Contact: Anthony Lagunzad, HARDI Public Affairs Specialist

Direct: 614.345.4328 x119


COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 18, 2018 – Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) has announced the agenda for the upcoming Emerging Leaders Summer Conference in Columbus, Ohio from July 22-24.


Leading the lineup of sessions is speaker Brian Kight, CEO of Focus 3. Kight and his father, Tim, developed the “E + R = O” formula for the leadership thought process. This mantra was adopted by Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer, who has integrated Focus 3 and the Kight pair themselves into his coaching staff and methods.


“I am particularly excited for this year’s Emerging Leaders Summer Conference because this is the first conference of any kind that HARDI has hosted in Columbus where we are headquartered,” said manager of training and HR solutions Nick Benton, who facilitates the Emerging Leaders program. “We saw our second full class complete the three-year program this past December, and it just continues to grow, showing just how much our members value professional development for their young talent.”


This year’s Emerging Leaders summer conference also features the Mentor-led Roundtables, a staple of this event and the Emerging Leaders program. Industry veterans come to mentor young industry up-and-comers in group settings.


Event sponsor Allied Air Enterprises is also providing attendees with copies of Meyer’s book Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season, which will be discussed during a working lunch session.


Due to HARDI’s familiarity with the city, a downtown teambuilding scavenger hunt and night out at a popular nightlife destination are also planned.


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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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