Penton Media publishes some of the most widely-read publications in the HVAC and contracting industry. (Contracting Business Magazine, Contractor Magazine, HPAC Engineering). They also sponsored the recently held Mechanical Systems Week in Chicago. Mechanical Systems Week is the national HVACR, hydronics, and plumbing seminar/product showcase event for mechanical contractors. During a four-day period, attendees had the opportunity to attend 45 different presentations arranged across 3 different training tracks. The residential operations track included seminars on business management, sales and marketing, and service management. The residential technical track involved technical HVAC and hydronics seminars as well as technical plumbing courses. Specialized tracks were available for different aspects of business, including commercial HVAC & hydronics, innovations and opportunities, and technician training.
As part of their sponsorship, Penton Media held a pledge challenge to benefit The Joseph Groh Foundation. This unique foundation is dedicated to providing information and financial assistance to those connected with the construction trades who are living with a life-altering injury or illness. Founded in 2009, The Joseph Groh Foundation has provided grant recipients across six states items ranging from handicapped accessible vehicles, to home remodels, to rehabilitation equipment.
One of the highlights of the JGF pledge challenge involved a drawing among those pledging for a free registration to the 2013 conference. The first winner was Angie and Ryan Snow of Western Heating and Air Conditioning in Orem, Utah. The second winner was Shaun Mitchell of Modern Mechanical in Ashburn, Virginia. The Chicago event elicited pledges totaling more than $7500.
Congratulations to these winners, and a big thank you to Penton Media for being a good friend of the foundation.