Articles by Mike Murphy

MCAA Recruitment Effort Hits Home Run

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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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Largest Mexican Contractor Leads the Way

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In 1951, Carlos Armella Maza and a partner founded Calefacciòn y Ventilaciòn S. A. (CYVSA®). Could Armella have imagined that a tour of CYVSA today would take nearly an hour as one passes through a number of security points in the 160,000-square-foot facility that is corporate headquarters for a 1,700-employee company?
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HVACXchange: The Quiet Option

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HVACXchange is a unique opportunity for commercial mechanical contractors to discuss strategic business issues with top executives from HVAC manufacturing companies. It provides for one-on-one discussions in a secluded business setting.
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Unified Group Plans Strategies

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During the opening session of The Unified Group’s Annual Meeting, the roar of an Air Force F-16 taking off echoed against the meeting room walls. It was Rob “Waldo” Waldman’s cue to take charge, and take charge he did. The former fighter pilot had flown 65 combat missions around the world, primarily in Kosovo during the crisis in that Eastern European area.
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Promote Service in the New Year

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An often-quoted study, known as the LSU Study, is an important piece of work - completed in 1984, and still the de facto statement on preventative maintenance - but very few people in our industry seem to understand its significance.
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Record Attendance at HARDI National Meeting

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At the Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) 2006 Annual Fall Conference, Bill Shaw, 2005-06 president, told attendees that the year was spent working to expand relations with all industry organizations in North America and Europe.


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Christmas in St. Louis

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I think the holiday season is one that brings out the best in most people. So, just for you, a simple poem wishing you and yours a happy holiday season.
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NATE Is on the Move

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You should have been at the meeting on Dec. 5 in Arlington, Texas. A bunch of people were talking about North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification and you would have liked what you heard.
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Commercial Meeting Growing

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The nearly 180 attendees at the 3rd Annual HVACR Commercial Contractors Roundtable and Design/Build Seminar didn’t expect the cool breezes and temperatures that greeted them when they stepped off the plane in Atlanta. However, things warmed up once the two-day conference began.
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Why Service Techs Should Sell

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I believe that the bone of contention between those who champion the rights of technicians to sell, and those who would vote against it, is more a question of which technicians should be doing the selling, rather than whether techs should sell at all.
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