Tice has also taken on the role as the newest board of trustees chairman for North American Technician Excellence (NATE). Tice was previously the vice president for the board of trustees, and he replaces the previous president, Skip Snyder, owner of The Snyder Co. in Upper Darby, Pa.
"It is quite an honor to be a wholesaler and named chairman [of the board]," he said.
Tice believes that with his wholesale and distribution background he can spread the word on NATE certification and bring it to a new level of recognition.
"As the first wholesaler to lead NATE's board, [Tice] brings a valuable and unique perspective to his new role," said Rex Boynton, NATE president. "The wholesale/distribution community has embraced NATE, and Randy's blend of energy, enthusiasm, and experience position us well for continued growth."
He also explained that when a unit is installed properly and does what it needs to do for customers, it also makes the manufacturer look good, as well as the distributor and the contractor. "It is a win-win-win situation," Tice said.
He also believes that NATE makes qualified technicians more visible to customers. Tice explained that when he is asked where to find a qualified technician, he says he can give the names of customers who have NATE-certified technicians. He can also refer them to the NATE Web site, www.natex.org, which lists NATE technicians by location.
Tice believes that wholesalers have the ability to reach out to contractors and get them on board with the NATE certification program. "We have a lot of power to get the word out," said Tice.
Information will be available through several APR Supply branches, which are authorized NATE testing sites, and HARDI.
NATE officials will make a presentation to the HARDI board and share ideas on what the two entities can do to strengthen technician certification.
Publication date: 12/08/2003