Jose De La Portilla, a technical training manager at Lennox HVAC Learning Solutions, received NATE’s 2016 Golden Toolbox Award.

The North American Technician Excellence’s Golden Toolbox Award recognizes an HVAC industry professional who demonstrates outstanding service, support and advocacy for technician certification, officials said.

“We’re so pleased to present Jose De La Portilla with this year’s Golden Toolbox Award,” said John Lanier, NATE’s chief operating officer. “Jose has been a longtime advocate of NATE and truly ‘walks the talk’ as a proctor, and by earning and maintaining his own NATE certifications. His input and work on the NATE Technical Committee is invaluable and helps us move forward with services that support the future of the HVACR workforce.”

De La Portilla has more than 23 years of experience in the HVAC industry and earned his first NATE certification in 2004, becoming a NATE proctor shortly after. In 2015, he joined the NATE Technical Committee, a group of volunteers from the HVAC industry who help develop NATE exams.