ARLINGTON, Va. — Keynote speakers for the HVACR & Mechanical Conference for Education Professionals have been announced today, and they will be featured at the event set for March 9-11, 2015, at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

“We are pleased to host these industry leaders at our 20th annual conference,” said Stephen Yurek, president and CEO of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), a sponsor of the conference. “These speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience on the issues most important to educators in this field.”

Speakers are:

Salute to Educators
Dave S. Kyle II, chairman of board, ACCA, and owner, Trademasters Inc.

Update on Climate Action Plan including Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) and Section 608 of the Clean Air Act
Drusilla Hufford, director, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Luke Hall-Jordan, refrigerants team lead, Stratospheric Protection Division, EPA

Career and Technical Education Legislative Update
Steve DeWitt, deputy executive director, Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Industry and Education Working Together: Scars and Stars
Larry Banas, director, Educational Services, Emerson Climate Technologies Inc.
Scott Naill, environmental controls instructor, Upper Valley Career Center
Tony Trapp, apprenticeship coordinator, Upper Valley Career Center

The Importance of Digital Badging
John Foster, Ph.D., president and CEO, NOCTI and NOCTI Business Workforce

Innovative Models that Produce a Sustainable, Highly Skilled Workforce
Dan Ramirez, director of strategic marketing and development, NC3
Roger Tadajewski, executive director, NC3 National Coalition of Certification Centers

Workforce and Education Trends
Tim Lawrence, executive director, Skills USA

HVACR Workforce Labor Analyses: A new report from the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation
Will Markow, senior analyst, Burning Glass

This conference provides peer-to-peer training for secondary and post-secondary instructors in the field of HVACR and other skilled mechanical training. In keeping with past practice, there is no registration fee. To view the agenda and to register, visit

The conference is hosted by the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation, with support from: ACCA; Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE); AHRI; ASHRAE; Council of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Educators (CARE); Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI); Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI); National Air Filtration Association (NAFA); North American Technician Excellence (NATE); Oil & Energy Service Professionals (OESP); Partnership for Air-conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA); Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors-National Association (PHCC); Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES); and SkillsUSA.

Publication date: 2/9/2015

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