AHRI announces new officers, presents awards

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Arlington, Va. – The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) held its Annual Meeting November 15-17 in Bonita Springs, Fla., during which it elected its new officers and presented awards to industry leaders.

“We are honored to recognize very deserving individuals and also to welcome these innovative leaders,” said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “We are very grateful to them for their service to AHRI and the HVACR and water heating industry.”

AHRI’s new Chairman is Doug Young, President and COO of Lennox International Residential Heating and Cooling.

The officers and Executive Committee are as follows:
Vice Chairman: Chris Drew, Vice President, Burnham Holdings, Inc.
Treasurer: Ron Duncan, President, Magic Aire
Immediate Past Chairman: Ed Purvis, COO, Emerson

Executive Committee:
Dennis Appel, Executive Vice President, Heat Transfer Solutions, Luvata
John Galyen, President, Danfoss North America
Nicholas Giuffre, President and CEO, Bradford White
Bill Johnson, President and CEO, Dover Refrigeration & Food Equipment
Chris Nelson, President, North America HVAC, Carrier
Chris Peel, Senior Vice President and COO, Rheem Manufacturing
Earle Pfefferkorn, President, Cleaver-Brooks
Dave Regnery, President North America, Climate Solutions, Trane
Rod Rushing, Vice President and General Manager Global Products, Johnson Controls
Mike Schwartz, CEO, Daikin Applied
Bill Steel, President and CEO, Bard Manufacturing
Kevin Wheeler, President, North America, Europe, and India, A.O. Smith

The Richard C. Schulze Award is given for distinguished service and commitment to AHRI and the industry’s goals and objectives. AHRI congratulates:

Dave Negrey, Johnson Controls
Harry Milliken, Desert Aire
Jerry Sipes, Price Industries
Warren Lupson, AHRI
Brian Reynolds, Trane

The AHRI Public Service Award recognizes deserving individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the HVACR industry and in furthering AHRI’s goals. AHRI congratulates Gerry Kennedy, Executive Vice President of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC).

In 2015, AHRI gave two Distinguished Service Awards, AHRI’s highest award, which recognizes individuals who are leaders in the industry and who have made significant contributions throughout their careers.

AHRI posthumously awarded Joseph Fristik, of Rheem Manufacturing Company. Fristik passed away in March 2015. His wife and daughter accepted the award on his behalf. Fristik served the HVACR industry with distinction for decades before his sudden and untimely passing.

The second Distinguished Service Award winner was Harry Holmes, President and CEO of Morrison Products. Holmes is active on several AHRI committees and served as Chairman in 2013. His innovative vision, positivity, and good humor make him a leader in the industry and within the AHRI community.

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