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Tonya Vinas

Tonya Vinas is a former editor of HVACR Business.


Articles by Tonya Vinas

Electric Vehicles Offer Economical Solution

Are electric vehicles right for your company? Many contractors are unsure, as was Tom Robichaud, owner and president of Precision Plumbing Heating Electric in Boulder, CO. The CEO of one of Precision’s long-time clients, Boulder Electric Vehicle, convinced Robichaud to take a test drive because he thought the truck would be a perfect fit for the short routes service technicians drive daily. After that test drive and some additional research, Robichaud became an electric vehicle advocate.
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Clear, Clean Designs Connect with Customers

Tops in Trucks winners say more with less as branding takes the spotlight
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Safety For All

The number of Spanish-speaking skilled workers in the hvacr trade is increasing, a trend that presents many challenges to business owners. Fortunately, many groups have started to provide materials in Spanish focused on training and safety.
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Earth, Nature Fleet Designs Stay Popular

One trend that shows no sign of ending soon is to use fleet designs that promote energy savings and environmental responsibility
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Tops in Trucks 2011

One of the most powerful mobile marketing tools HVACR contractors have is their fleet. This year’s winners have fantastic-looking fleets that also support each contractor's branding and value proposition.
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Light Commercial/Commercial Outlook: Partly Sunny, Lingering Clouds

Contractors, equipment suppliers, and industry groups expect 2011 to be an improvement over 2010, but not an immense improvement. Consumer trends, regulatory requirements, and incentive programs are making anything related to energy efficiency a promising opportunity; and expanding and/or rebounding sectors such as healthcare and stimulus-fueled public works projects are also brightening the outlook somewhat.
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A Better Way for Pine State Services

Pine State Services, South Portland, Maine, began a vehicle-stocking-and-organization program for its fleet of 21 vehicles, 10 of which are service vehicles. Here's why and how they did it.
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Partners in Efficiency

Large electrical utilities are promoting hvacr contractors through pre-qualified referral lists.
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Tops In Trucks 2009 Winners

One way hvacr contractors communicate their trustworthiness, technical ability, and quality customer service is through their trucks. Company owners who still do not see their fleets as one of the top communication tools and ways to gain customer confidence need to listen to the winners of this year’s Tops In Trucks contest.
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Getting Better With Wellness Programs

Investing in employee wellness programs can produce a more satisfied and productive workforce, reduce health-care and insurance costs, and improve attendance and performance.
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Co-op Advertising Makes Small Companies Seem Big

Contractors can have top notch ads with minimal effort.
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Breathe Easier

Several trends make now the time to incorporate IAQ information, products, and services into your offerings.
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Need a New Way To Promote Your Business? Say 'Go Team!'

Follow the lead of Johnson Controls' sports-marketing efforts.
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Tops in Training

The HVACR industry is in perpetual need of highly skilled, enthusiastic employees. At Ferris State University's College of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR), they're doing their part to give students a broad base for what they are going to experience in the real world.
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Spreading Cheer Without Fear

Raucous holiday parties can leadto injury, lawsuits, and insults if not planned properly. Tonya Vinas, editor-in-chief of HVACR Business offers tips and advice for parties that will encourage employees throughout the year.
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Boost Productivity With ‘Visuality’

The power of visuality is that it empowers employees to do their jobs more efficiently based on their own evaluations, ideas, and actions. It seems with this concept, everyone benefits, especially customers.
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Who Makes Buying Decisions? Women!

Women are a lucrative market, especially when it comes to providing a comfortable, cost-efficient home for families. Position your products and services so that they respond to the concerns of women, and stress quality and ease of maintenance.
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Wild About Wireless

Whether it’s a simple cell phone or a sophisticated business management software solution, the latest in wireless technology can help you reduce costs, increase revenues, and raise quality standards
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