COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) board of directors named Brian Peirce, president and CEO of Peirce-Phelps Inc., Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, its 2019 chairman at its annual conference, Dec. 1-4 in Austin, Texas.

Exiting chairman, Troy Meachum, president, ACR Supply Co., Durham, North Carolina, oversaw an incredibly pivotal year for the HARDI organization, facilitating governance changes that saw his position title on the board change.

"I'm the only HARDI president to have done this one thing — I had the privilege of being fired as president of HARDI,” he joked. “But, then I was rehired as chairman."

During his inauguration, Peirce said the HARDI board of directors doesn’t implement wide, sweeping changes from chairman to chairman.

“We embody a long-term plan we’ve carefully put in place, and each chairman goes on to develop this plan and these goals further,” he said. “I’m deeply honored to carry the mantle that Troy and all those before him have shouldered to get HARDI where it is today, and I look forward to playing my part this next year in growing all the exciting developments the association has to offer to our members and the industry."

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Publication date: 12/10/18