The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) (Arlington, VA) recognized 11 industry leaders with special awards at its recent annual meeting. Honored with the 2000 Richard C. Schulze Distinguished Service Award were Irv Derks, Peter W. Likes. Joseph F. Loprete, Matthew J. McKenna, Robert E.G. Ractliffe, and Thomas E. Watson. Kenneth Hickman received the ARI Lifetime Achievement Award, and Jeffrey Forker received ARI’s Meritorious Service Award. Receiving Special Recognition Awards were Mitchell Cropp, Jeff Forker, John Garvelink, Robert E.G. Ractliffe, and Joseph Zeiner for their support of the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) program.