The BTrained Commitment


Brian Byrom leads this elite team of teaching professionals:

Brian connects with each participant on a personal level.  He enjoys teaching and technical writing.  His articles have been published Internationally and he recently retired as a HVAC Contractor to devote his full attention to BTrained and his students.

Lynn Payne is a retired Cahaba Heights Firefighter, Paramedic and a State certified HVAC Active license holder. Lynn retired from the fire department after 37 years and as a teacher enjoys sharing his HVAC experience with others

John R. Roberts (Just “J”)  J has a passion for spreading the word of natural gas as a clear, clean and cheaper alternative fuel for Alabama and the U.S.

Man facilitating a trainig class

Brian has been in the HACR industry for more than 40 years.  During this time he has experienced and maintained equipment in all aspects of the field including:

  • Centrifugal and Reciprocating Chillers
  • Steam and Hydronic Boilers
  • Pneumatic and electronic control systems
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
  • Restaurant Equipment
  • All types of residential and commercial comfort systems

He has been teaching technical training classes for over 40 years focusing on the rudiments of the industry.  These classes have included:

  • Weekly Technician Training
  • Gasfitters (Journeyman and Master) Seminars
  • Manual J Training Course
  • Contractor Continuing Education Classes
  • EPA Certification courses and Exams

Among Brian’s certifications include:

  • Alabama HACR Contractor
  • Alabama Master Gasfitter Certification
  • EPA Certified Instructor
  • NATE Certification

Lynn Payne is a retired Firefighter/Paramedic and enjoys sharing his interest in HVAC with others.

He graduated from Pinson Valley High School in 1979 and begin his own business, L & W Graphics in 1882.

He volunteered at Palmerdale Fire & Rescue and then joined Cahaba Heights Fire & Rescue full time. He graduated from Shelton State Community College at the Fire College

He graduated from Wallace State community College in Heating & Air Conditioning. and holds an active HACR certification with the Alabama HACR Board.

Some of Lynn’s other Certifications include: EPA 608 Universal Certification & Proctor;  Hazardous Material Technician C.L.E.A.R.


John R. Roberts (Just “J”) has over 30 years of experience in the natural gas industry with Alagasco and Spire Alabama

  • He began his career with Alagasco in 1989 as a crewman for Alagasco’s construction department.
  • He completed his service mechanic apprenticeship and passed the Alabama Gas Fitter exam in 1991. Soon after he passed the Alabama Master Gas exam and enjoyed a 20-year career as a service mechanic,  J completed his BA in business in 201.   In that same year  he took on the role as Alagasco’s technical trainer for service and served in this role for 4 years. Laclede Gas Company purchased Alagasco in 2013 and changed the company name to Spire in 2016.
  • J has served in various training/supervisory roles with Spire
  • He took the position of customer service supervisor over a team of Birmingham service mechanics and eventually assumed the role of Service Supervisor over the Birmingham service apprentices
  • J has instructed IFGC  Review at Alagasco and Spire.
  • J has taught an IFGC review at the Alabama Association of Plumber, Gas and Mechanical Inspectors conference in Auburn
  • J holds a Master Gas Fitters card and is the Master Plumber card holder for Spire Alabama
  • He Holds one of Spire Alabama’s HVAC contractor license
  • J has a passion for spreading the word of natural gas as a clear, clean and cheaper alternative fuel for Alabama and the U.S.
  • He has been married to Ellen, his high school sweetheart, for 34 years.