Best Instructor and Trainer Contest graphicTROY, Mich. —The NEWS is now accepting nominations for its 13th annual Best Instructor contest and has also created a new category for Best Trainer.

The goal of the contest is to recognize and reward HVACR instructors and trainers who have dedicated their careers to enriching the lives of students. The nomination process is open to anyone who has seen firsthand the work an instructor or trainer has done to better the industry.

Nominees for the Instructor category should be from a career or technical school, community college, apprenticeship, or adult education program.

Nominees for the new Trainer category should be employed by manufacturers or distributors. Seminar speakers are not eligible.

Scott Naill of Piqua, Ohio, was recognized as the 2011 Instructor of the Year.

“I just want to help students achieve and be successful contributors to the community,” said Naill. “For the most part, I want to help students help themselves. I’m here to give them the tools, and it’s their motivation that’s going to take them to the next level.”

The nomination deadline is June 4. Winners will be announced in November. For more information or to make a nomination, visit

Publication date: 04/23/2012