COLUMBUS, Ohio — Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) has announced the agenda for its upcoming Emerging Leaders Summer Conference in Columbus, Ohio, from July 22-24.

Leading the lineup of sessions is Brian Kight, CEO of Focus 3. Kight and his father, Tim, developed the "E + R = O" leadership thought process formula. This mantra was adopted by Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer, who has integrated Focus 3 as well as the Kights into his coaching staff and methods.

"I am particularly excited for this year's Emerging Leaders Summer Conference, because this is the first conference of any kind that HARDI has hosted in Columbus where we are headquartered," said Nick Benton, manager of training and HR solutions, HARDI, who facilitates the Emerging Leaders program. "We saw our second full class complete the three-year program this past December, and it continues to grow, showing just how much our members value professional development for their young talent."

This year's Emerging Leaders summer conference also features Mentor-led Roundtables, a staple of this event and the Emerging Leaders program, where industry veterans come to mentor young industry up-and-comers in group settings.

Event sponsor Allied Air Enterprises is also providing attendees with copies of Meyer's book “Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season,” which will be discussed during a working lunch session.

Due to HARDI's familiarity with the city, a downtown team-building scavenger hunt and night out at a popular nightlife destination are also planned.

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Publication date: 04/18/18