The following remarks were made regarding the article “Let’s Just HVAC and Netflix,” written by Kyle Gargaro, editorial director for The NEWS, published Dec. 24, 2018.
Capitalizing on Opportunities
As a longtime member of the HVAC industry, I am one of those individuals who have tried to get the word out about what people should know in terms of working in this industry. There is a flip side however. I recently witnessed an unfortunate situation regarding a 25-year-old female with a science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) degree and two-plus years of experience working for an HVAC contractor. This is exactly the kind of person we want to keep in this industry. Due to personal considerations, she decided to relocate to a more rural area, but one where a major manufacturer in the HVAC industry was domiciled. She wanted to stay in the industry, and reached out multiple times to this organization in an attempt to further her career there. They never responded — not once — to any of her attempts at communicating with them. Given her background, she had options, and chose to continue her career in a different field.
Unfortunately, that is not the first time I have heard this same story about this particular manufacturer. My point is this: The problem, as you point out in your article, is not only about getting the message out, it is also about being prepared to act on opportunities that present themselves as a result of the message being received. Windows of opportunity are shorter now than perhaps they ever were, and companies need to recognize and act on those opportunities when they present themselves!
Joseph S. Groh
Joseph Groh Foundation
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Publication date: 1/21/2019