OESP 2012 Convention Delights and Inspires
OESP and Honeywell co-sponsored a Rebuilding Together event on Sunday. Volunteers helped with painting and gardening projects at the Groden Greenhouse, which is run by the Cove Center. Its mission is to support adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Later that day, old and new friends gathered in the President’s Hospitality Room for welcome snacks and drinks.
There were several educational and charitable activities on Monday. There was a Train-the-Trainer course on energy controls, as well as a PowerPoint class. The Dave Nelsen Scholarship Golf Tournament was held to fund scholarships for students wishing to continue their education within the industry. Thus far, the program has awarded over $191,000. Attendees also participated in the Care to Ride event, a major fundraiser for Oil Heat Cares. Participants rode motorcycles and bicycles, walked, and ran. This year’s Care to Ride event raised over $72,000. The top fundraisers were Ralph Adams (motorcycle division), Roger Marran (bicycle division), Judy Garber (walking division), and Scott Vadino (running division). Team CT took home the plaque for highest team fundraiser (over $10,000) and Judy Garber for highest fundraiser ($5,500). The Long Island Oilheating and Cooling Pros walked away with the Oil Heat Cares Cup. The busy day culminated with a Taco-sponsored opening reception, featuring Providence’s famous Waterfire.
When attendees weren’t taking advantage of educational opportunities on Tuesday and Wednesday, they were enjoying the trade show. This year’s show featured both indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as a student and technician competition. OESP delivered on its mission of education with a range of technical and business-related courses. Attendees also had the chance to earn NATE and NORA certification with review courses followed by exams.
The Awards Banquet on Tuesday night was a proud moment for the industry. It began with a Grundfos-sponsored cocktail party and was followed by dinner and an awards ceremony. This year’s winners were:
Hugh McKee Award: Jay Moser, Harris Comfort, President of the Delaware Valley Chapter and Convention Chairman
Manufacturer of the Year: tekmar
Service Manager of the Year: Matt Spink, Platinum Energy, President of the Long Island, NY Chapter
Lou Ehrich Award: Phil Schwartz, MAS Sales
Lifetime Achievement Award: John Levey, Oilheat Associates
OESP also recognized its resigning president, George McQueeney, for his outstanding service.
Dave Nelsen Scholarship Winners: Alrick Crowe (Honeywell Co-Sponsor), Zachary Baylor (Weil-McLain Co-Sponsor), Thomas Dias (Delavan Co-Sponsor), Roger Bruso (R.E. Michael Co-Sponsor), Robert Papale (James McComas Award, Mid-Atlantic Chapter Co-Sponsor), and Joe Arrenegado (Taco Co-Sponsor)
Attendees were encouraged to
explore Providence during their stay. On Tuesday, OESP arranged for a special
culinary tour of local restaurants. Participants enjoyed seasonal treats and a
private tour of one of the restaurant’s rooftop gardens. Wednesday’s closing
event began with a Grundfos-sponsored cocktail party and then took attendees
out on the town. They were invited to choose from three different restaurants.
All attendees met back at the Convention Center after dinner for dessert
sponsored by Honeywell.
Save the date for next year’s OESP Convention and Trade Show in Hershey, PA from May 19-23, 2013. Visit www.thinkoesp.org or call 888-552-0900 to learn more.