Written on: February 17, 2022 by ICM
Bob Barbour, VP, Sales Operations North America at Taco Comfort Solutions, has earned the company’s 2022 Dan Holohan Lifetime Contribution to Comfort Award. It was presented by Taco’s John White III during the AHR Expo.
Barbour began his career at Taco as a Material Inspector in 1978 before finishing his civil engineering degree at the University of Rhode Island. He has held 11 positions at Taco over 44 years, including in Engineering Management for fabricated products, VP of New Business Development and Regional Sales Manager. Barbour believes his greatest contribution to Taco has been the launch of TacoNet, a software to help contractors size and select HVAC components.
Barbour has been a member of ASHRAE for more than 30 years and has been involved at the national level with various technical committees. He also served the DOE Conservation Committee while the group, and in collaboration with the Hydraulic Institute, determined energy standards for pumps in the U.S.
Barbour also became an expert on air elimination in hydronic systems. His presentations to trade professionals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Middle East typically drew large crowds, the company said.
“If you look at the whole Taco family, they’re all trying to pull on the rope together in order to serve our customers and grow the overall business,” said Barbour, after receiving the award. “Because we’re a family, we put that extra effort forward to help the industry.”
The Dan Holohan Lifetime Contribution to Comfort Award is given annually to an HVAC professional or company that has made a substantial contribution to comfort technology, advancement or training while displaying the exceptional good humor and love of people exhibited by Dan Holohan throughout his long career. Past award winners include Dan Holohan, Robert Bean, Bruce Marshall, Dan Foley and John Barba.