ARLINGTON, VA. – (September 22, 2011) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) elected a new slate of officers to the Executive Committee as well as five new members to the Board of Trustees for the 2011-2012 term at its biannual board of trustees meeting. The meeting was held on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at NATE headquarters in Arlington, VA.
The NATE Board of Trustees named Don Frendberg, Chairman of Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), as Chairman of the Board. Mitchell Cropp, President of Cropp-Metcalfe, and Chris Baker, President of Virginia Air Distributors, were both elected to Vice-Chairman positions. David Swift, President and CEO of Goodman/Amana, was elected Treasurer for the 2011-2012 term. Ray Isaac, President of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, assumed the role of Immediate Past Chairman. In addition, Steve Yurek, President of AHRI, was selected as Parliamentarian to this new Executive Committee.
As Frendberg noted, “Being named Chairman of the NATE Board of Trustees is a tremendous honor and a great responsibility. NATE is the true leader in certifying technician excellence for the HVACR industry, and I look forward to working with the exceptional NATE team and Board to further its achievements.”
The newly elected members to the NATE Board of Trustees include Whit Perry, HVACR Technology Instructor at Northwest Mississippi Community College; Bill Hainsworth, Vice President and General Manager of the Heating and Cooling Division for Rheem Manufacturing; Wade Mayfield, President of Thermal Services; Wayne R. Reedy, Representative for ASHRAE; and John Conrad, Publisher of The ACHR News.
“I’m honored to congratulate the 2011-2012 slate of officers and welcome the new members of the NATE Board of Trustees,” said, Peter Schwartz, NATE President and CEO. “With this dedicated team of brilliant industry professionals, NATE is well-poised for continued success and I value the opportunity to work with each and every one of them.”
About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)
Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. NATE tests technicians while others train. Testing validates the technician’s knowledge and a training program’s instruction. NATE-approved testing organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada offer NATE tests. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in nine specialty areas: air-conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronic gas, hydronic oil, and commercial, light commercial refrigeration and senior efficiency analyst. NATE also offers the International Ground Source Heat Pump test. For more information about NATE, visit www.natex.org