Articles by Mike Murphy

MCAA Meets Challenge of Change

April 2, 2007
Change. The very word makes the pulse quicken, and that little inkling of fear stirs in the pit of your stomach. This was on the opening page of the program guide of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) 2007 convention. It set the stage for five days of intensive, thought-provoking discussions.
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Mentoring: Old Idea Made New Again

March 19, 2007
We all face a point in time when we must become our own mentor, our own champion for our own causes. However, every young person needs someone to help them model business behaviors that will produce long-lasting, positive results.
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HVAC Presence Felt at the Big Show

March 12, 2007
More than 70 companies were listed under Air Conditioning, Heating & Ventilating Equipment in the official exhibit guide of the 2007 International Builders’ Show, in addition to companies participating as sponsors of six different model homes on or near the site. Orlando was definitely the place for them to be seen by buying customers.
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Global Warming: It's Not the Weather

March 5, 2007
The climate of planet Earth can be scientifically measured, and although this has been done for only a relatively short period of time, it’s true that climate changes are occurring and that humankind has been contributing to global warming.
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Murphy's Law: Build Your Own Advisory Board

February 19, 2007
Chris Fitzgerald, president of Fitzgerald Mechanical Inc., has said that his peer group has played a huge role in the success of his company. Many contractors claim the same to be true for their companies.
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2007 AHR Expo: Big Show in the 'Big D'

February 19, 2007
The last day of the AHR Expo is always the one that finds a number of sincerely interested people searching the aisles for “the next new thing” or that “competitive advantage.” As the 2007 AHR Expo and ASHRAE Winter meeting in Dallas drew to a close, no doubt some attendees walked away quite pleased.
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Forecasting is Tricky Business

February 12, 2007
It is the time of year for reviewing all the forecasts from 2006 and making early adjustments to the 2007 plan. If you’re at all like me, most of you hope that no one will recall the projections you made last year at this time.
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NFL Scout Goes From the Gridiron to the Trenches

January 29, 2007
John Lombardi, grandson of coach Vince Lombardi, discusses leaving work in the National Football League for the competitive field of HVAC in Green Bay Packer country.
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Quality Installations Being Questioned

January 22, 2007
In the last 18 months, DOE has sat in on meetings in which manufacturers’ equipment test procedures for efficiency ratings have been challenged. So, the government’s interest in this industry isn’t random. But what has brought about the high level of interest in the installation procedures utilized by contractors?
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MCAA Recruitment Effort Hits Home Run

January 15, 2007
The Mechanical Contractor’s Association of America (MCAA) is betting on some eventual return on its investment as nearly 135 students from 25 colleges and universities descended upon Atlanta for the sixth annual Student Chapter summit. College students and their faculty advisors and instructors participated in the 2006 summit.
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