Articles by Mark Skaer

Skaer-Tactics: Plenty of Questions, But Not Enough Answers

Here are some Six Million Dollar questions, of which I do not have answers for. I seek answers from readers. Let me know what you think.
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Overcoming Natural Disasters

Trade associations, industry consultants, and many contractors agree upon and preach the need for being prepared for an emergency. However, not many contractors have a written natural disaster plan on record, nor have practiced for a potential weather-related hazard.
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Skaer-Tactics: First Cell Phone Debate, Now Wind Turbines?

While doctors, scientists, and researchers argue about cancer and its link to cell phone use, Bill Bissmeyer has opened a different can of worms.
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Skaer-Tactics: An Industry That Works Together ...

There was a time not too long ago that this industry was … well … rather disjointed. Manufacturers did their thing. Contractors did their thing. Wholesalers did their thing. Or, so it seemed.
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Skaer-Tactics: Meier Supply Co. Is Not the Biggest Loser

HVACR wholesale distributor Meier Supply Co. has taken a vested interest in the health - yes, health - of its workers. On July 18 it launched its eight-week Biggest Loser competition.
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Skaer-Tactics: Independent Illinois Contractors Ban Together

When it comes to getting things accomplished, I am a firm believer that two heads are better than one. It beats going alone all the time.
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Skaer-Tactics: Fore! Schedule Time to Participate

If you play golf as poorly as I do, you stay away from golf tournaments. No need to embarrass myself. As the saying goes, “Momma did not raise no fool.”
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Skaer Tactics: YouTube Could Provide Exposure

Yes, I am still pushing for getting an HVACR-related TV show on the air. I believe it is still possible, but I also realize it will not happen overnight. It’s going to take time, but it must be attempted. I’m encouraged by some of the comments and suggestions that keep coming from readers.
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NATE Bowl Halftime Report

North American Technician Excellence (NATE), through its NATE Bowl competition, is awarding a grand prize, all-expense-paid trip to Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa (February 2009). The five contractors with the most points from each of three divisions will be entered into the grand prize drawing.
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Suit Filed Against Albuquerque's Energy Code

The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) - along with several associations and local distributors and contractors - filed a formal complaint in U.S. District Court seeking “declaratory and injunction relief under federal law” against enforcement of the city of Albuquerque’s new Energy Conservation Code and High Performance Building Ordinance.
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