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April 13, 2007 - Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) names Stephen R. Yurek, who joined as CEO in 2002 and was promoted to COO in 2006, president of the association. An attorney and engineer, Yurek holds BS in chemistry and Juris Doctor, and is a member of the Bar in Minnesota and Virginia. Executive Committee also named Mark Menzer, who has been with ARI for 15 yr, Executive Vice President, reporting to president.

Stephen R. Yurek Named ARI President

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Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute
4100 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 200
Arlington, VA, 22203

Press release date: February 6, 2007

ARLINGTON, VA--The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) today named Stephen R. Yurek President of the Association. Yurek previously served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for ARI.

Yurek joined ARI in 2002 as General Counsel. He was promoted in 2006 to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer.

Yurek came to ARI from the education community, having served as Vice President of Business Development and Public Affairs for CompassLearning, Inc. and, previously, as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer at the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

"We are excited to have a person of Steve Yurek's character, vision, and experience leading our association during a challenging time," said ARI Chairman Robert Wilkins. "Steve's knowledge of the industry and his state and federal policy and regulatory experience made him the obvious choice to communicate to policy makers our positive message of Improving Life and the Environment. I and all members of ARI's Board of Directors look forward to working with Steve to keep ARI a forward-looking, dynamic association."

An attorney and engineer, Yurek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Juris Doctor. He is a member of the Bar in Minnesota and Virginia.

The Executive Committee also named Mark Menzer Executive Vice President, reporting to the President. Formerly Senior Vice President, Menzer has been with ARI for 15 years, and currently oversees the engineering, research, and statistics departments of ARI.

The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment. An internationally recognized leader in developing standards for and certifying the performance of these products, ARI is also a major advocate for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry both domestically and abroad. Visit ARI at, or go to for free information about ARI Performance Certified(TM) equipment.

For More Information: Francis Dietz, 703-600-0355
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