The entire HVACR and water heating industry mourns the February 1 passing of former ARI chairman, former Interim NATE president, and former president of Trane Residential Systems David R. Pannier. Pannier was an industry stalwart who contributed to its success in ways large and small, always ready to lend his keen insights and energy for the betterment of the many organizations for which he was a part. He served with distinction in many roles within ARI/AHRI, including serving as chairman of ARI's board of directors in 2004.
Following his retirement in 2009, Pannier agreed to serve as interim president of North American Technician Excellence in 2010, after the departure of longtime president Rex Boynton. AHRI presented Pannier with the association's highest honor - the AHRI Distinguished Service Award - in 2009.
Dave's obituary expressed his wish for no funeral or memorial service, but his family will receive friends and colleagues at an open house on February 9 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Donations in Pannier's memory can be made to the organizations listed in the obituary.