The Carlson-Holohan Industry Award of Excellence has a new recipient and a new home. Canadian engineer John Goshulak will hold the award for the next two years. The building of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York will be the award’s permanent home.

Presented every two years, the award recognizes an American or Canadian citizen who is dedicated to teaching, mentoring, and raising funds for philanthropic causes on behalf of the steam and hydronic industry. These are the same character traits shared by Gil Carlson, a mechanical engineer and inventor of the Bell & GossettSystem Syzer, and his protégé Dan Holohan, a Supply House Times columnist, author, educator, humanitarian and member of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen.

Goshulak received the award Jan. 26 during a reception to honor Holohan at the AHR Expo in Orlando, Fla. The award is a framed System Syzer. The Society was founded on Nov. 17, 1785, to provide cultural, educational and social services to families of skilled craftsmen. Today, it is the oldest privately endowed tuition-free technical school in New York City with thousands of alumni. Its building is located across the street from the Harvard Club of New York and was funded by notable members such as Andrew Carnegie.

“It is only fitting that this award has now found a permanent home inside this prestigious institution,” award chairman Robert Bean said. “It brings me immense pleasure as a founder of this award to see, ‘Gil’s wheel’ and these two great men permanently positioned in the halls of North American history.”

Other recipients of the award include Dave Yates, Mark Eatherton, Ken Webster, John Barba and John Siegenthaler.

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