A chance to get on with business while honoring some hard work and dedication
|Mike Finney presenting Bob Plante the Hugh McKee Award.
This year marked another successful Annual Convention and Trade Show for the National Association of Oil Heating Service Managers, held May 20-24, 2007, at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey, Pa. Attendance topped 5,059, which was up six percent from the 2006 show.
A theme is tied around each annual event, and in 2007 this year was no exception with the theme being, “Legends — Recognizing all of the Past and Current Chapter Officers.” The theme was the focal point of a welcoming reception held Monday night, May 21 that was broadly considered to be a success. Many vendors supported this event with food stations and Wilo USA LLC (Melrose Park, Ill.) sponsored a cocktail party. The chapter officers are the leadership backbone of the organization, but they seldom receive the recognition that they deserve. This was their chance to shine. All officers received a NAOHSM portfolio and a chance at various door prizes – the grand prize being two-nights at the 55th Annual Convention. The winner of one being Skip Lincoln, Mid Atlantic Chapter.
|Dorsey Finn presenting industry
stalwart and FON columnist
John Griffin the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Later in the evening, comedian Earl David Reed entertained the group. Reed has performed at over 100 comedy clubs and colleges and is a favorite in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Along with his 10 years of morning broadcasting experience and numerous television appearances, his improvisational style has become a favorite of radio and stage audiences all around.
The NAOHSM 55th Annual Convention & Trade Show is scheduled for Hartford, May 18-22, 2008.Education
The convention featured a wealth of educational opportunities for those looking to enhance their certifications or learn about the latest industry trends. Monday began with classes geared towards management and owners. Professional consultant and HVAC instructor Jim Peters taught a one-day class on financial management. Attendees also had the option to attend three additional classes on Monday.
|NAOHSM Director Judy Garber thanking all of the chapters that undertook an Oil Heat Cares project during 2006-2007
A session on GPS was facilitated by Salisbury, Md.-based Navtrak, Inc., a leader in providing GPS tracking systems and fleet management solutions for businesses with mobile workforces. Financing to Sell in an Energy Efficient World was provided by Peter Krajsa, president of AFC First Financial Corporation, Allentown, Pa., a second-generation private financial institution founded in 1947. A session on taking control of your cash flow by streamlining the payment process was provided by Tracy Richmond, executive vice president and partner of Beverly, Mass.-based COCARD, which specializes in helping companies automate the payment process.
Tuesday and Wednesday morning attendees had an opportunity to attend a variety of educational classes that were packed to capacity in many cases. There were technical classes, AC classes, customer service classes and a class just for students and their instructors. Most of the classes earned valuable NORA CEUs for attendees.
NAOHSM’s 2007 Industry Award Winners
A variety of awards were presented at the convention. These were:
Associate of the Year – Mark Collins, Burnham
Manufacturer of the Year – Buderus
Service Manager of the Year – Ralph Adams, Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Instructor of the Year – Nick Domiano, North Montco Career
Vocational School, Landsdale, Pa.
Hugh McKee – Bob Plante, Rhode Island Chapter
Special Recognition Award – John Griffin, Nassau-Suffolk Chapter
Oil Heat Cares and scholarships
The convention saw plenty of fund raising for the Oil Heat Cares initiative. It was announced that the OHC Committee opted to copy the Time Magazine Man of the Year Award for the Traveling Cup and that there was more than one “man of the year” — each of the chapters that did an Oil Heat Cares Project in 2006 – early 2007 will receive a place on the cup and a chance to hold the cup throughout the year. It will give each chapter a chance to shine and share the spirit of OHC. Last year’s winner, the Garden State Chapter returned the cup filled with money. Paul Cuprewich, president of the chapter, turned over $1,000 as their gift to OHC. In a first for OHC, Crossroads Human Services, Victoria, BC, was the first recipient of an Oil Heat Cares Project in Canada. As time moves forward, you’ll be hearing more from Canada and Oil Heat Cares.
In addition, $75,000 was raised in the Second Annual Care to Ride Event, held on Monday, May 21, topping last year’s total of $50,000. This year’s overall and bicycle division winner was Roger Marran, Energy Kinetics ($2,800). The top walker was Oil Hear Cares own Judy Garber ($2,100) and the top position in the motorcycle division belonged to the duo of Kevin Bowman and Tom Laverty $1,000. The top team was the Long Island Rough Riders ($2,400).
|By raising $75,000 for Oil Heat Cares with the 2007 running of “Care to Ride” the industry ensured a warm winter for many in need.
Photo courtesy Michael SanGiovanni, Oilheating Journal.
Three of NAOHSM’s eight 2007 Scholarship Winners accepted the association’s invitation to be our guest at our Awards Banquet. They included Frank Muller who is attending New England Institute of Technology, and Matthew Robinson and Clayton Bretz both attending Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pa.
A special thanks to the show volunteers and sponsors from Judy Garber, NAOHSM’s executive director
John Wilcox and his wife Pat are beautiful people that give so much. When the song “Sweet Home Alabama” was played by the band on Wednesday night, Pat actually got up and danced – she and John are back home in their sweet home in Alabama. A special thanks to Jay Moser and his company, Harris Fuel, for supporting him because we couldn’t do it without his efforts – we missed his wife Dot this year to an emergency at home. Thanks also to Ed Rupertus and his wife, Linda, who helps in registration. Thank you to our other members – Dorsey Finn, Golf Chairman; Ralph Adams, Matt Spink, Alan Mercurio, Rich Baran and Mike Santoro – and the many guys that fall under their leadership of education.
There are too many of you to personally thank but – to ALL of our sponsors that helped make a convention and trade show a success - thank you. NAOHSM appreciates all that you do to support our efforts.
The trade show featured 180 exhibitors that showcased a variety of products. Some of the offerings are listed below.
Carrier Performance 80 Series
The Performance™ Series variable speed oil furnaces from Carrier (Farmington, Conn.) offer longer heating and cooling cycles that help to eliminate hot or cold spots — keeping a more even temperature throughout the home. The 58CMR and 58CLR include a multi-speed blower which helps deliver heat to the living areas economically and responsively for a more even distribution. The low constant fan switch allows for very low airflow to help prevent drafts in the home by constantly circulating air. Carrier furnaces are designed for quiet operation and the Performance 80 oil-fired furnace is no exception. How does it stay so quiet? The unique combustion silencer system helps control sound for quiet operation. And for what sound a Carrier system does make, an insulated cabinet helps to further isolate sound levels at its source. For humidity management, a humidifier and a Thermidistat™ can control the variable speed Performance™ Series oil furnace and adjust a home’s humidity level even when the system isn’t actively heating or cooling. Carrier offers one of the most extensive product research and development facilities in the world. Carrier engineers test the reliability of the heat exchangers to over 200,000 cycles. That’s more than six times the industry’s standard of 30,000 cycles.
FMC Technologies (Houston, Texas) Smith Meter Truck Metering System offer a complete system package that provides air elimination to measurement to control of delivery. The Smith Meter is designed for the delivery to the industrial or private customer and can handle up to 30 products. It provides individual customer prices for delivered products. The system can be flexibly mounted in the cab or on the meter itself and controls the injection and blending of additives using the F.A. Sening Additive Injection Pump. The Smith Meter provides for the wireless remote control of deliver and transfers the daily summary to a PC based office application. It features: a rugged, explosion-proof enclosure/robust foil keypad with gold plated contacts and a reinforced display window; one enclosure contains all electronic components and all terminals for external sensors and plug-in connectors; it is resistant to electrical disturbances and voltage fluctuation and fulfills or exceeds OIML recommendations and is Weights and Measures approved.
The Gar-Ber R2000 from General Filters Inc. (Grand River Novi, Mich.) combines Bar-Ber’s proven spin-on filter technology with the addition of a water block that provides added protection for today’s heating fuel oil and maximum performance for biodiesel blends. As with all Gar-Ber filters, the filter shell is coated with a fuel resistant epoxy to prevent the pin hole leaks that develop due to corrosive conditions that can occur when fuel oils become unstable. The filter is bacteria resistant, with the superior absorbent polymer that is used being completely inorganic, so it will not support the growth of bacteria. The R2000 consists of a 10 micron filtering media containing a unique blend of water absorbing polymers that are ‘no-water soluble.’ This means that once the water is removed and stored within the pleats, it won’t be released down stream to the heating unit.
The UV-Aire from Field Controls (Kinston, N.C.) turns a heating and cooling system into a whole house air sanitizer. The UV-Aire in-duct unit is installed in the main supply or return duct of any heating or cooling system. It emits powerful ultraviolet (UV) light which sterilizes and reduces disease causing, airborne microorganisms as they pass through the system. It operates continuously to purify the air in your home 24 hours a day. If too little outdoor air enters a home or office, disease causing microorganisms can collect to levels that pose health and comfort problems. This problem can be especially serious in “super-tight,” energy efficient homes built in the last twenty years. These homes may not allow enough air changes, keeping contaminated air in and fresh air out. Ultraviolet light purification has been proven effective in hospitals, schools, daycare centers, restaurants and hotels. Ultraviolet radiation is effective in destroying bacteria, viruses (including the bird flu virus), dust mites and other pathogens. UV-Aire puts the power of germicidal UV light to work in a home or business. It is available in both 24V and 120V models 24V. It features a compact design that fits in tight spaces and is designed to light only inside a duct. Replacing the E-Z Lamp requires just a simple twist and lock.
Advanced Burner Control
The Beckett (Elyria, Ohio) GeniSys™ Advanced Burner Control Model 7505 is a 120 Vac primary safety control for residential and light commercial oil burners used in boiler, furnace and water heater applications. The GeniSys is used with a suitable cad cell flame sensor to control the oil burner motor, igniter and optional solenoid valve. It has 24 Vac thermostat inputs compatible with both on/off and power stealing thermostats. It can provide interrupted or intermittent duty ignition and has a 15-second lockout time. Featured include: a programmable valve-on delay and motor-off delay; three indicator lights for system monitoring and diagnostics; two communication ports for adding alarm contacts, programming display, and/or future wireless communications; welded relay protection with redundant motor relays; limited reset and limited recycle; a sleek, modern design; cad cell resistance indicator and Technician Pump Prime mode.
MID:COM (Hampton, Iowa) offers its new on-board computer — Road Warrior. This rugged Panel PC has been used in Military applications, but to enhance its use with other devices it features Windows XP as the standard operating system. Road Warrior works with GPS mapping programs, wireless data transfer, top software suppliers, vehicle tracking, route optimization, mobile dispatching and mobile messaging. Road Warrior uses the same file format as the MID:COM 8000 to allow for easy integration into an existing fleet. The standard register is the MID:COM e:count, though interfaces to the 8000 and competitive registers will be available. Road Warrior stays mounted in the cab to avoid the hazards and connections issues that are common with removable computers.
IRtec MicroRay HVAC++
The MicroRay HVAC++ infrared (IR) thermometer from IRtec (Langhorne, Pa.) is the ideal tool to diagnose, inspect and check the performance of any temperatures that are critical to your applications. With the advantage of using non-contact technology, you can measure a moving, obstructed or hot object very easily and at a comfortable distance. It is the perfect tool for an endless number of processes and applications, whether in the home, garage, workshop, office, automobile, kitchen, swimming pool and much more. All MicroRay models are equipped with a Class II Laser for aiming purposes. The offset laser sighting will allow you to identify the approximate center of the target being measured. The Ultra Sharp Laser definition makes it easier to read outdoors as well. An easily replaceable standard 9V battery is provided with the unit. A kit is also available for a rechargeable battery and external charger. The HVAC++ model can store up to 64 tests with date and time using the internal real time clock. Applications include: ventilation/air conditioning, ducts, air grills, coils, compressors, bearings, electrical maintenance, circuit breakers and fuses, lampholders, power connections, electric motors, heating, pipes, chimney, safety valves, thermostats, flow and return water, steam traps, thermal comfort/heat insulation, doors and windows, radiators and heating panels.
The high efficiency Wilo-Stratos from WILO USA (Calgary, Alberta) is a wet-running pump with an integral regulator, which is also suitable for use in air-conditioning and cooling systems. In comparison to the conventional pumps used in cooling technology applications, an energy saving of up to 80 percent is possible. This means that it combines extremely high energy efficiency with the advantages of wet-running technology, such as reduced noise and maintenance free operation. Since the motor and the electronic module of the Stratos are not coupled, it is no longer possible for condensation water to develop around the sensitive electronic components. While the majority of pumps in cooling applications run continuously at high power, the electronic control device in the Stratos means that the pump automatically and steplessly regulates its power output to the requirements of the system thus maintaining its electricity consumption at a low level.