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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - September 20, 2012 - Control Trends, a leading online source for HVAC and Industrial Controls professionals to learn and share information about the rapidly changing world of commercial and industrial controls, announced today the inaugural CTA Awards. The CTA awards, a first of their kind, have been established to recognize leading companies, products, technology and persons in the Building Automation and HVAC Controls industry by their industry peers.

The CTA Academy, consisting of over 100 professionals from the industry, will nominate companies, products and individuals in twelve categories; once all the nominations have been tallied, a top group in each of the twelve categories will be announced as category finalists. Once announced, members of the CTA Academy along with the industry at large will be invited to vote for the ones they believe earn the CTA Award recognition for 2012.

The twelve CTA Award categories are:

Company Awards

2012 Building Automation Product of the Year
2012 Commercial HVAC Product of the Year
2012 Best Building Automation Graphic Tool of the Year
2012 Best Combustion product of the Year
2012 Best New HVAC Product
2012 Building Automation Controls Vendor of the Year
2012 Commercial HVAC Controls Vendor of the Year
2012 Best Variable Frequency Drive
2012 Best Technical Support

Reliable Controls Individual Awards

2012 Most Valuable Support Person of the Year
2012 Best HVAC Controls Executive of the Year
2012 PID (Professionalism, Integrity, Dedication) Control Person of the Year

The award winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Dallas, Texas, in January.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the overwhelming support and participation, we have received thus far”, said Eric Stromquist (Stromquist & Company), Chairman, CTA Academy Steering Committee. “ We believe the CTA Awards Program will contribute a much desired dimension to our industry and will make an unprecedented and positive impact on the HVAC, Controls, and Building Automation Industry”. Since “Since its inception, the 2012 CTA Awards has received global attention with the nominating committee consisting of over 100 industry professionals from around the world”, said Ken Smyers ( Edward C. Smyers Co.), CTA Academy Steering Committee Member.

The CTA Awards are looking for additional sponsors to be part of this program.  For information contact Eric Stromquist at or Ken Smyers at

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