You should have been at the meeting on Dec. 5 in Arlington, Texas. A bunch of people were talking about North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification and you would have liked what you heard.
The nearly 180 attendees at the 3rd Annual HVACR Commercial Contractors Roundtable and Design/Build Seminar didn’t expect the cool breezes and temperatures that greeted them when they stepped off the plane in Atlanta. However, things warmed up once the two-day conference began.
I believe that the bone of contention between those who champion the rights of technicians to sell, and those who would vote against it, is more a question of which technicians should be doing the selling, rather than whether techs should sell at all.
The HVAC industry has been good to a lot of people, and many have contributed immensely in their efforts to pave the way for future generations. Maybe it's their way of paying back, or maybe their way of being thankful for what they have received.
A common thread I picked up while listening, eavesdropping, and nosing around at three recent annual meetings was on the subject of barcodes used for inventory control. Or, better said, not used for inventory control.
The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (AHR) Expo - Mexico boasted of the largest event in its seven-year history, as the attendee count hit 6,061. For only the second time, the country's largest HVACR exhibition was hosted by Mexico City.
Dennis Soukup began his career with an HVAC education, and now he is giving back in kind. He earned honorable mention status in the Best Instructor competition sponsored by The NEWS and the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute.
Janet Tipton (left), a Johnstone Supply corporate employee, talks with Gary Daniels, president/CEO of the Portland, Oregon-based cooperative, on the trade show floor. Daniels walked the floor and visited with