Articles by John R. Hall

Why Distributors Sell to Off-The-Clockers

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Back in January The NEWS published an article on HVAC service techs and installers who work off the clock behind the bosses’ back and earn extra money doing side jobs. The respondents remained anonymous as they described how and why they made a living out of working on their own, sometimes with or without their bosses’ permission.
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Taking Care of Business: It May Not Be ‘Girls Gone Wild,' But...

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It is “beach blanket beauty” as described in a recent issue of USA Today. The story was about a recruiting effort of spring break students in Daytona Beach by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools.
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Not All Surf and NASCAR for Contractors

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Daytona Beach is known for the spectacle of NASCAR auto racing. It is also home to many HVAC contractors who share the same business concerns as their peers across the United States. A few of these business owners shared their views with The NEWS during a recent roundtable session.
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Taking Care of Business: Green Acres or Green Buildings

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“Greeeeeeeeeeen buildings are the place to be…”  Sing that once and tell me what TV show theme song that comes from. Oh I forgot, it’s in the headline of this blog.
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Two ACCA Chapters Discuss HVAC Topics

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Chicago and Louisville are great and distinct communities. But as different as they are, each community holds similar business concerns for HVAC contractors, namely licensing (or the lack thereof) and qualified technicians (or the lack thereof). The NEWS recently sat down with Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) members in each community to talk about these topics during informal roundtable discussions.
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Embezzlement Costs Contractors Big Bucks

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The former bookkeeper for Niehoff/Dunco Heating and Cooling admitted to embezzling more than $265,000 on checks drawn on her employer’s bank account. Her boss, Wayne Duncan, almost went out of business because of the crime. He learned a valuable lesson from the painful experience.
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I'll Stick With Our Own HVAC Products, Thank You

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Some things put a smile on my face and make me chuckle despite the doom and gloom that we constantly are barraged with from the general media. One of those things is the carousel of new products that will make life easier and improve everyone’s quality of life. If I mention the words Ionic Breeze do you get my drift?
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Taking Care of Business: Competition Saving, Not Killing This Guy

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I liked this story I read last week about an HVAC contractor who saved the life of a competitor - literally. I picked up the story from an online version of The Brick Times in Lakehurst, N.J.
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Taking Care of Business: Now We Know Green is Normal

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If you ever needed more evidence that going green is normal, look no further than this story. Normal, Illinois made the news recently by taking steps to green their town - and bragged about it.
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Taking Care of Business: Idea for Next COPS Episode

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“Bad boys, bad boys - whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you? Bad boys, bad boys…” It’s one of those tunes I can never get out of my head.
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