Contractors and other industry professionals descended on Branson, MO this April to make this year’s High-Performance HVAC Summit one of the best ever.

The spirit of Summit was alive and shining as participants connected and openly shared successes, failures, and their hopes and ideas for the future. What always strikes me about this gathering are the relationships, both new and existing, that form and intensify during the days of this comprehensive event. A hard-to-describe feeling permeated through every part of Summit this year.

Summit 2023 Wisdom of the Group Breakouts

As I spoke to participants over the three-day event, many said one of their favorite aspects was how breakout sessions weren’t typical seminars. They said they liked the mastermind-style discussions on specific areas of implementation that drew from the “Wisdom of the Group.”

Summit 2023’s 16 sessions focused on four major topic areas: Lead Generation Through Air-side Testing, Combustion Testing and Follow-through, Generated Testing-Lead Handling, and High-Performance Maintenance Agreements. Truly great discussions and ideas came out of these sessions. More later on how you can view them if you missed Summit this year.

NEW Announcements at Summit 2023

We made several key announcements during the Summit 2023 general sessions. Especially notable were all the new partnerships formed with instrument and software vendors, a new financing program, and several new NCI classes including System Design, and Refrigerant-Side Performance.

We also previewed NCI’s new headquarters and training center in Eastern Tennessee, and so much more.

Future of High-Performance Panel

One of the standouts of this year’s conference was the panel discussion featuring five industry thought leaders: Jim Bergmann with MeasureQuick, Bill Spohn with Trutech Tools, Steve Rogers with TEC, Michael Hyde with Hyde’s Air Conditioning, and Daniel Squires with Vincent’s Heating & Plumbing. The lively panel took a close look at how far the High-Performance HVAC industry has come, and where it is going.

Topics included fast-changing testing technology, and how verifying performance will continue to get easier, faster, and more accurate. The discussion also covered homeowner education, training to keep up with emerging technologies, challenges in testing on service and installation, where the industry will be in five years, and more.

Summit 223 Introduces New NCI Award

A major highlight of this year’s Summit was the introduction of a new NCI Award: The Rob Falke Servant Leadership Award. This award honors NCI’s late president Rob Falke and was presented by his widow, Robin Falke to a well deserving industry professional, Michael Greany.

Much like Rob, Michael is all about serving and edifying others within and outside our industry. He is a shining example of a servant leader, and our industry is a better place with him in it.

It’s Not Too Late

This column just scratches the surface of Summit 2023. If you didn’t make it this year, NCI is offering the next best thing. Go to to learn how you can watch recordings of Summit along with your entire team. Be sure to check out our special offer that includes a seat to our next Summit in Asheville, NC next September 10-13, 2024.