Well, I suppose I should make a proper introduction, so here goes. I was actually an active member on this site several years ago but life changes and relocation took me away for a while and I just happened to rediscover it again recently.
My name is Brad, and I have been in the HVAC industry for nearly 20 years now. I started as an installer /service helper for a small Lennox dealer in central Ohio back in 90 and worked there 2 or 3 years and then went to work for a supply house where I spent the next 4 years doing a little bit of everything from counter sales to tech support. From there I started my own residential service/installation company that did very well for the next 10 years. Until the economy started to take a dive, and I was looking at a divorce on the horizon. Not to mention a growing dependence on alcohol & other substances to try to maintain my sanity at the time. I ended up bankrupt, lost EVERYTHING, and decided it was time for a complete career change because I had become burnt out and exhausted. I decided to try my hand as a Hearing Aid salesman. That lasted a grand total of 5 months for me to decide that wasnt what I was cut out for. Being locked away in an office in a suit & tie for 8 hours a day was definitely not for me! So I came back to my roots. I am currently employed at a mid sized mechanical contracting company in Chillicothe, Ohio. I hold the position of sales/project manager and have been here for 4 years now.
There are moments that I miss my days of being self employed, but there is a lot to be said for a guaranteed paycheck every week, and being able to go home & leave work at work (for the most part).
I look forward to meeting new folks here and sharing in the wealth of knowledge & experience that is available.