North American Technician Excellence (NATE), has selected the third winner in the “Showcase Your NATE” Sweepstakes, which rewards contractors for promoting their NATE-certified technicians.

Bay Area Air Conditioning & Heating submitted the winning entry, earning the company $1,000 in local advertising and/or NATE promotional materials.

Headquartered in Crystal River, FL, the company services the surrounding area across seven counties. To demonstrate the various ways they showcase their NATE-certified technicians, the Bay Area team submitted examples of their brochures, website, service vans and print ads that prominently feature NATE. One of their entries was randomly selected from the numerous submissions received from contractors throughout the country, including various examples of how each company highlights their NATE-certified technicians.

“Not only do we recognize the importance of hiring NATE certified technicians, but we also understand the importance of letting our customers know that our certified professionals are qualified to offer superior service,” stated Dee Mahler-Castillo, marketing manager for Bay Area Air Conditioning & Heating. “Winning this prize money, will allow us to further spread the word about our skilled, knowledgeable, NATE-certified team through local advertising.”

One additional winner will be selected in December 2011. To enter, contractors are invited to submit descriptions and pictures of the various ways that they use NATE to build consumer confidence and attract new customers. With each submission, the contractor is entered into a regular drawing for a chance to win the $1,000 prize, which can be used towards local advertising and/or NATE promotional materials. Many entries will also be featured online, offering the contractor additional exposure and recognition for their commitment to quality work.

The “Showcase Your NATE” entries can be submitted via email to sweepstakes@natex.org or by mailing them to “Showcase Your NATE” Sweepstakes, 2111 Wilson Blvd #510, Arlington, VA 22201. Many entries will be featured on NATE’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/natecertification) and in other communication materials. For more information about the sweepstakes, visit natex.org.