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Tops in Trucks Fleet Design Contest

The 10th Annual Tops in Trucks fleet design contest proves that, when it comes to marketing, branding and professional image, HVACR contractors have stepped up their game in a big way.

The way you present your company has a profound impact on your business. If you think people purchase goods and services based upon rational thinking, think again. Most decisions are made based on associations and feelings — and the image you present goes a long way toward imprinting yourself on your customer base.

Projecting the right image is crucial for positioning yourself in the marketplace and establishing brand identity. Nowhere is image more important for a contractor than on it's most valuable asset — the fleet.

This year's winners continue to elevate the image of the HVACR industry — Hawks & Company, Innovative Air Solutions and Jon Wayne Service Company all present an image of innovation and professionalism through classic, yet refreshing fleet designs.


Does Your Fleet Have the Look?

Show off your pride and joy — enter the 2017 Tops in Trucks Fleet Design Contest!

The Tops in Trucks Fleet Design Contest is our annual salute to outstanding fleet vehicle advertising and graphic design. Visibility goes a long way toward keeping your company top of mind, and there’s no better way to market your company than through your fleet of vehicles.

Since the inception of the Tops in Trucks Fleet Design Contest 10 years ago, hundreds of HVACR contractors have submitted entries, but only 30 have been awarded the prestigious honor.

Do you think your fleet has what it takes to be among the elite?

Enter the 2017 Tops in Trucks Fleet Design Contest and gain recognition for your marketing, branding and — most of all — your eye-catching fleet!

Winning fleet vehicles are featured on the cover of the June issue of HVACR Business magazine.


Entries are judged by a panel of business, marketing and design experts on the following criteria:

• Overall Graphic Appeal
• Legibility of Contact Information
• Creativity
• Organization of Design Elements
• Originality
• Incorporation of the Company Brand

How to Enter

Complete the entry form and email it, along with high-resolution digital photos of the nominated vehicles, to:


Please be sure to send photos of both the passenger and driver sides of the vehicles, as well as front, back and angled perspectives (the more photos you submit, the easier it is for the judges to truly appreciate your fleet design).

Set your digital cameral to the highest setting to ensure good resolution photos. Image size should be 300 dpi and at least six inches wide — do not crop out any part of the vehicle.

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20 Questions with Past Winners:


Carmine Galletta

Carmine Galletta, owner of GallettAir in Long Island, N.Y., was the very first winner of the Tops in Trucks Fleet Design Contest. He discusses fleet design, business, family and what's changed since 2007.

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Bill Stueber

Bill Stueber, owner of Blue Ridge Heating and Cooling in Pine Beach, N.J., discusses the challenges of finding good people, updating the company brand and transitioning the business to his daughter.

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Konrad Rybak

Konrad, owner of Air Blue Heating and Cooling in Wheeling, Ill., 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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Winston Hancock

Winston Hancock discusses Ashland, Va.-based 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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Peter Hungate

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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John and Jeff Churchill

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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Joe Timo

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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Wesley Holm

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

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Gary Ward

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

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Drew Timm

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

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Steve Schmidt

Steve Schmidt, president of Frederick Air, Inc. in Frederick, Md., discusses Edvard Munch, marketing budgets, and Home Performance Contracting.

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Wayne G. Beck

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

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Carmine Galletta

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

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Jason Stom

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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