Rosemont, Ill.–RectorSeal® , leading manufacturer of HVACR products and accessories, was awarded The Most Education Exhibit Award and RectorSeal’s National Technical Manager, James Bowman received the prestigious Walter P. Stopera, CM, Speaker of the Year honor at the 78th Annual Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) Conference & HVACR Technology Expo held Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Rosemont, Ill.
One manufacturer winning both awards is a rarity in the conference’s long history. “Getting these two awards in the same year illustrates RectorSeal’s penchant for educating HVACR service techs,” said Lori Schiavo, editor, RSES Journal.
Bowman, who was presented Speaker of the Year by Arthur Schaufler, president, the award’s sponsor, the RSES Garden State Chapter, has spoken at several recent RSES national and chapter events including the last three annual conferences. It was a recent RSES Southwestern Regional Association (SWRA), Austin, Texas, that prompted Bowman’s nomination by W.D. “Mac” McCarthy, CM, SWRA past president; and Jim Malone, CM, SWRA president and a past recipient of RSES’ Speaker of the Year Award. “James thoroughly knows his subject material, but more importantly he presents it in a sharing-type of demeanor, rather than the typical teacher-student relationship common among most presenters,” said McCarthy.
The second honor RectorSeal received was “Most Educational Exhibit” and was judged by the RSES Awards Committee using the criteria of overall appearance, educational value and exhibitor responsiveness to attendees. Awarded Oct. 1 on the HVACR Technology Expo exhibit floor, Bowman and David Isenbarger, RectorSeal’s national accounts manager, accepted the award from J.F. “Fred” Townsend, CM, Chairman RSES Regions 14 & 15 director; Raymond T. Clary, CMS, RSES Regions 4 & 6 Director; Michael Ralston, CM, RSES Regions 9, 12 & 13 Director; Michael J. Thompson, CMS, RSES International Vice President, Region 1 & 3 Director. RectorSeal’s booth, which won among 24 other exhibitor entries, featured fully-illustrated educational depictions of condensate product uses, overflow safety switches and ductless mini-split accessory application tips.
Bowman, who is a former service tech for several HVACR service contractors and still carries EPA-certification, NATE-certification and a Class A Texas contractor license, also presented two seminars at the conference. The seminars were “Condensate Problems and Solutions,” which addressed the 2000 to 2015 evolution of International Mechanical Code (IMC) requirements for condensate removal; and “Installation Best Practices for Ductless MiniSplit System Equipment,” design through start-up accessories.