The Geothermal Exchange Organization  (GEO) has confirmed replacement of board member Tom Huntington of WaterFurnace International by Michael Albertson. Huntington passed away on Feb. 12, after a battle with cancer. The board also confirmed David Hules of Emerson Climate Technologies as a replacement for Chris Mays, who left Emerson in late 2015.  

Alberton is currently senior vice president for sales and marketing at WaterFurnace International in Fort Wayne, Ind. He joined the company in 2007 as vice president of commercial sales and marketing. He oversees sales and marketing, product planning, tech service, customer service, training, OEM/branding management and business development. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Oklahoma State University.

Prior to WaterFurnace, Albertson served 11 years as director of commercial geothermal sales and national accounts manager for a major manufacturer of water source and geothermal heat pumps. He also owned and operated a commercial HVAC, controls and mechanical equipment/contracting company for more than 10 years. He installed his first geothermal system more than 30 years ago and has since sold, designed and installed thousands of geothermal systems worldwide.  

Albertson serves on the board of directors of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA), has served numerous terms on the IGSHPA Advisory Council, and holds several IGSHPA certifications. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers; a company member of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute; the Association of Energy Engineers; American Military Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Air Conditioning Contractors of America; and the National Ground Water Association. 

GEO is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of the geothermal/ground-source heat pump industry across the U.S. GEO advocates the technology to government, industry and the public, educating leaders about the economic, national security and environmental benefits of geothermal heat pumps for residential, institutional and commercial applications.  To learn more, go to