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05 Dec 2012

 

NATE Names Valerie Briggs Director of Marketing and Business Development

 ARLINGTON, VA.–December 5, 2012  North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians is pleased to announce the appointment of Valerie Briggs as its new Director of Marketing and Business Development.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Valerie as our new Director of Marketing and Business Development,” stated Don Frendberg, Chairman of the NATE Board of Trustees. “As we continue to promote the value of technician certification to the HVACR industry and consumers, her marketing expertise will be a tremendous value to our continued growth.”

As Director of Marketing and Business Development, Briggs will oversee business development, advertising, marketing, and public relations activities for the organization. She will also serve as NATE’s staff liaison on the NATE marketing committee, which is comprised of numerous industry professionals and subject matter experts who volunteer their time to support the advancement of technician certification in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

Prior to joining NATE, Briggs worked as Senior Director of External Communications and Marketing Outreach the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), a national health care trade association representing the interests of the owners of over 23,000 independent retail pharmacies. She was previously responsible for marketing and training for the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program, a healthcare and employment program for people with disabilities, and in the late 1990’s worked as a Marketing Manager for The Community PhoneBook, handling media, marketing and promotional opportunities for 135 community telephone directories published in 11 states.

Briggs graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and earned an MBA and Master’s degree in Marketing from University of Maryland University College.

For more information about NATE, visit www.natex.org.

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, 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.

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20 Nov 2012

Standard Supply to Host NATE Testing and Preparation at 2013 Show

 ARLINGTON, VA. – (November 19, 2012) – Standard Supply will host North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification testing at this year’s AHR Expo.  The world’s largest HVACR event will be held in Dallas, Texas, will run from January 28 through January 30, 2013.

The test session will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 28.  To help prepare technicians for the test, Standard Supply will offer an HVACR Review Session from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the day of the test.  Registration forms are available on the AHR Expo website (www.ahrexpo.com), as well as on NATE’s website (www.natex.org).

NATE is the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in 11 specialty areas: air conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronics gas, hydronics oil, commercial refrigeration, light commercial refrigeration, ground source heat pump and senior efficiency analyst.

“We take great pride in our partnership with NATE, and we look forward to offering technicians the opportunity to become NATE-certified at this year’s AHR Expo,” said Steve Roberts, Technical Service Advisor at Standard Supply.  “Through NATE certification, today’s technicians can verify their competency and set themselves apart from the competition to both employing contractors and homeowner customers.”

For more information about NATE, visit www.natex.org.  For more information about Standard Supply, visit www.standardsupplyhvac.com.

About Standard Supply

Founded in 1946 as an adhesive distributor, Standard Supply is now the largest HVAC supply company in Texas.  With 13 locations across the state, Standard Supply is known for offering the broadest line of HVAC supplies in the region and delivering solutions for today’s contractors.  Through continuous innovation, utilization of advanced technology and a comprehensive understanding of contractors’ business needs, Standard Supply aims to offer the best service in the industry.

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, 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.

 

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01 Nov 2012

ARLINGTON, VA. – (November 1, 2012) – At the 2012 Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) Annual Conference, four NATE awards were given to HARDI members, recognizing the outstanding efforts of HARDI distributors in promoting technician certification and the advancement of the HVACR industry.

The 2012 Top Certifier of NATE technicians went to Mingledorff’s Inc. and was accepted by company president, Bud Mingledorff.  The organization was honored with this award for being the HARDI distributor who certified the most technicians since last year’s conference.

“In the past, these awards have recognized our partners’ efforts based on the number of exams given by each organization.  However, this year’s awards have been updated to reflect the number of technicians actually certified, which is more realistic since many technicians hold multiple certifications,” said Don Frendberg, Chairman of the NATE Board of Directors.

The 2012 Single Location Top Certifier of NATE technicians went to Johnstone Supply in Denver.  With a total of 138 certified professionals, they were recognized for certifying more technicians than any other HARDI member. The award was accepted by Johnstone Supply President, Rick Hull.

Virginia Air Distributors, with 57 technicians certified, received the award for being the HARDI distributor with the most improvement in the number of technician certifications in the past year.  In addition, the 2012 Rising Star Award was given to S. G. Torrice Co., the HARDI distributor with the greatest annual improvement in technician certifications.

“The awards are presented in the form of banners, which the recipients can hang in their businesses to recognize their accomplishments, while also driving interest in technician certification among their customers,” said Frendberg.

For more information about NATE, visit www.natex.org.

 About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, 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.

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25 Sep 2012

NATE Awards Charles “Chuck” White with Golden Toolbox Award

 ARLINGTON, VA. – (September 24, 2012) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” White, Vice President of Technical and Code Services for PHCC and President of Repairs, Incorporated, is the recipient of the seventh annual Golden Toolbox Award.  Presented on Friday, September 21, at Mechanical Systems Week in Schaumburg, Illinois, the award recognizes an industry professional who demonstrates outstanding service, support and advocacy for technician certification.

White, who began his career as a technician in 1978, has extensive industry experience.  He is NATE-certified in three service categories and three installation categories, and he has been an active member of NATE’s Technical Committee since 2002.

“We’re thrilled to present Chuck White with this year’s Golden Toolbox Award,” stated Don Frendberg, Chairman of the NATE Board of Directors.  “Chuck has demonstrated his dedication to the NATE mission of promoting industry excellence through his own certification achievements and his work to uphold the high standards of NATE testing as part of the Technical Committee.”

After receiving the award, White noted, “This award is a tremendous honor, and I take great pride in receiving this recognition from NATE. My goal is to use my experience to help maintain the integrity of this industry, and I support NATE certification because it provides an ideal platform for verifying the knowledge and expertise of HVAC/R technicians.”

For more information about NATE certification, visit www.natex.org.

 About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, 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.

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24 Sep 2012

Fall Meeting Held in Arlington, VA on Thursday, September 13, 2012

ARLINGTON, VA. – (September 24, 2012) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) held its biannual Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, September 13, 2012. Members of the board travelled from different areas throughout the country to attend the fall meeting at NATE headquarters in Arlington, VA.

Don Frendberg, Chairman of the NATE Board of Trustees and Principal, Phase 3 Insights LLC, Columbus, OH presided over the meeting. Denny Smith was officially introduced to the board and provided updates on NATE’s certification program. Joel Owen, Manager, HVAC Training Center with Alabama Power, Verbena, AL, and Chairman of NATE’s Technical Committee reported on activities of the Technical Committee. Guido Zucconi, AHRI’s Director of Congressional Affairs and Phillip Wallace, AHRI’s Manager of Government Affairs provided updates on Government Relations activities. Finally, Chicago-based Marketing Support, Inc., NATE’s agency of record, also shared an overview of marketing efforts and initiatives in 2012, and objectives for 2013.

The Board of Trustees recognized and thanked Matt Michel, President/CEO of Service Round Table, Flower Mound, TX, and Carol Poindexter, President, Baker Distributing Company, Jacksonville, FL for their service to the NATE Board.

In addition to Frendberg, the following board members were present at the meeting:

Ray Isaac, Immediate Past Chairman, President of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning in Rochester, NY

Mitchell Cropp, Vice Chairman, President Cropp-Metcalfe, Fairfax, VA

Chris Baker, Vice-Chairman, President/COO Virginia Air Distributors Midlothian, VA

David Swift, Secretary-Treasurer, President & CEO Goodman Manufacturing, Houston, TX

Gary Bedard, Vice President & General Manager, Lennox Industries, Richardson, TX

Gerard “Gerry” Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), Falls Church, VA

Mark Lowry, Executive Vice President, Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), Des Plaines, IL

Marc Bridgens, Marc E. Bridgens, Dean of School of Construction & Design Technologies, Willamsport, PA

Darrell Garrison, TAB/Service Specialist, International Training Institute, Alexandria, VA

Talbot Gee, Executive Vice President/COO Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International, Columbus, OH

Harlan “Skip” Krepcik, CMS, RSES Region 4 Director, Norfolk, VA

Wade Mayfield, President, Thermal Services, Omaha, NE

Matt Michel, President/CEO, Service Round Table, Flower Mound, TX

Whit Perry, HVACR Technology Instructor, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Senatobia, MS

Ed Purvis, Executive Vice President, Emerson Climate Technologies, Sidney, OH

Wayne Reedy, ASHRAE, 2003 South Oak Springs Court, Monticello, IN

Paul Stalknecht, President & CEO, Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Arlington, VA

Terry Tanker, Publisher, HVACR Business, Westlake, OH

Stephen Yurek, President and CEO, Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), Arlington, VA

Also in attendance from the NATE Advisory Council was Randy Tice, Past Chairman of the NATE Board and Chairman, APR Supply Company, Lebanon, PA   17046.

The next NATE Board of Trustees meeting will be held in Spring 2013.

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, 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 hvacradvice.com.

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24 Sep 2012

Summer Meeting Held in Fort Wayne, IN on Monday – Wednesday, August 27-29, 2012

ARLINGTON, VA. – (September 24, 2012) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) held its biannual Technical Committee meeting  Monday – Wednesday, August 27-29, 2012. Members of the Committee travelled from different areas throughout the country to attend the summer meeting that was hosted by Regal Beloit in Fort Wayne Indiana.

Joel Owen, Chairman of the NATE’s Technical Committee and Manager, HVAC Training Center with Alabama Power, Verbena, AL presided over the meeting. Denny Smith, Director of Certification, was officially introduced to the Committee and provided updates on NATE’s certification program.

 

The Technical Committee has the responsibility for all exam and certification policies and procedures.  The Technical Committee participants are tasked with improving the abilities of the HVACR Industry technician workforce by making specific decisions related to the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the HVACR Industry technician workforce.  The HVACR knowledge in conjunction with the Technical Committee Subject Matter Experts (SME) training (received at committee meetings) allows the SME members to make decisions for all aspects of the credentialing process.

The committee is empowered to make such decisions regarding the:

  • development and maintenance of all NATE exams;
  • approval of the passing score of all NATE exams;
  • criteria for being granted NATE Certification and Recertification;
  • development and approval of any job task analysis for new and existing certifications;
  • development and approval of all test questions and testing specifications;
  • approval of policies and procedures for the operation of the Testing Organizations and Proctors;
  • approval of policies for suspension and revocation of certification(s), testing organizations and proctors; and
  • additional policies and procedures as necessary to maintain the program.

Meeting participants included:

Bennie Barnes, Jack Bartell, Steve Brown, Patrick Bundy, Dave Callender, Bob Feathers, Raymond Granderson, Frank Granville, Sonny Hampton, John Hill, Chris Hughes, Ed Janowiak, George Kusterer, Warren Lupson, Jason Mangos, Ryan McLean, Christopher A. Mohalley, Pat Murphy, David Negrey, Chuck Otto, Joel Owen, Sena Philen, Thomas A. Robertson, Dave Rousayne, Jeffrey T. Rozga, Andy Schoen, John Sigerson, Denny Smith, Tony Spagnoli, Paul Sullivan, Wesley D. Taylor, Alan Veek, Charles White, Richard Wirtz.

The next NATE Technical Committee meeting will be held in Spring 2013.

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, 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 hvacradvice.com.

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