First Supply Announces New Role of HVAC Training and Technical Manager


Thom Hardy

Madison, WI –  First Supply LLC recently announced Thom Hardy as its HVAC Trainer and Technical Manager. 

First Supply is committed to being the industry leader in providing technical and business training to our customers, with the goal of helping them grow and increase their profitability. In the role of HVAC Trainer and Technical Manager, Thom will be responsible for managing the First Supply HVAC, Hydronic, and Refrigeration training initiatives. Training classes will be hosted at the Ed Felten Training Center at First Supply – Madison, WI, and will also be taken on the road to remote locations where we will be able to support a growing customer base throughout our footprint. Thom will office out of the Madison, WI branch office.

Thom’s illustrious career brings over 30 years of experience in the HVAC industry, holding positions at the contractor, manufacturer, and wholesale distributor level to our team. Most recently, he was the North American Technical Trainer for Allied Air Enterprises. Thom has been recognized as a top trainer in the industry, recently being named as one of North Americas Top 25 Most Influential HVAC Trainers by the ESCO institute.

Seth DePuy, Chief Strategy Officer – First Supply, is thrilled with this hire. “The HVAC channel is one in which First Supply is committed to continued growth. With the addition of Thom as the HVAC Trainer and Technical Manager, we have no doubt that we will be a go-to resource for both our vendor and customer partners for years to come.” DePuy stated.

Established in La Crosse, WI, First Companies is a regional distributor with 52 locations, including: 28 First Supply distribution branches, 5 First Waterworks branches, 1 CDC, 14 Gerhard’s Kitchen, Bath, and Lighting stores, and 4 Kohler Signature Stores by First Supply in the upper Midwest. Founded in 1897, First Companies employs over 650 people, is a family-owned, single source provider of HVAC-R, Builder, Plumbing, Lighting, Waterworks, Industrial PVF, Pump, Well and Septic supplies. 

Contact: Brooke Barney, [email protected], 608-893-3705