Sheet metal’s top Testing, Adjusting, Balancing honor goes to Davor Novosel

Davor Novosel, retired National Energy Management Institute Committee (NEMIC) chief technology officer, was recently inducted into the Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau (TABB) Hall of Fame during the 2019 International Certification Board (ICB)/TABB Conference in Seattle.

Although Novosel was absent, due to a previously arranged family vacation, colleagues spoke fondly of their friend who, over the last decade in his position, simply made the sheet metal industry a better place.

“Davor brought a keen intellect, an engineering eye, and his signature work ethic to his position,” said Matt Cole, of Wing’s Testing and Balancing Co., Inc. “He leveraged his vast knowledge of industry standards and his ability to — not just learn things — but understand new material, and he kept a strict discipline to separate his opinion from facts when we standardized so many of our certifications on the technical committee.”

Novosel brought a different perspective on the industry because of his engineering and building sciences background. Coming from the development and design side, Novosel took his knowledge and applied it to his position at NEMIC.

“The sense here is I knew the other side of the fence, and I learned the TAB (Testing and Balancing) approach,” Novosel said. “So, I jumped the fence from the engineering side to the TAB side. I think I got a good perspective of what needed to be done.”

As a member of the technical committee, Novosel brought innovation and his ability as a quick study to the betterment of the group, Cole said.

“Davor believed in using as reference published standards to elevate our certifications and bring credibility to every stamp we issue and stand behind,” Cole said. “As the liaison from the technical committee to NEMI (the National Energy Management Institute) and NEMIC, he shepherded our group to learn on our feet. He inspired us to do our best work. And most of all, he stood up as a friend personally and for our industry.”

Novosel learned of his induction in April from Duane Smith, ICB/TABB director of certification, about four months after he retired at the end of 2018.

Novosel was physically presented with his award about a month after the conference at Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 in St. Louis.

Being added with the other names on the TABB Hall of Fame plaque is “humbling,” he said.

Novosel joins previous TABB Hall of Fame inductees Pat Pico, Bill Carr, Roy Ringwood, Dennis Kapowitz, James Rosier, Donald Viningre, Phil Gilespie, Gene Kennedy, Mary Coffey, Vincent Del Vacchio, Richard Wing, Erik Emblem, Tim Perry, Thomas Wilton, Jack Webster and John Christie, dating back to 2003.

NEMIC, a not-for-profit organization, is jointly funded by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) and SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal Air, Rail and Transportation Workers. NEMIC identifies opportunities, seeking to create or expand employment for SMART members and programs that assist SMACNA contractors.

ICB/TABB is the first program to gain American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation for certification in the TAB industry. Certification is a statement that the technician, supervisor and contractor demonstrate the highest level of professional expertise.

For more information on emerging market opportunities in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry, visit www.TABBCertified.org or call 800-458-6525.

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