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June 9, 2014

ClimateMaster president wins Rittinger Award in Canada

OKLA. CITY — Daniel Ellis, president of Oklahoma City-based ClimateMaster, received the Rittinger Medal on May 14 at the 11th IEA Heat Pump Conference in Montreal, Canada.

The Ritter von Rittinger Medal is the highest international award in the air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration field. The award recognizes individuals or teams that have distinguished themselves in the advancement of heat pump technology, applications and market development activities with lasting international impact. It is granted every three years by the International Energy Agency Heat Pump Program.

The award is named after Peter Ritter von Rittinger, an engineer credited with the design and installation of the first practical heat pump system at a salt works in Upper Austria in 1856. This year, five individuals were presented this award by Dr. Sophie Hosatte, chairwoman of the IEA Heat Pump Program Executive Committee.

“It is my great pleasure to recognize these dignified gentlemen and honor them with the industry’s most prestigious prize,” said Hosatte during the ceremony. “Our award winners are undoubtedly five of the most influential individuals also in the history of the IEA Heat Pump Program.”

Ellis said he was extremely honored by the recognition.

“ClimateMaster’s relentless pursuit of technological and marketing innovation and our long- standing commitment to industry stewardship have no doubt made this award possible,” Ellis said.

Ellis joined ClimateMaster in 1995. Previously co-founder and president of WaterFurnace, he has been active in the geothermal heat pump field since 1978 and is widely recognized as one of the industry pioneers. His technical contributions include residential energy analysis and system design software, advanced technology heat pumps and innovations in the design of large commercial heat pump systems.

Ellis is also an ardent industry advocate, most notably leading the effort that resulted in the current U.S. federal tax incentives for geothermal heat pumps.

Ellis majored in physics at Purdue University. He is married, has two children and four grandchildren.

He resides with his wife Rose in Edmond.

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