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People: May 2019 - Iconic Obit, New Hires, Promotions

May 1, 2019
Bradford White bade farewell to its former chair; METUS elevated a new CEO; Coolsys tapped two new leaders; More moves at Aquatherm, Ruskin...

Obituary: A. Robert Carnevale, Chairman, Bradford White Corp. 

Bradford White Corp. announced that its chairman, A. Robert “Bob” Carnevale, died in March. Carnevale began his Bradford White career in 1961, shortly after serving in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Bamberg, Germany. He started with the company as an inside order entry clerk while completing his education in a night school program at Penn State University. He rose through the ranks of the manufacturer by immersing himself in all aspects of the business. 


Eventually attaining the positions of executive vice president and then chief operating officer, Carnevale, along with a small group of his colleagues, saw the opportunity to buy a portion of Bradford White from its then parent company to set the foundation for his goal of creating an American-owned, wholesale-only water heater company with its manufacturing facilities located in the United States. His dream was ultimately realized in 1992.

Carnevale, or “Mr. C” as he was known by many in his Bradford White family, served as chairman, president and CEO of Bradford White Corp. from 1991 until his retirement in 2009. During this time, he spearheaded the diversification and growth of the company through the acquisitions of Niles Steel Tank, Bradford White Canada and Laars Heating Systems. He also oversaw the company’s expansion of its Middleville MI manufacturing facility. 

A private family service was held for Bob Carnevale and his family asks that in honor of his spirit of giving, friends please consider a blood donation to help others in need or donations to one of his favorite charities: The Wissahickon Valley Boys and Girls Club ( or Crossover Mission ( Those wishing to send their condolences may do so by sending them to The Carnevale Family, c/o Bradford White Corp., 725 Talamore Drive, Ambler, PA 19002. 

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US Names New CEO

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS) announced the promotion of Mark Kuntz to chief executive officer, effective April 1. He leads the development, promotion and execution of METUS’ business growth strategy and manages all departments.


He joined Mitsubishi Electric US Inc.’s Cooling and Heating Division in 2010 and previously held positions in sales, marketing, product development, engineering and administration. Prior to the joint venture formation, Kuntz held the position of senior vice president and deputy general manager of the Cooling and Heating Division. He was promoted to chief operating officer for METUS in August 2018 after the joint venture’s formation. 

Kuntz is a professional engineer licensed in California and a LEED accredited professional. He will continue to be based in Suwanee GA.

Aggarwal, Goldstein Elevated to New CoolSys Leadership Posts

CoolSys, the parent of refrigeration and HVAC companies nationwide, promoted Karan Aggarwal to vice president of corporate development from his former role as director of mergers and acquisitions — his position when he joined CoolSys in 2016. In his new position, Aggarwal will be responsible for directing all aspects of the company’s “buy and build” strategy. 


A certified public accountant, Aggarwal worked at the global accounting firm RSM US in its transaction advisory services division before joining CoolSys. He started his career at Grant Thornton in its audit services practices, where he worked for more than five years. 


In related news, CoolSys promoted Beth Goldstein to the role of chief human resources officer. Formerly serving as the company’s executive vice president of human resources, she is responsible for the strategic leadership of all aspects of human resources for the company.

Prior to joining CoolSys, Goldstein founded her own consulting practice and previously was the senior vice president of human resources for Smile Brands Inc. and the vice president of organizational development at Borders Books, Music and Café. 

Aquatherm Restructures Canadian Sales Organization

Aquatherm announced a restructuring of its Canadian sales organization, effective in March, to enable the company to more effectively serve the Canadian mechanical and plumbing markets. 

Matt Denny, a 20-year plumbing and HVAC veteran, will serve as regional sales manager for the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Prior to joining Aquatherm in 2014 as regional sales manager for the Midwest and Ohio Valley, he gained sales management experience with Famous Supply and ISCO Industries. He can be reached at 330-592-3609 or [email protected].


Larry Hope joined Aquatherm in 2017. He will continue serving as regional sales manager for the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, as well as the territories of Nunavut, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Hope has been a part of the plumbing and heating wholesale industry for nearly 20 years at the Red Deer, Alberta, branches of Crane Supply and the Westlund division of EMCO Corp. Hope can be reached at 403-318-9584 or [email protected]


• Denny and Hope will be assisted by Glen Miller, vice president and director of sales for both Canada and the United States since 2015. Miller has three decades of experience with plumbing and HVAC manufacturers and wholesale distribution with industry leaders such as Morrison Supply, Coburn Supply, Tyco Valves & Controls/Grinnell and NIBCO. He can be reached at 469-387-6132 or [email protected].


Ruskin Names Director of Louvers and Architectural Solutions

Air control solutions manufacturer Ruskin hired Jay Ramkumar as its director of louvers and architectural solutions. In his role, Ramkumar will oversee product development, application engineering and sales of Ruskin’s expanding louver production offering. He is LEED AP BD+C certified with the U.S. Green Building Council and will be based at Ruskin’s corporate headquarters in Grandview MO.


He has nearly 15 years of experience in the mechanical and construction industries serving in a variety of roles, including product manager, senior applications engineer, vertical marketing manager and MEP engineer involved in healthcare, education and other construction projects.

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