Originally published: 09.01.21 by Pete Grasso
There are many ways to say goodbye; and leaving a lasting impression is important. It’s also important to recognize and thank all the people to whom you are saying goodbye.
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me just what a “Seinfeld” fan I am — I’ve even written quite a few columns over the years based off lessons learned from the show. I sometimes like to view “The Finale,” with its parade of classic characters, as a final goodbye to the many people who made the show so great for so many years.
This is the point in my column where I make the “Seinfeld” episode I’m referencing relevant to current events … and in this case, it’s personal. After more than seven years as editor of HVACR Business magazine, this is my final column as I move on to the next phase of my career.
I’ve enjoyed my tenure as editor of this magazine and hope you have appreciated the quality business management and industry focused content I’ve made it my mission to provide each month.
One of the best aspects of this job over the years has been the ability it has afforded me to travel and connect with so many wonderful people. Contractors, consultants, manufacturers and distributors — this industry is full of so many smart and talented people. It has truly been a thrill to connect with so many of you.
In a similar vein to “The Finale,” I’d like to use the rest of this space to recognize some of the people I had the pleasure of getting to know my past seven-plus years here.
I’ve been lucky to have become closely acquainted with so many excellent contractors — business leaders and all-around great people. I’ve come to rely on so many of you for content, advice and industry knowledge.
Among them, I’d like to recognize Brian Stack (my neighbor) from Stack Heating & Cooling in Avon, Ohio; Michael Rosenberg from Rosenberg Indoor Comfort in San Antonio; Eric Knaak from Isaac Heating & Cooling in Rochester, N.Y.; Carmine Galletta from GallettAir in West Babylon, N.Y.; and Wade Mayfield from Thermal Services in Omaha, Neb.
There have been many others — industry consultants and association leadership — that have also had a big impact on my time here. Ruth King, the magazine’s longest-running columnist, is a truly great person. Matt Michel, from Service Roundtable, is someone I’ve known for more than 15 years and I’m happy to consider a friend.
I’ve also gotten to know Bart James from Air Conditioning Contractors of America and am thrilled he’s doing such a great job for ACCA and the industry. Chris Hunter, from Go Time Success Group, is someone I got to know when he was president of Hunter Super Techs in Ardmore, Okla. and had been a great resource for me over the years.
I can’t forget about Jim McDermott. He’s been such a valuable part of this magazine and the industry for so many years (congrats again on your retirement, Jim). And of course, there’s Ron Smith — the godfather of HVACR.
If you’ve ever met Ron, you know how lucky you are.
There are too many others to name, but you know who you are.
Finally, I’d like to express what a pleasure it has been to work with the internal staff here at HVACR Business:
Terry Tanker, publisher who gave me the opportunity to be the editor; Barb Kerr, VP Operations the best proof reader of all time, and the person who has found every one of my grammatical and proofing errors; and Megan LaSalla, the art director who simply makes HVACR Business the best looking magazine in B2B publishing. Thank you.