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Truest Grit

April 12, 2011
Construction and maintenance pros, do you have what it takes to takes to excel today? I'm not talking about aggressive cost cutting or crazy-efficient management techniques. Chances are you are already doing those things.
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Shoes Off to Japanese Customer Service

April 8, 2011
The earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crises in Japan have brought stories of tragedy, survival, and hope to light. Many of these stories reflect a vast difference between American and Japanese culture; for example, standing in line.
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Overheard in D.C.

April 5, 2011
Last week I went to Washington D.C. for AHRI’s annual media roundtable and public policy symposium. I heard a few interesting political tidbits and some good quotes, and thought I’d share some of the more intriguing ones here.
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April 1, 2011
Al Levi could have packed it in, gone to Arizona, and led the good life. After all, he sold his contracting company back when the economy was still vibrant.
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Not Just Anybody Can Do This Job

March 29, 2011
Of course I am talking about being an HVACR technician. That takes a special set of skills and achievements. Not just anybody can install a zoned system or diagnose a chiller problem. And, not just anybody can be a judge for the Dealer Design competition.
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Providing Eye Candy for Your Customers

March 24, 2011
Last week I spent a couple days at the Coverings Show in Las Vegas. Usually, I’m very focused at trade shows on meeting readers or advertisers and talking about their specific interests.
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Are You Prepared for Pain at the Pump?

March 9, 2011
We’ve had a snowy winter here in Michigan. We just got dumped with 8 inches recently, and we are always expecting more. But I haven’t minded at all because my new car has four-wheel drive.
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No Road Warrior Stories - Except Mine

February 25, 2011
Nobody wants to hear Road Warrior stories. Those are the stories business travelers amass over the years about trips in which various things go wrong - delayed or canceled flights, lost luggage, mixed up hotel reservations, etc.
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Tech School Uses 'No Ducks'

February 17, 2011
Henry Abbott Technical High School in Danbury, Conn., has chosen to add No Ducks in the Attic & Other Basics of HVAC Installation by Rich Schuster to its HVAC program.
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Winning the Race: Expo Generates New Optimism

February 14, 2011
The last two years remind me of running in the San Diego Marathon. It was a brutally hot event. At the starting line, race organizers distributed salt packets and issued dire warnings to slow our pace – or face the consequences.
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