Rheem Manufacturing hosted its Second Annual Pro Partner National Conference the week of March 25 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Alongside premium family brand Ruud, the two-day conference welcomed HVAC contractors, distributors and corporate partners to celebrate individual victories, discuss business growth opportunities and drive innovation.
The conference hosted educational breakout sessions that aligned with this year’s theme, “Driving Greatness." Sessions such as “Revving Up a Winning Team” and “Fueling Growth with Innovation” led by key HVAC industry experts inspired in-depth discussions on the importance of building high-performing teams that work well under pressure along with discussions on how to develop product and customer solutions that keep the competition in the rearview mirror.
“The Second Annual Pro Partners Conference was designed to celebrate our partner relationships, and it’s a great opportunity for us to share insights that will help them continue to lead the industry and provide valuable feedback uncovered in the field,” said Mike Branson, president of air, Rheem. “We chose ‘Driving Greatness’ as our theme for this year because it represents a collaborative ideology between our partners and us, and we saw tremendous attendance and support this year especially.”
More than 70 companies exhibited at the event, in addition to Rheem and its family of brands: Ruud, Eemax, HTPG and Raypak. The Pro Partner Conference also featured an appearance by Joe Gibbs, legendary former professional football head coach, entrepreneur, and current NASCAR Championship team owner, as this year’s keynote speaker to discuss “Fueling Excellence.”
As the Pro Partner Conference approached the finish line, guests were treated to both a private concert by nationally-renowned rock band 38 SPECIAL, and a VIP after party at Disney Hollywood Studios for an all-access experience.