About Us

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The Northwest HVAC/R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) Association was originally formed in 1958 by the involvement of HVAC/R contractors and the local utilities to provide heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration training while providing a forum for passing along information to promote safety in HVAC/R service and installation.

Today, we are the leading membership organization representing HVAC/R contractors, businesses and maintenance departments in the Northwest.

Accredited College

The NW HVAC/R Training Center is a fully accredited private vocational college with the goal of training and updating the skills of technicians currently employed and those individuals beginning a career in the HVAC/R industry.

The training applies directly to the HVAC/R industry, tailored to meet the educational and job placement needs of its students and their future employers.

2021 Message from the Executive Director

It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve as the Executive Director of this organization for over 20 years, working within such a dynamic and essential industry.

HVAC/R affects the lives of every person, every building, and is one of the keynote industries for future innovations from power plant generations and natural gas pipelines, to increased Workforce demands that provide career satisfaction and stability with HVAC/R jobs at the top of the Trades Pyramid.

I am looking forward to what our industry will accomplish over the next several years, and how it will successfully overcome the regulatory obstacles set forth by federal and state governments, and continue to provide comfort and conditioned air to the residential and commercial customers it serves throughout the world.
—Tena Risley

2021 Executive Board of Directors

Todd Williams

President – Inland Power & Light

Ryan Souza

Operations Manager -Swansons Refrigeration

Kevin Davey

Treasurer – Johnstone Supply

Brandon Silva

Secretary – Refrigeration Supplies Distributor (RSD)

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