ALEXANDRIA, VA - MARCH 9, 2016 — The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR), a trade association based in Alexandria, Virginia, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lois Stirewalt O’Connor as Executive Director of the Association’s non-profit research and education arm, the Ammonia Refrigeration Foundation. O’Connor comes to the Foundation with a substantial background in advancement and development in the nonprofit sector. Previously, she served as Senior Director of Advancement and Programs and Outreach for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization
authorized by the U.S. Congress to build a national memorial (The Wall) dedicated to all who served with the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War. Prior to that, O’Connor was Director of Advancement for the Air Force Association, building philanthropic partnerships with aerospace companies and other organizations that culminated in the establishment of the Air Force Memorial, adjacent to the Pentagon. Earlier in her career, she also held roles in university advancement and development at American University and at George Washington University.

“We are very excited by the addition of Lois O’Connor to our organization,” said Marcos Braz, President of MRBRAZ & Associates, a refrigerated facilities and industrial refrigeration design company based in Azle, Texas. Mr. Braz is the current Chairman of the Ammonia Refrigeration Foundation, as well as the former chair of IIAR. “Her deep experience in program development, outreach, and advancement will serve to lead and grow the Foundation in new
ways — ways in which Members of our association and our industry aspire.”

The goal of the Ammonia Refrigeration Foundation is to support research and educational efforts in industrial refrigeration, particularly in the area of ammonia and natural refrigerants.

Some of the ways the Foundation is accomplishing its goals are:
• Creating and funding scholarship programs as well as educational curriculum development. Scholarships have already been awarded to students at several universities around the country.
• Funding industry-wide and specific product or application related research that creates new service and/or maintenance standards, seeks new product or application development, or demonstrates a new technology.
• Recognizing outstanding contributors to the industrial refrigeration profession.

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