The Carrier Distinguished Dealers included: Lisa Ruesch (left) and Alan Ruesch from Gross Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Nathan Iacobacci, Debbie Shinn and Michael Iacobacci Sr. of Weather Engineers; Tim Nunning and Stacey Nunning of Nunning Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; and Scott Vanderweil, Chris Childress, Jerry Kehoe and Richard Dykstra Sr. of Tradewinds Heating and Air Conditioning.

INDIANAPOLIS - From a field of 800 Carrier Corp. factory-authorized dealers, the company chose four to receive its 2005 Carrier Distinguished Dealer Award.

The companies honored included Tradewinds Heating and Air Conditioning in Naperville, Ill.; Nunning HVAC Inc. in Evansville, Ind.; Gross Heating and Air Conditioning in Brookfield, Wis.; and Weather Engineers in Melbourne, Fla. The announcement was made March 28 during the Air Conditioning Contractors of America's conference in San Jose, Calif.

"We have awarded a record number of four CDD award recipients this year, as they have demonstrated impressive abilities at achieving their business goals while delivering exceptional customer value, successfully positioning the Carrier brand in their respective markets," said Karie Johnson, manager of programs and promotions for Carrier's residential division.

The selection criteria for the award focused on leadership, management, customer knowledge, brand recognition, industry expertise and operational excellence. According to Carrier, the purpose of the program is to provide dealers with an assessment process by which they can evaluate their business operation and identify improvement opportunities.

"While we honor these four CDD winners, we were very impressed with the high business and operational standards of all our candidates," said Johnson. "Looking into the future, we would like to continue to encourage all Carrier dealers to submit applications for the next in 2006, as this will help them gain recognition within the industry, as well as help to develop and grow their operations."