Five New Employees Join Mitsubishi Electric HVAC

Thursday, July 26, 2007

SUWANEE, Ga. - July 26, 2007 - Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Advanced Products Division, Suwanee, Ga., has added five new staff members to the training, service and marketing departments over the past few months. "The addition of qualified individuals to our growing staff illustrates our strength and leadership in the industry," says William Rau, senior vice president and general manager, Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Advanced Products Division. "Additionally, we feel the experience these new employees bring to each department is essential in providing our customers with the best possible resources and service, which is vital to maintaining our position as the industry leader in innovation."

Brent Constant joins the training department as service training manager. In this position, Constant is responsible for designing and developing service course content, managing service functions for all Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Advanced Products Division training centers and developing and documenting departmental processes and procedures. Constant has four years of experience in the HVAC industry, 13 years of experience in training and development and 11 years of experience in instructional design and course development. He holds a bachelor of science degree in electronics management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill.

Buford Sparks joins Mitsubishi as technical service manager. In his position, Sparks is responsible for CITY MULTI® and Mr. Slim® M- and P-Series training, along with overseeing the Atlanta Technical Service hotline and assisting with CITY MULTI system startups. Sparks' 28-year career in the HVAC industry includes positions as president and HVAC division supervisor of Sparks Services, Inc., Atlanta, Ga., and commercial HVAC service and sales manager for Martin Mechanical, Athens, Ga.

Joe Opie joins Mitsubishi as technical service advisor, handling technical assistance calls and supporting contractors on the phone. He has 33 years of experience working in various positions dealing with water treatment for boilers/towers, refrigeration, ice machines and residential and commercial air conditioning. Opie has received degrees from both Middle Georgia College, Cochran, Ga., and Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, Ga.

John Healy joins the service team as western area service manager, operating out of Mitsubishi's new regional office, Irvine, Calif. With 29 years of experience in the HVAC field, Healy has worked with numerous local contracting companies, holding positions as a technician, manager and president. Additionally, Healy has worked for national HVAC companies in Peachtree City, Ga. and Fort Smith, Ark. Healy holds a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., as well as numerous certifications from HVAC technical classes and schools.

Margie Chiaramonte joins the marketing department as marketing manager. In her new role, Chiaramonte oversees communication and relationship marketing programs, departmental operations and project planning, and is the lead for trade channel marketing, including market research. She also is responsible for Mitsubishi's communications and public relations programs, as well as trade shows, meetings and events. Previously, Chiaramonte served as the marketing manager for Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Imaging Products Division, Irvine, Calif. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in marketing from California State University, Dominguez Hills, Calif., and a master of business administration degree in business management from the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz.

About Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Advanced Products Division
For more than 27 years, Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Advanced Products Division, headquartered in Suwanee, Ga., has been a leading marketer of intelligent air-conditioning and heating technology, manufactured by its parent corporation, Mitsubishi Electric. The Division's market distribution includes North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

Mitsubishi Electric HVAC, an Official Sponsor of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour, continues to build brand loyalty, increase its market position and deliver exceptional customer service through the Mitsubishi Diamond Alliance program. This program is a strategic platform of training-based achievement programs designed to synergize the efforts of Mitsubishi Electric HVAC distributors, contractors and design engineering firms. For more information on the Mitsubishi Diamond Alliance, Mr. Slim® split-ductless cooling and heating systems, CITY MULTI® Variable Refrigerant Flow Zoning (VRFZ) technology, compressors, PlasmaPure room air purification systems, a full line of accessories for the Mr. Slim product line, including Line-Hide line-set covers and the Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Advanced Products Division, call 800/687-1966 or visit www.mehvac.com.

Accomplishments
A 2006 survey by ACH&R News listed Mitsubishi Electric as contractors' most preferred ductless manufacturer and the number one brand in price/value, availability, reliability and performance specifications. In 2004, Mr. Slim products received a Bronze Award in ACH&R News' Dealer Design Awards contest and CITY MULTI products received a Bronze Award in the HVAC product category in 2005 for Consulting Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year contest. In 2005, the CITY MULTI products were named as one of the top 100 smart products for buildings by Building Magazine.