I just got home from the 2012 HVACR & Mechanical Conference in Colorado Springs. The weather was great, the location was perfect, and the conference was really one of the best I have been to. What sets the HVACR & Mechanical Conference apart from all other conferences aimed at the HVACR educational community is the presence of the industry. Not only is the conference sponsored by a who’s who list of industry organizations, industry professionals are plentiful at this conference. National training or service reps for companies like Appion, Danfoss, Tecumseh, or Genteq are there, providing plenty of opportunities to learn beyond the scheduled sessions. I frequently found myself seated next to someone who knew a great deal more about a particular aspect of HVACR than I do. Although it can be argued in my case that it is not too difficult to find someone who is more knowledgeable than I am, I think most people attending the conference picked up valuable information during breaks or downtime from the industry professionals they were around. It was really pretty hard NOT to learn something. At breakfast on Wednesday I found myself sitting with a group of people who love what they do, have years of experience, and represent the best of our industry. I realized how much I enjoyed those informal sessions with people I truly admire. So my advice to anyone fortunate enough to attend next year’s 2012 HVACR & Mechanical Conference: find someone who knows something and share a drink, a few laughs, and pick their brains. Go ahead and save the date now: March 11–13 2013 in Colorado Springs at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.