Not all High-Performance HVAC Industry Influencers are contractors. Sometimes, vendors and suppliers fit the bill, too.

Such is the case with Bill Spohn, the president and one of the owners of TruTech Tools Ltd, an award-winning reseller of tools and test instruments.

Bill Spohn, one of the 2024 HVAC Influencers

In the high-performance arena, the lifeblood of testing and diagnosing HVAC system issues are the instruments that field service and installation technicians use to measure system performance. Spohn says, “Testing gives contractors confidence to recommend solutions that will lead to customer satisfaction and reduce callbacks.”

Over the last 30 years, Bill has built his career on creating, designing, and marketing a wide array of test and measurement products that work for technicians in the field.

But it’s not all about selling and marketing instruments. Bill is as much about understanding and teaching others in the industry about the science behind comfort, health, and energy efficiency to better the world in any small way he can.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and is a registered professional engineer (PE) in PA. In addition, Spohn holds four US patents in instrumentation design.

His influence spreads across the industry through his work on various technical committees for major industry organizations, including Building Performance Institute (BPI), RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network®), the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), North American Technician Excellence (NATE), and Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).

In 2022, Spohn and TruTech partnered with NCI to provide tools to the HVAC and building performance industries and give their customers access to NCI’s High-Performance HVAC training.

“Since I first met Dominick Guarino and Rob Falke in the mid-1990s, I’ve been impressed with their approach to training. NCI has a terrific mission to help HVAC contractors, as well as their technicians and installers, become professional craftsmen. TruTech has a parallel mission.

“We help provide the tools, access to education, and training to help contractors do better work. What a perfect harmonization for TruTech to focus on the tools while NCI focuses on education and training,” he said in an interview.

In a podcast with Casey Grey, Spohn told listeners he is “a chronic volunteer who signs up to work on many technical committees that set the standards for proper testing in the HVAC Industry.

Spohn says, “A sign of a true technician is the quality of their tools and their ability to use them. Beyond owning the best test instruments, we want techs to know how, when, and where to use them.

“We believe a trained user makes a better customer, and a trained employee is more confident and valuable to the employer.”

For these and many more reasons, the High-Performance HVAC Today magazine team welcomes Bill Spohn to the 2024 Class of HVAC Industry Influencers.