No, it wasn’t the ultimate pro sports spectacular, but mascots from the Washington Wizards, Georgetown Hoyas and Washington Capitals visited Capitol Hill Aug. 5, thanks to several HVAC industry groups. 

The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute; Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors; Air Conditioning Contractors of America; Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International; and North American Technician Excellence welcomed more than 200 congressional staffers to the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building for a reception celebrating Congress’ summer recess.The associations brought in the Wizards’ G-Wiz, Slapshot from the Capitals and the Hoyas’ mascot, Jack. “It is a pleasure for AHRI and our partners to host this event each year,” said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “We host this event specifically for House and Senate staff during the August district work period, because we want to acknowledge their hard work and dedication as we remind them and the entire nation’s capital that our industry is committed each day to supporting the health, comfort, safety, and productivity of the American people.”











The HVAC industry brought sports mascots to Capitol Hill Aug. 5 to celebrate Congress’ summer recess. On hand were G-Wiz (left) from the Washington Wizards; AHRI Chairman Harry Holmes; Jack the Bulldog of the Georgetown Hoyas; AHRI President Stephen Yurek; ACCA President and CEO Paul Stalknecht; Capitals’ mascot Slapshot; HARDI Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Talbot Gee; North American Technician Excellence Chief Operations Officer John Lanier; and Don Frendberg, chairman of the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation.