AHRI Leadership Forum

The AHRI Leadership Forum is a brand–new association event that will offer critical, strategic industry and association information in an interactive, dynamic setting. The sessions at this meeting will offer solutions on a variety of pertinent topics to all AHRI member companies. This event is being carefully designed to feature dynamic speakers, stronger peer networking opportunities, and leadership presentations to further AHRI’s and member companies’ goals.

Please plan to join us November 11–13, 2018, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Ariz. Registration will be available mid–July.


Strategic Sessions

The Strategic Sessions will include information on each of AHRI’s pillars of standards, advocacy, and certification — but not as you have come to expect. Instead of mere updates on recent activities, all three sessions will examine the broader scope of these key AHRI focus areas and how they interconnect for the benefit of the industry and your business. The key to these sessions is that they will feature speakers from outside the HVACR and water heating industry who will forecast future trends, while offering new approaches to solving the industry’s most daunting issues. Each session will close with an assessment of AHRI’s current services and information on how we should evolve to support a changing environment.

Better Industry Interaction

In addition to golf and Tucson–based tours, the Leadership Forum will offer four concurrent peer–to–peer interaction receptions that will allow members to mingle among smaller groups of their industry colleagues. These Monday evening receptions will bring together members by product area, allowing attendees to stick with one reception or attend as many as they wish.

Who should attend?

This brand–new event is being designed to have something for everyone.

  • Company executives will benefit from the strategic nature of in–depth discussions, using the meeting content to help plan for the future
  • Product engineers will contribute their expertise in discussions on sustainability and the whole building approach to regulations, while learning about state, national, and global trends impacting future product design
  • Sales & marketing professionals will benefit from all of the above, while learning about regulatory trends that will impact national and global marketing plans.

At–a–Glance

Strategic Sessions: Leveraging AHRI to Grow Your Business and Plan for the Future

Session 1: Interconnectivity of Equipment and Systems — The Building Approach

Session 2: Sustainability

Session 3: State, Federal, and Global Advocacy


Industry Interaction Opportunities

Welcome Reception & Dinner

Product area-focused Cocktail Receptions

Rees Scholarship Foundation 5K Fun Run/Walk

Women’s Networking Breakfast

Chairman’s Ultimate 70s Disco Party

Sports & Tours


No Fake News Here

Need–to–Know Session

Annual Chairman’s Breakfast & Opening Keynote Speaker: Jake Harriman, Former Marine Platoon Commander and Nuru International Founder

Incoming Chairman’s Luncheon and Closing Keynote Speaker: Amy Walter, National Editor of Cook Political Report