The Mobile Air Conditioning Industry Pioneer Award was originally established by the International Mobile Air Conditioning Association (IMACA) in 1988. In 2003, MACS Worldwide assumed the role of continuing the tradition of recognizing individuals who have made outstanding career contributions to the mobile A/C and heat transfer industry.
On Friday, February 8, 2013 the Mobile Air Conditioning Industry Pioneer Award was presented to five individuals at the MACS Worldwide Delphi Keynote Luncheon during the MACS 33rd Annual Training Event and Trade Show. Today’s we profile Larry Skaro.
Larry Skaro was born in Langdon, North Dakota and when he was ten years old he moved to Seattle, Washington with his family. His teen years were active with sports and activities and after graduating from Chief Stealth High School in 1968, he joined Red Dot. Larry spent a year and a half at Red Dot, left and came back and has remained at Red Dot ever since.
Larry started at Red Dot working in the shop in1971 and in those early years, Larry helped the company rebuild after a major fire destroyed the facility in 1974. . He worked in almost all of the production areas gaining valuable experience for eventually taking over his role in purchasing which started in July 1978.
Larry remembers the pre-data base days when they used cards to track freight and purchases. Larry purchased all the commodities for Red Dot over the years and in 2005 joined Red Dot’s aftermarket team. Larry has earned the respect of his many industry colleagues who relate, “Purchasing virtually all of the various commodities in the mobile A/C industry for the past 35 years, Larry Skaro has a market knowledge of the HVAC supply base that is unparalleled.”
Larry is a team player and has a lifelong admiration of his colleagues at Red Dot, especially to the vision of founder Harcourt (Harky) Running and his family.
Larry will retire from Red Dot in April 2013, his advice to the mobile A/C community is, “treat each other as respectfully as possible. The industry is getting smaller every year. We all know each other and need to work as a team to resolve the demands of the future. You are judged on not only what you say but what you convey. A good hand shake is worth everything. All of you together will make this industry stronger than it has ever been in the future.”
Red Dot has been a member of MACS since 1992.
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The 34th annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Be the Best of the Best will take place January 16-18 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans.