ARLINGTON, Va. - North American Technician Excellence (NATE) announced that it has named veteran association executive Peter Schwartz as its president and chief executive officer. Schwartz replaces David R. Pannier, who has served as NATE’s interim president since January.
NATE noted that Schwartz has
more than 30 years of experience working with associations in the home building
and design industries. Most recently, he was president and chief executive
officer of the Construction Financial Management Association, an organization
of 7,000 members and 90 chapters throughout the United States, which serves the
construction financial professional. Schwartz has also served as chief
executive officer at such organizations as the American Supply Association and
the National Apartment Association.
According to NATE Chairman
Ray Isaac, Schwartz has used his extensive management, operations, and
marketing skills to develop strong, fiscally-sound business associations. He
cited his work to raise the profile of organizations and substantially increase
“Peter has vast experience in
association, nonprofit, and business management,” said Isaac. “He will provide
the kind of visionary direction we need to continue building the leading
certification organization for HVACR technicians.”
Schwartz said he was
impressed at how NATE has been able to evolve in 13 years from a technician
certification program to one of the most respected and recognized technician
organizations in the HVACR industry.
“The NATE name has come to
represent the highest quality in HVACR service,” said Schwartz. “I look forward
to working with our members and partners to expand our reach and enhance the
value we offer to the industry.”
Pannier, the former president
of Trane Residential Systems who previously served on NATE’s executive board,
took over in January to lead the organization and its search for a new president.
“We’re fortunate to be able
to bring aboard someone of Peter’s caliber,” said Pannier. “He has demonstrated
the kind of business acumen and leadership that inspires organizations to
higher levels of performance.”
For more information, visit www.natex.org.
Sept. 15, 2010: NATE Names Schwartz as President and Chief Executive Officer
September 15, 2010