Articles by Mark Skaer

Distinguished Speakers at 2008 MCAA Convention

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'

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?

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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Third Day Is Perfect Opportunity to Spread Word at AHR Expo

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

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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Workshops to Help Contractors Improve

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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