PITTSBURGH - Linc Network LLC honored its top franchise location, and several employees, for superior service and performance during the 2009 Linc Service® Continuing Education Conference in Dallas.

Nearly 700 attendees gathered for the three-day event. Linc’s highest annual honor - the Contractor of the Year Award - was given to the contractor who displayed the most outstanding organizational performance in the categories of activity growth, sales performance, gross and operating profit, maintenance base growth, and implementation of the Linc System®. From a field of more than 140 franchise locations, and for the third straight year, Calgary-based Trotter & Morton Facility Services Inc. earned the distinction for its achievements in 2008.

“It’s hard to believe that we’ve climbed the mountain once again, but we couldn’t be more thrilled and proud of everyone’s efforts,” said Trotter & Morton Principal Dave Ryan. “As an organization, we are honored to receive this tremendous tribute from Linc. It really goes to show what can be achieved when everyone comes together with a common drive and focus on being the best.”

In addition, four Linc Service contractor employees received Employee of the Year Awards. These annual awards are presented to employees, in the categories of service, sales, and business systems, who each rate the highest on various performance criteria for their respective job categories. To be considered for the award, candidates first must be nominated by an owner, general manager, or area vice president at their respective franchise location.

With excellent performance in 2008, the following individuals received these awards:

• Gary Kinsey - Service Representative of the Year from Nordic Mechanical Services, Edmonton, Alberta.

• Mike Higden - Service Manager of the Year from Trotter & Morton Facility Services, Calgary, Alberta.

• Steve Mallett - Sales Manager of the Year from Quality Air, Grand Rapids, Mich.

• Jane Ryan - Business Systems Manager of the Year from Trotter & Morton Facility Services, Calgary, Alberta.

In recognition of their awards, each winner will receive a trip for two to Linc’s All-Star Diamond Event & Incentive Trip at the La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, Calif., in April.

“Keeping with our theme for 2009, all of these winners are ‘Powered by Linc’ and, in turn, help keep our service network at a best-in-class level,” Linc Network President and CEO Scott Giacobbe said. “It was an especially great year for Dave Ryan and the staff at Trotter & Morton. We take pleasure in highlighting everyone’s accomplishments and recognizing them in front of their peers.”

Headquartered in Pittsburgh and Atlanta, Linc Network LLC is the franchisor of the Linc System, a business format for operating a commercial HVAC service business. For more information, visit www.lincservice.com.

Publication date:03/09/2009