When Todd Morgan decided to start a mechanical contracting firm, he had only $10,000 cash in his pocket and no line of credit. He’s the first to admit that this is way too little to be starting a mechanical contracting business.
Since it was founded in 2011, Cherry Hill, New Jersey-based Allied Energy Efficiency Experts has completed approximately 5,000 comprehensive Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) projects in New Jersey and Delaware.
Parker needs 24-hour in-home care, and after purchasing a home equipped with a patient lift and wheelchair entry, he had no funds to purchase the wheelchair he desired. An online search led him to the Joseph Groh Foundation, where he applied for a grant. Thanks to many supporters, it was able to grant Parker’s wish.
Success is hard to define — it’s the chameleon of words, always taking on a new definition depending on the situation. Because it’s constantly changing what it looks like, success may seem nearly impossible to recognize, let alone achieve.
Imagine a workplace environment where everyone absolutely loves coming to work every day? Such is the case at Classic Air’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning in Virginia Beach, Virginia. With a motivational work environment, positive reinforcement from superiors, and an overall feeling of family, employees come to work jobs, but end up developing careers.
Hunter’s founding of Hunter Heat & Air in 2006 was a classic HVAC industry start-up: himself, his brother-in-law, and one truck. Today, Hunter is the co-owner — along with his wife and vice president, Nicola — of a company with four locations, 32 employees, and annual sales of $5 million.
Steve Quinn, owner of JD Swallow Heating & Cooling in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has modest goals for the company over the next five years, but working to achieve those goals is what has helped him win the Best Contractor to Work for Award in the North Central region.
The employees of IC Refrigeration are a close-knit group. The company goes above and beyond to put the welfare of its employees and their families before the business, creating an open, family-oriented culture, which is something the employees know is rare in today’s business world.
Dan Foley, President of Foley Mechanical, a Lorton, Virginia-based company, is a firm believer that the early bird gets the worm, especially in the mechanical contracting business. A 29-year veteran of the industry, Foley cut his teeth in HVAC at Arlington Heating, where he worked for 15 years prior to venturing out on his own.
Angie Snow affirms that no matter what challenges arise, it’s important to remain flexible. This flexibility helped Western survive the Great Recession, which hit right after the Snows purchased the company.