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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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Ricky Bennett, owner of Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning

Originally published: 06.01.13 by Terry Tanker

Ricky and Kim Bennett, owners of Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning in Waldorf, Md., discuss fleet design, marketing and managing a family business.

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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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Mr. Cliché, president and CEO of Cliché Inc.

Originally published: 03.01.13 by Terry Tanker

Mr. Cliché, believed to be the nation’s leading purveyor of buzzwords, catch phrases and clichés for people too busy to speak in plain English, discussed customer-centric proactive solutions, maximizing synergies, and data-driven ROI.

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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, Inc., 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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20 Questions with Drew Timm, Owner, Sun Services Air Conditioning-Heating Inc.

Originally published: 07.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker recently spoke with Tops in Trucks honoree Drew Timm, owner of Sun Services Air Conditioning-Heating Inc., Fountain Hills, AZ. They spoke about 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, NJ., discuss the keys to their success and becoming certified through the Building Performance Institute.

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20 Questions with Stuart Lombard, President, ecobee

Originally published: 03.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker sat down with ecobee president Stuart Lombard in Orlando at the AHR Show to discuss green technology, energy savings, the Internet, and launching new business ventures.

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20 Questions with Dave Pearson, President and General Ganager of Airwell-Fedders

Originally published: 03.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Recently, Publisher Terry Tanker caught up with a very busy Dave Pearson, president and general manager of Airwell-Fedders. They discussed changes underway at the international company as it emerges from bankruptcy.

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20 Questions with Wade Mayfield, President, Thermal Services Inc., Omaha, NE

Originally published: 03.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Wade Mayfield is President of Thermal Services Inc., Omaha, Neb. Recently, Publisher Terry Tanker talked to Mayfield about his rise from sheet-metal apprentice in 2000 to his current leadership role.

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20 Questions with DeWight Wallace Johnstone Supply CEO

Originally published: 03.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker met with newly appointed Johnstone Supply CEO DeWight Wallace in San Diego at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel to discuss strategy, vision, execution, and management principles that will guide the company into the future.

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20 Questions with Barry Sherman, Consultant

Originally published: 02.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Bary Sherman has helped companies of all sizes to become more efficient while reducing stress through his company’s Personal Effectiveness Program (PEP). Recently, Publisher Terry Tanker met with Sherman to discuss how he’s helped companies such as Toyota, Trane, and Kraft Foods. They also discussed vintage cowboy hats, making fine wine, and controlling email.

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20 Questions with Joe Huck, President and CEO, Williams Comfort Air, Indianapolis

Originally published: 02.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Joe Huck, president and CEO of Williams Comfort Air in Indianapolis, recently spoke to publisher Terry Tanker about 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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20 Questions with Dave Musial, CEO Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning, Chicago

Originally published: 01.01.10 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker recently interviewed Dave Musial, CEO of Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago. They discussed management philosophy, growth, and controlling healthcare costs

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20 Questions with Dave Swift, CEO of Goodman Global, Inc.

Originally published: 12.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker met with Dave Swift, CEO of Goodman Global, Inc., at their company headquaters in Houston, Texas. They discussed 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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20 Questions with Greg Neimi, CEO, Nexstar

Originally published: 07.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Nexstar is a member-owned business development and best practices organization for independent contractors. Terry Tanker recently interviewed Greg Niemi, the group’s CEO. They discussed growth strategies, high-performance teams, making an honest dollar, and where the industry will find its next-generation workforce.

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20 Questions with Lynn Piller, President and Owner of the O’Connor Distribution Company Inc

Originally published: 06.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker met with Lynn Piller, the president and third-generation owner of the O’Connor Company Inc., an award-winning distributor of residential and commercial hvacr equipment and products. They discussed guitars, the new and reshaping business landscape, and growth areas for contractors.

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20 Questions with Dave LaGrand, President and CEO, NORDYNE

Originally published: 05.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Dave LaGrand, President and CEO of NORDYNE, has a simple-but-effective leadership philosophy. He shared this and other thoughts with publisher Terry Tanker recently.

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20 Questions with Ken Lang, Owner of KW Lang Mechanical, Solon, Ohio

Originally published: 04.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Terry Tanker met with Ken Lang, owner of KW Lang Mechanical in Solon, Ohio. The two discussed the best boating route to Florida, Langs path to management, and what it means to sell green in this industry.

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

Originally published: 03.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Terry Tanker met with Rick Busby, owner of Busby’s Heating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration in Augusta Georgia. Busby’s was one of the three winners selected in HVACR Business’ Tops-In-Trucks fleet design contest in 2008. The two met to discuss the economy, marketing and what Busby has learned from his dad.

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20 Questions With Dave Pannier, President of Trane Residential Systems

Originally published: 02.01.09 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker met with Dave Pannier, President, Trane Residential Systems, at the division headquarters in Tyler Texas. They discussed managing in a downturn, leading change, anf 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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20 Questions with Robert Jackson, Partner, Jackson, Dieken & Associates

Originally published: 11.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Robert Jackson, partner at Jackson, Dieken & Associates, a full-service insurence agency, recently sat down with publisher Terry Tanker and drew parallels between his experience as a pro football player and running an effective insurence business. Much of his companys success had built on applying team-based principles and communicatiing effectively

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20 Questions with Paul Franks, President and CEO of The Sports Construction Group.

Originally published: 10.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker met with Paul Franks, president and CEO of Cleveland, Ohio-based Sports Construction Group, which designs and installs athletic fields. They discussed how Franks sold his company, and then bought it back after it went bankrupt and transformed it into a leader in its market. The Sports Construction Group.

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

Originally published: 09.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker sat down with Wayne Beck, owner of Newbury Park, Calif.-based Aladdin Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. — winner of the full wrap Tops in Trucks Fleet Design contest sponsored by HVACR Business. The two discussed service fleets, marketing, current market conditions and opening the proverbial and literal can of worms.

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20 Questions with 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—U.S. Green Building Council 2004-2008, revealed his wit and wisdom to HVACR Business Publisher Terry Tanker. Yudelson offers his take on 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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20 Questions With Bobby Miller, President, Grande Aire Services Inc.

Originally published: 05.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Terry Tanker, publisher of HVACR Business, traveled to Florida’s Boca Grande Island to visit with Bobby Miller, president of Grande Aire Services Inc. The two met during the area’s short-lived tourist lull — right after snowbird season and just before Tarpon fishing season. They chatted about ambitions, customer service and marketing.

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20 Questions with John Conover, President of Americas Trane Commercial Systems

Originally published: 04.01.08 by Terry Tanker

John Conover, President, Americas Trane Commercial Systems, met with HVACR Business Publisher Terry Tanker at the Mechanical Contractors Association of America Annual Convention in Palm Desert, Calif. They discussed 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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20 Questions with Joe Nichter, President, Tri-City Mechanical

Originally published: 03.01.08 by Terry Tanker

At the ACCA annual meeting in Denver, Joe Nichter, president of Tri-City Mechanical (Comfort Systems USA), accepted the commercial contractor of the year award. HVACR Business publisher Terry Tanker sat down with Joe to discuss challenges, triumphs and business best practices.

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20 Questions with Charles Lipman, CEO, DiversiTech Inc.

Originally published: 02.01.08 by Terry Tanker

Charels Lipman, CEO of DiversiTech Inc., an Atlanta-based manufacturer of air conditioning condenser pads and a leading supplier of components and related products for the hvacr industry, met with Publisher Terry Tanker to discuss politics, risk, entrepreneurial spirit and business philosophy. These concepts helped DiversiTech, which had modest beginings in 1971, grow into a diverse company with over 8,000 product SKU's.

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20 Questions with Stephen Yurek, President, ARI

Originally published: 01.01.08 by Terry Tanker

At the tail end of 2007 publisher Terry Tanker visited with Stephen Yurek, president of ARI, at the association's national head-quaters in Arlington VA. Terry quizzed Stephen on several issues including 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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20 Questions with Thomas A. Gugino, Inspections Supervisor, Building and Safety for the City of Las Vegas.

Originally published: 11.01.07 by Terry Tanker

A recent trip to Las Vegas enabled publisher Terry Tanker to meet with Thomas A. Gugino, Inspections Supervisor, Building and Safety for the city of Las Vegas. The two met poolside at Bugsy Siegel’s desert dream, The Flamingo, which has anchored the Las Vegas Strip since gamblers started rolling dice in 1946. The discussion covered casinos, construction projects, mechanical systems, IAPMO and everyday contracting challenges.

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20 Questions With 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), which was twice named Comfortmaker Distributor of the Year, recently chatted with publisher Terry Tanker about vision, discipline, service and marketing. With CSI’s headquarters in Pittsburgh and HVACR Business based in Cleveland, Heckler also couldn’t resist mentioning the Steelers recent 34-7 victory over the Browns.

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20 Questions with Carmine Galletta, CEO of GallettAir Inc. Long Island, NY

Originally published: 09.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Carmine Galletta of GallettAir Inc., Long Island, N.Y., the winner of HVACR Business’ First Annual Truck Design Contest, spent a day with publisher Terry Tanker discussing the value of well-planned fleet programs, car collections, restaurants, service contracts, and more.

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20 Questions With Craig and Sharry Angell, Owners of Angell Aire

Originally published: 08.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Craig and Sharry Angell started Angell Aire Inc. seven years ago and have enjoyed great success, winning Bryant’s Heating & Cooling Systems 2006 Dealer of the Year. They recently talked to publisher Terry Tanker.

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Don Strang III, President of Strang Corporation

Originally published: 07.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Don Strang III, president of Strang Corp., owner of chain restaurants and hotels, discusses business challenges, staffing and mechanical systems for the company’s properties.

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20 Questions With Bonnie Kern Koskela, President and CEO, Maxitrol Company

Originally published: 06.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Bonnie Kern Koskela, president and CEO of Maxitrol Company, recently spoke with Publisher Terry Tanker about career advice, living abroad, and the decision-making process she uses as leader of the Southfield, Mich.-based manufacturer of gas valves and valve equipment.

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20 Questions With Larry Trimbach, President 2J Supply Company

Originally published: 05.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Larry Trimbach, a second-generation hvacr distributor with 2J Supply Co., recently spent a morning with publisher Terry Tanker discussing rock ’n’ roll, expansion and growth, contractors, health-care costs, business strategies and more.

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20 Questions with Theo Etzel, President Conditioned Air Naples Florida

Originally published: 04.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Conditioned Air president Theo Etzel met with HVACR Business publisher Terry Tanker in Etzel’s Naples office after the 39th Annual ACCA meeting held in Orlando, March 6 to 8. They discussed how a different management philosophy, dedication to training, and empowering employees turned his company into a powerhouse.

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20 Questions with Rex Boynton, President N.A.T.E.

Originally published: 03.01.07 by Terry Tanker

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. NATE’s president, Rex Boynton, met with publisher Terry Tanker in Washington, D.C. to discuss the past, present, and future of the organization.

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20 Questions with Mark Bulanda, President, White Rodgers

Originally published: 02.01.07 by Terry Tanker

Mark Bulanda, president of White Rodgers, flew into Cleveland on an unusually warm January day to meet with Publisher Terry Tanker. They 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

Morten Andersen is the oldest player in pro football, the league’s all-time leading scorer and a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame discusses football, business and the preparation that goes into both.

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20 Questions with Barry Abernathy of E. Smith Heating and Air Conditioning.

Originally published: 12.01.06 by Terry Tanker

When it comes to training, owner Barry Abernathy of E. Smith Heating and Air Conditioning, Marietta, Ga. invests heavily and fosters independence at the company’s two divisions. This strategy, and others, have kept his family-owned company on the leading edge. He recently talked with publisher Terry Tanker about training, financing, fleet management, fishing, dining — and how to work in a family business while maintaining professionalism.

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20 Questions with Gary Daniels, President and CEO of Johnstone Supply

Originally published: 11.01.06 by Terry Tanker

It’s trendy to cut out the middleman — but not in the hvacr industry. Publisher Terry Tanker met with Gary Daniels, president and CEO of Johnstone Supply, for coffee and a conversation about wholesale distribution, contractors, adding value, globalization, and team sports at Johnstone headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

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20 Questions with John Galyen, Danfoss President

Originally published: 10.01.06 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker spent an afternoon with Danfoss President John Galyen discussing contractors, the wholesale market, commercial and industrial refrigeration, as well as the North American marketplace. Below is a recap of their conversation.

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20 Questions with Scott & Maureen Harders

Originally published: 09.01.06 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker recently sat down with hvacr customers Scott and Maureen Harders to discuss a new addition that doubled the size of their home, renovation challenges, hvacr contractors, and hvacr concerns associated with the project. The Harders live in the Northeast United States.

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20 Questions with Dick & Dave Slife, Owners of Slife Heating and Cooling Lakewood, Ohio

Originally published: 08.01.06 by Terry Tanker

Contractors for hire — Publisher Terry Tanker sat down with Dick and Dave Slife owners of Slife Heating and Cooling. The brothers operate a residential and commercial contracting company in Lakewood Ohio and have been in business for the past sixteen years. We explore their tips for success, challenges they face in the market and their predictions for the Cleveland Browns.

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20 Questions with Bill Shaw, President of Standard Supply and Distributing Company, Inc. and Bartos Industries.

Originally published: 07.01.06 by Terry Tanker

How does someone who started out in the cosmetics industry become one of the most successful HVACR distributors in the industry? Publisher Terry Tanker sat down with HARDI President, Bill Shaw, to find out about 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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20 Questions with Dave Myers, President of the Building Efficiency Business of Johnson Controls

Originally published: 06.01.06 by Terry Tanker

Publisher Terry Tanker sat down with David Myers, former President and CEO of York International and now President of the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls for an informal discussion about his background, his move from York International to Johnson Controls, contractors and the hvacr industry.

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