In addition to numerous education opportunities that filled the agenda at the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA’s) 122nd Annual Convention, social networking and big-name keynote speakers kept meeting rooms full, even though tropical breezes and the ocean beckoned just a few hundred yards away.
I was in the Houston area visiting with a few people and the discussion all came down to this - finding more people for the industry to continue to prosper. That sounded like a familiar strain, and made me realize that nearly everywhere I go, and with nearly everyone I talk to, the same topic always comes up - attracting young people into this industry.
Vince Lombardi gets credited with saying a lot of things that he never actually said. He may not have first uttered the words, but, that whole thing about getting going when the going gets tough is close enough, and a great example is the typical day in the life of an HVACR professional.
During the winter months, Dan Hagenhoff, regional manager for Goodman Sales and Distribution, typically hosts numerous dealer meetings. This year got off to a bang as regional staff and personnel from the Goodman Global Group corporate offices were on hand to introduce new Goodman and Amana brand products, sales support programs, and to meet, greet, retain, and recruit HVAC dealers.
MechanicalXchangeSM is a cooperative effort between HVAC mechanical contractors and industry vendors, including equipment manufacturers, software companies, controls companies, and other business services. The NEWS has been involved with the event since it began in 2005.
What better place than the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA) Annual Convention in Maui to discover that those less fortunately skilled in the finer art of mechanical aptitude (such as myself) can still serve a useful purpose in life. More precisely, the revelation actually occurred on the return trip.
When the New England Patriots violated NFL rules by videotaping in-game hand signals of New York Jets coaches, the proverbial you-know-what hit the fan for league commissioner Roger Goodell. It led to a policy called “Integrity of the Game and Fair Competition.” I wonder if something like that could prove valuable in the HVAC industry.
On Feb. 11, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) announced that it will continue to list certified air conditioning systems using the HCFC refrigerant R-22 in its Directory of Certified Product Performance (www.ahridirectory.org). Therefore, in 2011, the actual total unit sales will be reported.
Nearly 55,000 people ambled through the Las Vegas Convention Center during three days of non-stop activity at the industry’s largest trade show. A typical Wednesday at the expo is usually considered a light day for foot traffic. But even on the last day of the show, attendees were drawn to the 1,800-plus exhibitors’ booths displaying the latest HVACR products.
The NEWS met with Talbot Gee, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI). Gee recently assumed his new responsibilities while Don Frendberg has elected to transition to chairman of the association.