During August I was glued to my couch many evenings watching the Olympics, rooting on the USA Swim team. Not only was it great to watch Michael Phelps end his career on the highest note possible (he walked away from his last competitive race, winning gold, with a total of 28 Olympic medals to his name), it was also great to watch Katie Ledecky swim and bring home four gold medals and a silver medal.
I have a fondness for the swimming races since I was on the high school swim team — I was the fastest backstroker on my team during junior and senior year (during junior year I decided that I was going to remain on top of my game senior year too, which I did). Boy, did I learn a lot in those years — I learned that mixing perseverance and determination with focus and fun is a recipe that is needed in order to maintain an optimal performance level and meet goals.
Of course my experience on the swim team was long ago, but now I have taken up another sport – golf, which has taught me that in order to improve you need to be self-aware of what you are doing in the first place, plus be open to moving out of your comfort zone. If you never move out of your comfort zone, most likely you will never improve. Plus, practice may not necessarily make perfect in this game (there is no such thing as perfection in golf), but practice is key in order to change and improve your swing.
Perseverance, determination, focus, fun, awareness, moving out of your comfort zone all have to do with running a business in this great industry.
— Candace Roulo
So, what does all this swimming and golf talk have to do with running an HVACR distribution/wholesaler business? Everything! Perseverance, determination, focus, fun, awareness, moving out of your comfort zone all have to do with running a business in this great industry.
As most of you know, the industry is changing so fast thanks to the Internet of Things, Building Information Modeling, Smart Buildings, the Smart/Connected Home Market and Smart Tools. Plus virtual reality and augmented reality will most likely play a role in addressing the industry’s workforce development problems.
If you are not already learning about these technologies and how they are going to change the HVACR industry, you need to get out of your comfort zone (you don’t want to be stagnant) and gain knowledge in these areas.
To run a successful business and help your customers run successful businesses you need to be determined that you will stay up to date on all these topics, decide how your company will integrate these technologies and products into its offerings, and train your employees and customers on these products. I know of a great event for you and your customers to attend to do just that – Comfortech 2016!
This year, Comfortech is different than any we’ve hosted before — we are focusing on all the topics I mention above, plus, there is a brand-new technical education program, covering both residential and light commercial service and installation markets.
— Candace Roulo
This year, Comfortech is different than any we’ve hosted before — we are focusing on all the topics I mention above, plus, there is a brand-new technical education program, covering both residential and light commercial service and installation markets. We have partnered with NATE and RSES to offer credits for our technical sessions and workshops. Whether your contractors need them to stay current with your state requirements or are just looking to differentiate themselves from other contractors, credits enhance value to customers and to employers.
There are over 50 credits available between NATE and RSES. Here is a breakdown by track:
- Technical Residential = NATE 6.25 NATE Credits | 5 RSES Credits
- Technical Light Commercial = 2.5 NATE Credits | 2 RSES Credits
- Management & Recruiting = 3 NATE Credits
- New Green Technology = 1.5 NATE Credits
- Sales & Marketing = 1.25 NATE Credits
- Smart Connected Homes = 1.25 NATE Credits
- Pre Conference Workshops = 18 NATE Credits | 13 RSES Credits
With all these training opportunities, it’s easy to see that Comfortech 2016 is the industry event that will keep you on top of your game and push you past your comfort zone. Register today!
I look forward to seeing you in Philly!