Richard Trethewey, a fourth-generation master plumber who has been involved in the plumbing industry for 30 years and been the HVAC and plumbing expert on PBS’ “This Old House” since the show’s debut in 1979, will be the featured speaker at the General Session on Friday, Sept. 21, during Mechanical Systems Week 2012. Trethewey also appears on the Emmy Award-winning series, “Ask This Old House.”

Born and raised in Dedham, Mass., Trethewey learned plumbing skills from his father and others involved in the family business by working summers and school vacations. He is a licensed master and journeyman plumber in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has long been an advocate for professionalism in the building trades.

Trethewey is currently president of RST Inc., a manufacturer's representative company that provides training to the skilled trades, and is on the editorial board of This Old House magazine, published by This Old House Ventures, Inc. An accomplished writer, Trethewey has contributed to Complete Remodeling, published by This Old House Books in conjunction with Sunset Books in 2004; The Homeowner's Manual, published by This Old House Books in 2000; and the heating and plumbing sections of This Old House Bathrooms and This Old House Kitchens, published by Little, Brown and Company in 1992 and 1993. He has authored This Old House Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, also published by Little, Brown and Company in 1994. He also writes a column and contributes to Green Mechanical Contractor, a quarterly supplement to CONTRACTOR Magazine.

Mechanical Systems Week takes place September 19-21, 2012, at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL, just minutes from downtown Chicago. The event will include three days of conference sessions, a Product Showcase exhibit floor and several social networking events throughout the week. For complete registration details, as well as current information on exhibitors, speakers, conference sessions and more, visit www.mechanicalsystemsweek.com.

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Mechanical Systems Week 2012 is where you’ll get in your comfort zone!

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