ARLINGTON, VA. – (September 21, 2015) North American Technician Excellence (NATE) proudly announces the awarding of the 2015 Golden Toolbox Award to longtime HVACR industry professional Donald L. Frendberg at Comfortech 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Golden Toolbox Award, created by NATE and Contracting Business Magazine in 2006, recognizes an industry professional who demonstrates outstanding service, support, and advocacy for technician certification.
Recently retired as Executive Director of the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation and a former Board Chairman and CEO for NATE, Frendberg’s professional background is a blending of experience derived from firms involved in manufacturing, contracting, and consulting engineering. These differing fields, all related to the HVACR industry, have provided him with a broad spectrum of technical, sales and business management involvement spanning fifty years.
NATE Chief Operating Officer John Lanier said during the award presentation, “As COO of NATE, I’m proud to continue in Don’s footsteps and build upon his work at NATE to help contractors find the best technicians and help those technicians build strong careers, thereby building a stronger HVACR workforce, a cause we all know is near and dear to Don.”
Lanier also announced the creation of the Donald Frendberg Scholarship to support qualified students in an HVACR program at an accredited institution in Florida, Frendberg’s adopted home state. Through industry donations, including from HARDI’s philanthropic organization HALO (Frendberg previously served is the Executive Vice President/COO of HARDI), NATE will award scholarships and free Industry Competency Exams to students to help them pursue their careers in HVACR. The first scholarship will be awarded in fall 2016.
“We’re so pleased to present Don with this year’s Golden Toolbox Award and to develop a scholarship in his name,” said Lanier “His hard work and support of NATE, workforce training and development, and the entire HVACR industry will be felt for years to come.”
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