AHRI Presents Awards Acknowledging Outstanding Industry Contributions

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Vice President, Public Affairs
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Arlington, Va. — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) today recognized several HVACR industry leaders and their contributions to the field during its Virtual Leadership Forum. The association awarded recipients in three categories: the Richard C. Schulze Award, which recognizes the industry-wide achievements of individuals also pursuing AHRI goals; the AHRI Public Service Award, for deserving individuals or organizations making a significant contribution to the HVACR industry and in furthering AHRI goals; and the AHRI Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor, recognizing industry leaders who have made considerable industry contributions throughout their careers.


Richard C. Schulze Award winners include:


•  John Hurst, Lennox

•  Chad Kirkwood, Carrier Corporation

•  Matt Lattanzi, Nortek Global HVAC

•  Pat Marks, Johnson Controls, Inc.

•  Barbara Minor, Chemours

•  Lloyd Nace, Trane Technologies

•  Rick Showers, Welbilt

•  Lisa Tryson, Danfoss


Michael Copp, Executive Vice President of The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association received the Public Service Award, while Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Edward Johann of U.S. Boiler and Mike Noelke of Sanhua.


“It is especially important to recognize the leaders who drive growth in the HVACR and water heating industry, as they serve as positive examples for others,” said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “AHRI congratulates this year’s award recipients, and we are very grateful for their dedication and hard work, which has helped make life better for Americans and people all across the globe.”

About AHRI

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, and 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 300+ 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. Learn more about AHRI’s office in the MENA region here.