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Brent Schroeder, President, Air Conditioning Business at Emerson

Originally published: 05.01.16 by Terry Tanker

Schroeder discusses product innovation, the industry’s biggest challenges and Emerson’s new Helix Innovation Center, a $35 million state-of-the-art “ideation” facility on the University of Dayton campus.

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Larry Zarker, CEO of Building Performance Institute

Originally published: 04.01.16 by Pete Grasso

Larry Zarker, chief executive officer of the Building Performance Institute (BPI) discusses selling comfort instead of equipment, the benefits of home performance contracting and why it makes sense for HVACR contractors.

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Charles Fletcher, executive VP of EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems

Originally published: 03.01.16 by Pete Grasso

Charles Fletcher, executive vice president of EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems in Irvine, Calif, discusses growing an energy business from scratch, focusing on culture and the future of mechanical contracting.

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Chris Hunter, owner of Hunter Heat & Air

Originally published: 02.01.16 by Terry Tanker

Chris Hunter, owner of Hunter Heat & Air, discusses making the transition from service truck to the office, differentiating from competitors and attracting employees with a great company culture.

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Michael Meier, VP/COO Meier Supply

Originally published: 01.01.16 by Terry Tanker

Michael Meier, vice president and COO of Meier Supply Co., Inc., discusses growing up in the family business, training the industry to be better and the advancement of industry technology.

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Bob McEwan, retired general manager of GE Aviation

Originally published: 12.01.15 by Terry Tanker

Bob McEwan, retired general manager of GE Aviation’s global supply chain, discusses how to motivate a team, what it means to be fair and why Millennials have potential to become great leaders.

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Ruth King, president of HVACChannel.tv

Originally published: 11.01.15 by Terry Tanker

Ruth King, whose popular monthly finance column continues to help contractors improve business operations, discusses contractor training, changing the way the industry thinks and having the courage to be profitable.

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Seth Godin, best-selling author and entrepreneur

Originally published: 10.01.15 by Terry Tanker

Seth Godin, New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur, discusses building something that matters, leadership and Permission Marketing.

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Darrell Gross, owner of MRS Heating & Cooling

Originally published: 09.01.15 by Terry Tanker

Darrell Gross, owner of MRS Heating & Cooling in New Castle, Ind., discusses family businesses, partnerships, training and rebranding.

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Richard Weaver, owner of Best in the West Air Conditioning & Heating

Originally published: 08.01.15 by Terry Tanker

Richard Weaver, owner of Best in the West Air Conditioning & Heating in Palm Springs, Calif., discusses starting from scratch, customer service and his love of animals and hot rods.

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Mike Rowe, creator of Dirty Jobs and Somebody's Gotta Do It

Originally published: 07.01.15 by Terry Tanker

Mike Rowe, the creator and executive producer of Discovery’s “Dirty Jobs” and his new show on CNN, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” discusses being authentic, how to address the labor shortage and his mikeroweWORKS foundation, which provides scholarships to students pursuing a career in the skilled trades.

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Bill Stueber, owner of Blue Ridge Heating and Cooling

Originally published: 06.01.15 by Terry Tanker

Bill Stueber, owner of Blue Ridge Heating and Cooling in Pine Beach, N.J. and a 2015 Tops-in-Trucks Fleet Design Contest winner, discusses the challenges of finding good people, updating the company brand and transitioning the business to his daughter.

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Dave McIlwaine, president of HVAC Distributors, Inc.

Originally published: 05.01.15 by Terry Tanker

Dave McIlwaine, president of HVAC Distributors, Inc., discusses driving sales, training and the challenge of finding competent technicians.

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Bob Vila, Home Improvement Guru & TV Personality

Originally published: 04.01.15 by Terry Tanker

Bob Vila, considered the forefather of home improvement television, discusses how he got started, running a small business, upgrading HVACR equipment and the growing trend toward IAQ.

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Crawford Ker, former Dallas Cowboy and founder of Ker's WingHouse

Originally published: 03.01.15 by Terry Tanker

Crawford Ker, former NFL player and founder of the Ker’s WingHouse restaurant chain, discusses learning how to run a business, how to build a team and what he looks for in an HVACR contracting partner.

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Ken Blanchard, author of "The One Minute Manager"

Originally published: 02.01.15 by Terry Tanker

Ken Blanchard, whose book “The One Minute Manager” has sold more than 15 million copies and has been translated into more than 40 languages, discusses servant leadership, changing your management philosophy and being a role model for your employees.

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Erik Bryan, Owner of Precision Air and Heating

Originally published: 01.01.15 by Terry Tanker

Erik Bryan, owner of Precision Air and Heating in Chandler, Ariz., discusses his service in the Marine Corps, his past experience as a construction contractor and working with family.

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The Best of 20 Questions (2011-2014)

Originally published: 12.01.14 by Terry Tanker

Since we last ran a Best of 20 Questions four years ago, Publisher Terry Tanker has continued to interview many of the top HVACR contractors, distributors, suppliers and consultants, as well as several prominent people in business and leadership. Here are 20 of our favorite questions — and answers — from the past four years.

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Tim Sanders, CEO of Net Minds

Originally published: 11.01.14 by Terry Tanker

Tim Sanders, the maverick CEO of Los Angeles tech start-up Net Minds and founder of research firm Deeper Media Incorporated, discusses creative thinking, leadership and always challenging yourself and learning.

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Anne Beiler, founder of Auntie Anne's Hand Rolled Soft Pretzels

Originally published: 10.01.14 by Terry Tanker

Anne Beiler, founder of Auntie Anne’s Hand Rolled Soft Pretzels — the world’s largest hand rolled soft pretzel franchise with more than 1,000 locations worldwide — discusses the challenges of growing a business with no formal education, working with family and trusting in people.

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John Kahl, CEO of ShurTech Brands

Originally published: 09.01.14 by Terry Tanker

John Kahl, chief executive officer of ShurTech Brands, makers of the original Duck brand duct tape and other home improvement and office products, discusses engaging with customers, letting his team manage and always staying until the end.

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Konrad Rybak, owner of Air Blue Heating and Cooling

Originally published: 08.01.14 by Terry Tanker

Konrad discusses his company’s mission to be customer oriented, plans for growth and what he looks for in a supplier partner.

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Jason Stom, president of Clear the Air

Originally published: 07.01.14 by Terry Tanker

Jason Stom, president and CEO of Clear the Air Cooling & Heating in Friendswood, Texas discusses his company’s history, his father’s legacy and the importance of enjoying what you do.

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Winston Hancock, owner of Gilman Heating and Cooling

Originally published: 06.01.14 by Terry Tanker

Winston Hancock discusses Gilman Heating & Cooling's long history, the need to transition marketing to a professional firm and the importance of training and education.

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Steven Blue, CEO of Miller Ingenuity

Originally published: 05.01.14 by Terry Tanker

Steven Blue, CEO of Miller Ingenuity, author, keynote speaker and business coach discusses company growth, profits, toxic employees and his soon-to-be released book, Outdo. Outlast. Outsmart.

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Jack Hutchinson, VP of Sales for HVACR Business

Originally published: 04.01.14 by Terry Tanker

After the sudden passing of Jack Hutchinson, Vice President of Sales for HVACR Business, Publisher Terry Tanker collected memories from those who knew him well.

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Tony Petrolle, president of Gaithersburg Cooling & Heating

Originally published: 03.01.14 by Terry Tanker

Tony Petrolle President of Gaithersburg Cooling & Heating (GAC) and Bryant’s 2013 Dealer of the Year discusses acquiring a company, assembling the right team and the development of a quality assurance team.

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Mike Reilly, President and Owner of EWC Controls

Originally published: 02.01.14 by Terry Tanker

Mike Reilly, president and Owner of EWC Controls, discusses manufacturing, family businesses and how his company provides contractors solutions to customer problems.

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Wendy Staso, CEO of Huckestein Mechanical Services

Originally published: 01.01.14 by Terry Tanker

Wendy Staso, president and CEO of Huckestein Mechanical Services, Inc., discusses turning around a troubled company in difficult economic times, building the right team to do the job and rebuilding a brand.

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Chris Nelson, president of Carrier Residential and Commercial Systems North America

Originally published: 12.01.13 by Terry Tanker

Chris Nelson, president, Carrier Residential and Commercial Systems North America, discusses the military, sales and marketing, operational and strategic planning, innovation and success.

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Mark Lowry, executive vice president of RSES

Originally published: 11.01.13 by Terry Tanker

Mark Lowry, executive vice president of The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society in Washington D.C., discusses improving service technician training, certification, and competence.

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Ron & Yvette Farris, owners of Air Control Corporation

Originally published: 10.01.13 by Terry Tanker

Ron and Yvette Farris, owners of Air Control Corporation in Springvale, Ark., discuss managing a business together, service agreements, re-branding and delegating responsibility to employees.

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Lee Rosenberg, chairman of Rosenberg Indoor Comfort

Originally published: 09.01.13 by Terry Tanker

Lee J. Rosenberg, P.E, chairman of Rosenberg Indoor Comfort, in San Antonio, discusses travel, his HVACR career and the challenges of owning a family business.

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Peter Hungate, owner of Pacific Air Systems

Originally published: 08.01.13 by Terry Tanker

Peter Hungate, owner of Pacific Air Systems in Tacoma, WA, discusses business processes, ordering fleet vehicles, mentors, customer service and giving up company control in order to grow.

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Tom Edwards, president of Ruskin Air and Sound Control

Originally published: 07.01.13 by Terry Tanker

Tom Edwards, president of Ruskin Air and Sound Control in Grandview, Mo., discusses management skills, mentors, Ruskin Guiding Principles, social media and recreational activities.

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Mark Evans, president and owner of Burton A/C, Heating, Plumbing and More

Originally published: 05.01.13 by Terry Tanker

Mark Evans, owner and president of Burton A/C, Heating, Plumbing and More in Omaha, Neb., discusses future growth, employee training, employee motivation and things to do on rainy golf vacations.

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Ray Isaac, president of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning

Originally published: 04.01.13 by Terry Tanker

Ray Isaac, president and one of the fourth-generation owners of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, discusses company values and vision, the customer experience, and growing up in a family business.

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Lisë Stewart, founder of the Galliard Group

Originally published: 02.01.13 by Terry Tanker

Lisë Stewart, founder of the Galliard Group, discusses exit strategies, strategic planning, organizational development, hiring and recruitment and developing effective succession plans.

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Chris Baker, president and COO of Virginia Air Distributor

Originally published: 01.01.13 by Terry Tanker

Chris Baker, president and COO of Virginia Air Distributor, discusses family businesses, customer service that sets his business apart from others and his passion for triathlons.

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Takeshi Ebisu, senior executive officer of Daikin

Originally published: 12.01.12 by Terry Tanker

Takeshi Ebisu, senior executive officer for Daikin, discusses Daikin Industries' acquisition of Goodman Global Inc. for $3.7 billion and what the future holds for both companies.

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Steve Saunders. president of Tempo Mechanical

Originally published: 11.01.12 by Terry Tanker

Steve Saunders, president of employee-owned Tempo Mechanical in Dallas, discusses green building practices.

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John Barbour, owner of Union Mechanical

Originally published: 10.01.12 by Terry Tanker

John Barbour, owner of Union Mechanical in Fort Myers Florida, discusses advertising, his company's award winning fleet design, business growth and challenges facing his company in the coming year.

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Joe Timo, owner of Timo's Air Conditioning & Heating

Originally published: 09.01.12 by Terry Tanker

Joe Timo, founder of Timo’s Air Conditioning & Heating in Palm Springs, discusses branding, search-engine optimization and the unusually humid desert summer.

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John and Jeff Churchill, owners of ServiceOne

Originally published: 08.01.12 by Terry Tanker

John and Jeff Churchill, the father-and-son team running ServiceOne in Omaha, Neb. discuss strategy, marketing, add-on acquisitions and competition in their market.

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Bill Gardiner, chairman of Gardiner Trane

Originally published: 07.01.12 by Terry Tanker

Bill Gardiner, chairman of Gardiner Trane, discusses business longevity, company growth, world travel and future opportunities that will drive the company for the next 50 years.

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John Hazen White, Jr., CEO of Taco

Originally published: 06.01.12 by Terry Tanker

John Hazen White, Jr., president and CEO of Taco, discusses employee education, a dedicated and trusting workforce, his business philosophy, company communications and politics.

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Tom Huntington, president and CEO of WaterFurnace

Originally published: 05.01.12 by Terry Tanker

WaterFurnace President and CEO Tom Huntington, who is also serving as chairman of the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), discusses golf, woodworking, tough business decisions and empowering employees.

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Ron Smith, contractor, consultant and advisor to HVACR Business

Originally published: 04.01.12 by Terry Tanker

Ron Smith, contractor, consultant and advisor to HVACR Business, discusses starting his company, franchising and the state of the HVACR industry.

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Dolfe Kahl, CEO of Visual Marking Systems

Originally published: 03.01.12 by Terry Tanker

Dolf Kahle, CEO of Visual Marking Systems, discusses strategic planning, fleet graphics and lean organizations.

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Ann Kahn, president of Kahn Mechanical Contractors.

Originally published: 02.01.12 by Terry Tanker

Ann Kahn, president of Kahn Mechanical Contractors, discusses energy-performance contracting, core values and getting through tough times.

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Ron Gravitt, owner of Allegiance HVAC

Originally published: 02.01.12 by Terry Tanker

Ron Gravitt, owner of Allegiance HVAC just outside of Chicago in Mokena, Ill., discusses fleet design, rebranding and reputation.

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Peter Schwartz, president of NATE

Originally published: 12.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Peter Schwartz, the new president of North American Technicians Excellence (NATE), discusses NATE and how the organization is improving marketing and making it easier for contractors to become certified.

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Michael Feurer, Co-founder of Office Max

Originally published: 11.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Michael Feuer co-founded OfficeMax in 1988 with $20,000 of his own money. During a 16-year span, he grew the company to nearly 1,000 stores worldwide, with annual sales of about $5 billion before selling the retail giant for close to $1.5 billion in 2003.

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Gary Ward, owner of Gary’s Heating and Air Conditioning

Originally published: 10.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Gary Ward, owner of Gary’s Heating and Air Conditioning Inc., discusses training, fleet design and the relentless Texas heat.

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Scott Klososky, technology guru and consultant

Originally published: 09.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Scott Klososky, technology guru, consultant and author of The Velocity Manifesto, discusses how technology is changing leadership and why HVACR business owners should care.

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Doyle James, president of Aire Serv

Originally published: 09.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Doyle James, president of Aire Serv, a global franchise organization providing installation, maintenance, and repair of HVACR systems, discusses the economy, attracting new customers and the challenges ahead.

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Larry Janesky, owner and founder of Basement Systems Inc.

Originally published: 08.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Larry Janesky, owner and founder of Basement Systems Inc., discusses motocross, saving energy in homes and buildings and franchise opportunities.

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Ray Grimm, owner of A.W.E. Air. Water. Energy.

Originally published: 07.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Ray Grimm, owner of A.W.E. Air. Water. Energy, discusses corporate re-branding strategies aimed at meeting your customer’s needs, growth strategies, and pushing retirement dates into infinity.

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Wesley Holm, owner of Thompson Plumbing, Heating and Cooling

Originally published: 06.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Wesley Holm, owner of Thompson Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, discusses his company’s fleet-marketing strategy, exceptional customer service and how to write six blogs a week.

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Dan Weltman, owner of Weltman Home Services, Inc.

Originally published: 05.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Dan Weltman, owner of Weltman Home Services, discusses classic cars, finding gems among professionals displaced by the recession and the business case behind adding new types of services.

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Kenny Chapman, owner of Peterson Plumbing

Originally published: 04.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Kenny Chapman, owner of Peterson Plumbing in Grand Junction, Colo, discusses defining moments, adding new services and shortcomings in the industry.

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Jerry Weiss, executive director of HVAC Excellence.

Originally published: 03.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Jerry Weiss, the executive director of HVAC Excellence, discusses the need for training, education and certification; as well as effective recruiting and horseback riding.

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Tom East, president of Refrigeration Sales Corporation

Originally published: 02.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Tom East, president of Refrigeration Sales Corp. (RSC), discusses running, training, education, wholesale distribution, contracting and leadership.

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Jaime V. DiDomenico, president of N&M Cool Today

Originally published: 01.01.11 by Terry Tanker

Jaime V. DiDomenico, president of N&M Cool Today, discusses the social media, the importance of fleet-vehicle marketing and expanded business opportunities in plumbing, electrical geothermal and solar.

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20 Questions, The Best Of...

Originally published: 12.01.10 by Terry Tanker

The best of 20 Questions features answers from eleven of our favorite interviews of the last several years.

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20 Questions with Steve Schmidt, President of Frederick Air, Inc. Frederick, MD

Originally published: 11.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker recently spoke with Steve Schmidt, president of Frederick Air, Inc., winner of the 2010 Tops in Trucks fleet-design award in the manufacturer-sponsored category. They discussed Edvard Munch, marketing budgets, and Home Performance Contracting.

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Keni Thomas, Former U.S. Army Ranger, Country Singer and Motivational Speaker

Originally published: 10.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Former U.S. Army Range Keni Thomas was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor in the battle of Mogadishu and was the squad leader in the now-famous fight immortalized in the film Black Hawk Down.

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20 Questions With Terry Nicholson, Group President of One Hour Air Conditioning and AirTime 500

Originally published: 09.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker recently visited with Terry Nicholson, Group President of One Hour Air Conditioning and AirTime 500 during their Profit Day meeting held in St. Louis. They spoke about pig farms, successful contractors, training, and selling style.

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20 Questions with Michael Kane, President of UEI

Originally published: 08.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Recently Publisher Terry Tanker caught up with UEi President Michael Kane, who had just returned from a quick trip to Asia. The two discussed travel, management style, economics, and product innovation.

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Drew Timm, Owner, Sun Services Air Conditioning-Heating Inc.

Originally published: 07.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Drew Timm, owner of Sun Services Air Conditioning-Heating Inc. in Fountain Hills, Ariz., discusses muscle cars, meeting customers in hot tubs and lessons learned from owning a small business.

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Tom Flick, motivational speaker and former NFL quarterback

Originally published: 06.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Tom Flick, former Rose Bowl Champion, Pac 10 Conference Player of the Year, and successful NFL quarterback, discusses leadership, vision, relationships, passion and other qualities business owners and managers should possess.

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Milt Baum and Barbara Keil, owners of Keil Heating and Cooling

Originally published: 04.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Milt Baum and Barbara Keil, owners of KEIL Heating and Cooling in Riverdale, N.J., discuss the keys to their success and becoming certified through the Building Performance Institute.

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Stuart Lombard, president of ecobee

Originally published: 03.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Stuart Lombard, president of ecobee, discusses green technology, energy savings, the Internet and launching new business ventures.

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Dave Pearson, president and GM of Airwell-Fedders

Originally published: 03.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Dave Pearson, president and general manager of Airwell-Fedders, discusses changes underway at the international company as it emerges from bankruptcy.

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Wade Mayfield, president, Thermal Services Inc. in Omaha, NE

Originally published: 03.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Wade Mayfield, president of Thermal Services Inc., Omaha, Neb., discusses his rise from sheet-metal apprentice in 2000 to his current leadership role.

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DeWight Wallace, CEO of Johnstone Supply

Originally published: 03.01.10 by Terry Tanker

DeWight Wallace, CEO of Johnstone Supply, discusses strategy, vision, execution and management principles that will guide the company into the future.

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Bary Sherman, Business Consultant

Originally published: 02.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Bary Sherman, who has has helped companies of all sizes become more efficient while reducing stress through his company’s Personal Effectiveness Program (PEP), discusses vintage cowboy hats, making fine wine and controlling email.

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Joe Huck, president and CEO, Williams Comfort Air in Indianapolis

Originally published: 02.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Joe Huck, president and CEO of Williams Comfort Air in Indianapolis, discusses working with his sons, how his company uses T.V. and radio commercials and how the HVACR industry is reacting to tightened credit for consumers.

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Dave Musial, CEO of Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning

Originally published: 01.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Dave Musial, CEO of Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago, discusses management philosophy, growth and controlling healthcare costs

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Dave Swift, CEO of Goodman Global, Inc.

Originally published: 12.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Dave Swift, CEO of Goodman Global, Inc., discusses leadership, managing growth strategies and cultivating employees.

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Jim Folk, VP of Ballpark Operations for the Cleveland Indians

Originally published: 09.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Jim Folk, VP of Ballpark Operations for the Cleveland Indians, discusses communicating with a large game day staff, constructing a new ballpark and management style.

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Greg Neimi, CEO, Nexstar

Originally published: 07.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Greg Niemi, CEO of Nexstar, discusses growth strategies, high-performance teams, making an honest dollar and where the industry will find its next-generation workforce.

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Lynn Piller, owner of the O’Connor Distribution Company

Originally published: 06.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Lynn Piller, the president and third-generation owner of the O’Connor Company Inc., discusses guitars, the new and reshaping business landscape and growth areas for contractors.

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Dave LaGrand, president and CEO of NORDYNE

Originally published: 05.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Dave LaGrand, president and CEO of NORDYNE, discusses leadership philosophy, cars and innovation.

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Ken Lang, Owner of KW Lang Mechanical in Solon, Ohio

Originally published: 04.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Ken Lang, owner of KW Lang Mechanical in Solon, Ohio, discusses the best boating route to Florida, his path to management and what it means to sell green in this industry.

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Rick Busby, Owner of Busby’s Heating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Augusta Georgia

Originally published: 03.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Rick Busby, owner of Busby’s Heating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration in Augusta, Ga., discusses the economy, marketing and what Busby has learned from his dad.

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Dave Pannier, President of Trane Residential Systems

Originally published: 02.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Pannier discusses managing in a downturn, leading change and the importance of open communication.

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Karna Small Bodman, Deputy Press Secretary for Ronald Reagan

Originally published: 01.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Karna Small Bodman, former Deputy Press Secretary for Ronald Reagan, discusses internal and external communication strategies, as well as her 6 years in The Reagan White House.

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Robert Jackson, partner, Jackson, Dieken & Associates

Originally published: 11.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Robert Jackson, partner at Jackson, Dieken & Associates, a full-service insurance agency, discusses his experience as a pro football player, running an effective insurance business and applying team-based principles.

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Paul Franks, president and CEO of The Sports Construction Group.

Originally published: 10.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Paul Franks, president and CEO of Sports Construction Group, discusses how he sold his company, and then bought it back after it went bankrupt and transformed it into a leader in its market.

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Wayne G. Beck, President, Aladdin Air Conditioning and Heating Inc.

Originally published: 09.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Wayne Beck, owner of Aladdin Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. in Newbury Park, Calif., discusses service fleets, marketing, current market conditions and opening the proverbial and literal can of worms.

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Jerry Yudelson, Principal, Yudelson Associates

Originally published: 07.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Jerry Yudelson, PE, speaker, author, Principal of Yudelson Associates and Chair for Greenbuild Conferences discusses the green-building movement, his aspirations to be President and his ability to talk to dogs.

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Pat and Dan Conway, Owners of Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Originally published: 06.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Pat and Dan Conway, owners of Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Co., discuss entrepreneurship, launching businesses in tough economic conditions and a marketing philosophy based on social and environmental responsibility.

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Bobby Miller, president of Grande Aire Services

Originally published: 05.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Bobby Miller, president of Grande Aire Services Inc., discusses ambitions, customer service and marketing.

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John Conover, President, Trane Commercial Systems

Originally published: 04.01.08 by Terry Tanker

John Conover, President, Trane Commercial Systems, discusses the industry, sports and sage advice.

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Guy Kawasaki, Author and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures

Originally published: 04.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Guy Kawasaki, prolific author and managing director of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Garage Technology Ventures, shares his philosophies on business, evangelism and hockey.

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Joe Nichter, President, Tri-City Mechanical

Originally published: 03.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Joe Nichter, president of Tri-City Mechanical (Comfort Systems USA), discusses challenges, triumphs and business best practices.

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Charles Lipman, CEO of DiversiTech Inc.

Originally published: 02.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Charels Lipman, CEO of DiversiTech, discusses politics, risk, entrepreneurial spirit and business philosophy.

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Stephen Yurek, President, ARI

Originally published: 01.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Stephen Yurek, president of ARI, at the association's national head-quaters in Arlington, Va., discusses HVACR, regulation, energy bills and practical jokes.

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Bruno Marvelli, Director of Facilities at Caesars Palace

Originally published: 12.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Bruno Marvelli, director of facilities at Caesars Palace, discusses treasure hunting, high-roller suites, beach parties and mechanical equipment.

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Thomas A. Gugino, Inspections Supervisor, City of Las Vegas.

Originally published: 11.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Thomas A. Gugino, Inspections Supervisor, Building and Safety for the city of Las Vegas discusses covered casinos, construction projects, mechanical systems, IAPMO and everyday contracting challenges.

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David Heckler, co-owner of Comfort Supply Inc.

Originally published: 10.01.07 by Terry Tanker

David Heckler, co-owner of Comfort Supply Inc. (CSI), discusses vision, discipline, service and marketing.

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Carmine Galletta, CEO of GallettAir Inc.

Originally published: 09.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Carmine Galletta, CEO of GallettAir Inc. in Long Island, discusses the value of well-planned fleet programs, car collections, restaurants and service contracts.

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Craig and Sharry Angell, owners of Angell Aire

Originally published: 08.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Craig and Sharry Angell discuss running the business together, indoor air quality and customer satisfaction.

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Don Strang III, President of Strang Corporation

Originally published: 07.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Don Strang III discusses business challenges, staffing and mechanical systems for the company’s properties.

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Bonnie Kern Koskela, president and CEO of Maxitrol Company

Originally published: 06.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Koskela discusses career advice, living abroad and the decision-making process she uses as a leader.

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Larry Trimbach, President 2J Supply Company

Originally published: 05.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Trimbach discusses rock ’n’ roll, expansion and growth, contractors, health-care costs and business strategies.

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Theo Etzel, President Conditioned Air in Naples, Fla.

Originally published: 04.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Etzel discusses how a different management philosophy, dedication to training and empowering employees turned his company into a powerhouse.

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Rex Boynton, President NATE

Originally published: 03.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Boynton discusses the past, present and future of North American Technician Excellence.

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Mark Bulanda, President, White Rodgers

Originally published: 02.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Bulanda discussed the economic outlook for 2007, potential growth areas for contractors, IAQ and strategies that will help contractors in the coming years.

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Morten Andersen, the NFL's Oldest Player

Originally published: 01.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Andersen discusses football, business and the preparation that goes into both.

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Barry Abernathy, owner of E. Smith Heating and Air Conditioning

Originally published: 12.01.06 by Terry Tanker

Barry discusses training, financing, fleet management, fishing and dining.

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Gary Daniels, President and CEO of Johnstone Supply

Originally published: 11.01.06 by Terry Tanker

Daniels discusses wholesale distribution, contractors, adding value, globalization and team sports at Johnstone headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

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John Galyen, president of Danfoss North America

Originally published: 10.01.06 by Terry Tanker

John discusses contractors, the wholesale market, commercial and industrial refrigeration, as well as the North American marketplace.

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Scott & Maureen Harders, HVACR customers

Originally published: 09.01.06 by Terry Tanker

Scott and Maureen discuss a new addition that doubled the size of their home, renovation challenges, HVACR contractors and HVACR concerns associated with the project.

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Dick & Dave Slife, Owners of Slife Heating and Cooling

Originally published: 08.01.06 by Terry Tanker

Dick and Davediscuss tips for success, challenges they face in the market and their predictions for the Cleveland Browns.

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Bill Shaw, president of Standard Supply and Distributing Company

Originally published: 07.01.06 by Terry Tanker

Shaw discusses his start at Mary Kay, the cosmetics giant, and his current role as president of Standard Supply and Distributing Company, Inc. and Bartos Industries.

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Dave Myers, President, Building Efficiency Business of Johnson Controls

Originally published: 06.01.06 by Terry Tanker

Myers discusses his background, his move from York International to Johnson Controls, contractors and the HVACR industry.

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