Accelerate America names 25 natref 'Movers & Shakers'

Accelerate America magazine recognizes manufacturers, end users and a utility executive who are making a difference to natural refrigerant adoption.

In its November-December issue, published online last week, Accelerate America names 25 people who have played a critical role in advancing the adoption of natural refrigerant-based systems in North America.

The list is divided into the following categories: original equipment manufacturers, component manufacturers, end users (food retail, industrial and foodservice) and one utility. The individuals on the list are not ranked.

Among the criteria for selection: attendance and participation at industry events, conferences and trade shows; participation on industry committees; focus on natural refrigerants, as opposed to other refrigerant options; one person per organization.

The complete article, including profiles of each individual on the list, can be found at

Original Equipment Manufacturers

  • Jeffrey Gingras, President, Systèmes LMP
  • Marc-André Lesmerises, CEO and Co-Founder, Carnot Refrigeration
  • Scott Martin, Director of Sustainable Technologies, Refrigeration Systems Division, Hillphoenix
  • Howell Feig, Sales Director for Strategic Accounts, AHT Cooling Systems USA
  • Steve Trulaske, owner, True Manufacturing
  • Kurt Liebendorfer, Vice-President, Evapco
  • John Scherer, Chief Technology Officer, NXTCOLD
  • Masood Ali, Global Leader of Center of Excellence for Alternative Systems, Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration

Component Manufacturers

  • Bruce Nelson, President, Colmac Coil Manufacturing
  • Joe Sanchez, Application Engineering Manager, Bitzer US
  • Marek Zgliczynski, Manager of Commercial Refrigeration Product Engineering, Embraco
  • James Knudsen, North American Segment Leader for Food Retail, Danfoss
  • André Patenaude, Director - CO2 Business Development, Emerson Climate Technologies

End Users: Food Retail

  • Paul Anderson, Director of Engineering, Target
  • Kevin Christopherson, Energy Program Manager, Roundy’s
  • Tristam Coffin, Director of Sustainability & Facilities, Whole Foods Market’s Northern California division
  • Harrison Horning, Director of Energy & Facility Services, Hannaford Supermarkets
  • Yves Hugron, Director of Buildings, Systems and the Environment, Sobeys Quebec
  • Keith Milligan, CIO, JTM Corp. (Piggly Wiggly)

End Users: Industrial

  • Bing Cheng, Principal Utilities Engineer, Campbell Soup
  • Michael Lynch, Vice-President - Engineering, United States Cold Storage
  • David Bornemeier, President and CFO, Western Gateway Storage

End Users: Foodservice

  • Richard Reeves, Director of Fleet/Purchasing/Safety & Compliance, Red Bull North America
  • Antoine Azar, Global Program Director, The Coca-Cola Company


  • Paul Delaney, Senior Engineer, Southern California Edison

By Michael Garry

Dec 05, 2016, 11:04

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