™ Controls certified, is Tridium – Niagara N4 certified, and has attended Stark State College for various HVACR Technology coursework.  Philip has been instrumental in over 70 controls integration installations and has been a Reliable Controls® dealer for over ten years. Philip is committed to automation technology and enthusiastically pursues the latest the industry has to offer. 

Derek Harlan, Project Director

Derek graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance.  He has 12 years of industrial sales, marketing and operations experience.  During that period has held titles such as Product Manager, Marketing Specialist, Inside Sales Supervisor and Buyer/Planner Group Leader.  Derek is a Reliable Controls® Certified MACH-System Technician (Level 2).  He has also completed additional coursework at the Kent State Corporate University including: Essential Skills for Managing Projects and Coaching Accountability.

Erik Martin, Installation Lead

Erik has over 15 years of experience working in the electrical industry, specifically on energy management projects around the country.  Prior to that he studied Industrial Electricity at the Portage Lakes Career Center.  In 2007, Erik started his own business, Efficient Power & Light, LLC.  Efficient Power & Light has over 5 years of experience installing exclusively Reliable Controls® MACH Systems.