Conferences are an integral part of being a successful HVAC contractor, no matter how big or small your business. During conferences and other industry events, HVAC contractors have the opportunity to meet with like-minded industry professional to discuss what’s new in the market, how to successfully operate a business as an HVAC contractor, and best practices for performing each job to the best of your ability. In 2018, there is no shortage of HVAC conferences and events to attend. Here are the top three worth your consideration.
Home Performance Coalition Conference and Tradeshow 2018
April 23-26, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Home Performance Coalition Conference and Tradeshow is an industry must each year. In 2018, HPC has put together a highly educational agenda full of workshops, seminars, continuing education opportunities and networking events throughout the four-day conference. The focus on this year’s conference is on home performance and weatherization, as well as residential energy efficiency for HVAC and other industry professionals. Some of the workshops and keynote sessions include the business toolbox, which gives valuable information on running and building an HVAC business from the financial aspect to marketing and employee management. There are also sessions surrounding diversification of business opportunities, policy shifts, smart home trends, and innovations and collaborations among industry leaders. HVAC professionals can gather more information about registration, accommodations, and educational sessions by visiting the HPC website.
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association Connect 2018
October 10-12, 2018 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Each year, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association holds its annual Connect Conference and Tradeshow. This event is intended to provide a large-scale networking and education opportunity to HVAC contractors and similar industry professionals. Throughout the three-day conference and tradeshow, HVAC contractors can gather information about new products and trends in the market, as well as participate in workshops and educational sessions that offer detailed information on best practices, business management, and opportunities in today’s residential and commercial market. Registration information as well as a list of speakers, workshops, and continuing education opportunities can be found on the PHCCA website.
Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) Annual Conference
December 1-4, 2018, Austin, Texas
Each year, HARDI comes together with several high-level sponsors to present its annual conference to HVAC professionals. While the organization itself is focused on HVAC distribution partners, the annual conference is meant to provide networking and educational opportunities to HVAC professionals from all aspects of the business. During last year’s conference, HARDI offered three distinct tracks for attendees: discover, intended to optimize supplier and distributor relationships, deploy, meant to offer insight and best practices for internal operations for HVAC professionals and businesses, and deliver, focused on identifying and delivering to the needs of HVACR customers. Registration information, educational sessions, and this year’s conference theme can be found on the HARDI website.
In addition to these three large, national conferences, many associations put on smaller local events for HVAC contractors and industry professionals. Be sure to check with your community associations and industry leaders for up to date event information in your area.
Eric Weisbrot is the Chief Marketing Officer of JW Surety Bonds. With years of experience in the surety industry under several different roles within the company, he is also a contributing author to the surety bond blog.