COLUMBUS, Ohio — HARDI recently certified 32 members through its Branch Manager Certification Program.

Branch managers spent the past six months advancing their management skills through a variety of assessments, online learning, workshops and coaching sessions to obtain the certification. Participants completed the certification following the final session in late March.

Recent graduate Steve Marlin, a branch manager with South Central Company, a division of G.W. Berkheimer, said, “Since we went to your classes, we’ve gotten with our IT people and picked out some [sales] dogs. We revised the way we do our ranking and, by adding 5 percent to the real slow movers, here in Bloomington, our [gross profit] percentages went up almost 3 percentage points,” adding, “I appreciate going through your class. I really do.”

Tim Armenta, another 2015 cohort graduate and a branch manager with Geary Pacific, said, “I found the program to be very valuable. Particularly important to me was what I learned at the Chicago workshop. It really changed the way that I view the inventory. The warehouse is your vault. It’s not boxes; it’s money. And that’s the approach and attitude we have to have if we want to maximize our profitability.”

The program, in its third year, continues to establish itself as a reputable certification program that yields real-world results and a worthwhile return on investment. The 2015 enrollment was the largest yet, growing more than 40 percent over the previous year.

Congratulations to HARDI’s 2015 Branch Manager Certification Program graduates:

Brian Hodges - ABR Wholesalers

Matt Holt - AC Supply

Scott Anderson - Behler-Young

Mike Lobretto - Behler-Young

Jim  Scholts -Behler-Young

Pat Wood - Behler-Young

Karl Conolly - Century AC

Bill McClure - Century AC

Brandon Pape - Century AC

Glen Taylor - Charles D. Jones

Randy Holland - Crescent Parts and Equipment

Tim Armenta - Geary Pacific

Ed Aymami - Geary Pacific

Bill Brown - HVAC Supply

Brandon Acosta - Insco Distributing

Ben Conforti - Johnstone Supply - Kenilworth

Michael Denson - Johnstone Supply - Kenilworth

John  Dileo - Johnstone Supply - Kenilworth

Darren Kee - Johnstone Supply - Kenilworth

George Morgan - Johnstone Supply - Kenilworth

Dean Mader - Johnstone Supply

Dennis Boback - Meier Supply

Kris Hollenbeck - Meier Supply

Jim McAuley - Munch Supply

Dan  Hyett - Munch Supply

Jaime Garcia - Munch Supply

Dan Ridenour - RSD

Deborah Carson - South Central

Brad Holsten - South Central

Brian Lucas - South Central

Steve Marlin - South Central

Steve Webb - South Central

 HARDI is now accepting registrants for its 2016 cohort, which begins its first workshop in September. HARDI members can contact Emily Saving, vice president professional & program development, at