The middle of summer brings opportunities for all. Your business strategies and systems are tested under the full load of the high demand of the cooling season, and so are the people. Our industry’s incredible people deserve hearty congratulations for providing an information, application and logistical system that plays an important part in delivering comfort to hundreds of millions of Americans every summer.

Your warehouse crew, parts counter folks, technical support staff, sales team, accounting group and management organization are all an important part of an industry that is vital to our quality of life in the U.S. Just as busy in this summer’s heat is your dedicated HARDI staff in Columbus. They have been busy getting ready for this year’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas – NOVA – and it promises to be the best one yet. Held at the Aria in Las Vegas, an incredible facility, the programming this year will be fantastic as the three tracks – Discover, Deploy and Deliver –  promise to put your staff on the right trajectory for success in 2018. With registration open, now is the time to plan your 2017 HARDI Conference team’s trip to take advantage of a world-class professional growth experience.

I know we will see many of our Emerging Leaders from our summer meeting in Louisville attend this annual conference. At the Emerging Leaders summer meeting, our committed group of seasoned mentors spent many hours with a highly energized group of tomorrow’s organizational chiefs and came away impressed as always. This group continues to grow in its value to our industry as the crucible of prime talent for the most challenging jobs. The combination of our HARDI staff’s great preparation, the energy and intellectual curiosity of the participants, and the savvy of the mentors makes for a very frothy exchange of management, leadership and personal development ideas. See if there’s a spot open for your up and coming next year.

Coming right up is our Marketing and Sales focus conference in Philadelphia. This perennial favorite is a two-for, providing both sales and marketing leaders the tools and techniques they need to continue to optimize their organizations in a fast-changing world. It’s a great opportunity for your team to get together off-site so they can plan for your next evolution. I hope your plan for 2017 is coming to fruition. I’ll see you in Vegas this December to get an early start on 2018’s success. DC