Mark Faessler of Ohio-based Progress Supply Inc. was elected Dec. 5 as HARDI Foundation chairman.

Faessler replaces Douglas R. Young of the Young Co., who finished his term as president of the foundation.

HARDI officials said many significant projects were created under Young’s leadership. The Foundation produced “Connections for Life,” a DVD on the functions and services of HVACR distributors and the research and development of the new Profitability Assessment Tool used to work with individual customers to increase profitable working relationships as well as overseeing funding of scholarships and grants.

In addition to Faessler, the newly elected board of trustees includes Bill Barnett as president. Barnett is from Boutette & Barnett Trade Distribution Centre in London, Ontario.

David McIlwaine of HVAC Distributors Inc. in Mount Joy, Pa., joins the foundation as vice president, while Chrissy Nardini of American Metals Supply Co. Inc. in Fenton, Mo., will act as treasurer.