Contact: Anthony Lagunzad, HARDI Public Affairs Specialist

Direct: 614.345.4328 x119


COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 27, 2018– Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) has promoted Chris DeBoer to Director of Marketing & Sales. Formerly Manager of Marketing & Communications, DeBoer has been integral to HARDI’s substantial growth in recent years.


Since he joined HARDI in 2014, DeBoer and his marketing team have achieved several milestones over the past several years, including year-over-year record attendances at HARDI Annual Conference and record membership numbers. He is also currently embarking on a special project at HARDI producing a documentary to be used as a recruitment tool for the industry.


“During my time at HARDI I have been given the opportunity to learn and develop tremendously,” said DeBoer. “The association has allowed me to take risks and make moves that had not been done before. I am extremely appreciative of the promotion and look forward to continuing to evolve the association. Working with HARDI members has been really amazing and I can’t wait to talk to and work even closer with more of them in this new role.”


HARDI has also expanded its Columbus, Ohio headquarters team with the addition of Elizabeth Reed as Administrative Assistant. Reed, a Dayton, Ohio native, joined HARDI after a four-year tenure working as Dispatcher for the Notre Dame College Police Department on the east side of Cleveland, while concurrently earning her Bachelor’s degree in both Criminal Justice and Political Science.


“Our resources are constantly going through changes that can stretch our departments and staff in different directions,” said Director of Operations Mike Coughlin. “Izzy will give us the opportunity to balance our internal operations with the different external priorities we have through the year, such as our events or benchmarking deadlines.”


“HARDI as an organization is growing,” said CEO Talbot Gee. “And this continued growth over the years means we need to regularly make adjustments in order to keep serving our members at the highest levels, while also giving us the ability to keep growing and improving. These organizational moves allow us to do just that.”


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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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