Members of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers have voted to approve the merger of the two trade associations. The merged association will become the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) on Jan. 1, 2008. It will be headquartered in Arlington, Va., and will represent the interests of cooling, heating and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturers.
The merger was approved by the members of GAMA and ARI on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, respectively. The vote totals were as follows:
- For GAMA, the vote was 131 in favor; 7 opposed.
For ARI, the vote was 117 in favor; 7 opposed.
"The merger will create a more efficient and influential organization to serve the needs of cooling, heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturers and their customers," stated Myers in the announcement. "The interests of the memberships of the two associations are so closely aligned that we expect a seamless integration."
Other executive appointments are as follows:
- CEO: Jack
President: Stephen Yurek
Executive Vice President: Mark Menzer
Sr. Vice President: Warren Parker
General Counsel: Joseph Mattingly
Chief Financial Officer: Stephanie Murphy