Paul Zito, Sr. Owner and CEO of Bacharach, Inc. accepted the NTHS Silver Star of Excellence Award on behalf of his company for their commitment to postsecondary technical education. The award was presented at the American Technical Education Association‘s 41st National Conference, April 14-17, 2004 in Nashville, TN. Betty Krump, ATEA Executive Director and Allen Powell, NTHS Founder/Executive Director presented the award to Mr. Zito.
Zito, born in Rhode Island, earned a BS in Business Administration from Bryant College. He was hired in 1964 as the financial control analyst for United Technologies Corporation and worked with UTC in various positions until October 1983 when he went to Bacharach, Inc. as the Vice President and General Manager. He purchased Bacharach, Inc. from United Technologies in January 1986.
Bacharach Inc., celebrating its 95th year, has earned the reputation as one of the leading manufacturers of instrumentation for the protection of health, property and the environment. Bacharach serves the HVAC/R, Automotive, Utilities, Industrial Safety and Environmental Monitoring industries.
Technical schools, fuel companies, training centers and generations of combustion technicians and combustion scientists, learned from the knowledge of Bacharach engineers and service representatives. Training and gathered field service applications resulted in Bacharach leading the way with research and shared technical assistance.
In 1995, Bacharach boldly began a formal Training Department, focusing instruction on carbon monoxide safety. The majority of manufacturer training on this topic and combustion testing was and still is a product sales and instrument feature demonstration. Within 3 years, over 5,000 people from over 40 states and 5 Canadian Provinces attended these experience-laden seminars. Professional associations, state and local regulatory entities and others approved this program for educational requirements for affiliation or licensing.
Bacharach has a train-the-trainer program strictly for technical and community college faculty, which allows them to be certified as an instructor in the carbon monoxide safety combustion program. The program will be offered to police officers, fire departments, EMTs, first responders, etc. and also to HVAC technicians, plumbers, building inspectors, home inspectors and utilities. Technical and community college faculty can teach and certify these people, thereby, producing additional revenue for an already depleted educational economy.
In 1999, the Bacharach Training Room web site, www.bacharach-training.com became a valuable resource for educators, technicians, inspectors and many others seeking immediate information on carbon monoxide, combustion analysis and care, maintenance and use of electronic test instrumentation. An average month results in over 100,000 visits to the “Training Room.”
In 2004, Bacharach instructors, in cooperative agreement with ESCO Press, a division of the Educational Standards Corporation, published Carbon Monoxide, A Clear and Present Danger. This publication contains practical information immediately useful to educators, technicians and a host of service providers where carbon monoxide awareness, combustion analysis and building pressure diagnosis is vital to the success of their efforts. Additionally, Bacharach has teamed up with HVAC Excellence to develop a National Carbon Monoxide Certification Exam.
Because of Bacharach’s expertise in creating the curriculum and text for carbon monoxide, it can be integrated into state or local curriculums to keep educators and students abreast of changing technologies. They provide input for advisory committees for HVAC/R programs throughout the nation. Bacharach has also been involved in equipment donations to technical schools for the last 20 years.
The Bacharach mission is to provide to the HVAC/R industry the broadest range of productive solutions to aid them in achieving their goals.
NTHS welcomes Mr. Zito and Bacharach, Inc. into the NTHS Hall of Fame for Educational Excellence as a shining example of how business and industry are supporting excellence in career and technical education in America.