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Introducing the MACS Pioneer Video Series

By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor (04-OCT-2019)

The Mobile Air Conditioning Industry Pioneer Award was originally established by IMACA (the International Mobile Air Conditioning Association) in 1988. In 2003, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (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.


Now MACS is taking the prestigious award one step further, by sitting down with some of our industry’s most respected Pioneers to hear more about their stories first hand. Join me, Steve Schaeber, manager of service training and technical editor of ACtion Magazine, as I learn where the Pioneers grew up, where they went to school, and how they got started in this fascinating, wide-reaching business. We’ll talk about everything from the most obscure parts and theories of operation to the origins of well-known components that you might not have thought about before. I’ll ask some about their patents and inventions and ask everyone for their insight as to what the future of air conditioning may hold.

All of the MACS Pioneer Videos can be found on our YouTube channel or on our website Here’s a link to a playlist for all of our Pioneer Videos:

Thank You! To All of the Pioneer Participants!

Pioneer Award Nominations

Nominations for the Pioneer Award can be submitted to Elvis Hoffpauir, MACS president and COO by phone at (215) 631-7020 or emailed to All nominations are voted on and are at the sole discretion of the MACS Board of Directors.

Want to participate?

If you are a Pioneer Award recipient and would like to participate in the MACS Pioneer Video Series, please let us know! Interviews generally take about an hour and can be conducted at the annual MACS Training Event and Trade Show or at another MACS event.


For more information about MACS Worldwide, the annual MACS Training Event and Trade Show, and MACS Section 609 Certification program for mobile A/C service technicians, please contact MACS Worldwide at our website Thanks!

Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for total vehicle climate and thermal management. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 1 million service technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for Section 609 certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused–as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues.

It is a mission we have been fulfilling for our growing global membership and the industry in the following ways:
– Providing accurate, unbiased technical training, and compliance programs for the mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry.
– Providing a forum for exchange of trade information on a regional, national and international basis.
– Facilitating business between all segments of the industry.
– Providing tangible value for members, such as product marketing, promotion and money-saving affinity programs.
– Disseminating legislative, regulatory and trade information (including data, current developments and training materials).
– Providing information on legislative and regulatory initiatives that affect the industry and advocate for the industry to legislative bodies.

Become a member of MACS today!

MACS represents a growing global membership, and is affiliated with MACS Partners (EU) and Vehicle Air Conditioning Specialists of Australia (VASA).

© 2019 Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide
Headquarters: Lansdale, PA
Phone: (215) 631-7020

In a new video series from the Mobile Air Conditioning Society, Steve Schaeber sits down with recipients of “MACS Industry Pioneer Award”​ to hear their stories first hand. Learn where the Pioneers grew up, where they went to school, and how they got started in this fast-paced, technology-filled business. These are From the most obscure A/C parts and theories of operation to the origins of the most well-known (but least thought of) components, we’ll learn first hand from the inventors and patent holders, technicians and shop owners, manufacturing engineers and Standards writers, and maybe even gain some insight as to what the future may hold for the mobile A/C business. Thanks for joining us!

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