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EGIA Foundation Partners with NorCal chapter of National Association of Minority Contractors to accelerate development of a high performing minority contractor workforce

July 22, 2024
Nonprofit Foundation dedicated to expanding diversity and resolving the ongoing workforce shortage in the trades will deliver targeted training and resources to advance the success of minority-owned contracting businesses, supported by the oldest minority-owned construction trades association in the United States.

EGIA Announces Full Details for EPIC2025 Including Keynotes from Michael Strahan & Nick Vujicic

July 11, 2024
Contractor University and OPTIMUS, two divisions of the Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA), have officially announced full details for EPIC2025, the next chapter of their annual conference designed to help home services contractors grow and optimize their businesses.

Contractor HQ and OPTIMUS Financing Forge Strategic Partnership to Boost Financing and Marketing Options for Small- to Mid-Sized Contractors

May 6, 2024
New partnership will offer emerging contractors affordable strategic marketing services and free integration of dependable customer financing options for every credit profile into company websites to serve more customers.

EGIA Foundation Welcomes Two HVAC Industry Luminaries, Stella Gary-Keane and Colleen Keyworth, to Board of Trustees

April 16, 2024
The Vice President of Talent Development at HARDI and Director of Sales & Marketing at Online Access bring to the Foundation proven track records of supporting workforce development in the skilled trades, joining just in time to help award the latest round of HVAC HERO scholarships to passionate young students studying HVAC.

Contractor University and OPTIMUS Financing Announce Date & Venue for Highly Anticipated EPIC2025 Conference

March 25, 2024
EPIC2025, the premier educational event for home services contractors, is coming to the East Coast for the first time, taking place on March 6 & 7, 2025, at the Disney Yacht & Beach Club Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Financeit and EGIA Expand Partnership with the Launch of OPTIMUS Financing Program in Canada

March 7, 2024
Canadian fintech leader was selected as exclusive financing partner for EGIA’s expansion of its all-in-one OPTIMUS Financing program to Canadian home improvement contractors.

OPTIMUS Financing to Revolutionize the Sales Process for Home Service Contractors

February 15, 2024
The industry-leading, all-in-one financing platform is now integrated directly into the number one price-generating software company for contractors, providing users with a seamless pointof-sale financing option for their customers

EGIA Foundation Announces 2023 Class of HVAC HERO Scholarship Recipients

October 11, 2023
Nonprofit dedicated to resolving the workforce shortage in the home services trades has selected a class of 18 HVAC technical students to receive $2500 scholarships, plus complimentary access to industry-leading education networks for the first time in the scholarship’s history.

Deion Sanders and Robert Irvine to Headline EPIC2024 at Disneyland

August 23, 2023
EGIA Contractor University & OPTIMUS Have Released Full Event Details for the 2024 Version of Their Signature Annual Conference for Home Services Contractors

EGIA New Board Members

July 13, 2023
EGIA Bolsters Board of Directors with Distinguished Industry Veterans Paul Kelly, Lauren Roberts, and Arturo Huerta

EGIA Contractor University Launches Annual Seizing the Summer Training Series to Support Contractors’ Success this Busy Season

June 5, 2023
The 14-week on-demand video training series is designed to deliver expert guidance to contractors on how to overcome the common challenges of the summer season and maximize the opportunities it brings.

OPTIMUS Financing Adds Commercial Option Navitas to Industry-First Lending Platform

May 18, 2023
OPTIMUS Financing has added Navitas Credit Corp.’s powerful commercial HVAC/R lending options to the industry’s most comprehensive financing program. This partnership adds a best-in-class commercial option to a lending product that already includes flexible credit options, customized payment solutions, residential financing from sub-prime up to prime, and approval rates over 90%.

EGIA Foundation Investing $50,000 in Scholarships for Tomorrow’s HVAC HEROES

April 24, 2023
Nonprofit dedicated to resolving the workforce shortage in the home services trades is now accepting applications for 2023 scholarship program; up to 20 HVAC students will receive $2,500 each plus a number of educational benefits through partner organizations ESCO Group and Interplay Learning.

EGIA Contractor University Announces Major Expansion Plans for Its Online Business Training Platform & In-Person Fall Training Events

April 17, 2023
Contractor University powered by EGIA, the nonprofit trade association dedicated to contractors’ success, has officially announced new plans to significantly expand its industry leading collection of on-demand training resources for contracting businesses and their employees. Additionally, Contractor University has announced it will be taking its business training on the road this fall to deliver high-value workshops in five major cities throughout the United States.

EGIA Contractor University & OPTIMUS Financing Officially Announce the Date & Location for EPIC2024

April 3, 2023
SACRAMENTO, CA (April 3, 2023) – Contractor University and OPTIMUS Financing, both divisions of EGIA, are proud to announce the date and location for next year’s edition of EPIC, the most celebrated live conference event in the contracting industry. EPIC2024 is coming to the Disneyland Hotel Convention Center in Anaheim, California, on March 11-12, 2024.

HARDI and EGIA Enter into Mutually Beneficial Partnership to Strengthen Two-Step HVACR Growth

March 13, 2023
Sacramento, CA, March 13, 2023– Together, Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) and Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) announce a mutually beneficial partnership with the express goals of strengthening the relationship between the associations and promoting profitable, high-quality two-step growth in the North American HVACR industry.

EGIA and Pearl Certification Partner for Expert Contractor Education

January 23, 2023
EGIA is proud to announce a new ongoing partnership with Pearl Certification, the industry’s foremost third-party certification program for high-performing homes and qualifier of contractors, builders, real estate professionals and raters to the elite Pearl Network.

OPTIMUS Financing, iMarket Solutions Announce Partnership to Bring Financing & Marketing Support to More Contractors

December 14, 2022
New partnership will offer more contractors compelling, affordable online presences and free integration of customer financing options into company websites to serve more customers.

EGIA Foundation Announces 2022 Class of 19 HVAC HERO Scholarship Recipients

September 28, 2022
New class of scholarship recipients takes EGIA Foundation’s total HVAC scholarship contributions to over $225,000 in five years, and this year includes one awarded in collaboration with Women in HVACR and another in honor of industry pioneer Rob “Doc” Falke.

The New Flat Rate Provides Contractors with Instant Financing Options Through Partnership with OPTIMUS

August 10, 2022
OPTIMUS, EGIA's all-in-one financing platform, is now integrated directly into the New Flat Rate, the number one price-generating software company for contractors, providing users with a seamless financing option for their customers.

Contractor University Powered by EGIA Brings In-Depth Technical Training to Members Using Interplay Learning’s Highly Effective Digital Learning Simulations

April 20, 2022
The industry leading education and training platform for home services businesses is partnering with the leading provider of online and VR training for the essential skilled trades to deliver comprehensive technical training that is easily accessible for all contractors.

EGIA Hires Eric Hatton to Lead Utility & Government Services

September 8, 2021
The Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA), a leading administrator of government and utility energy efficiency programs, is proud to announce the addition of Eric Hatton as its new Vice President, Utility & Government Services.

EGIA Expands with GreenSky as Exclusive First-Look Financing Partner

July 6, 2021
GreenSky, Inc. and the EGIA today jointly announced a multi-year expansion of their existing relationship, whereby GreenSky has become EGIA’s exclusive first-look financing provider for its network of tens of thousands of contractors. Since its inception, EGIA’s financing program has facilitated in excess of $4.5 billion of commerce.

2021 EGIA Foundation Scholarship Winners

June 10, 2021
Today, the EGIA Foundation committed to improving the workforce shortage in the home services industry, announces its fourth annual class of HVAC scholarship recipients. Fifteen scholarships of $2,500 apiece are being awarded to students who are studying HVAC-related careers at trade schools, community colleges and other accredited institutions during the 2021-22 academic year.

EGIA and Microf Partner to Create OPTIMUS

May 21, 2021
New financial platform from industry-leading organizations brings multiple lending partners, leasing programs and loan options into a single solution for contractors, reducing customers’ need for multiple applications and upping approval rate to 90%

EGIA Simplifies Contracting Industry Event-Planning with New All-in-One Event Services Solution

March 30, 2021
Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) announces the launch of the EGIA Contractor University event services website. The comprehensive new service aims to streamline the event planning process for manufacturers, distributors and all industry companies that hold events, aggregating the contracting industry’s most acclaimed keynote presenters, training instructors and other event speakers into a single online destination.

Jeff Revlett Joins EGIA as New General Manager

February 1, 2021
The Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) is excited to announce the addition of Jeff Revlett to its growing team. Jeff brings thirty years of invaluable experience with manufacturers, distributors and residential HVAC businesses to EGIA, the largest and most successful contractor membership group in North America.

2021 EGIA Foundation Scholarship Now Available

October 20, 2020
The EGIA Foundation, a dedicated to building a bigger, better workforce for the home services industry, today is proud to announce it is now accepting applications for its fourth annual EGIA Foundation Scholarship Program.

EGIA Foundation Announces 2020 Class of HVAC Scholarship Winners

September 4, 2020
The EGIA Foundation is awarding 19 recipients $2,500 apiece, and has now funded more than $132,000 in scholarships to fund HVAC students’ educations since 2017.

EGIA Foundation Study Explores the Perception about HVAC Careers

October 10, 2018
At the EPIC2018 Conference, the EGIA Foundation announced its newly published industry study that provided the impetus of several national initiatives being launched to encourage and develop post-millennial interest and success in an HVAC career.

EGIA Foundation Launch

October 12, 2017
The EGIA Foundation launches today, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and increasing the home services industry workforce while expanding the benefits the general public receives from the industry.

EGIA Contractor University Announcement

February 27, 2017
EGIA Contractor University Conferences & Workshops Deliver Business Success Strategies That Are Driving Transformational Growth for Contractors.

EGIA/Penton Partnership Announcement

January 27, 2017
EGIA, Contracting Business and CONTRACTOR Partner to Deliver Educational Programming, a New National Conference and Business Resources Dedicated to the Success of Contractors.

EGIA/Aeroseal Partnership Announcement

December 21, 2016
EGIA and Aeroseal Partner to Deliver Training and Product Discounts to Contractors Nationwide.

EGIA Contractor University Announcement

December 20, 2016
EGIA Launches Contractor University.

JC Shore Announcement

July 20, 2016
EGIA Names Business Development Veteran JC Shore General Manager of Strategic Markets.

EGIA Contractor Marketplace Announcement

July 06, 2016
EGIA Launches Contractor Marketplace.

EGIA Leadership Academy Conference Tour Announcement

April 05, 2016
EGIA Launches Home Improvement Contractor Leadership Academy Conference Tour.

EGIA/Renovate America Partnership Announcement

March 22, 2016
Industry Leaders Renovate America and EGIA Partner to Accelerate Energy Efficiency Home Renovation.

EGIA/SEI Partnership Announcement

March 3, 2016
EGIA Announces Solar Training Partnership With Solar Energy International.

Paul Bony Announcement

June 16, 2015
Electric & Gas Industries Association names Paul Bony as Director of Renewables and Contractor Development.

GEOSmart $1 Billion Funded Announcement

March 11, 2014
EGIA has announced it has recently exceeded $1 billion in funded loans for energy efficiency upgrades & solar projects.

EGIA / Balboa Capital Commercial Financing Announcement

June 13, 2013
EGIA Has Partnered with Balboa Capital to Enhance The GEOSmart Commercial Financing Program.