AHRI Welcomes New Officers, Presents Awards and Scholarships

November 20, 2012
Francis Dietz, Vice President, Public Affairs
Direct: 703.600.0355

Arlington, VA — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) held its Annual Meeting November 11-13 in Palm Springs, California, during which it elected new association officers and presented awards to industry leaders. In addition, the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation awarded scholarships to four students studying at San Joaquin Valley College.

“AHRI is honored to recognize the many industry advocates who make our success possible,” said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “Our new officers, award winners, and these students make a positive difference in our industry every day.”

The Richard C. Schulze Award is an honor presented in recognition of distinguished service and commitment to AHRI and the industry’s goals and objectives. Recipients included:
Gary Berlin, Nortec
Bill Hansen, Trane
Diane Jakobs, Rheem Manufacturing Co.
Eric Lannes, Bradford White Corporation
John Mandyck, Carrier Corporation
Neil Rolph, Lochinvar Corporation

John Conrad, ACHR News, received the AHRI Public Service Award, which recognizes deserving individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the HVACR industry and in furthering AHRI’s goals.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who are leaders in the industry and who have made significant contributions to the industry throughout their careers. Recipients included: Ray Hoglund, Dover; Joe Mattingly, AHRI; and Pat Quilty, Honeywell.

Jamie Dean Barela, Mario Cedano, Christopher Kirby, and Jeremy Miller, students at the San Joaquin Valley College, received scholarships from the Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, which is supported by many AHRI members and was established to assist with the recruitment and competency of future heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled in an institutionally accredited school.

AHRI’s 2013 officers are listed below.
Chairman: Harry Holmes, President, Morrison Products
Vice Chairman: Robert McDonough, President, UTC Climate, Controls & Security Systems - Americas
Vice Chairman: Ed Purvis, EVP, Emerson Climate Technologies
Treasurer: Chris Drew , Vice President, Burnham Holdings
Immediate Past Chair: Ajita Rajendra, President & COO, A.O. Smith
Dan Ellis, President, Climate Master
Nicholas Giuffre, President & CEO, Bradford White
Thomas Healy, President, Climate and Industrial Controls, Parker Hannifin
William Johnson, President & CEO, Hill PHOENIX
David LaGrand, President & CEO, NORDYNE
John Murphy VP/GM, North America-Systems, Latin America, Middle East, Unitary Products Group and Global Security, Johnson Controls
Earle Pfefferkorn, President, Packaged Boiler Systems, Cleaver-Brooks
Bill Steel, President & CEO, Bard Manufacturing
David Swift, President & CEO, Goodman Manufacturing
Doug Young, President & COO, Lennox Residential Heating & Cooling

About AHRI
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI’s 309 member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.