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 Resort in Tucson, Ariz.
Strategic Sessions

SESSION #1: AS TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES AND CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS CHANGE, IS THE HVACR INDUSTRY RIPE FOR DISRUPTION?

Our first Strategic Session is designed to introduce all attendees to the issues we will further address in Sessions #2 and #3. Our keynote speaker, Boxed CEO Chieh Huang, will discuss the ways in which rapidly advancing technology continues to drive innovation and disrupt traditional products and services. After Huang sets the stage, we will look carefully at how the innovative use of technology — including the rapid growth of Internet of Things (IoT) platforms — might have the potential to disrupt the HVACR industry. Our industry experts will discuss the evolution of Intelligent Services for their products, as well as the impact of standards and regulations on the future of connected devices and those who purchase HVACR products.

SESSION #2: SUSTAINABILITY: CURRENT FAD OR DRIVER FOR CONTINUOUS CHANGE AND INNOVATION?

Strategic Session #2 will focus on sustainability, featuring David Miller, former Toronto mayor and head of World Wildlife Fund Canada. Miller will outline the many current and planned global sustainability initiatives and set the stage for a discussion of these measures.

SESSION #3: INDUSTRY SECTOR BREAKOUTS

Breaking into product sector groups (Applied Products, Heating, Refrigeration, Unitary), we will look ahead to 2019 and beyond to identify the certification, regulatory, standards, codes, analytics, and legislative issues that each industry sector must address to be prepared for the future. Meeting as a broader sector group of manufacturers of products and components from similar or related technologies will provide opportunities to discuss strategies to address the common and cross-cutting issues impacting each sector.

SESSION #4: ADVOCATING FOR THE HVACR INDUSTRY: HOW DO WE WORK TOGETHER TO SHAPE OUR FUTURE?

Strategic Session #4 will focus on advocacy efforts from a local, state, national, and global perspective. A regulatory panel will discuss the major issues requiring AHRI’s attention, and breakout sessions will allow attendees to choose between learning more about the impact of the recent election or about building an advocacy program for their large, medium, or small business.
Better Industry Interaction

In addition to golf and Tucson–based tours, the Leadership Forum will offer four concurrent peer–to–peer interaction receptions, based on individual industry sectors, 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 technology, while learning about state, national, and global trends impacting future product design. Please note: it is advised that companies that participate in more than one sector have at least one staff member in attendance at each relevant sector breakout session.
  • 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: As Technology Advances and Consumer Expectations Change, Is The HVACR Industry Ripe for Disruption?

Session 2: Sustainability: Current Fad or Driver for Continuous Change and Innovation?

Session 3: Industry Sector Breakouts

Session 4: Advocating for the HVACR Industry: How Do We Work Together to Shape Our Future?


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 the Cook Political Report



Thank you to our meeting sponsors




Sponsorship opportunities are available here. Please contact Kelsey Fonnett for further details.