Arlington, VA — North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and Contracting Business magazine presented Matt Michel with the air conditioning industry's first-ever HVAC Golden Toolbox Award, recognizing his industry leadership and support of technician certification.

Presenting the award at HVAC Comfortech in Baltimore, NATE President Rex Boynton said, “Matt Michel is well-known throughout the HVAC industry. He's been on the speaking circuit for years, is often quoted, writes frequently and has contributed in many, many ways to this industry. In many respects, I regard him as the best friend this industry has.

“Michel has been a passionate advocate for technician certification and a strong, very-early supporter of NATE when our certification wasn't so popular and wasn't so well-known,” Boyton added.

Matt Michel is CEO of Service Roundtable, www.ServiceRound-table.com, the nation's largest private contractor group. Service Roundtable uses the Internet to reduce costs, providing affordable sales, marketing and business tools each week to the thousands of contractors using their site.

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