Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International announced the departure of long-time Executive Vice President Emily Saving at the end of the year, and the promotion of Nick Benton to vice president of operations.
Saving joined the HARDI team in 2010 as education service manager, quickly overhauling and revamping HARDI’s education and professional development programs and services. Saving steadily grew her role to vice president then executive vice president in 2018.
Saving played an integral role in the association’s considerable growth throughout her tenure and she leaves the organization as its chief architect of the current performance management program and innovative rewards and bonus model largely unheard of among similar associations. During her tenure, Saving also led the design of HARDI’s meetings and conferences content, which is consistently highly rated by member attendees and guests.
Nick Benton joined HARDI in 2014 as an education specialist, expanding HARDI’s training offerings and eventually growing into the leader of HARDI’s Talent Pillar. Most recently, Benton served as HARDI’s director of information systems. Benton’s rapid success in upgrading HARDI’s technology infrastructure in that role earned him this latest promotion to vice president of operations where he will oversee the execution of HARDI’s products and services and administration.