Polar Technology officials announced the hiring of Phil Gin, recently of Baker Distributing, who will serve in the dual role of chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

Gin was most recently the Western Region vice president for Baker Distributing, a division of Watsco, a leading distributor of HVACR equipment and related parts and supplies in the HVACR distribution industry. Prior to that assignment, Gin was Baker Distributing's chief financial officer.

“I can't begin to say just how happy we are that Phil has decided to join our ranks at Polar Technology,” stated Ted Atwood, president and owner of Polar Technology.  “Phil brings a unique combination of industry experience in a variety of important disciplines – particularly in sales and finance.  As we continue with our transition from a company that was primarily in the reclamation business to one that specializes in comprehensive refrigerant management, Phil’s many levels of expertise will provide us with tremendous guidance and insight,” Atwood says.

Gin’s HVAC background includes 13 years with Habegger Corp. of Indianapolis, and seven years with United Technologies/Carrier. Gin also worked five years with the accountanting firm of Peat Marwick in Chicago.

When asked about joining Polar, Gin responded, “I'm very excited to become part of the Polar team.  As a former customer I experienced first hand the technical capability, dedication, and the focus on customer service that are core strengths of Polar and its associates.  In my opinion Polar has always been the best reclaimer out there with a proven track record of providing reliable and quantifiable results. But to me, the exciting part of coming to Polar is the transformational role Polar’s new TrakRef program will have in the industry in this new age of environmental responsibility, fiscal responsibility and government compliance. TrakRef is absolutely the right product at the right time and I'm excited to play my part.”

TrakRef is described as a proprietary program of Polar Technology that provides complete accountability and transparency of data to distributors, contractors and system owners by enabling them to manage their refrigerant assets in ways they have never been able to before.