The EGIA Foundation is Introduced to an EPIC Crowd

Weldon Long, EGIA Foundation Trustee and New York Times bestselling author, introduced the EGIA Foundation to an enthusiastic crowd of industry leaders and businesses at the EPIC2018 Conference. Speaking to a crowd of over 450, Weldon posed the question, how concerned are you at the lack of qualified labor within the industry? To which 68% responded they are "Extremely Concerned."

"The EGIA Foundation is taking the lead in addressing one of the most serious threats to the industry: the labor storage," said Long. "Focused on promoting HVAC as a first-choice career through a unique coalition of industry stakeholders, this organization is devoted to building the workforce through initiatives including public outreach, mentorship programs, scholarships and employment opportunities. Through this work, the EGIA Foundation is ensuring the industry can meet labor demands well into the future."


Weldon Long Walks the Walk…

Weldon Long walks the walk…. At EPIC2018, Weldon donated his time and his new book, Consistency Selling, to raise almost $10,000 worth of much needed funding for the EGIA Foundation. Those who donated at EPIC2018, received a copy of Consistency Selling personally signed by Long and the EGIA Foundation Industry Study, Bridging the HVAC Employment Gap.

A Message from the Chairman

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the EGIA Foundation. The EGIA Foundation is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is dedicated to promoting the home services trades and residential HVAC as a first-choice career option.

Everyone in the home services industry knows about the employment shortage being faced. The EGIA Foundation’s first endeavor was to take a closer look into the awareness and perceptions plaguing the industry by commissioning a comprehensive study performed and analyzed by Decision Analyst. Bridging the HVAC Employment Gap takes up the subjects of awareness and familiarity of high school students and their parents about HVAC as an industry and as a career. This publication reports on the learning achieved from a broad-sweeping research study of contractors, educators, manufacturers, and distributors in addition to high school students and parents.



Bridging the HVAC Employment Gap Now Available Online

We are pleased to announce the public release of the EGIA Foundation’s first study. Our goal was to better understand the perceptions, misconceptions, and other issues that are contributing to the current HVAC labor shortage.

Roughly one student out of ten has plans to attend a technical or vocational school

3% of students consider themselves to be extremely or very knowledgeable of HVAC work

Students believe HVAC is a not a career/job that would make a parent proud of them

This shortage of interested and qualified workers is growing at an exponential rate. Decades-long shifts in economics, culture, and lifestyle have led the trades to this precipice. But, solutions to lessen the gap do exist.

For a deeper exploration into the thoughts of high school students and their parents, read the study at the link below.



Meet Zac Slocum, a 2018-2019 EGIA Foundation Scholarship Winner

Texas native Zachary Slocum grew up in an HVAC family and knew a 4-year college path wasn’t for him. He plans to graduate from Texas State Technical College, in Waco, TX with an Associate of Applied Science in HVAC Technology. Zachary was faced with the challenge of affording his final year at school. By being selected as an EGIA Foundation Scholarship winner, he will not have to take out loans in order to finish his education.



20 Scholarships for $2,500 to be Awarded to Promising HVAC Students in 2019

The EGIA Foundation Scholarship Program was established to recognize the excellent and deserving students pursuing an HVAC technical education. This scholarship provides essential financial support to aspiring residential HVAC or home performance contracting careers.

Up to 20 eligible students will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship to pursue an HVAC degree or certificate at an accredited community college, technical/vocational school, or approved technical institute during the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants will be asked to explain what inspired them to choose an HVAC technical education and their plans upon graduating.

Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2019. Check the website for details as they become available.



The EGIA Foundation appreciates those actively supporting our work of generating tomorrow’s workforce today. A special thank you to EnerBankUSA, a charter donor of the Foundation. Through their support, and the support of other like minded and industry leading organizations, the EGIA Foundation was able to get off to a quick start and produce an insightful industry-wide study and offer substantial scholarships in the first year of our existence.

Thank you ECR International for your generous support to the EGIA Foundation Scholarship Fund.


And, much gratitude to Randy Kelly of On Time Experts in Dallas, TX for your considerable gift at this year’s EPIC Conference.


Invest in Tomorrow’s HVAC Workforce Today

The EGIA Foundation endeavors to ensure the future growth and quality of HVAC tradespeople entering the workforce. Help us inspire students to pursue residential home service career paths and provide resources, motivation, and financial support to attain their goals.

An investment in the EGIA Foundation is an investment in the future: your company’s and your industry’s.