North American Technician Excellence (NATE) will recognize three technicians as “Top Techs” during HVAC Comfortech 2011. This year’s Top Techs include Ken Fulk of Duncan Supply Co., Inc. in Indianapolis, IN., Eric Kaiser of Appel Heating & Air Conditioning in Carmel, IN., and Robert Mullis of Love Heating and Cooling in Indianapolis, IN. All three technicians will be honored by NATE at Comfortech, which will be held September 21-24 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Ken Fulk, who has been working in the HVACR industry for 37 years, is a field service representative with Duncan Supply Co., Inc. Prior to joining the Duncan Supply team 18 years ago, he worked as a service technician for 12 years and then owned his own HVACR company for seven years. He holds NATE service and installation certifications in air conditioning, air distribution, gas furnace, heat pump and light commercial refrigeration.

According to Fulk, “My NATE certification verifies that I have proven my abilities to perform at the industry’s highest standards, which ultimately benefits both my company and my customers. Taking the time to undergo NATE testing demonstrates my commitment to professionalism, and passing the exam confirms that I have the expertise to get the job done right.”

Eric Kaiser is a residential and light commercial service and installation technician with Appel Heating & Air Conditioning. He has been working as a technician for six years and has been a member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) since 2007. He holds NATE service and installation certifications in air conditioning and heat pump.

Kaiser notes, “I got my start in the HVAC industry with Heuman Heating & A/C Inc. in Sparta, IL., after a short time in the industry, I quickly realized that this arena requires extensive knowledge beyond what I had been taught in the basic classes I had completed. I sought out additional opportunities for training through various channels and ultimately obtained NATE certification, which serves as a benchmark of my proficiency today. Since this is a constantly evolving industry, I continue to learn new things and improve my skills to stay ahead of the curve.”

Robert Mullis, who has 18 years of industry experience, is a field supervisor service technician with Love Heating and Cooling. After graduating with honors from ITT Technical Institute, he started his career at AAA Heating and then went on to Air Con Engineering. He has been an integral member of the Love Heating and Cooling team since 1998. Mullis holds NATE service and installation certifications in air conditioning, air distribution, gas furnace and heat pump.

“Maintaining NATE certification is an ongoing process that ensures that I have the ability to offer my customers superior service,” said Mullis. “By continuously working to hone my skills and knowledge, I stay up to speed on all of the latest advancements in technology, and my NATE certification is proof of that.”

Peter Schwartz, president and CEO of NATE, states, “We look forward to honoring Ken, Eric and Robert for their achievements and showcasing their commitment to excellence at HVAC Comfortech 2011. These Top Techs exemplify industry excellence, and they should take great pride in the extensive knowledge and quality service they offer their customers.”

NATE and the three Top Techs will be at the NATE booth (#609) at HVAC Comfortech.

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