James H. Carroll Jr.

Synonymous With Engineering Innovation and Expertise

Inducted in 2013

In the Southeast, the name James H. Carroll Jr. is synonymous with engineering innovation and expertise. Carroll definitely fulfilled his dream of building a leading heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineering firm, Carroll Air Systems Inc. Established in 1972, the company is a forerunner in the industry and produces more than $40 million in annual revenues. Carroll serves as chairman and chief executive officer and has more than 50 years of experience in the field.

An Alabama native, Carroll earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Auburn University in 1954. After graduation, he worked with Trane Heating and Air Conditioning and Climatrol Industries Corporation, learning the basics of the business. In 1960, Carroll completed Samford University’s Money, Banking and Financial Management course. He became a registered professional engineer in Alabama in 1966.

Later, Carroll and his wife, Betty, founded Carroll Air Systems Inc. in Tampa, Fla. The firm is a full-service independent manufacturer’s agency known for its state-of-the-art systems engineering, ethical business practices and customer satisfaction. They furnish equipment, parts and service for all commercial, industrial and institutional heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems. Carroll Air Systems Inc. stays ahead of industry standards by recognizing the need for innovative and efficient equipment designs. The company is a pioneer of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an environmentally friendly building certification program established by the U.S. Green Building Council. The firm’s energy analysis team has provided equipment and expertise for nearly 50 LEED projects. Carroll has sponsored LEED workshops, donating the proceeds from the sessions to the U.S. Green Building Council Florida Coast Chapter.

Under Carroll’s leadership, Carroll Air Systems Inc. has completed numerous large-scale projects throughout the region including Buccaneer Stadium in Tampa, Orlando International Airport, the Apollo Saturn Museum at Kennedy Space Center, the Boston Red Sox new spring training facility, a $4-million project at Walt Disney World’s Hilton Resort, $5 million in contracts at Fort Benning and many more. In addition to the Tampa off ice, the company now has branches in Fort Myers and Orlando. The common area connecting the five new buildings in the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology is named Carroll Commons for Carroll Air Systems Inc.’s support of Auburn engineering.

Carroll’s service to the industry includes the Florida Engineering Society, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. In 2004, he received the Engineer of the Year Award from the Florida West Coast Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Carroll received the Distinguished Auburn Engineer Award in 2006. He presently serves on the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council, the Engineering Dean’s Club and the Auburn Athletic Advisory Council. Carroll previously served on the Auburn University National Alumni Board of Directors.

Carroll and Betty live in Tampa, Fla. They are the proud parents of Phillip and David, both graduates of Auburn University. Betty serves as vice president, board secretary and director of Carroll Air Systems Inc. Four years ago, Carroll appointed Phillip president of the firm. David is employed by Carroll Air Systems Inc. in the Orlando office.

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