GeoStar Top Job Competition


The objective of the GeoStar Top Job Competition is to highlight and recognize the incredible talent, creativity and imagination that exists in geothermal system designers and installers. Additionally, to communicate to those outside the industry the variety of ways that geothermal heat pump technology can be applied. The winning entry will also receive a $500 Cash Prize and each of the seven selected finalists will receive free access to NY-GEO-2016.

There were 18 projects submitted—all displaying a wide variety of geothermal heat pump applications—vying for the seven finalist slots.

Congratulations! The 2016 GeoStar Top Job Winner is Guy Wanegar with A&B Cooling & Heating Corp. for The Benker/Wegner Residence!

Benker-Wegner Residence

Seven really competitive projects were submitted. The 6 other finalists were:

Mark Bagdon of Novus Engineering, Project Name: Bard College Brown and McCausland Dormitories

Lloyd Hamilton of Verdae, LLC, Project Name: Schaefer Zero Net Energy makeover

Kevin Moravec of Barney Moravec Inc., Project Name: Geothermal Office

Jens Ponikau of Buffalo Geothermal, Project Name: Lockport Housing Authority Administrative Building

Chuck Russo of Chuck Russo Heating & Air Conditioning, Project Name: 12 Chimneys Inn

Hal Smith of Halco, Project Name: Desalvia Farm

Who were the NY-GEO-2016 GeoStar Top Job Judges?

Arlene Anderson, Technology Manager, Geothermal Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
John (Jack) P. DiEnna, Jr., Executive Director & Founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII) and the Principal of Indian Rock Associates LLC
Will Lange, Director, Distributor Sales & Utility Development at WaterFurnace International (GeoStar is a subsidiary of WaterFurnace)
Mark Stimson, Business Development Manager of Bosch Thermotechnology Corporation
John Turley, President of the IGSHPA Board of Directors and Middleton Geothermal Services

Audience participation will be critical this year since the Judges will take into account the enthusiastic response of the spectators in their judging. So come prepared to clap your hands until they sting!

Last Years Winner - GeoOutlook Article
Last Years Finalists