DiBenedetto, owner of Homestead, Florida-based All Air of South Dade, took matters into his own hands and formed the Miami-Dade Contractors Alliance in 2011, which works to regain enforcement and curb unlicensed activity.
Purvis, the executive vice president and business leader of Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. and incoming chairman of AHRI, discussed HVACR industry trends, the strength of the industry, and Emerson’s new innovation center with Gargaro.
As 2012 races to a close, The NEWS is proud to celebrate those making headlines this year — our NEWSmakers. Rather than lounge around and wait for the industry to come to them, these pacesetters rushed to the forefront, leading by example.
It was a good year for geothermal, and much of that credit must go to Doug Dougherty and his staff at the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO). Well, if you can call the 1.5 people working for the GEO president and CEO his “staff.” Those accomplishments are the reason Dougherty was named a 2012 NEWSmaker.
More than 80 Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) members marched through the halls of the Senate and House of Representatives this spring, meeting with members of Congress on various HVACR-related issues. Leading the charge: Jon Melchi, HARDI’s director of government affairs.
Not even a devastating earthquake and tsunami could keep two of the world’s leading HVACR companies from completing an acquisition this November. That is why The NEWS has chosen Takeshi Ebisu of Daikin Industries Ltd. and Dave Swift of Goodman Global Group Inc. as 2012 NEWSmakers.
The HVACR industry now has a voice in Congress. Republican Randy Weber, owner, Weber’s Air and Heat, Pearland, Texas. The freshman congressman is making headlines nationwide, including here in The NEWS as a 2012 NEWSmaker.