President’s Message

We’re all back at work after a fun and successful annual conference in Orlando, and now it’s time to set some new goals and carry the momentum of our recent meeting into the rest of the year. The post-conference return to projects and deadlines also marks the beginning of the membership renewal process for the 2024-2025 IIAR Membership year, which runs now through June 2025.

I invite you to renew your IIAR membership and continue to receive into the next year all of the many new and expanded benefits provided for you and your co-workers. I am always in awe of the volume of work our organization turns out through the dedicated effort of our many volunteers and the IIAR staff – and we’ve made significant strides in the last year through the dedication and commitment of members like you.


IIAR has over 3,700 members from more than 50 countries around the world and members of IIAR include design engineers, end users, manufacturers, contractors, students, scientists, and trainers. Alliance organizations in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Australia continue to make international outreach a hallmark mission of the organization.

The new membership structure, introduced in 2022, continues to provide access to the e-Library, member directory, an eKIT of all IIAR standards (current and past revisions) via an eREADER service, and online webinars. IIAR is encouraging members to take advantage of the free IIAR Academy of Natural Refrigerants certificate course per member per year and the free IIAR Training Video Series per member per year.

Additional benefits, such as eligibility for listing in the Natural Refrigeration Directory, are exclusive to Group Membership vs. Individual Membership. Members receive a discount for purchasing published electronic and hard copies through the website, and new for 2024, the Condenser magazine has moved to a new online platform with additional search features on all published articles. For more information, please see the Member Benefits page.

Attendance at the annual conference is also one of the most important – and anticipated membership benefits and activities, and this year was no exception. New in 2024, the first Natural Refrigeration Foundation (NRF) Fun Day was held on Sunday, March 24, benefiting the Foundation’s research, education, and scholarship efforts. The pickleball, cornhole, and our annual golf tournament were followed by an awards ceremony, our VIP reception, and the newly announced Diversity in Natural Refrigeration reception. Reformatted programming allowed for a more relaxed committee meeting schedule, and our first-ever IIAR Student Day hosted post-secondary students in every phase of their academic journey to introduce them to a career in natural refrigeration.

My priority this year will be to make sure that these programs continue and to build on everything our industry has to offer, both internally, to our members, and externally, to any regulators, support personnel, industries that touch industrial refrigeration, and companies and organizations new to the use of natural refrigerants.

I hope you feel free to contribute with the new ideas and level of participation that has become the hallmark of this group. While it’s hard to turn our attention away from all the excitement of our most recent conference, it’s time to start thinking about how to use that renewed enthusiasm in the coming year to strengthen IIAR’s member presence and plan for our next event.

The 2025 IIAR Industrial Refrigeration Conference & Heavy Equipment Expo will be held March 2 –5 in Phoenix, Arizona. If you have a Technical Paper or a workshop that you would like to present in Arizona, please contact Eric Smith at IIAR headquarters to submit your abstract as soon as possible. Technical papers and session topics are the fabric of IIAR meetings and will be selected quickly to allow presenters plenty of time to prepare their presentations. As members, your ongoing work and participation make all of our activities possible. Thank you for continuing to enrich our industry with your support.