I have recently had the pleasure (and I use that term loosely) to meet a plethora of candidates looking to fill some open positions on The NEWS. Let’s just say I have a new respect for all the HVAC contractors out there who continually need to fish in a rather shallow labor pool.
Contractors from around the country converged on Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for the Nexstar Network’s Super Meeting. The meeting was titled “Customers First” and included informative sessions and plenty of networking opportunities.
Home performance contracting is more than just an industry buzzword for the team at Minnick’s Heating, Cooling, Energy Solutions, and Insulation. Why did the three owners decide to start focusing on the home performance market?
September and October are always busy traveling months for those of us in the HVAC trade press. It makes sense as most associations hold their meetings during these months to get the highest attendance since this is typically one of HVAC’s shoulder seasons.
There are a lot of new and innovative ways for contractors to connect with manufacturers, distributors, and — most importantly — their customers. However, sometimes a face-to-face, well-planned meeting is still the right tool for the job.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that more than one third of all skilled tradesmen are over the age of 50. As these quality tradesmen begin to retire, the task for contractors to find quality employees will continue to get harder.
This week I am writing about bowling. Not so much the 7-10 split or how many beers translate into the best score — although I would guess more than 3 and less than 6 — but I am writing about the customer service I received from a local bowling alley that turned me from a disgruntled customer to a loyal one.
In addition to the top-of-the-ticket candidates, I urge contractors to put just as much research in what candidates on the local level believe because these people have a much more direct impact on how an HVAC contractor’s business will operate on a day-by-day basis.
Ah, the United States government. It does not matter how good the idea originally is, they will find a way to confuse and ruin it. The regional standards established by the Department of Energy (DOE) that are set to go into effect May 1, 2013, is one such instance.