Supply Chain Partner of the Month: RADIANT PANEL ASSOCIATION (RPA)
Maxxon Corp. (Infloor), Vanguard Plastics and Watts Heatway formed the Radiant Panel Association as a non-profit trade association. The roots of the organization can be traced back to an earlier organization known as the Hydronic Radiant Heating Association, formed in 1987, which became the Radiant Division of the Hydronics Institute in 1991.
Manufacturers, distributors, designers, dealers and installers of radiant panel heating and cooling systems and components.
The board of directors has 12 members, including at least one representative from each of the membership categories (primary supplier, associate supplier, wholesale distributor, contractor dealer, trade associate). The executive director manages the day-to-day affairs.
“The vision of the Radiant Panel Association is to provide superior leadership to the radiant industry through comprehensive education while fostering the awareness of radiant comfort and innovative technology.”
Current Priority Projects
A Word With…Larry Drake, executive director of RPAWhen asked what's in store for 2006, Larry Drake said, “We are looking forward to a successful ISH-NA show. As you know, RPA is in partnership with Messe Frankfurt, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), American Supply Association (ASA), Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) and now, IAPMO to put on this growing trade show. We are involved in establishing the seminars and will have our Radiant House on the floor conducting demonstrations. We also have our Annual Conference in conjunction with ISH-NA where we will have focused seminars and RPA specific programs.”
Plans for next year also include making certification exams more accessible and introducing live, interactive, online schools. “With online classes, the convenience and economy should encourage many more individuals to take advantage of the RPA's Radiant Outfitters education opportunities.”
Consumers will also be invited to visit a new Web site at www.WarmHomeOwners.com, where questions will be answered from RPA-selected experts.
Current Staff, Officers and DirectorsPRESIDENT Jeff Brennecke Brennecke Plumbing & Heating
VICE PRESIDENT Ted Lowe IPEX Inc.
SECRETARY Dan Chiles Watts Radiant Inc.
TREASURER Tom Meyer Precision Hydronics Corp.
Dorothy Castanga-Biggs DCB Enterprises
John Felciano Felciano Plumbing & Heating
Dan Foley Foley Mechanical Inc.
Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr MAXXROHR
Gary Jansen Kimberly Hardware Heating & Cooling
Don Ostdiek Don Ostdiek Business
Dan Perfit Launstein Hardwood Flooring
Clay Thornton Thornton Plumbing & Heating Inc.