30 Years in HVAC: Mike Douglasat BDR Conference

Oct. 14, 2011
Quality, honesty, integrity have made the difference.

Mike Douglas has seen it all during his 30 years in the HVAC industry. From his first job working for a pistol-toting, cash-dispensing charlatan, to trusted employees stealing major customers and selling-off valuable equipment inventory. But in spite of challenges big and small – not to mention the post-9/11 collapse of the commercial building sector – Douglas and Advent Air have persevered. Today, Advent Air Conditioning is thriving and Mike Douglas is counted among the most successful and innovative leaders in the HVAC industry. On Friday, September 30, Douglas was the keynote speaker at the annual Business Development Resources (BDR) Profit Launch Conference in Seattle.

A packed room of nearly 100 HVAC owners and executives from across the nation were treated to a condensed overview of Advent Air’s history, as well as the wit and wisdom that have made Douglas one of the most respected entrepreneurs in the business. “I’m not big on superlatives, but Mike’s presentation was one of the best I’ve seen at any HVAC industry conference, including our own,” said Bruce Wiseman, President of BDR.

“We received so many outstanding reviews from the attendees, there’s no doubt that Advent Air’s success story will be emulated by others across North America over the months and years ahead. We will also be sharing the video of Mike’s speech with another 250 to 300 Profit Launch attendees in the near future.”

Douglas’ presentation offered a number of real-world examples of challenges he and his company have faced over the years, along with the hard decisions he made to steer the company through the rough patches and get back on-track. He also emphasized how the company’s core values of “quality, honesty and integrity” guided his every decision. “When I started Advent, I made a conscious decision to establish and stick to those values through thick and thin,” Douglas said. “And they haven’t failed me yet.” Advent Air prides itself in offering the best in service, repair and maintenance for all major air conditioning and heating systems, for both residential and commercial applications.

Advent’s installations include top-of-the-line equipment from Trane and Carrier. The company has been a Top 10 Trane dealer for 17 consecutive years, while earning many more awards and accolades from the industry and local “Readers Choice” votes. Advent Air Conditioning is headquartered at 500 S. Kealy Street in Lewisville, TX.