08 DUCT SYSTEMS AND SHEET METAL THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NEWSMAGAZINE SINCE 1926 SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 | $5.00 | ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM | The NEWS’ 2015 Best Trainer FYI HVAC BRIEFS Strives for Excellence D BY JEN ANESI THE NEWS STAFF RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR Cool Care Heating & Air (Columbia, South Carolina) received the Century Club Award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for using the Energy Star program in more than 100 homes in one year. isc jockey, radio news anchor, licensed plumber, sales rep — these are a few of the jobs John Barba has held in his lifetime. And, though it may not seem the most log-ical career path to his current position as director of training for Taco Inc., Barba said he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’ve been very, very lucky to work with the people I’ve been able to work with,” Barba said. “When you look at the arc of your life ... I’ve had a series of things that have just fallen in place for me.” Barba’s industry knowledge, sharp sense of humor, and raw passion for help-ing others has earned him the respect of his peers and the title of The NEWS’ 2015 Best Trainer. COMMERCIAL CONTRACTOR Capstone Mechanical (Waco, Texas) named David Torbert vice president of HVAC operations. Torbert most recently served as Cap-stone’s commercial HVAC TORBERT operations manager. MANUFACTURERS Danfoss Turbocor Compressors Inc. (Tallahassee, Florida) named Jose Alvares vice president of sales and marketing and global customer support. effec-ALVARES tive immediately. DMI Cos. (Charleroi, Pennsylvania) acquired Lindab Inc. (Portsmouth, Virginia). continued on Page 5 THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD Barba grew up in his family’s plumb-ing and heating business outside of Boston and was carrying wrenches around by the time he could walk. “My parents were first-generation Italian-Americans, and I have my dad’s ■ See BARBA | Page 13 BIG PERSONALITY: John Barba (right), Taco Inc.’s director of training and this year’s Best Trainer, shares a laugh with Dan Foley (left), president of Lorton, Virginia-based Foley Mechanical, and John Abularrage (center), president of Advanced Radiant Design in Stone Ridge, New York. PHOTO COURTESY OF TACO INC. Best Instructor Leads the Next Generation Phil Wilbur attributes his career success to ‘circumstance, opportunity, and some luck’ W BY JEN ANESI THE NEWS STAFF hen Phil Wilbur enrolled in his local community college more than 30 years ago, he had every inten-tion of becoming a chemical engineer. But, after a friend introduced him to the HVAC industry, he quickly changed his mind. “My friend was taking refrigeration and air conditioning classes at the col-lege, and he gave me a ride,” Wilbur recalled. “My classes were done early, so I went in and waited for him in his building, and I started looking at all the different stuff. I found it fascinating. So, I dropped all my chemical engineering classes and began the two-year trade school program.” Since then, Wilbur, who is a chiller team technical leader for Johnson Con-trols Inc. by day and an apprenticeship instructor at UA Local 447’s Plumb-ing and Pipe Fitting Training Center by night, has not only built a career in HVACR — he’s helped many others build theirs, too. It’s Wilbur’s tireless dedication to his work, his students, and the future of the HVACR industry that have earned him the title of The NEWS’ 2015 Best Instructor. FILLING A NEED After trade school, Wilbur took a job with a union contractor. “They put me through a four-year apprenticeship, but the school I went to had no refrigeration program, so I complained to the coordina-■ See WILBUR | Page 14 Attend this FREE Webinar! # achrnewswebinars DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: How to Introduce Your Customers to the Smart Home DATE: TUESDAY, SEPT. 29 | TIME: 1 PM EST Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.