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2011 Best Instructor Winner: Instructor Mentors Students, Bridges Gap With Employers

For 2011, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and The NEWS are honoring Scott Naill as the HVACR Best Instructor. He has been teaching for 17 years at the Upper Valley Career Center, and his commitment to go the extra mile for his students and his program set him apart from the crowd.


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2011 Best Instructor Runner-Up: Instructor is a Great Fit With Students

According to former student Joe Bates, “Mr. [Boyd] King lives and breathes HVACR. He really knows how to connect with students, and he will do anything he can to help a student.” And that helps to explain why The NEWS is honoring King as runner-up in the 2011 Best Instructor Contest.


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2011 Best Instructor Third Place: Instructor Continues to Build Program, Develop Employees

While it’s true that Tom Kalber officially retired from Sacramento City College (SCC) this past May, he’s the kind of instructor who can’t just walk away. After teaching full time for 32 years, he has now transitioned to a role as an adjunct professor, and he continues to aid the students in his program.


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MSCA Conference: Put People First

The Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) held its 26th annual educational conference on Oct. 9-12, and reported its largest attendance ever with more than 600 registrants. More than 90 of the registrants were first-time attendees.


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AHRI Launches VRF Certification

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) recently announced its new certification program for variable refrigerant flow (VRF) equipment. “It’s the first certification program for this type of equipment in the world,” said Bill Tritsis, AHRI vice president, certification.


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Contractor Rebrands for Success

When the economy crashed in 2008, many business owners nearing the end of their careers were probably relieved to retire and escape before it got worse. But Ray Grimm, 67, decided not to ride off into the sunset — instead, he chose to retain his leadership role and rebrand his Illinois business.


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Warning: Brain May Explode

I just got back from the annual MSCA conference, which provided an overwhelming amount of ideas and info.


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Industry Awaits Regional Standards Ruling

Regional standards for HVAC equipment have been a hot topic of discussion in the industry, and the proposed rule for the standards could be finalized next week. Currently, the Department of Energy (DOE) is making the rule available for public comment until today, Oct. 17.


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Market Continues to Challenge Distributors

It’s a tough crowd of consumers out there. According to distributors, consumer behavior is leading to a drop-off in the replacement market, as well as a drop-off in the high-end market. Yet despite these worrisome trends, distributors are still seeing areas of growth and employing smart tactics to keep their businesses in good shape.


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HARDI Leadership Looks Ahead

The annual conference of the Heating, Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for a change in the organization’s leadership.


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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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