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RETA Chapter to host a Regional Conference in Orlando

Monday, June 6, 2016  
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RETA Chapter to host a Regional Conference in Orlando

The Central Florida Chapter of RETA will host a Regional Conference devoted to ammonia safety and industrial refrigeration training/education

LAKE WALES, FL     JUNE 1, 2016  -  "The concept of Regional Conferences is not new to RETA," said Chairman of the Central Florida Chapter Board, Ernest Leavell (Leavell Consulting) when he recently announced the Chapter will produce and host a two-day Regional Conference. 

"There just hasn't been one in our area for more than a decade. We've revived the concept with two-day Conference devoted to the ammonia refrigeration industry. It is scheduled for November 3-4, 2016 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL." The Central Florida Ammonia Refrigeration Regional Conference features a variety of opportunities for attendees including a 24,000 square foot exhibit hall, industrial refrigeration training, sessions focused on ammonia safety, technical sessions and a live ammonia release demonstration. "As a true RETA Chapter event, it also offers hands-on training," stated Leavell.

The faculty of presenters draws from across the United States and features such notables as: 

  • Retired Battalion Chief Charles Gluck (currently a Safety Consultant to the University of Tennessee)
  • John (Jack) Piho, PE of Piho Engineering
  • Lee Pyle, CARO of SCS Tracer Environmental
  • Kent Harmon of Industrial Consultants; Harold Paul of Air Treatment Corp.
  • Joseph Crisp of RC&E
  • Vern Sanderson, RAI, CIRO of Kelly Refrigeration Services
  • Arlie B. Farley, CIRO, CARO of Farley’s Frigeration.

“We're particularly excited to be able to produce an event that allows attendees to register for a fee of only $40,” said Chapter President George Johnston of Center Mark Contracting. “The Conference provides 14 hours of training during the two-day schedule. There are many folks in the industrial refrigeration industry who want quality training but have time or budget restrictions. In short, we saw a need. We believe this Conference meets that need by providing affordable, quality training plus a terrific networking opportunity. So much so that we anticipate welcoming 500 or more attendees.” 

Mr. Leavell agreed stating “Our goal is to meet the RETA Mission Statement – ‘To enhance the professional development of industrial refrigeration operators and technicians’ and this Conference does just that. We are grateful for the foresight and generosity of our exhibitors and sponsors who have made it possible to offer such an expansive program at suan extraordinarily low cost.” 

This is the second Regional Conference in 2016; the first held April 14-15 in Arlington, TX. RETA HQ supports the Regional Conferences as they directly serve the RETA mission. “The Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Chapter put on a great Regional Conference, which I feel was one of the best educational programs that I have had the pleasure to participate in.” said Executive Director, James Barron, “Knowing that the Central Florida Ammonia Refrigeration Regional Conference is following a similar format, I’m really looking forward to being a part of it in Orlando this November!”

The $40 Regional Conference fee includes: 

  • 2 full days of educational programming – attendees may earn up to 14 PDH
  • Daily box lunch and breaks plus Thursday reception
  • Hands-on workshops and Manufacturer-specific workshops
  • 4-hour compressor tear-down workshops
  • Live release ammonia demonstration
  • 24,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall
  • Technical sessions
  • Attendee materials

For further details – please reference the following:

  • Online Registration
  • Full Program Information
  • Exhibit Booth Reservation
  • Sponsorship Opportunities

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About the Central Florida Chapter (CFC) of RETA (Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association): The CFC is comprised of more than 179 members of RETA. As one of 41 RETA Chapters throughout the US, the CFC is devoted to providing educational and networking opportunities to those in the industrial refrigeration industry in Central Florida. The CFC works with both the South Florida and North Florida Chapter to keep their members up-to-date on new developments in equipment and operating procedures, practical aspects of everyday engine room operations, troubleshooting and emergency situations. For more information, visit  

Media Contact: 

Ernest Leavell, Chairman of the Board 
Central Florida Chapter of RETA
Phone: 863-241-4482
Email address:  

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