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HARDI Announces Agenda for its 2019 Emerging Leaders Summer Conference

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 2, 2019– Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) has announced the agenda for its upcoming Emerging Leaders Summer Conference in Milwaukee, WI, from July 14-16.

This year’s event will focus on Financials and Profitability which is one of the 6 rotating topics in the program. The keynote speaker for the event is Emmy Award Winning Producer Brandon T. Adams. Adams is a serial entrepreneur owning a stake in several businesses including Accelerant Media Group and Arctic Stick. 

In addition to Adams the event speakers will include Texas A&M’s Dr. Barry Lawrence and HARDI’s own Economist Dr. Paul Hallman. A networking boat cruise will allow attendees the opportunity to network and a Polaroid Scavenger Hunt provides a unique and fun team building activity.

Additionally, the Emerging Leaders Summer Conference will continue to feature the mentor led round tables session. This session has become a true highlight of the event where young future leaders get to learn from high-profile industry leaders.

“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 Nick Benton, manager of training and HR solutions, HARDI, who facilitates the Emerging Leaders program. “We saw our second full class complete the three-year program this past December, and it continues to grow, showing just how much our members value professional development for their young talent.”


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.