December People in the News
Bard Mfg. Co.’s president and CEO named 2019 chairman of AHRI
Bard Mfg. Co. announced President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Steel was installed as the 2019 chairman of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute trade association.
AHRI represents more than 300 HVACR industry member companies across the globe, with its membership accounting for more than 90% of the residential and commercial HVACR equipment manufactured and sold in North America, the association noted. It is estimated more than 1.3 million people are employed in the manufacturing, distribution, installation and maintenance of HVACR and water-heating products, and the annual economic activity resulting from HVACR and water-heating-related manufacturing amounts to $256 billion.
Upon his appointment at the 2018 AHRI annual meeting in Tucson, Arizona, Steel addressed the membership, identifying the importance of engaging congressional representatives with the local manufacturing climate and encouraging members to take an active role in the upcoming “reinvention” of the AHRI trade association.
PMI elects Nate Kogler president, announces 2019 Board of Directors
The members of Plumbing Manufacturers International elected Nate Kogler president of the 2019 PMI Board of Directors at PMI’s 44th annual meeting of the membership held during the PMI Conference. The director of product management at Bradley Corp., Kogler succeeds Pete Jahrling, director, product engineering and intellectual property at Sloan Valve, who served as board president in 2017 and 2018. Jahrling will continue to serve on the board as immediate past president.
Kogler said PMI leadership will work to expand educational opportunities for members and use new technologies to share information. Collaboration will be key, he said.
“None of us is smarter than all of us. We will build on the collective knowledge of our members and on the power of our relationships. Engagement, enthusiasm and support will drive us.”
Jahrling noted the strong commitment of the board members. “I enjoyed every minute of working with a great group of people who served on the board beside me,” Jahrling said. “It was an honor to serve as the president of this healthy, dynamic and forward-looking organization. I certainly benefited from the support and guidance of my fellow board members.”
Joel Smith, director of new product engineering at Kohler, was elected as vice president, and Todd Teter, vice president and general manager – U.S. wholesale for Moen, will serve as secretary/treasurer.
Elected as directors at large are Chip Way, director of OEM sales at Lavelle Industries, and Michael Miller, director of product partnerships at LSP, who will serve their terms through 2019.
Two new directors will serve two-year 2019-2020 terms. They are John Finch, principal engineer at Masco Corp., and Carol Baricovich, director – global brand communications, government relations and marketing/business development at InSinkErator.
“I hope to apply my innovation experience to help create and execute new solutions for PMI, including identifying a couple new actionable efforts that both engage and provide great value to PMI members,” Finch said.
Baricovich stated she looks forward to becoming an effective board member by focusing on areas where her expertise can make a difference.
“We’ll work together with members to navigate the ongoing challenges of ensuring safe, responsible plumbing — PMI’s mission — with a continued focus on sustainability and also encourage members to draw on the organization’s many resources and benefits,” she said.
Other highlights of the membership meeting were PMI Association Manager Jodi Stuhrberg receiving the President’s Award and Mariana Nicolae of Sloan Valve receiving recognition for her long and dedicated service to PMI.
Obituary: Barry Burnett, 67
Barry Burnett, business coach and cofounder of Business Development Resources, died Nov. 9 at the age of 67.
“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Barry Burnett,” said Bruce Wiseman, BDR cofounder and president. “Barry touched the lives of so many in our industry and beyond. He was a success as a father, friend, mentor and business owner. His knowledge and experiences were the bedrock on which BDR was built.”
Burnett and Wiseman started working together nearly 30 years ago. The two immediately found common ground in a passion for creating exceptional teams and coaching them to exceed what they felt was possible. In 1998, the two formed BDR with the goal to empower HVAC businesses with their industry experience and information to give them the knowledge and skills they need to drive profit and growth in their business.
“Barry possessed a unique persona and was full of life with vision, passion and inspiration that is rare in today’s world,” Wiseman said. “Barry and I often talked about the depth and strength of our team and how fortunate we are to be in the presence of such an amazing group of people who demonstrate heartfelt caring each day for our clients. I feel very fortunate to have known Barry and to have had him in my life as a mentor, business partner and friend. I loved Barry and will always remember him.”
Throughout the company’s 20 years, Burnett and Wiseman approached business conservatively, yet with a strategic focus, Wiseman explained.
“Barry and I worked to develop BDR’s culture, team and structure to stand the test of time,” he said. “We move confidently into the future, continuing to grow and help our clients drive profit and growth in their businesses.”
Business Development Resources now has 29 business coaches, 10 dedicated business trainers and a total staff of more than 56 employees.
BDR and the Burnett family encourages those who would like to honor Burnetts’s memory to make donations in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project.