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RSES Awards

Each year RSES honors individuals and organizations for outstanding achievements in and contributions toward the education of HVACR professionals.

A number of honors are awarded based upon a member’s individual achievement or a chapter’s educational activity level, while other awards require individuals to be nominated or complete an application. The RSES International Awards Committee reviews all award nominations.

Recognition of award recipients will take place at the Annual Awards Luncheon in conjunction with the RSES Annual Conference and HVACR Technology Expo.

Detailed below are the names, descriptions and sponsors for the nomination-based awards. All awards listed below require an award nomination form to be completed and returned for award consideration (including the Newsletter Contest).

David M. Lawson “Service of Excellence” Memorial Award recognizes service technicians for excellent field performance on HVACR systems. Supported by donations from the Lawson Fund.

Newsletter Contest recognizes the work of chapter newsletter editors in both print and electronic newsletter categories. Sponsored by the RSES Journal.

Rising Star Award recognizes a new RSES member (with five years or less in RSES) for his/her contribution to the Society.

RSES Distinguished Service Member of the Year Award recognizes a member for outstanding contributions to RSES and the HVACR industry in areas of education, public relations, safety and society growth.

Vocational Instructor/School Award recognizes a teacher or school that had presented exceptionally high-quality HVACR programs during the past year. Sponsored by Emerson Climate Technologies Educational Services.

V.V. Solomon Educator/Teacher of the Year Award recognizes the educators/teachers who have made outstanding contributions to the development of students in the HVACR field. Sponsored by Emerson Climate Technologies, Flow Controls Division.

Walter B. Stopera, CM, Speaker of the Year Award recognizes an individual who consistently presents outstanding educational programs at all levels of RSES meetings and conferences. Sponsored by the RSES Garden State Chapter.

Award Instructions/Deadline

To submit a nomination, simply download the appropriate PDF (by selecting the name of the award above), and follow all of the instructions for completion.

All nomination forms must be postmarked no later than midnight June 30, 2015 for award consideration. Forms can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to:

Attn: Awards Coordinator
1911 Rohlwing Road, Suite A
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-1397
Fax: 847/297-5038

Award Inquiries

For more award information please call RSES at 800/297-5660 or 847/297-6464, or e-mail

2014 RSES Award Winners

RSES congratulates the 2014 RSES Award winners for their outstanding achievements.


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RSES is the leading education, training and certification preparation organization for HVACR professionals. RSES publishes various comprehensive industry training and reference materials in addition to delivering superior educational programs designed to benefit HVACR professionals at every stage of their careers through instructor-led training courses, online training for HVAC, educational seminars, interactive CD and DVD products, industry-related reference manuals, and helpful technical content through Service Application Manual chapters, the RSES Journal, the RSES Journal archives and feature articles, as well as web-exclusive features.

Beginning with basic theory and extending to complex troubleshooting, training courses covering refrigeration and air conditioning, heating, electricity, controls, heat pumps and safety may be conducted in a classroom environment or though self study. RSES publications may be purchased by schools, contractors, manufacturers or any other industry group wanting to conduct comprehensive training programs. Seminars covering air conditioning troubleshooting, electrical troubleshooting, compressor training, condenser training, refrigerant piping practices, DDC controls, and more are held in various cities across North America.

Select training programs offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and NATE Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).

In addition, RSES offers industry certification preparation materials for refrigerant handling (EPA Section 608), R-410A and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) examinations.

RSES’ monthly magazine, RSES Journal, serves HVAC contractors, service technicians, students, operations/maintenance managers, engineers and technicians who work in the residential, light commercial, commercial and institutional markets on air conditioning, warm-air heating, refrigeration, ventilation, electrical, ice machines, chillers, hydronic heating, piping, refrigeration control and energy management, building automation, indoor air quality and duct cleaning, and sheet metal fabrication equipment and/or systems.
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