Stephen R. Yurek has been Chief Executive Officer and President at The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) since January 1, 2010 and 2007 respectively.
Mr. Yurek joined AHRI in 2002 as Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs and General Counsel and was promoted in 2006 to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer.
He came to AHRI from the education community, having served as Vice President of Business Development and Public Affairs for CompassLearning, Inc. and prior to that, as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer at the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Mr. Yurek also has been Director-at-large at American National Standards Institute since January 1, 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry and a Juris Doctor.
Andrea Voigt was appointed Director General of EPEE, the voice of the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe, in 2009. Headquartered in Brussels, EPEE currently represents 48 companies as well as national and international associations from Europe, Asia and North America.
Under Voigt’s leadership, EPEE has become one of the leading associations of the HVACR sector on a global level. EPEE is a member/supporter of major European and international initiatives such as the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), ICARHMA (International Council of Air-conditioning, Refrigeration, Heating Manufacturers Associations) and the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR). It is also partnering with UN Environment on several projects.
Voigt’s experience in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry spans over two decades. She is a member of ASHRAE, the German engineers’ society DKV and a Board member of the EU Coalition for Energy Savings, a leading cross-sectoral association advocating for a stronger focus on energy efficiency in the EU. A German national, she is fluent in English and French, holding degrees in public administration (MPA), applied linguistic science (MA) and marketing.
Stuart Kirkwood has been working in the HVAC industry for 35 years, including nine years in Asia. Stuart currently holds the position of Business Leader, Australia & New Zealand Region, for Ingersoll Rand.
Responsible for both Trane and Thermo King brands, Stuart is a degree qualified engineer, and a LEED Accredited Professional (AP).
He is also a long-standing member of the AREMA executive and represents AREMA on several Australian Standards Committees.