The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society will co-host Connect 2018, which will take place Oct. 9-12 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“PHCC tremendously values partnerships like this as we continue to strengthen the education and networking power of our association for our member contractors, including those involved in HVAC work,” said PHCC President Laurie Crigler. “With workforce development a top priority, the timing of this collaboration couldn’t be better, with loads of potential for both groups to learn from each other on how to recruit and retain the next generation.”

PHCC Executive Vice President Michael Copp added: “Undoubtedly, the expanded scope of Connect 2018 will benefit both PHCC and RSES. We look forward to working with RSES to develop a schedule that provides time for both groups to focus on their specific programming, while also building in opportunities for joint events, including the product and technology showcase.”

RSES Executive Vice President Lori Schiavo said co-hosting the event makes it a must-see one.

“Placing PHCC and RSES under the same roof at the Albuquerque Convention Center next October brings added value to HVAC professionals, be it those on the business management end of the spectrum or those on the hands-on spec/install/repair side,” Schiavo said. “I believe the shows aligning will help contractors see the benefit of keeping their technicians trained and/or certified, and it will help technicians see the possibilities and realities of business ownership.

“It’s what needs to be happening on so many levels for the sake of this great industry,” she added. “Once we begin to see the effects of banding together and taking joint responsibility for the quality and future of HVACR, I think momentum will take hold and more initiatives will begin to surface.”