If you are a business owner, do you strive to make your firm one of the best places to work in this industry? Do you provide a secure, friendly work environment for employees, offering them continuing education and opportunities for career advancement?
If you are an employee, are you proud of the steps your company takes to avoid tech burnout? Does management do its best to guarantee a steady workload? Do you have a voice in key decisions?
We want to know.
Nice TestimoniesSince we started this contest nearly five years ago, we've featured some excellent contractors. You don't forget the likes of Hugh Joyce Jr., president of James River Heating and Air Conditioning (Richmond, Va.); or Bobby Ring Jr. of Meyer & Depew (Kenilworth, N.J.); or Steve Saunders of Tempo Mechanical Services (Irving, Texas). These owners were among the eight honored the initial year of this contest. Each year, the competition gets tougher, but it is always comforting to read the emotional testimonies. Here are just a few excerpts from this year's pile of entries:
If any of this sounds familiar, or if you believe your boss or firm is better, prove it. We really do want to honor the best.
Featured At AHR ExpoPlease note that the seven regional winners will be featured in the Jan. 26, 2004 issue of The News. Not only will this issue be handed out at the 2004 Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) in Anaheim, Calif., but the winners will get the opportunity to tell their respective success stories at an expo educational session, sponsored by The News.
When asked by the show management if The News could put on a seminar that would be important for attendees, it was a no-brainer. We believe the Best Contractor winners have a lot to say about motivating and keeping employees, providing a healthy work environment, and much, much more.
Because contractors always like to hear what other contractors do to make their businesses successful, this planned session looks to be a learning experience for all who attend. We highly encourage participants, as the floor will be open to ask specific questions of the winners.
Winners will get the notoriety they deserve. You do have to enter, though, to be considered. Go to our Web site, www.achrnews.com, and complete the entry form today.
Mark Skaer is editor-in-chief. He can be reached at 248-244-6446, 248-362-0317 (fax), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication date: 11/17/2003