NCI 2017 Summit

More than 150 contractors from across the U.S. and Canada attended the 2017 NCI Home and HVAC Performance Summit in Scottsdale, AZ. Pictured here are attendees during the opening general session.

The 2017 NCI (National Comfort Institute, Inc.) Home and HVAC Performance Summit is in the books as the organization’s membership gathered in Scottsdale, AZ for their 14th annual meeting. More than 150 attendees descended on the We Ko Pa Resort and Conference Center from April 2nd to the 4th.

First of all, this year’s theme focused on creating a Blueprint for Success for each contracting company that attended. Attendees learned how testing, selling, and delivering air upgrades for residential and commercial HVAC systems can be the ‘Secret Weapon‘ to their success in 2017 and beyond.

Summit Sessions

This year’s Summit featured six game-changing workshops designed to add in-depth expertise to help contractors make Air Upgrades a part of their product and service offering.

NCI CEO Dominick Guarino

Dominick Guarino, CEO, National Comfort Institute, highlights how the Air Upgrade will change the face of the HVAC Industry.

Sessions included:

  • How to Build and Sustain a Culture of Testing
  • Turn Static Pressure Testing into Cash
  • Air Upgrades: Your Secret Weapon
  • Price and Propose Profitable Air Upgrades
  • How to Install Air Upgrades
  • Generate Leads Year Round.

“I’ve gone through a lot of technical training from many sources over the years,’ says Will Horner of Canco ClimateCare, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. ‘What distinguishes NCI from others is that the dynamic between the trainers and the contractors — it is one of comradery and experience sharing. So that dynamic leads to more light bulbs going off for me than I get from any other training groups.’

Furthermore, Mike Greany from All Pro Plumbing, Heating, and Air, Ontario, CA agrees. ‘I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to be part of an organization that gives back to my organization tenfold. We plan to continue implementing the field techniques we just learned.’

Panel Discussion On the Trials and Tribulations of Implementing HVAC Performance

NCI Summit 2017 Panel Discussion

Dominick Guarino facilitated this year’s panel discussion, where panelists addressed the ups and downs of implementing HVAC performance into their contracting firms. The panelists were also the contractor presenters in all the breakout sessions.

Meanwhile, NCI CEO Dominick Guarino led a five-member contractor panel that addressed questions from the audience on the difficulties, success, and roadblocks to implementing Home and HVAC Performance into their companies. The Q&A event was made even more lively as contractors tossed the microphone back and forth as they asked questions of the panelists, sharing tips and advice.

The panelists included:

  • John Boylan, Lakeside Service Company, Brighton, MI
  • Charlie Dieringer, Air Force One Heating & Air, Canyon Lake, CA
  • Mike Greany, All Pro Plumbing, Heating & Air, Ontario, CA
  • Will Horner, CANCO ClimateCare, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
  • Don Steward, W.B. Steward & Son, Woodbury Heights, NJ.

In addition, this year’s Summit featured it’s annual Awards and recognition banquet. You can read about all the winners by clicking here.

In summary, to learn more about the Summit 2017, please visit the NCI website at

And don’t forget to mark your calendars – Summit 2018 is heading to Austin, TX next March 04-06. More information to come soon.