Steve Vachon (left) is congratulated by Robert O’Brien, of the Nassau-Suffolk National Association of Oil Heating Service Managers chapter, for winning the first Technician of the Year Award.

Steve Vachon, a lead technician with Lamprey Brothers in North Hampton, N.H, is the first-ever NAOHSM Technician of the Year. Vachon is also the president of the National Association of Oil Heating Service Managers Greater Seacoast Chapter.

The presentation was made at the annual NAOHSM convention and trade show, May 23-27 in Hershey, Pa.

The association said that Vachon’s credentials put him in the winner’s position. He has been with Lamprey for 14 years and was described by Andrea Myers, Lamprey’s director of field operations as “a dedicated employee who has been very proactive in mastering his field. Steve attends extra training sessions whenever they are available and has become quite proficient in troubleshooting and repairing oil-fired equipment. Steve is usually able to resolve difficult heating and cooling issues and intermittent/recurring problems that many other technicians struggle with.”

Vachon is also in the Navy Reserves and was promoted to chief petty officer in 2008.

As the NAOHSM Technician of the Year, Vachon and his wife Jennifer were guests of the association at the convention, where he received the award, along with a NAOHSM jacket and a $1,000 gift card, and test equipment compliments of Testo.

The first runner-up was Wayne Lawrence, who works for Petro in New York and is a member of the Nassau-Suffolk chapter. Lawrence was also recognized at the convention and presented with an association jacket.

NAOHSM will be naming its second Technician of the Year at its 2010 convention and will soon be looking for candidates for the next award. Some of the criteria used in judging candidates include certifications, state licensing, ongoing educational activities, supervisor recommendations and community service activities.