Articles by Mark Skaer

Distinguished Speakers at 2008 MCAA Convention

February 25, 2008
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; former major league baseball player Jim Abbott; author Stephen M.R. Covey; United Association General President William Hite; college basketball analyst Dick Vitale; and others will be a part of the 2008 Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Convention.
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Acquiring Firms 'Under the Radar'

February 25, 2008
Over the last few years, contractor acquisitions and consolidations have been taking place “under the radar,” so to speak. More and more contractors - as well as groups, networks, and consolidators - have been “quietly” growing their respective businesses by purchasing or merging with other firms. Here are the pros and cons of growth through acquisition.
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Skaer-Tactics: What Should I Ask Dr. Stanley?

February 22, 2008
Never met Dr. Patricia Stanley, but I will be crossing paths with the deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education twice next month. Dr. Stanley is the scheduled keynote speaker for both the HVACR & Plumbing Instructor Workshop and the HVACR Educators & Trainers Conference.
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Transmitters, Sensors Upgraded and Improved

February 18, 2008
Sensors and transmitters continue to be upgraded and improved upon. In alphabetical order, here are what manufacturers introduced as new at the 2008 Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo).
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Skaer-Tactics: Headlines You Will Not Read Here in ‘08

February 18, 2008
I should have given these to you earlier. However, here are just a few of the headlines you will not see in The NEWS this year.
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Third Day Is Perfect Opportunity to Spread Word at AHR Expo

February 18, 2008
Since the final day of the AHR Expo is usually slow and laborious, why not make the best of it? After all, how often do we have this many manufacturers together under one roof? Rather than have each waste time and money, why not fill the place with the general public, media, students, and everyone else in between. Let’s do whatever it takes to spread the good word about this industry.
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Instruments Go Infrared and Digital

February 18, 2008
When it comes to test instruments and monitors, there are two words to remember: infrared and digital. It’s the way diagnostic tools are headed, based upon what manufacturers introduced at the 2008 Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo).
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Duct Cleaning Equipment Gets More Sophisticated

February 18, 2008
Duct cleaning equipment and products are becoming more and more sophisticated. Proof was at the 2008 Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo).
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Skaer-Tactics: New Word for Today: Retro-commissioning

February 5, 2008
While at the 2008 Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, I was invited to visit the booth of the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEEB). It had some information to pass along.
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Workshops to Help Contractors Improve

February 4, 2008
Sure, Tommy Castellano could be considered slightly biased on the subject. After all, the owner of Castellano Air Conditioning is the 2008 chair of the ACCA Program Advisory Committee. It’s only natural that he believe the multitude of workshops to be offered at this year’s ACCA Conference are going to be exceptional.
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