Articles by John R. Hall

Taking Care of Business: How Important Are Your Graphics?

May 9, 2008
Yes folks, pictures do speak a thousand words. Some need no words to express what is taking place in the photograph. I bet a few pop into your mind right now, especially photographs of historic events. But what about graphics?
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New Bills Designed to Slow Copper Theft

May 5, 2008
A number of states are now engaging in various legislative efforts to help stem the tide of copper thefts. This article describes some of those efforts.
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Taking Care of Business: It's Sunny and 72° – Where Are Your Profits?

May 5, 2008
For most people, sunny and 72°F are the perfect weather conditions. But then again, HVACR contractors are not like most people. They prefer temperature extremes and why not?
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Taking Care of Business: How Many Ways Can ‘Air' Be In a Name?

April 21, 2008
How do I “air” thee? Let me count the ways. On second thought, I won’t, especially when used in the name of an HVACR business.
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Consolidation Furor Dies Down: What Now?

April 21, 2008
It’s been several years since a wave of consolidation hit the Indianapolis market. But to the established HVACR contractors in Indianapolis, there are still plenty of interesting topics to discuss. And that is what several of them did during a recent sit-down roundtable discussion with The NEWS.
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Taking Care of Business: The Short List for Preventing Callbacks

April 15, 2008
Callbacks. Just the word sends shudders up the spines of business owners who pride themselves on quality work and experienced workmanship. Yet despite all of the best training and experience, there are bound to be callbacks.
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OK, Send Us Your Thugs and Punks

April 14, 2008
I am encouraged when I read about influential people in the educational field who speak out in defense of the trades. In this case, I’m talking about Cheri Jimeno, president of New Mexico State University-Alamogordo. She recently wrote a very interesting column for Alamogordo Daily News. The headline was “Voc ed not just for ‘bad’ kids.”
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'Old Gun' HVAC Techs Talk About the Business

April 7, 2008
Last year The NEWS ran a series of articles on the “Young Guns of HVAC.” It was about young business owners who were making an impact on the trade. This time we are talking with the “old guns” - service techs that have made an impact on the trade long before any of the young guns were born.
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Taking Care of Business: It's a War: Rural Vs. Urban Contractors

April 7, 2008
While HVACR contractors in urban areas may talk about the need to step up licensing and permitting enforcement in their states, contractors in rural areas may not see the need.
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Taking Care of Business: This Is America: Speak English

March 28, 2008
I am paraphrasing this headline to make it fit on the page. The sign that is posted in a cheese steak shop in Philadelphia (gee, go figure) actually reads “This is America: When ordering please speak English.”
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