Sustainably Speaking en Passion strikes a chord at Comfortech 2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">There was so much for a contractor to do in three-day’s time. I hope attendees learned as much as I did during this conference and event. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Comfortech Sustainably Speaking Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:08:00 +0000 411301 at Lessons in water quality and radiant systems <div class="node-body blog-body">Recently I attended a water quality and an energy and comfort performance seminar sponsored by Viega in Washington D.C. Both sessions were eye opening.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Heating Piping Contractor Sustainably Speaking Thu, 21 May 2015 16:13:00 +0000 408621 at Changing plumber stereotypes for good <div class="node-body blog-body">A few days ago, one of my Facebook friends, posted this as her status update: “Looking for an inexpensive, but good plumber.” </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Development Sustainably Speaking Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:37:00 +0000 407871 at Contractors — make sure to sign up for a manufacturer seminar this year! <div class="node-body blog-body">If you haven’t attended a manufacturer course in some time, I suggest you make that a priority this year. I know, I know… there just isn’t enough time in a day! </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Sustainably Speaking Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:42:00 +0000 407011 at Success at Design & Construction Week and AHR Expo <div class="node-body blog-body">Since Monday, Jan. 20, I have been on the road attending two of the largest trade shows for plumbing and hydronic contractors.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AHR Faucets Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Sustainably Speaking Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:28:00 +0000 405281 at Sleek designs prevail at KBIS 2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Brizo’s Sotria Collection is influenced by car tail fins and airplanes. Another faucet that caught my eye as I was visiting booths yesterday was Delta’s Compel bathroom faucet. At the Kohler booth I was impressed by many products, especially the new Carillon Vessel handcrafted sinks. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Sustainably Speaking Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:30:00 +0000 404971 at Contractors are creating a lasting legacy <div class="node-body blog-body">For everything we do there is an impact that touches others. You can see how everyone and everything is interconnected, thus, it’s important to be grateful and pay it forward. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Training Opportunities Sustainably Speaking Mon, 01 Dec 2014 21:35:00 +0000 38831 at Grundfos Media Tour is educational, memorable <div class="node-body blog-body">On the first day of the media tour we toured the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers Hotel. This Copenhagen hotel is known as the world’s greenest hotel. It is one of the first hotels to meet the EU Green Building Programme standards. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Plumbing Residential Plumbing Sustainably Speaking Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:50:00 +0000 37501 at Robin Crow, Weldon Long discuss critical steps all contractors must take to be successful <div class="node-body blog-body">Crow shared the critical steps owners can take that will revitalize their businesses. Crow pointed out that business growth cannot be sustained if it remains in its present form; businesses and organizations must position themselves to be constant innovators, able to adapt to and embrace change. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Comfortech Sustainably Speaking Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:02:00 +0000 36601 at Promote the plumbing trade: recruiting high school students <div class="node-body blog-body">A handful of the most recent issues in the industry, affecting all contractors, are education and training, residential fire sprinklers, green building, and lead free piping. All these issues warrant further investigation (we have done intensive articles on all these topics throughout the years). However, the one topic that intrigues me going forward is recruiting. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Plumbing Contractor Sustainably Speaking Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:43:00 +0000 35881 at Uponor presents at Techweek Chicago <div class="node-body blog-body">A few weeks ago, I attended Techweek in Chicago. This week-long expo is for startups and Fortune 500 companies to showcase their newest products, insights, ideas and plans for the future. There are also a variety of sessions to attend to learn about the latest in technology, from increasing a company’s website presence to contextual marketing and building agile software solutions. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Sustainably Speaking Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:08:00 +0000 35271 at Ford EcoBoost Challenge showcases 2015 truck models <div class="node-body blog-body">John Mesenbrink and I had the opportunity to attend Ford’s EcoBoost Challenge. The event was for media members only, and we had the chance to jump behind the wheels of the most popular Ford vehicles on the road today at the EcoBoost Challenge in Arlington Heights, Ill. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alternative Fuel Vehicles Sustainably Speaking Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:47:00 +0000 34631 at Memorial Day thoughts and influential women in the industry <div class="node-body blog-body">A few months ago we featured a gallery of the most influential people in the plumbing and hydronics industry. This was a hit with our readers. In response to the popularity of this gallery, I thought it only makes sense to give a shout out to the influential women in the plumbing, hydronics and HVAC industries. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Business Development Sustainably Speaking Tue, 27 May 2014 19:49:00 +0000 33831 at Uponor plays full out at Connections 2014 <div class="node-body blog-body">The Uponor Connections 2014 Convention started April 23 and ended the following day at a cocktail reception at the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino. The past 48 hours have been packed full of best practices, networking, and connecting with industry experts on the topics and issues that matter most to the mechanical contracting industry. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Plumbing Plumbing Contractor Residential Plumbing Sustainably Speaking Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:34:00 +0000 33111 at American pride is strong at DeWalt <div class="node-body blog-body">DeWalt’s American Pride Event took place April 17 at the Carpenter Training Center in Elk Grove Village, Ill. The highlight of the event was guest speaker First Sergeant Matthew Eversmann (Ret.) hero of the film, Black Hawk Down, and the Battle of Mogadishu. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cordless Tools Sustainably Speaking Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:20:00 +0000 33021 at