The Chicagoland Better Heating-Cooling Council presented board member Scott Gorgius with the first Jeffrey W. Berg Member Service Award. The award, named for longtime board member Jeffrey W. Berg, is presented to any member who has "exemplified long and meritorious service to the council."

"I couldn't think of a more deserving person to receive this first service award than Scott," said association President Don Howley. "To say that Scott has been a key to the success of CBHCC's education program would be an understatement. For years, he's been one of the driving forces behind the planning and execution of our schools."

William L. Niehoff Jr. of Lemont, Ill.-based Fresh Aire Test & Balance was named president of the Chicagoland Sheet Metal Contractors Association. The announcement was made during the association's Nov. 10 officers dinner. Others named included Jack Baer of Broadview, Ill.-based Air Comfort Corp. as vice president; and Patrick J. Ludvigsen of Air Dynamics Inc. in Prospect Heights, Ill., as secretary and treasurer.

Along with Niehoff and Ludvigsen, John P. Harmon of Builders Heating Inc. in Crestwood, Ill., was named to a three-year term on the CSMCA board of directors. John Delano of William J. Perkinson Co. in Chicago will become the association's immediate past president.

The Fox Valley chapter of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and the R.W. Kellow Center of Learning will host a spring seminar May 6 at the Elgin Community College Business Conference Center in Elgin, Ill. The seminar, "Bringing Your Knowledge to the Next Level and the Slippery Synthetics," will be led by Garth Denison. Denison will cover several topics during the two-part seminar. Specific issues include refrigerant containers, chemical structures and the performance of R-22 and R-410A refrigerants. North American Technician Excellence has approved the seminar for re-certification credits. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take RSES certificate-member and certificate-member-specialist exams.