For the fifth year in a row ABB has sponsored both the Male Rising Star Award and the Female Rising Star Award in the annual HVACR Leadership Awards which were launched earlier today.

It is clear that this award category is of particular importance to ABB.

HVAC segment manager, ABB Drives, Paul Burrows, said the category resonates strongly with the company's own focus on nurturing and recognizing the talents of young people.

He pointed to ABB’s Graduate Engineering Program (GEP) as well as its support for young indigenous Australians through the Australia Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) which helps secondary school students make the transition to further education or employment.

Speaking at the 2019 awards launch, Burrows said rising stars stand out as having a few common characteristics.

“Typically they are young people that go above and beyond, and have a genuine passion for what they do,” he said.

“Their peers usually view them as being exceptional. They could be at the forefront of developing new technologies or successfully running their own companies.

“Regardless of their pursuits, these aspiring young leaders are the future of our industry and ABB is proud to be supporting them.”

Burrows said the category also aligns with ABB's position in the market as a pioneering technology leader in a number of industries.

He said there have been plenty of pioneers that have been rewarded in this category over the years.

In 2018 the award went to Engie Services technician, Mitchell Beattie, and BUENO general manager, Lina Le.

“Congratulations to those who have been and will be nominated for the Rising Star Award category in 2019. We look forward to seeing everyone at the awards,” Burrows said.

There is no shortage of talent in the HVACR industry that is made abundantly clear every year when CCN announces the winners of both awards.

Nominations open tomorrow, May 1, 2019. To nominate go to

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