The 74th RSES Annual Conference and HVACR Technology Expo will be held in conjunction with the 22nd RSES Annual Mid-Southeast Regional Association Educational Conference on Nov. 2-5, 2011 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Va.

The 2011 conference will focus on education as well as many industry-related topics and the theme will be, “Making History with RSES in Norfolk, Virginia.” The RSES Tidewater Chapter will host the event.

The 2011 RSES conference will deliver a total learning experience for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors; service technicians; operations/maintenance managers, engineers and technicians; engineers; sales staff; instructors; and students. Leading HVACR manufacturers and other industry professionals will conduct many educational sessions where attendees can gain valuable industry knowledge, enhance their HVACR skills and discover new technologies.

In addition, daily educational programs will be available to members, nonmembers and students who are looking to attend a particular day of sessions rather than the entire conference.

The following programs and events are tentatively scheduled. The kick-off event of the conference will be the Opening Ceremonies, which will be held Nov. 3, 2011.

The Awards Luncheon will be held Nov. 3, 2011, during which the following awards will be presented: Paul B. Reed Awards; Emil T. Zollo, CM, Memorial Award; John Spence Award; Imperial Awards; To Make Life Worthwhile Awards; Newsletter Contest Awards; Rising Star Award; V.V. Solomon Educator/Teacher of the Year Award; Walter B. Stopera, CM, Speaker of the Year Award; RSES Distinguished Service Member of the Year Award; Wayburn Wilson, CMS, Memorial Award(s); Vocational Instructor/School Award; David M. Lawson “Service of Excellence” Memorial Award; William R. Barranger, CM, Manufacturers’ Service Advisory Council Member of the Year Award; and the Ernie Cahn, J. W. Harris Scholarship.

As part of the conference, the RSES HVACR Technology Expo will take place on Nov. 3, 2011. The trade show event will feature the latest HVACR equipment, tools and services, with manufacturer representatives on hand to answer questions and explain their products’ features.

In addition, there will be special festivities including: the RSES Appreciation Reception on Nov. 2, 2011; MSAC Ask the Experts session on Nov. 3, 2011; the RSES Annual Business Meeting, RSES Auxiliary Business Meeting and President’s Welcome Lunch on Nov. 4, 2011; the Closing Dinner on Nov. 5, 2011; exciting auxiliary programs to be announced; and prior to the conference, optional activities and an industry tour will be available. Also, the RSES Mid-Southeast Regional Conference will hold their annual business meeting on Nov. 5, 2011.

Testing opportunities for RSES Specialized Member, RSES Certificate Member, RSES Certificate Member Specialist, Environmental Protection Agency Refrigerant Usage certification, Universal R-410A certification and North American Technician Excellence certification will be tentatively offered on Nov. 3-5, 2011.

For additional information or questions visit www.rses.org.