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NATE Names First Winner in “Showcase Your NATE” Sweepstakes

June 14, 2011
BNB Mechanical Awarded $1,000 for Promoting Certified Technicians

ARLINGTON, VA. – North American Technician Excellence (NATE), has selected the first winner in the “Showcase Your NATE” Sweepstakes, which rewards contractors for promoting their NATE-certified technicians. Bob Johnston, owner of BNB Mechanical in Rancho Cucamonga, California, submitted the winning entry, earning his company $1,000 in local advertising and/or NATE promotional materials.

After the sweepstakes kicked off in March, Johnston submitted an example of a newspaper advertisement featuring the new NATE logo. Johnston’s entry was randomly selected from the numerous submissions received from contractors throughout the country, including brochures, vehicle signage, videos, business cards, links to company websites and other examples of how each company highlights their NATE-certified technicians.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be named a winner in the ‘Showcase Your NATE’ Sweepstakes,” stated Johnston. “It’s truly an honor to be a part of such a great organization, and we are committed to maintaining certification and promoting it to help grow our business.”

Three additional winners will be selected throughout the remainder of the year. To enter, contractors are invited to submit descriptions and pictures of the various ways that they use NATE to build consumer confidence and attract new customers. With each submission, the contractor is entered into a regular drawing for a chance to win the $1,000 prize, which can be used towards local advertising and/or NATE promotional materials. Many entries will also be featured online, offering the contractor additional exposure and recognition for their commitment to quality work.
The “Showcase Your NATE” entries can be submitted via email to [email protected] or by mailing them to “Showcase Your NATE” Sweepstakes, 2111 Wilson Blvd #510, Arlington, VA 22201. Many entries will be featured on NATE’s Facebook page ( and in other communication materials.

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)
Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. NATE tests technicians while others train. Testing validates the technician’s knowledge and a training program’s instruction. NATE-approved testing organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada offer NATE tests. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in nine specialty areas: air-conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronic gas, hydronic oil, and commercial, light commercial refrigeration and senior efficiency analyst. NATE also offers the International Ground Source Heat Pump test. For more information about NATE, visit

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