William G. “Woody” Sutton will retire as president of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), effective at the end of February 2007. ARI made the announcement this afternoon.
“On behalf of the ARI Board of Directors, I commend Woody for the advances ARI has made during his tenure and thank him for the contributions he has made to the entire HVACR industry,” said ARI Chairman Robert Wilkins.
Sutton (pictured) was elected president of ARI in September 2001 following his retirement as Rear Admiral, United States Navy. During his 5-year tenure at ARI, the organization made numerous advances in developing industry standards; expanding product certification programs; strengthening its state, federal and international legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts; recruiting, training and developing skilled HVACR technicians; and building cooperation among industry organizations worldwide.
“I am honored to have been able to contribute to the growth and success of ARI during my tenure,” said Sutton. “It has been a good experience for me to lead the ARI organization and to work with the HVACR industry. I am proud of our many collective accomplishments.”
Sutton said he will be available to support the transition until his successor is named. Until that time, day-to-day activities will be managed by ARI Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Stephen Yurek and ARI Senior Vice President Mark Menzer.
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