ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has announced the election of new officers and directors, and the presentation of awards to industry leaders at its annual meeting held at Amelia Island, Fla.

“We are pleased to recognize these thoughtful leaders, and thank them for their service to AHRI and the HVACR and water heating industry,” said Stephen Yurek, AHRI president and CEO.

AHRI’s newly elected chairman is Robert McDonough, chief operating officer, Americas for UTC Building & Industrial Systems. Vice Chairman is Ed Purvis, Emerson Climate Technologies; treasurer is Chris Drew, Burnham Holdings; and immediate past chairman is Harry Holmes, Morrison Products.

The executive committee includes: John Galyen, Danfoss; Nick Guiffre, Bradford White; Thomas Healy, Parker Hannifin Corp.; Bill Johnson, HillPhoenix; Chris Peel, Rheem Manufacturing Co.; Earle Pfefferkorn, Cleaver Brooks; Dave Regnery, Trane; Rod Rushing, Johnson Controls; Bill Steel, Bard Manufacturing; David Swift, Goodman Manufacturing; and Doug Young, Lennox International Residential Heating and Cooling.

Directors-at-large with terms ending in November 2015 are: James Connor, Tecumseh; Daniel Ellis, ClimateMaster; John Galyen, Danfoss; Shawn Intagliata, Unico; Bill Johnson, HillPhoenix; Dave LaGrand, Nordyne; Mark MacCracken, Calmac; Robert McDonough, chief operating officer, Americas for UTC Building & Industrial Systems; Thurman Melson, Honeywell; Gary Michel, Trane; Earle Pfefferkorn, Cleaver-Brooks; Diane Picho, DuPont; Ed Purvis, Emerson Climate Technologies; Roger Richmond-Smith, Smardt; Michael Schwartz, Daikin Applied Americas; Richard Soper, Bosch Thermotechnology; John White Jr., Taco; and Doug Young, Lennox International Residential Heating & Cooling. Directors-at-large filling terms ending in November 2014 are Kevin Wheeler, A.O. Smith and Rod Rushing, Johnson Controls.

The Richard C. Schulze Award is given for distinguished service and commitment to AHRI and the industry’s goals and objectives. AHRI presented the award to: Gary Clark, Goodman Manufacturing; Dick Foster, Trolex Corp.; Jill Hootman, Trane; Gary Potter, Cambridge Engineering; Paul Sohler, Crown Boiler; Sue Walker, Empire Comfort Systems; and Richard Wood, Carrier Corp.

The AHRI Public Service Award recognizes deserving individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the HVACR industry and in furthering AHRI’s goals. AHRI presented the ward to International Exposition Co. (IEC), which has managed the AHR Expo since its inception in the 1920s. The award was accepted by Clay Stevens, IEC president.

The AHRI Distinguished Service Award is AHRI’s highest award and recognizes individuals who are leaders in the industry and who have made significant contributions throughout their careers. AHRI presented the award to Robert Wilkins of Danfoss.

Publication date: 11/25/2013

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