COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 11, 2018– Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) has opened registration for its 2018 Annual Conference, December 1-4 at the JW Marriott in Austin, TX.


Along with the open registration announcement, HARDI revealed the theme of Legacy for this year’s event.

“Legacy is very much a concept that resonates around the HARDI community,” said CEO Talbot Gee. “It is so important to honor those who came before us and built our industry up from nothing. And we honor them by acknowledging those accomplishments, but also by inspiring this current generation to take our industry into a new era and create a legacy of their own.”


HARDI hopes to achieve another record attendance in 2018.


“I am especially excited for Legacy 2018 because I wanted to have a focused organizational goal this year of improving HARDI members’ recruitment efforts for younger team members,” said President Troy Meachum. “This is my generation’s opportunity to not only cement our own legacies, but empower new talent to start building their own legacies. “


The three content tracks built into this year’s Legacy theme are Explore, Execute and Expand. Additional bonus content for this year’s event will also be announced over the next several weeks.


“HARDI Leadership worked extremely hard and brainstormed extensively before we landed on our final conference theme of Legacy,” said Director of Marketing & Sales Chris DeBoer. “This is a departure from some of our previous conference themes but speaks to the foundations on which our members’ businesses were built: hard-work, strong organizational culture and the ability to adapt. We pay homage to the past but look to forge ahead into the future with this year’s theme.”


Annual Conference registration and more information can be found at



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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