That’s a wrap for the HVAC Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Association (NADCA) 34th Annual Meeting & Exposition. This year’s meeting offered an impressive program packed with educational sessions led by influential and inspiring presenters and exceptional industry leaders, with several sessions focused on the larger IAQ space as NADCA works to gather science-based evidence to validate and build credibility for the air duct cleaning industry.
This year, we welcomed 526 attendees, with over 170 attending for the first time! In addition, there were 106 ASCS and 31 CVI training course participants! And in the always-popular Exposition Hall, 36 exhibitors showed off a superb array of products, services, and more.
Thanks to everyone who attended, with special thanks to all our sponsors and exhibitors – without them, NADCA events would not be possible!
Held at the spectacular Hilton New Orleans Riverside, this year’s event took place March 27-29, 2023. NADCA’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is always the place to be for certifications, networking, camaraderie, and the opportunity to gain valuable insights, tips, and ideas that are guaranteed to help grow air duct cleaning and inspection businesses across the globe. This year’s conference delivered all that, and more!
After a full day of pre-conference training courses for ASCS and CVI certifications and our annual golf outing, the conference officially kicked off Monday evening with a welcome reception in the exhibit hall.
The first full day of conference sessions started bright and early on Tuesday with the keynote, ‘Fully Staffed: How to Find and Keep Great Employees in Difficult Labor Markets’ by Eric Chester — an acclaimed in-the-trenches workforce researcher and thought leader who’s been studying, analyzing, speaking, and writing about attracting, managing, motivating and retaining top talent since 2001. He talked about how savvy employers have made bold moves, implemented guerrilla-style recruiting tactics, and transformed the way the hiring and retention game is played.
After Tuesday morning’s keynote, we got down to business with our General Business Meeting. It’s there that NADCA introduced April Yungen, ASCS, CVI as our newest elected (and first female) President & Chairwoman of the Board!
April founded Air Management Industries in 1997. The company provides commercial air duct cleaning and air balancing services throughout Southern California. She serves as Chair of NADCA's Certification Committee, Membership Committee, Standards Committee, By-Laws Policies Procedures Committee, Editorial Committee, and Regional Coordinators Subcommittee. She is also a member of the of Anti-Fraud Task Force and Editorial Committee. She has served on the NADCA Board of Directors since 2015.
Special thanks to Mark Zarzeczny, past NADCA President and Chairman of the Board, for his leadership and camaraderie.
In addition, Jim Castellano, ASCS, CVI, will continue in his role as 1st Vice President on the Executive Committee; Board member Hugo Hernandez, ASCS, CVI, stepped into the Secretary role; while Clint Orr, ASCS, CVI became our 2nd Vice President and Michael McDavid moved from Secretary to Treasurer.
Finally, Colin Trudo, ASCS, CVI, and Tyler Batchelder, ASCS, CVI, were introduced as our newest Board members.
As General Manager at Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT in Charlotte, NC, Colin is responsible for HVAC cleaning and restoration services across all 20 company-owned stores, including inspections, estimating, performance, and technical assistance. He holds multiple licenses and certifications from NADCA, IICRC, IAQA, OSHA, and more.
Tyler has been involved in the indoor air quality industry for more than 26 years, and currently serves as the IAQ Division Manager at Chucks Heating and Air Conditional in Williston, VT. He also holds multiple licenses and certifications from NADCA, American IAQ Council, IAQA, OSHA, and more.
NADCA is so excited to welcome Colin and Tyler to our Board of Directors!
We also recognized our 2022 Safety Award winners during the General Business Meeting. These are all companies that showed commitment to employee, customer, and community safety throughout 2022. See them here.
Congratulations to our 2022 Safety Award winners! Keep up the good work!
After Tuesday morning’s General Business Meeting, we jumped right into several educational sessions, including:
- Raising the Bar: Defining the Role of Validation Clearance Testing for Mold Remediation and HVAC Hygiene Projects (CEC Session)
- Gadgets and Tips for Improving Project Quality, Production, and Profit
- Understanding Static Pressure (CEC Session)
The NADCA Member Party took place Tuesday evening at the infamous Republic NOLA, in the heart of the Arts/Warehouse District of downtown New Orleans. NADCA parties are always unforgettable, and keeping with tradition, guests made memories to last a lifetime, starting with a New Orleans-style parade to the event venue, led by New Orleans’ finest, a marching jazz band, and stilt-walkers! The member party was sponsored by Sunbelt Rentals.
On Wednesday, it was a packed house for our very first session with Dr. Mark Hernandez providing updates on our ongoing Energy Study (CEC Session). On the heels of the opening session, attendees participated in a full day of educational sessions including:
- The Quest for Talent: Attracting and Retaining Employees in the 2023 Work Climate
- Healthy Buildings and Healthy People: The Importance of Indoor Air Quality
- How to Grow Your Residential HVAC Cleaning Business and Take Advantage of Emerging Markets
- Emerging Technologies
- Using your CVI to Generate More Business (CEC Session)
We are humbled by the energy all our guests, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors brought to the event. NADCA’s 34th Annual Meeting and Exposition was truly phenomenal, and we are so incredibly appreciative.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in New Orleans!
Mark Your Calendars!
NADCA’s 2023 Fall Technical Conference is coming up September 7-9 at the Embassy Suites in Grapevine, Texas, just outside of Dallas; and the 35th Annual Meeting and Exposition will take place March 4-6, 2024 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada!
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