When Wayne Gretzky was asked in an interview why he was so good, the Hall of Famer stated that he skated to where the puck was “going” to be rather than where the puck was at the time. And much like Gretzky, you should not necessarily be looking at what your market is demanding this week or even next month. Skate to where the puck is going to be.
I had the privilege of attending the 14th annual — and first stand-alone — Women in HVACR (WHVACR) conference last month. It was an amazing event. The energy was high, the presenters were on-point, and I left feeling inspired by the strength and the knowledge of the women I met.
In my opinion, you recommend what you hear and what you know. It’s called top-of-mind awareness, and every business wants it. So, what’s an easy way to get it? By sticking out. And how can you stick out? With a catchy jingle.
It’s awards season here at The NEWS. We recently opened up our Best Contractor to Work For contest, which encourages employees to honor their companies based on their outstanding qualities. I encourage our readers to check it out.
We have all unfortunately seen the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in recent weeks. These storms have upended homes, flooded entire cities, and made life immensely difficult for millions of people.
The NEWS is accepting nominations for its annual Best Contractor to Work For contest. Each year, The NEWS’ editors honor great companies who have done a phenomenal job when it comes to taking care of their employees and truly making their businesses the best places to work.
I have talked with many in the industry who believe once kids reach high school, society has placed them on a path, and it is very difficult to introduce trade schools into their plans at that point. These people say you need to reach these kids in middle school to plant the HVAC seed.
With all the new and emerging technologies out there, it’s also an exciting time for the HVAC industry. What makes it exciting is not just the latest and greatest air conditioners or heat pumps; it’s also taking new technologies that have nothing to do with the industry and finding a way to incorporate them into the HVAC world.
In this issue of The NEWS, we focus on the Internet of Things and its effect on the HVAC industry, examining its impact on the skilled trades labor shortage, on cybersecurity, and on the popularity of self-healing buildings.