John Lanier has been named the chief executive officer of North American Technician Excellence, the AHRI announced. 

“We are very pleased to have someone with John’s experience and drive taking the reins at NATE,” said Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute President and CEO Steven Yurek.  “I know that our member companies and others in our industry are eager to work with John to ensure growth and progress at NATE at a critical juncture in its history.”

Lanier will be responsible for overseeing the training and certification programs administered by the group. Before joining NATE, he was a senior vice president of operations at the National Federation of Independent Business. 

NATE Chairman Don Frendberg said he was excited by the addition of Lanier to the staff.

“I am excited to have John on board,” he said. “I know that with his knowledge and experience, NATE will experience continued growth and can, under his leadership, further develop of our role in providing world-class HVACR and water-heating technician certification.”