The folks at Macdonald-Miller in Kent, WA have something to cheer about this week, as one of their own, Seth LaRiviere, took home the gold in the fourth annual Teachers and Trainers (TnT) Instructors competition. This competition was part of HVAC Excellence’s 13th annual National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference, which was held March 3-5, 2019 at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. Seth LaRiviere is no stranger to the TnT competition, as he took second place in the 2018 event.
Dozens of instructors participated in this year’s competition, with twenty participants moving on to the hands-on portion of the event, all of whom walked away with valuable prizes. Those who rounded out the top 20 are, in alphabetical order, Matthew Beck (Salt Spring Island, BC), Travis Criner (Charleston, WV), Benjamin Ficklin (Houston, TX), Barkley Gause (Washington, UT), Earl Guillory (Kansas City, KS), Wayne Hardin (Smithfield, NC), Charles Hoard (Georgetown, DE), Jason Hoard, (Middleton, DE), Danny Hogue (Wayne, OK), Paul Hume (Peoria, IL), Anthony Jordan (Milton, WI), Brian Martingale (Ann Arbor, MI), James Neal (Spokane, WA), Jeff Polk (Albuquerque, NM), Kevin Putman (Las Vegas, NV), Richard Ruscigno (Union, NJ), Chris Sterrett (Pittsburgh, KS), Jake Timmerman (Mosinee, WI), and Dylan Wadzinski (Conway, SC).
The top prize winners for this year’s competition are:
- First Place: Seth LaRiviere, Macdonald-Miller, Kent, WA
- Second Place: Matthew Beck, Vancouver Island University, Salt Spring Island, BC
- Third Place: Travis Criner, Casto Technical Services, Charleston, WV
- Fourth Place: Danny Hogue, Mid America Technical Center, Wayne, OK
- Fifth Place: Jeff Polk, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM
- Sixth Place: Anthony Jordan, Blackhawk Technical College, Milton, WI
A special thanks goes out to those organizations that chose to participate by hosting events at their conference booths. These organizations are Appion, Coscia Communications, North Park Innovations (iManifold), Thermostat Recycling Corporation, Genteq, Refrigeration Training Services and DDC Support Services.
In addition, the prizes that were awarded at this year’s TnT completion were generously donated by Techsource Tools, Appion, HVAC Excellence, Amprobe, Fluke, Bacharach, Genteq, NAVAC, North Park Innovations (iManifold), Goodheart-Willcox, JB Industries, Test Products International, Emerson, Fieldpiece, Cengage Learning, American Technical Publishers, MSCA, Daikin, SpeedClean, SUPCO, Western Enterprises, and the Thermostat Recycling Corporation.
Congratulations to all who participated. You are all winners!