The ARI Lifetime Achievement Award is to recognize people who have made significant contributions to the industry's advancement.

James Bard, chairman of Bard Manufacturing Co., has been involved in the HVAC industry for more than 40 years. Bard and his brother, Richard, are third-generation owners and managers of Bard Manufacturing Co.

Dalton is vice president of engineering at Excel Comfort Systems. In 2001 Dalton was presented the Schulze Award. He has more than 40 years of industry experience, including 20 years at International Comfort Products.

ARI acknowledged Gerald Groff and Mark S. Menzer with Special Recognition Awards.

Groff is an ASHRAE fellow and lifetime member. He served on ASHRAE's board of directors and as chairman of the society's International Committee.

Menzer, ARI vice president of engineering and research, is responsible for the development of the industry's performance standards, equipment certification programs, and research activities.