HARDI Key Members were recognized throughout the four-day Annual Conference in Las Vegas. From left to right: 2017 HARDI President Tom Roberts, VP of Sales at JB Industries Oscar Lopez, Principal at Team Air Distributing Jim Murphy, and Frank Souders of Reacond Associates. (Photo Credit: Nicole Leone Miller)


Three HARDI members were recognized with the Advocacy Pillar award at HARDI Annual Conference: NOVA 2017. From Left to Right: HARDI CEO Talbot Gee, President/Owner of Airefco J.K. Hussa, Nat’l Sales Manager at NIBCO John Silwonuk, Owner of Johnstone Supply Cincinatti Greg Grimme, HARDI Vice President of Government and External Affairs Jon Melchi, and 2017 HARDI President Tom Roberts. (Photo Credit: Nicole Leone Miller)


COLUMBUS, Ohio, December 13, 2017 – Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) presented both its Key Member and Pillar awards earlier this month at HARDI Annual Conference: NOVA 2017.


The Key Member awards were given to individuals who have shown standout engagement with HARDI and the association’s initiatives over the past year.


Recipients of the 2017 HARDI Key Member award were Scott Bell of Snappy, Adam Cornell of Daikin North America, Frank Leone of Leone-Green & Associates, Oscar Lopez of JB Industries, Jim Murphy of Team Air Distributing, Lance Rantala of Blue Hawk, Paul Rebelo of Universal Technology Corporation, and Frank Souders of Reacond Associates.


HARDI also distributed Pillar awards for exceptional involvement with Advocacy, Benchmarking and Talent initiatives through the association.


The Advocacy Pillar award recipients were Johnstone Supply Cincinnati, NIBCO Inc. and Airefco.


The Talent Pillar award was given to Refrigeration Supplies Distributor (RSD).


The Benchmarking Pillar award recipient was Don Stevens, Inc.


“2017 was the best year yet for HARDI in terms of members engaging with the association,” said HARDI CEO Talbot Gee. “The fact that this was our highest attendance ever at a HARDI is also a testament that more of our members are seeing the real value in services their organization offers.


“On behalf of the HARDI team, thank you to these members recognized with these awards,” Gee continues. “The recognition is well-deserved, and your contributions of your time and effort are helping us continue to grow tremendously as an organization.”


For more information, please contact Anthony Lagunzad at alagunzad@hardinet.org.



HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International) is the single voice of wholesale distribution within the HVACR industry.


HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts and supplies. HARDI Distributor members serve installation and service/replacement contractors in residential and commercial markets, as well as commercial/industrial and institutional maintenance staffs. HARDI proudly represents more than 480 distributor members representing more than 5,000 branch locations, and close to 500 suppliers, manufacturer representatives and service vendors.



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