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Pete Grasso

Pete is the editor of HVACR Business magazine and the Ahead of the Curve enewsletter, as well as web content editor for www.hvacrbusiness.com and author of the blog Keeping it Simple.

Pete has spent his career working in and with trade media, both as a public relations practitioner and as an editor. He gained a great deal of expertise in the B2B arena, within large and medium sized advertising agencies. Throughout his career, he developed and implemented public relations strategies for Duck brand duct tape, Bosch power tools, Alcoa wheels, Glidden paint and the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA).

Pete also has extensive experience on the editorial side of the desk. First, as an associate editor for Penton Media's Contracting Business magazine and later as managing editor for Questex Media’s Pest Management Professional magazine, where his monthly columns, feature stories and popular blog provided practical and sound business information for owners and technicians alike.

A graduate of Ohio Northern University, Pete currently resides in Avon Lake, Ohio with his wife April.

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Articles by Pete Grasso

R-22 Phase Out: What Contractors Really Need to Know

There is much debate about the EPA’s phase out of R-22 refrigerant as we inch closer and closer to January 1, 2020. Leaders from all aspects of the industry weigh in to define what this issue really means to the contractor’s bottom line.
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You Have a Lot to Teach Each Other

Association meetings, industry events and mix groups are great venues in which to share ideas and learn from those who have been where you are and where you plan to go with your business.
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Larry Zarker, CEO of Building Performance Institute

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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Make Smart Hiring Decisions

When you’re short-staffed, looking for the right person to join your company is the last thing on which you want to spend precious time. But, it’s a necessary process that shouldn’t be rushed.
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Charles Fletcher, executive VP of EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems

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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Daily Habits to Make You Happy and Successful

Whether it's getting up early, making sure they spend time with family or simply conducting meetings a certain way, successful contractors all have certain habits that contribute directly to the betterment of their companies.
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Returning to Reality

Use this month to ease back into your schedule, and save the big changes for February.
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Look for the Next Curve

It isn’t enough merely to stay ahead of the curve. True innovators, such as Steve Jobs, look for the next curve. And then the next curve — never becoming complacent.
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Keep it Professional Online

Nothing online is truly private, and the only way to keep from looking foolish is to not be foolish to begin with — and certainly don’t post it online.
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A Champion for the Trades

While One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning will certainly benefit from Mike Rowe’s celebrity endorsement, the industry as a whole has a lot to gain — including recruitment of new technicians.
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Amazing Transformations

This year’s Tops in Trucks Fleet Design Contest winners transformed their boring, drab trucks into eye-catching, memorable designs that make lasting impressions with customers.
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Just Say Thanks

Saying "thank you" on a regular basis can be a difficult thing to do, but it can go a long way toward supporting your team.
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Choosing the Right Lawyer is Crucial to Success

A good business attorney provides vital assistance in almost every aspect of your business. Here’s what you need to know to hire an attorney before you actually need one.
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Beware the Status Quo

If you desire improvement, you have to change the way things have always been done.
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Manage Your Stress this Holiday Season

Stress is inevitable. How we handle the stress, though, will dictate whether or not it has a positive or a negative effect on our lives.
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High Yield Contractors: How Do You Measure Up?

To be successful in business, you have to have one eye toward the future. It’s not enough to simply do what you do well — you must always look to improve and grow. Learn the keys to achieve continued success and grow sales in 2015.
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A Lot to Look Forward To

We’ve got a lot of exciting things planned for 2015, but not everything has to wait until then. Our new website has a lot of features that will keep you coming back for more.
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You Only Get One Chance to Make a Lasting Impression

You don’t have long to make a lasting impression, so you better be memorable. Luckily, this industry has no shortage of great minds worthy of praise for their creative marketing strategies.
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Bold, Brilliant and Memorable

The 2014 Tops-in-Trucks Fleet Design contest winners were simply brilliant — showcasing clean design, legible text, eye-catching graphics, clean layouts and strong colors.
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Cruising the Strip and Turning Heads

Sometimes, generating leads is as simple as putting your name out there in a memorable way. Three HVACR business owners share their unique take on mobile marketing.
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