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Legend has it: Ken Newton on 30 years of VASA

Regularly introduced as “the guy who does all the stuff but doesn’t know anything about air-conditioning”, for two decades Ken Newton was the powerhouse behind VASA, serving through three presidencies and dozens of changes to the board of directors to consistently deliver a better deal for members and the broader industry.

Ken Newton was made a VASA Legend on retirement in 2013 after 20 years as CEO, webmaster, magazine editor and strategist since VASA’s inception
Ken was made a VASA Legend on retirement in 2013 after 20 years as CEO, webmaster, magazine editor and strategist since VASA’s inception

Claiming to still have little technical knowledge after all these years, Ken nevertheless immersed himself in understanding the issues affecting the automotive air-conditioning sector and became a passionate, respected advocate.

The seeds of Ken’s involvement with VASA were sown in the early 1990s when he received a phone call from Mark Mitchell, who had just finished outfitting his workshop with advanced facilities for safely removing and storing refrigerant. 

Mitchell’s friend, a newspaper reporter, suggested he contact Ken to help publicise what was at the time the most advanced mobile air-conditioning workshop in Australia. 

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