Innotech jumped on the opportunity to sponsor the HVACR Leader of the Year Award describing it as an opportunity to support an industry that has "supported us for the last 34 years."

The company's product manager, Thomas McIlhatton, said Innotech began life as a humble controls company but has grown substantially in the past few decades.

"We achieved this by thinking outside of the box, taking risks and even being a technological leader at times," he said.

"We want to provide incentives to help others achieve their goals in this industry.

"The winner of this category will be a driving force for the HVACR industry providing leadership and inspiration which helps to create leaders of the future."

The high quality of award recipients has really set this category apart. In its very first year the HVACR Leader of the Year was Seeley International founder, Frank Seeley, a true Aussie pioneer.

Last year's winner was recognised for his dedication and many years of service to industry, Teco Australia's Kenneth Ball. His career spans more than half a century.

In 2016, the award went to Coles Supermarket national engineering refrigeration manager, Stuart Saville.

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