North American Technician Excellence (NATE) announced the first group of winners in its inaugural NATE Bowl contest, which kicked-off on Feb. 1. Monthly winners are awarded prizes for a variety of accomplishments, including: The Most New Certifications—the contractor with the most new certifications in a given month; the most re-certifications—the contractor with the most re-certifications in a given month; and the highest certification score—the contractor or technician with the highest NATE certification score for the month.
• February Division Leaders are:
Division 1- AC/DAC, LLC, Nashville, TN;
Division 2-Peaden Air Conditioning, Panama City, FL;
Division 3- Bryan's United, Gretna, LA.
• Most New NATE Certifications: Brothers Air Heat, Rock Hill, SC, and Southport Heating Cooling, Kenosha, WI
• Most NATE Re-Certifications: Wendland Air Conditioning and Heating,Portland, TX, and AC/DAC, LLC, Nashville, TN.
• Highest NATE Certification Score: Michael Nuzzo, Southport Heating Cooling, Kenosha, WI.
"We congratulate this round of NATE Bowl winners and look forward to announcing many more as the contest goes on through October," says Rex P. Boynton, president of NATE. "It's our hope that all HVACR contractors will get involved in this good-natured competition to leverage their commitment to excellence in a fun way."
In addition to monthly prizes, the five contractors at the end of the contest with the most NATE Bowl points in each of the three "divisions" will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a Super Bowl package to be announced in early November. Teams can get points for every NATE-certified technician they have on staff. Additional points can be earned each time a technician
gets certified (or re-certified) or earns additional NATE credentials. All points accrue during the NATE Bowl season, which lasts from February through October 2008.
Any HVACR contractor in the United States or Canada interested in learning more about NATE Bowl, or registering, can go to www.natex.org.
For posting the highest score for the month, Nuzzo will receive a prize of trade tools, and his firm gains one more chance to win the NATE Bowl grand prize of a trip for two to the 2009 Super Bowl.