Though RSES continues to struggle financially largely due to diminished interest in voluntary technician certification, education and training, the society itself said it “believes (it) will be able to sustain future operations through actions completed and planned.”
“We are at the tipping point of useful effectiveness for our historic models of doing business. By addressing these historic shortcomings of our organization, our demise is not a foregone conclusion,” RSES Executive Vice President Mark Lowry told delegates during a business meeting at the society’s Annual Conference & HVACR Technology Expo here.
Lowry outlined some of the actions being taken to allow the trade association to continue operating successfully in the future. Among those are:
• “Implementing new and innovative marketing strategies to increase membership and training programs.”
• “The development of new revenue sources from an already existing membership base.”
• “Reduction in operating expenses, when appropriate.”
“Management believes that the effect of these and other actions will favorably affect operating results,” Lowry said.
He told delegates that the society is already moving to more conference calling than on-site meetings for its board of directors and reducing the number of directors. He said consideration is being given to reducing the size of its official magazine RSES Journal, not having an international conference every year, and looking at rental space for its headquarters rather than continuing to own its building in Des Plaines, Ill., all as cost-saving measures.
As outlined by Roger Hensley, chairman of the RSES Education & Examining Board, the society has completed updates on training for NATE’s Core, Air-to-Air Heat Pumps, and Air Distribution exams and plans to do the same in 2010 for Oil Furnaces, Gas Furnaces, Hydronics, and Commercial Refrigeration.
“This is currently the primary focus of the E&E Board,” Hensley said. Also in the equation are updates of the CD-Rom versions of the material, “so they fall in line with the new (printed) material.”
• Planning to take some of its own training programs offered through local chapters and provide them to the entire industry as Webinar events.
• Updating refrigerant usage training programs to more specifically address various HFCs (410A, 404A, 507, etc.) as well as explore the future of refrigerants after HFCs
• Creating online testing of its own training courses and Certificate Member (CM) and Certificate Member Specialist (CMS) exams after previously only offering them in written form at specific times and locations.
RECOGNITIONSDuring the conference, Bruce Kamperschroer of Minneapolis, a retired facilities manager, was elected International President, a position he will hold until the next annual conference, scheduled for Nov. 9-13, 2010 in Tucson, Ariz.