AUSTIN, Texas — Interplay Learning, a provider of online and VR training for the essential skilled trades, announced the addition of two residential and commercial services authorities to its roster of training experts.

Ken Midgett has been named Interplay Learning's plumbing market director, and Dan Clapper has been named commercial HVAC and facilities maintenance market director. In their new roles, Midgett and Clapper help business owners and leaders leverage Interplay's 3D simulation-based skilled trades training to attract talent and upskill employees.

"Ken and Dan share the vision that drives Interplay Learning to continue innovating," said Doug Donovan, founder and CEO of Interplay Learning. "With their decades of experience in a wide range of positions throughout their respective industries, they understand the challenges trades business owners face. They're each in a unique position to develop and implement advanced training solutions to help businesses enhance technician productivity and drive growth." 

Midgett has more than 40 years of experience in the industry as a licensed master plumber, business owner, industry advocate, and career and technical education instructor. In 2013, Midgett received NOCTI's highest honor, the C. Thomas Olivo Outstanding Service Award. In 2019, he was named PHCC – National Association Plumbing Instructor of the Year.

"Interplay Learning offers an unprecedented opportunity to elevate the quality of training in the plumbing industry," Midgett said. "The company is committed to developing and delivering effective, engaging training technology that produces meaningful, measurable results."

Clapper brings more than 25 years of experience in the HVAC market to Interplay Learning. Dan started with installation and service in his family's HVAC company, then held various regional and national leadership roles with top HVAC manufacturers. He is the author of "Get More HVAC Leads: Five Must-Have Strategies for 2018."

"The tools we offer can change the lives of technicians, contractors and business owners," Clapper said. "Equipping team members to develop better skills faster impacts every level of a service business, from customer experience to productivity, retention and profitability. It's incredibly gratifying to be in a position at Interplay Learning to do that every single day."