Mike Eckstein, a facilities manager from the Kansas City, Mo. Area and regional director of the Greater Kansas City area RSES chapter, was elected as RSES international president, the society's top elected position.
entered the industry in 1988, after completing two years at what is now Vatterott Education Centers
said that coming from a rural part of Missouri means he
"did it all," including refrigeration, residential heating and cooling, and lots of electrical.
has also worked very closely with SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers, and industry members working together to develop a skilled workforce
has been a persistent participant in the annual conference and championships in Kansas City, Mo., for which he
has been involved for more than 15 years.
The organization's local, state, and regional vocational events, and national championship showcase skilled students as they prepare to embark on a variety of vocational careers.
He is again scheduled to serve as a judge at this year's SkillsUSA competition, and will head RSES' 2013 sponsorship of the recovery sector in the HVACR national championships.
said, as president, he
hopes to offer more of the society's expansive educational offerings electronically, and will push for additional site-specific seminars.