ARLINGTON, Va. - Four industry leaders and one hvacr instructor were recognized with special awards by the ARI at its 49th annual meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

ARLINGTON, Va. - Four industry leaders and one hvacr instructor were recognized with special awards by the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute at its 49th annual meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

The 2002 Richard C. Schulze Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the industry was presented to Gary L. Kaiser, David F. Lewis, Dean Peterson, and Paul F. Renaud.

Robert S. Bates, hvacr instructor at Delaware Technical and Community College, was presented with the ARI Meritorious Service Award.

Gary Kaiser was honored for his leadership as chairman of ARI's General Standards Committee and the Air Conditioning Heat Transfer Product Section. He also served as a member of ARI's board from 1999 through 2001.

David Lewis served as chairman of the Unitary Small Product Section, the Unitary Large Product Section, and the Unitary Ductless Committee. As the current chairman of the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, he has been instrumental in coordinating industry participation in the development of ozone protection and global climate change policies.

Dean Peterson served as chairman of the Industrial Refrigeration and Heat Transfer and the Air Conditioning Heat Transfer product sections. He has worked actively for more than 15 years on ARI engineering committees for both refrigeration and air conditioning products, and also on ASHRAE technical committees.

Paul Renaud was honored for his continuing efforts in supporting the health of the commercial refrigeration industry. Prior to his retirement, Renaud was vice president of engineering for Kysor/Warren.

The ARI Meritorious Service Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the industry in furthering ARI goals. The recipient is usually not employed within the manufacturing sector of the industry.

Robert S. Bates was recognized for his dedication to the development of programs that bring the best and the brightest to the hvacr industry. He served as a developer and implementer of the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Accreditation Program, and he is a founding member and president of the Council of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Educators.