The Council of Refrigeration Educators (CARE) and HVAC Excellence announced Nathan “John” Willis of Hill College in Cleburne, Texas, and Daniel Vos of Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux falls, South Dakota, as the winners of the 2019 D. Brian Baker Memorial Scholarship.

D. Brian Baker was a dedicated HVACR professional and educator who was passionate about the industry, and was a true advocate for continual professional development. Baker attended every conference and training session that he could, knowing that working and teaching in the trade wasn’t just a job, but a passion he shared with all that he met.

To honor his memory, the D. Brian Baker Memorial Scholarship was established to aid new instructors in professional development. Willis and Vos attended the 2019 National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference (registration, airfare and hotel included), and also received a one-year membership in CARE to honor Baker's commitment to education.

The 2019 National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference offered attendees over 70 sessions to choose from; opportunities to visit with manufacturers, publishers, and industry organizations; the chance to network with other instructors from across the continent; and more.

“We are proud to partner with HVAC Excellence to make this scholarship happen,” said Kevin Couch, CARE immediate past president. “The conference is an amazing opportunity for instructors to earn professional development, learn about new technology, and to expand their network. We hope to find more partners to grow the funding and assist more deserving instructors to attend the conference.” 

For more information on CARE, visit

To find out more about the National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference, visit

Publication date: 3/28/2019

Want more HVAC industry news and information? Join The NEWS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn today!