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Las Vegas Entrepreneur Establishes $100,000 HVAC Endowment for Veterans at College of Southern Nevada


LAS VEGAS, NV – Kenneth D. Goodrich, managing partner of Nevada investment group Phoenix Peach LLC and an HVAC industry veteran, announced today that he has established a $100,000 scholarship endowment at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). Titled the Kenneth and Wendy Goodrich CSN Post-9/11 Veteran HVAC Employment Program, the endowment was developed to aid military veterans enrolled in the school’s Air Conditioning Technology program.

CSN, the largest higher education institute in the state with three main campuses, plans to use the funds to help military veterans, who are graduates of the program, purchase the tools necessary to go to work immediately in the HVAC industry in Southern Nevada.

“Veterans have the type of good, strong training that employers in the air conditioning industry want to see,” said Dennis Soukup, chair of the CSN Applied Technologies Department. “With their military training, the knowledge they receive from CSN and now the tools provided by this endowment, we expect these veterans to easily transition into lifelong careers following graduation.”

Tools are a necessary component for individuals looking for employment in the competitive HVAC industry. While some employers provide a portion of these tools, essential items, such as gauges and meters, can often cost a worker more than $1,000. CSN plans to use the endowment to develop toolkits for these veterans, presenting them upon graduation.

The endowment was envisioned by Goodrich to act as a subsidy to the existing Post-9/11 GI Bill. This bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001. However, the bill does not cover the costs of items such as the aforementioned tools, creating a need Goodrich sought to help fill.

“I have had the pleasure of meeting many veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, and they are the type of disciplined, responsible people that employers in the air conditioning industry need,” Goodrich said. “I am proud to provide this endowment as a means to help veteran-students in Southern Nevada easily transition into their careers. These are our nation’s heroes, and I’m excited to see what they accomplish in this next phase of their lives.”

The endowment is expected to reach more than a dozen of the more than 360 students currently enrolled in the Air Conditioning Technology program at CSN. However, as more and more servicemen and women return from active duty, Soukup anticipates the number of veterans in the program to increase significantly over the next few years.

Goodrich has owned and operated successful air conditioning companies throughout the Southwest for the past 25 years. His first-hand knowledge of the skills and equipment successful employees must have provided him with the insights necessary to see this need for veterans enrolled in air conditioning programs. As a Las Vegas native, contributing to CSN in an effort to fill this need was a natural next step for the entrepreneur-philanthropist.

Goodrich has also donated equipment and established additional endowments at CSN in the past. In addition, he currently owns the Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairmen and The Sunny Plumber companies in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., and he plans to launch the Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairmen brand in Southern Nevada next year.


Goettl Good Guys and The Sunny Plumber Initiate Veteran Hiring Campaign

In a related story, Goodrich has also launched a campaign to actively hire military servicemen and women in need of work at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairmen and The Sunny Plumber, Phoenix Peach’s heating and air conditioning and plumbing companies.

“Goettl Good Guys and The Sunny Plumber are intensely proud to reach out and provide some security to the heroes who have given up so much to defend our country”

To reach veterans, Goettl Good Guys and The Sunny Plumber have reached out to local military organizations focused on finding employment opportunities for servicemen and women. The companies encourage similar organizations in Arizona to contact them to see what job placement opportunities can be secured, and also welcome any interested applicants to apply in person at 1845 W. 1st Street, Ste. 108 in Tempe or at 1780 E. Benson Highway in Tucson.

“Goettl Good Guys and The Sunny Plumber are intensely proud to reach out and provide some security to the heroes who have given up so much to defend our country,” said Dan Burke, Phoenix Peach CEO. “As a former Navy serviceman, I am acutely aware of the pressures to assimilate back into civilian life after military service. Hopefully, our companies’ efforts will ensure these brave men and women establish long-term careers, and in industries that pair well with training that many receive in the armed forces, like equipment maintenance and repair.”

The companies have previously shown support for veterans throughout Arizona as well. At local American Legion Posts, Goettl Good Guys has helped solve air filtration and air conditioning systems challenges, and has introduced a military discount program for veterans and their families. Goodrich asserts the companies will continue to show support for former military in the future through additional service offerings like this and by hiring former military servicemen and women for years to come.

“Building a workforce of technicians from disciplined military backgrounds will only advance the companies’ commitment to providing high-quality services,” Goodrich said. “Phoenix Peach will continue shaping these two companies to stand out for their community service and rapid repair of technology and plumbing at our neighbors’ homes.”

For more information, visit www.goettl.com or www.goettltucson.com