TROY, Mich. — For his plethora of accomplishments in the HVAC industry, The ACHR News has awarded contractor Lee Rosenberg its Legend of the HVAC Award.

Rosenberg entered the HVAC industry 45 years ago. It was with a local HVAC company and Rosenberg was hired to do sales and engineering. This was in 1974. The company had a revenue of $1.25 million a year. When Rosenberg left in 1985, the company was making $9 million a year.

 An HVAC legend had been born.

In 1986, Rosenberg started Metro-Tech Service Company. His wife Betsy joined him in the business in 1988. After some rough years, Rosenberg created a powerhouse company that he sold to a consolidator in the 1998.

Of course, that was not the end of Rosenberg and HVAC. He began to consult for contractors around the country. He co-founded Service Nation and served as the organization’s Chairman of the Board for nearly 10 years. In 2003, he again got the HVAC contracting itch and launched Rosenberg Indoor Comfort. The company is flourishing to this day with Lee having the title of Chairman while his son Michael is the company president.

Rosenberg loves to get involved and help improve the HVAC industry. Rosenberg’s involvement in ACCA began when he joined an ACCA Mix Group in 1986. He received a great deal of knowledge from this group and wanted to become more involved with the industry. He has served on many committees and offices involving the industry. He became a Board Member of the Texas ACCA Chapter. In 1989, Rosenbeg began his first term on the National ACCA Board and in 1995, he became the National Chairman of ACCA. After serving as Chairman of ACCA, he continued to work hard to improve the industry.

Lee was nominated by then Governor George W. Bush to become the Chairman of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board. This group works together to help enforce the HVACR contracting laws of the State of Texas and helps improve the professionalism of the industry in Texas. 

A few years later, Rosenberg was nominated to serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the local utility company, CPS Energy. This group works together with local business leaders to help the local utility company better serve the citizens of San Antonio.

The HVAC legend worked very hard with industry leaders to implement a standardized test for service technicians. What started as the ACE Exam, transformed into the NATE Certification Program which has attained amazing industry acceptance over the years.

Lee has worked locally with the City of San Antonio’s Development Services Department for many years to help improve the inspection process for the local HVACR contracting community.  He lobbied for and helped implement the purchase of laptops and cellular phones for the field inspectors which improved the permitting and inspection process for all parties concerned.

“Lee is a true legend of the HVAC industry,” ACHR News editorial director Kyle Gargaro said. “He has done so much to help this industry be great. We are all grateful for his dedication.”

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