Frankie's Professional Resume  // 

Frank Vadino, CEP, CSD, CPSD, SM, CM


Currently, as VP of Engineering, Frank is responsible for assisting clients in planning new stores and remodels to maximize space and minimize cost. Has  35+ years experience, and, is a FMI Certified Professional Supermarket Designer, a Certified Member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, a Senior Member of the association of Energy Engineers and a Certified Energy Procurement Professional, and is experienced in all aspects of refrigeration, energy management, energy procurement, construction, and store planning.


Sales & Marketing

Cold Technology  provides access to "better than chain level" integrated store design and refrigeration services to regional independent supermarket operators across the Delaware Valley. The company stands alone in its ability to provide the full range of design, equipment, installation, ongoing refrigeration service and information services required by today's progressive independent supermarket operators.

Clients include Shop Rite / Wakefern, Mc Caffrey's Markets, Murphy's Markets of South Jersey, The Fresh Grocer, Save-A-Lot, Cousins Supermarkets, H-Mart, AFM, Colonial Village Meat Markets, Clover Meat Markets, Supremo Foods, Genuardi's and Thriftway / Shop-N-Bag.

Obtained and maintained the required sales performance for regional distributorships and / or national account status for Aaon HVAC Systems, Amerlux Lighting, Computer Process Controls, Kysor Warren Fixtures & Refrigeration Systems, Kysor Panel SystemsMiatech Misting Systems, Munters Dry-Cool Desiccant Systems, RTP Controls, Southern Store Fixture, and  Voight Lighting Systems along with other various associated equipment lines.



Has actively participated in the design and production of over 467 supermarket projects including over 1.6 million  square feet of newly constructed markets, as well as the expansion and or renovation of more than an additional  11 million square feet of supermarket retail space.

Designed / re-designed hundreds of custom supermarket refrigeration systems incorporating state of the art techniques and components resulting in energy efficient, trouble free reliable operation. Also designed associated refrigeration piping plants to insure proper oil return while maintaining optimum operational efficiency.

Designed lighting, mechanical, plumbing, and power distribution systems for numerous new supermarkets, expansions, and remodels that meet merchandising and operational requirements while minimizing ongoing operational and initial leasehold improvement costs.


Certified Professional Supermarket Designer- National American Wholesale Grocers Association- 1992

Certified Supermarket Designer- Food Marketing Institute- 1999

Three Time Progressive Grocer- "Store of the Month" designer- 1987 to Present 


Has performed technical assistance studies using proprietary refrigeration system modeling software for over 50 NJSSB and other projects resulting in the funding of over seven million dollars in grants on behalf of clients for the installation of refrigeration energy efficiency measures. These efficiency projects combined avoid nearly 20,000 MWH annually or 2.5 million dollars each year in refrigeration electrical energy costs for clients. 

Implemented RTP Smart Grid Interface across the client base to facilitate participation in the PJM emergency,  synchronized reserve, and economic automated demand response programs. These programs work to insure improved power quality and regional grid stability in the seventeen states serviced by the PJM grid.

Performed E-Commissioning on hundreds of supermarket refrigeration systems in order to bring operational performance back within original equipment manufacturers specifications resulting in significant improvements in overall system efficiency.

Recently appointed to the New Jersey Food Council "Power Aggregation Committee" which provides competitive energy costs to over 1,200 markets in the state of New Jersey saving NJFC members millions of dollars in annual energy purchases.

Member- Association of Energy Engineers- 1979

Senior Member- Association of Energy Engineers- 1984

Certified Energy Procurement Professional- Association of Energy Engineers-2010


Installed countless display cases, walk-in coolers, overhead and under floor field piping, set and piped single condensing units, evaporator coils, remote refrigeration condensers and parallel refrigeration racks. Performed complete startups including leak testing, evacuation, and startup and adjustment.


Performed refrigeration service on supermarket display cases including Hussmann, Hill, Tyler, Freidrich, and Kysor Warren. Serviced various supermarket refrigeration systems such as Hill- Central Pak, Duo Mate, Tri Mate, and Parasystems, Hussman- Big System, New System, Twin System, Plus System, and SuperPlus, Kysor Warren- All Systems, Tyler- Scotch Twosome, Foursome, and NC Systems, Triton- Econ-o-surge and Belt Systems. 


Installed and programmed various refrigeration controls systems such as Alltech- SSPC, Expert4, Expert5, CPC- RMC, RMCC, E1, E2, Comtrol, Danfoss AKC55, Hussman EPC2000 and Fibertronics, and EIL RC2000 controllers. Expert in CPC E2 RX & BX controller programming.


Member- Refrigeration Service Engineers Society- 1978

Certified Member- Refrigeration Service Engineers Society- 1980

Certification- Electric Motor Control- 1982

Certification- Honeywell Pneumatic Controls- 1983


Industry Groups and Associations

Member of the New Jersey Food Council, Food Marketing Institute, National Association of Wholesale Grocers, Association of Energy Engineers, Refrigeration Service Engineers Society


Became the first non-member of a voluntary wholesaler or cooperative to achieve NAWGA CPSD certification, and remains one of less than 50 people in the country with the "Certified Professional Supermarket Designer" designation.


As a member of the  NAWGA executive review committee, administered the examination and testing of program participants in the Certified Professional Supermarket Designer program.


As a member of the NAWGA discipline committee, along with nine other certified top store designers from across the country, created what is now the Food Marketing Institute's CSD program- a national certification program for supermarket store designers developed to insure proficiency in project feasibility, site design, store design, construction documentation, equipment purchasing, project administration and closeout, energy efficiency and ongoing building and equipment maintenance.


Has performed numerous educational speaking engagements for organizations such as the National American Wholesale Grocers Association, the Food Marketing Institute, the National Grocers Association, DENREC, and the New Jersey Food Council on topics such as store design, equipment specification and purchasing, supermarket energy efficiency measures, participation in state incentive programs, and store design from an operating statement perspective. Co-sponsored along with Mellon Bank the "Five Keys to Sound Financial Management" seminar for regional supermarket operators.


Actively manages the day to day operation of the refrigeration, building, and lighting systems for over 3.3 million square feet of supermarket retail.


Developed reporting infrastructure to track key performance indicators of the service, installation, and equipment sales departmental performance.


Created job descriptions, policy manual and employee hand book. Developed and implemented a formal  employee performance review system.


Created an in house computer based training (CBT) program for instruction in topics ranging from basic refrigeration fundamentals to advanced topics along with a complementary battery of certification exams.


Information Technology

Developed a wide area network that facilitates seamless location independent domain level authentication and program / data access through desktop virtualization for internal and external stakeholders by leveraging  existing wired and wireless IP infrastructure. 


Developer of various software projects including:

  • ProforMA used  for evaluating supermarket financial performance under various departmental performance, construction, and financing scenarios.
  • Supermarket Design Center (SDC), a modeling program for designing, evaluating and comparing the energy performance of various refrigeration system designs.
  • On/Site, a graphical user interface that provides enterprise level real time access to supermarket refrigeration, mechanical, and building systems.   

Chief Systems Architect and Interface Designer for various software projects including:

  • TED, Technician Electronic Dispatch system, an application developed under the wireless application protocol (WAP) for early internet capable digital cellular handsets.
  • Warp9, a rapid application development (RAD) environment used for developing enterprise level business intelligence (BI) systems that leverage heterogeneous data access on top of SQL server, as well as,  provide seamless system level administration across exchange server, SQL server, and active directory services.
  • CTEIS, Cold Technology's enterprise level executive information and business intelligence system that was completely developed using the Warp9 RAD framework.
  • OpMAP- a GPS packet server and GUI front end that records company vehicle movement, as well as, providing geo-fencing capability that allows OpMap to generate events that seamlessly interface with the CTEIS dispatching system allowing live trip status updates.
  • 3Tap- a business intelligence (BI) dashboard application that leverages existing database structures and framework in order to provide real time strategic, tactical, and operational support information for internal and external stakeholders packaged in a simple "three touch" interface.


Fluent in ANSII and Transact SQL. Proficient in VBA and Object Pascal. Experienced in CMS development using xxxx. Power User of Microsoft  Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Front Page, PowerPoint, Publisher, Map Point, SQL Server Manager, SharePoint Designer, Visio, and Word, as well as, AutoCAD, Adobe Premier Elements, Adobe  Photoshop Elements, Camtasia Studio, and UltraSite.


Professional Experience

GM- Cold Technology

November 1976 – Present (34 years 8 months)

Manage day to day operations, marketing, sales, finance, strategic planning and information technology.


VP of Engineering

Cold Technology

November 1976 – Present (34 years 8 months)

Manage supermarket new store, renovation and energy projects from conception through completion and beyond including E-commissioning, maintenance and emergency service.


Industrial Refrigeration Plant Operator

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

June 1982 – June 1984 (2 years 1 month)

Operated Carrier, American Standard, and Trane industrial centrifugal chillers in the 200-900 ton range at Jefferson Alumni Hall, Barringer Residence, Scott Administration Building, Orlowitz Nurses Residence, Martin Nurses Residence, and Stein Research Center. Performed emergency service calls and preventive maintenance on building HVAC and pneumatic controls systems including Johnson, Honeywell, and MCC Powers.


HVAC Mechanic

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

June 1980 – June 1982 (2 years 1 month)

HVAC mechanic at the Edison Building on the TJUH campus. Worked on Carrier and Trane commercial package units with Barber-Coleman DDC controls.


HVAC Maintenance Assistant

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

March 1979 – June 1980 (1 year 4 months)

Performed maintenance all types of commercial HVAC and refrigeration systems on the campus.


Diesel Mechanic

D'Agata National Trucking

June 1976 – June 1978 (2 years 1 month)

Performed all aspects of over the road truck repair on Mack, White, and Brockway tractors including engine replacement and complete engine rebuilds on Mack, Cummins, and Caterpillar diesel engines as well as transmission work on Mack max-o-dyne, duplex, triplex, quadraplex, and Eaton road ranger transmissions.


Trailer Mechanic

Beer Transportation

June 1975 – June 1976 (1 year 1 month)

Performed all aspects of trailer repair for a private fleet of 51 trailers including brakes, springs, axels and air systems, as well as box repair including floors, swing and rollup doors, roof and walls.


Pipe Fitter

Portable Welding Service

July 1971 – June 1975 (4 years)

Performed all duties necessary for installing screw and welded process piping in commercial buildings- specializing in process piping in dry cleaners.



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