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NATE Board of Trustees Fall Meeting

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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