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AHRI 2020 Virtual Leadership Forum

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AHRI members and guests are invited to join us November 16-18 for the first-ever virtual Leadership Forum! Although we are unable to meet in person, AHRI will deliver an exciting program of events, with distinguished keynote speakers, panel sessions on pertinent industry topics, as well as the traditional Sector Leadership Council Meetings, that attendees have come to expect. Surprises are in store for those who register early!

Register today to hear first-hand how the post-election political environment will likely affect the legislative and regulatory landscape in the U.S. as well as advocacy at AHRI, and what HVACR businesses can expect in terms of supply chain and workforce development impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Events

Tuesday 17

  • A.B. Stoddard, Associate Editor and Columnist, RealClearPolitics
    A.B. Stoddard, Associate Editor and Columnist, RealClearPolitics

    LEADERSHIP FORUM OPENING GENERAL SESSION (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
    The opening session of AHRI’s Virtual Leadership Forum will feature 2020 Chairman John Galyen and incoming Chairman Mike Schwartz in a ‘fireside chat” setting, recapping 2020, and looking ahead to the coming year. Recipients of the AHRI Richard C. Schulze and Distinguished Service Awards will be announced, followed by the traditional Need-to-Know video. A panel session featuring AHRI’s staff sector leads, moderated by COO John Lanier, will round out the first part of the morning.

  • KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: 2020 ELECTION ANALYSIS (2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.)
    Keynote speaker A.B. Stoddard, associate editor and columnist with the political news site RealClearPolitics, will address the recently held 2020 elections and review the new political landscape.

Wednesday 18

  • Peter Zeihan, Geopolitics Expert
    Peter Zeihan, Geopolitics Expert

    KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: LIFE AFTER COVID…AND GLOBALIZATION (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
    Geopolitics expert Peter Zeihan will present on the issues of changing demographics, housing shortages, supply chain impacts, and the future workforce generation, all in the wake of the global pandemic.

  • Following his address, Zeihan will participate in a moderated discussion with AHRI COO John Lanier to discuss the future of the global system as it pertains to the HVACR industry.
  • KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD’S TOP PRIORITIES (2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.)
    California Air Resources Board (CARB) Vice Chair Sandra Berg will provide AHRI members with an update on CARB’s ongoing efforts to reduce air pollution and protect public health in the state. Berg will provide insight into CARB’s top priorities and discuss actions related to air quality that may impact the HVACR and water heating industry.
Sandra Berg, Vice Chair, California Air Resources Board (CARB)
Sandra Berg, Vice Chair, California Air Resources Board (CARB)

For more details, go to the AHRI website: www.ahrinet.org.

About AHRI

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of HVACR and water heating equipment within the global industry.

AHRI’s 315 member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world, and account for more than 90 percent of HVACR and water heating residential and commercial equipment manufactured and sold in North America.

AHRI advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government, working to ensure that members’ interests are included in final drafts of legislation. We also have a certification program that is relied heavily upon by regulators for accurate and unbiased evaluation of heating, water heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and commercial refrigeration equipment. Lastly, AHRI develops industry-recognized performance standards for industry equipment. These three tiers are at AHRI’s core.

Aside from these three tiers, AHRI is viewed as a resource for industry shipment data, education and workforce information, and research. AHRI is an industry powerhouse, providing our members with one industry voice, both domestically and abroad.