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Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $65,000 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced on January 10, 2019, scholarship awards totaling $65,000 to 39 students, including five military veteran program recipients, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry. Stephen Yurek “We are pleased to award scholarships to these qualified and dedicated students and veterans, and we… Read More

College of DuPage Students Sweep Top Positions at HVACR Competition

College of DuPage HVACR students Joe Zulegar of Oak Lawn (above, center), Conner Foley of Aurora (above, right) and Trevor Cook of Lombard (above, left) took first, second and third place, respectively, in the fifth annual Vocational/Junior College HVACR competition hosted by the Chicago Pipe Fitters Local Union 597. COD students have placed in the top three at the competition in four out of the last five years. Joe Zulegar of Oak Lawn (above, center),… Read More

Between the Lines: Optimism Rules

By Fred Martel “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” ~Bill Vaughan Successful people are optimists. I know this because they don’t have time to complain. In order to create success, you must keep moving and trying regardless of any obstacles. And there are obstacles. It doesn’t matter what shape the economy is in. When you want more,… Read More

Between the Lines: Strength in Convictions

By Fred Martel Every customer service and sales situation must include a foundation of positive, upbeat tones. That is not to say that you need to sound like some carnival barker or pitchman on an infomercial. Setting the tone involves being prepared and being convinced. You must be convinced that you are offering the best in products and services for the price, from a company that is among the best. There cannot be a doubt… Read More