Thursday, October 28, 2010

2010 Annual Conference: Distributors Stepping Up

Last year's HARDI Annual Fall Conference was dominated by the AHRI-ACEEE regional standards consensus agreement. This year's Conference was hijacked by "dry-shipped" R-22 residential condensing units. Many in-depth discussions were had and it became obvious how important HARDI's position and role in this issue will be to determining how long this practice might continue.

Attendance mirrored our industry's performance this year by far exceeding 2009, but falling just short of 2008. With 1,100 of the the HVACR industry's finest, this conference also featured the most participation by equipment manufacturers to date with Nordyne, Rheem, Trane, Goodman, Mitsubishi, Daikin, Sanyo, LG, and even more. Allied Air was especially recognized for a whopping 50 years of participation in our Conference Booth Program.

HARDI's Board of Directors added over 50 new wholesale distributor members, with many being part of a new strategic partnership with Johnstone Supply. Mingledorff's Inc. won this year's NATE testing award for providing the most NATE tests as an organization, and helping HARDI's distributor membership maintain its standing as the #1 provider of NATE testing.

Just about every Committee and Council meeting and session was packed or over capacity as distributors attempt to grow their competitive advantages by being the most informed and most efficient. Check out #hardiconf on Twitter for play-by-play from Houston.

Thank you to our special guests and presenters from AHRI, ACCA, NATE, HRAI, Consortium for Energy Efficiency, US EPA ENERGY STAR, Food Marketing Institute, Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, and JP Morgan Equity Research. And as always HARDI's economists from the Institute for Trend Research were outstanding.

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