Keith Simmons from Maidstone-based Flowrite won the Service Engineer Section Lifetime Achievement Award at the Institute of Refrigeration Dinner in London.
Keith has been in the industry for 45 years and was visibly moved after receiving the award, which is supported by the ACR Trainee of the Year Awards.
He was nominated by Flowrite Business Manager Colin Meadowcroft, who said: “Nothing is too much trouble for Keith. He often spends his own time working to bring along the less experienced engineers. He has a great knowledge of the industry, an exemplary attitude, and is a major asset to our engineering team.
“He never complains, and always helps out when needed.''
“He is loved by our customers and respected across all areas of the business. That is something quite special.''
Other winners included Rob Lamb of Star Refrigeration, who won the Kenneth Lightfoot Medal for the best evening paper, and Christina Francis of London South Bank University, who received the Ted Perry Award for student research.