Articles by Kyle Gargaro

The Tale of Three Contractors

Unlike many of our loyal readers, I am a lot less like Bob Vila and a lot more like SpongeBob Squarepants. So when my wife and I decided to get our basement finished, it was not a question of if we would contract out the work but to whom. I think I might be able to paint it, but that is about it.
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The Industry Is in a Good Mood

To paraphrase George Costanza: We are back, baby! That was the most important observation I made while recently attending the Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) in Las Vegas. The NEWS will cover every aspect of the show, including all new products introduced, in the Feb. 21 post-show issue.
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A Successful AHR Expo

The 2011 AHR Expo in Las Vegas was a great success for the HVAC industry. There were many exhibitors, even more attendees, and a general positive attitude about where the industry is heading.
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Ranting, Raving About the HVAC Industry

Some rants and raves about the industry - Rave: U.S. News and World Reports names “HVAC technician” as one of the 50 best jobs of 2011. The publication points out a few reasons for the rankings, including the more than decent wage, the ability for upward mobility, and the upcoming increased need as the new homes built last decade will begin to need replacement systems.
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Don't Forget About Local Politics

Politics is on the minds of a lot of the industry people that I speak to these days. In fact, I cannot remember when I have heard so much chatter for a mid-term election. I suppose that is the result of a still-struggling economy and the polarization of our political discourse.
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Could a Facebook Complaint Take Down Your Company?

My last column discussed how a company could use Facebook to its advantage by doing background research there on both current and prospective employees. Now I will talk about the negative side of this social media site - unsatisfied customers taking to Facebook and starting pages that disparage your company.
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NEWSMakers: Mark Crockett
Mark Crockett vice president, Crockett Facilities Services, explains the importance of technician training, the value of being a top minority-owned company in the U.S., current projects the company is managing, and much more. Posted on April 24.
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