ARBS Hall of Fame 2016

Nominees are inducted into the ARBS Hall of Fame by the ARBS member industry associations. Inductees have significantly contributed to the development of the HVAC&R and building services industry in recognition of outstanding service, contribution and commitment above and beyond the call of duty.  The individuals have worked tirelessly, and in most cases voluntarily to further the industry and its endeavours with demonstrable achievements that have greatly benefited the industry.

Neil Marshall – nominated by AMCA

Neil-Nov03Neil Marshall has had a long and distinguished career in the air conditioning and mechanical services industry. Not only has Neil operated a successful contracting and service business, Ellis Air Conditioning, for over 30 years but he has also made a significant contribution to the policy and direction of the industry through his extensive involvement in industry associations and other advisory bodies.

Neil has been involved in all aspects of the industry. He has represented the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association in Victoria, nationally and internationally and has a long record of service to the industry. Neil served continuously on the AMCA Victorian Executive from 1978 to 2011; was State President in 1983 -1984 and National President in 1987-1989.

Neil was made a life member of AMCA Victoria in 2004, in recognition of his exemplary contribution. Neil also held the position of Chairman, Construction Industry Engineering Services Group, 1986-1992; and Chairman of the Australian Construction Industry Forum from 2005 to 2009. He represented the air conditioning industry on the Building Industry Specialist Contractors Organisation Australia (BISCOA) and the Construction Industry Engineering Services Group (CIESG). Neil held the position of chairman for both organisations. He is also a Life member of American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc (ASHRAE).

244A6638_Neil-HOF_webNeil Marshall’s service to the industry has extended beyond Australia. He served as Victorian Chapter Chair and Australian Chapter Chair of the USA based National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) and then going on to become an executive member of the International board and be the first non-American to serve as its Chairman between 2010 – 2012.

NEBB is the leading source of industry information providing industry standards, publications, text books, study courses and newsletters. As outgoing NEBB President in 2010, Bill Neudorfer, remarked that, “In Neil Marshall, NEBB has elected a President who not only is an international expert on the HVAC industry, but also possesses impeccable personal integrity and the deepest passion for continuous improvements to standards.”

Dr Stephen White – nominated by AIRAH

Dr-Stephen-White_webDr White has over 20 years research experience in energy end use efficiency and electricity industry demand side management.  He is a world authority on solar airconditioning.  He also has extensive experience in the application of research to both government energy efficiency policy instruments and technology commercialization.  He has played a leadership role in the start-up of a number of companies, and the design of award winning airconditioning systems.  He serves on a range of national and international expert advisory committees.

Notable roles and achievements include:

244A6638_Stephen-HOF_webFellow, Australian Institute of Refrigeration Airconditioning and Heating :: AIRAH Research Excellence Award (2014) :: AIRAH Dennis Joseph Award (2012) :: AIRAH President’s Citation for contributions to the refrigeration and air conditioning industry (2009) :: Chairman of the AIRAH Solar Heating and Cooling Special Technical Group :: Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Award Newcastle Division (2013) :: NSW Green Globe Energy Efficiency Award (2013) for energy innovation :: Chairman of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) Sustainable Housing Task Group ::  Chairman of Australian National Committee of the International Institute of Refrigeration 2006-2011 :: Advisory Board member for the International Journal of Refrigeration :: Advisory Board member United Kingdom “Interdisciplinary Centre for Storage,Transformation and Upgrading of Thermal Energy” (i-STUTE) :: Leader of International Energy Agency Task48 SubTask C “Quality Assurance and Support Measures for Solar Cooling”:: Development of the world’s first Solar Heating and Cooling technical standard (AS5389) for calculating standardized energy savings from low energy air conditioning products :: Member of the Expert Advisory Panel, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) :: Member of NSW Climate Change Fund Ministerial Advisory Committee (2007-2009) :: Member of the Expert Reference Group for the “National Building Energy Standard Setting, Assessment and Rating Framework”, 2010 :: Program Leader, Low Carbon Living Cooperative Research Centre

Garry Mundy – nominated by AREMA

Garry-Mundy_-ActronAir1_webA 38-year veteran of the Australian HVAC&R industry, Garry Mundy initially worked as a contractor before founding ActronAir in Sydney’s north west in 1984. Since then ActronAir has grown to become Australia’s largest locally owned air conditioning manufacturer, with representation throughout Australia and over 200 employees.

A quiet and humble man, throughout his career Garry has consistently conducted himself with a high degree of professionalism while always adhering to the highest personal standards. It is his drive and commitment that led to a number of ActronAir’s industry recognised and awarded innovations, including coil design, system design, advanced air flow technology, energy smart zoning, sound reduction, temperature control and the unique louvre grill found on ActronAir’s outdoor units.

Garry has always supported the industry, including:

244A6638_Garry-HOF_web::Supporting TAFE by supplying controls and air conditioning systems for the training of their students, and the sponsorship of an Apprenticeship Award

::Supporting Western Sydney University and their students, receiving the Industry Partner Award in 2007 and 2011 in recognition of their efforts

::Providing ongoing apprenticeships, over the past 32 years accounting for well over 50 qualified participants in the HVAC&R Industry

::Supporting large numbers of staff by paying for memberships and allowing time off to attend events from a number of key industry associations including AIRAH & AREMA

::Supporting staff in their participation as committee members in the development of a number of Australian Standards

Arbs News & Updates


24 May 16 ARBS 2016, Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition, last night announced the ARBS Industry Awards winners for 2016 at a gala dinner hosted by actor and funny-man Shane Jacobson, held at Crown Palladium in Melbourne. The awards, now firmly entrenched as the pinnacle of achievement in the HVAC&R and building services industry attracted nominees from across all sectors. A panel of industry experts evaluated the nominations based on various criteria such as leadership, sustainability, performance and innovation. The award winners are: The ARBS Young Achiever Award 2016: Leon Wurfel, BUENO The ARBS Product/Service Excellence Award 2016: Braemar 7 Star equivalent ducted gas heater – Seeley International The ARBS Project Excellence Award 2016: Westpac St. George HQ Refurbishment – Norman Disney Young & Westpac Corporation The Outstanding Industry Education/Training Award 2016: Diploma of Engineering Technology in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning – TAFE NSW Sydney Institute (Sydney TAFE) The ARBS Hall of Fame 2016 (all nominations receive the award): Neil Marshall – nominated by AMCA Garry Mundy – nominated by AREMA Dr Stephen White – nominated by AIRAH


24 May 16 ARBS 2016, Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition, has broken all previous records for attendance and recorded a new high of 323 exhibitors, up from 274 in 2014. Visits were up on the 2014 show with Tuesday 17 May seeing 3020 visits, Wednesday 18 May seeing 3677 visits and Thursday 2143 visits. A total overall increase of 13.6 percent from 2014. Running alongside the exhibition was the highly anticipated seminar program which saw a range of highly anticipated panels and guest speakers deliver information relevant to the industry. Attendance at the seminars was impressive with some at full capacity. The ARBS 2016 Industry Awards, which honoured those who are achieving greatness in our industry, was held at the Crown Palladium on Wednesday 18 May. The evening was hosted by Australian actor Shane Jacobson and was very well received seeing a high demand for tickets to this gala event. ‘The 2016 exhibition has once again raised the performance bar and we look forward to returning to Sydney in 2018 for our first exhibition in the newly redeveloped centre. We are confident 2018 will build on the very solid foundations from this 2016 and previous exhibitions’, says ARBS Chairman Ian Hopkins.