Wholesalers discuss SEER, other industry issues at Phoenix convention
PHOENIX - As Arizona desert temperatures were dropping from the 90- and 100-degree days of summer, air-conditioning wholesalers came here to hold a convention.
PHOENIX - As Arizona desert temperatures were dropping from the 90- and 100-degree days of summer, air-conditioning wholesalers came here to hold a convention. The Heating, Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International held its third annual convention Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge. According to association officials, more than 1,200 members attended the event.
At the Nov. 1 closing banquet, outgoing president Randy Tice of Pennsylvania-based APR Supply was thanked for his service and Bill Shaw, owner of Dallas-based wholesaler Standard Supply was named 2005-2006 association president. In his acceptance speech, Shaw lauded HARDI's accomplishments, but said more work was ahead.
"We are finally recognized for the value that wholesale distribution provides to the HVACR industry and the nation's economy," Shaw said. "Moreover, through the growing number of educational and training offerings and HARDICAT technology initiatives, HARDI has greatly contributed to improving our members' productivity and performance. And even more importantly, I believe, most everyone in our industry will agree that we've vastly improved productivity.
"That being said, there remains much to accomplish in the future, and I am fortunate that members have selected me to lead the association through the next year," he said. "I have a great board, a cadre of hard-working officers and proficient staff to assist me as we move to even greater achievements. As we move forward, I have no doubt that we will face many challenges, but I prefer to look at them as opportunities to be an even greater association and industry."
"There's never been a time that there has been more options and opportunities. Sometimes, people get to the point they can't make simple decisions."