For the first time, in a couple years (due to COVID), we were able to host our annual Hottel Company Picnic to celebrate our 77th anniversary! It was a day filled with tons of fun, games, food, and award winners. Hottel would like to thank the staff members and volunteers who worked hard to plan and organize this event:
- Jeff Hottel, President
- Dan Batt, Safety Director
- Diane Colville, Human Resources
- Roberta Nelson, Accounts Payable
- Ashley Jones, Commercial Service Division
- Mike Hollidge, Account Manager
- Cindy Vivar, Receptionist
- Kevin Drittler, Commercial Service Division
- Stacy Argyros, Comptroller
- Ryan Miller, Warehouse
We had tons of winners throughout the entire day, but we would like to first highlight those employees who won Harvey Awards for demonstrating outstanding performance, teamwork, and who continuously go above and beyond.
Joel Knight, VP of Commercial HVAC Service and Projects, presented a Harvey Award to Cathy Turner, Commercial HAVC Service Division. He also awarded Alberto Monterrosa, Commercial HVAC Projects, with a Harvey Award!
Leo Pineda, Plumbing Division, was proud to present Fabresio Meza, Plumbing Division, with a Harvey Award!
The three games that we chose this year were a big hit! The first being Hole in One Golf for a day off work. Although many people took their shot at making a hole on one and missed, there was one winner! Congratulations to Mike Hollidge, Account Manager, for winning a day off work.
By popular demand, we decided to bring back Dizzy Bat Relay Race! Teams of four (4) would line up as one at one end to run down the lane, spin three (3) times around the bat, then run back to tag in the next team member. There were many close races, but Chad Wells and Josh Lindauere with his two daughters were the Dizzy Bat Relay Race Champions!
The last game was Divisional Tug-O-War! Each division formed team of five (5) to see who will become the champs. The Commercial HVAC Service Projects were declared the Champions!
Along with the games, we had a couple contests that were open to everyone to enter and win. The first being a Dessert Bake-Off Contest that was won by Alison, who is the daughter of Carlos Hernandez, Plumbing Division!
Then there was the Photo Booth Contest that had four (4) winners! Congrats to the employees below who dressed up as Harvey Hottel and his brother Clearance Hottel:
- Joe Ko, Mechanic
- Mario Soria, Mechanical Division
- Jose Figueroa, Mechanical Division
- Rick VanBruggen, Mechanical Division
AND lastly, we had great raffle prizes this year both for the kids and adults! Congratulations to those lucky winners and we hope that you will be able to attend next year to participate in more games and prizes.
We are please to share with everyone that Harvey W. Hottel, Inc. was featured in ABC of Metro Washington for our longtime membership. Check out the link below!
Harvey Hottel has been affiliated with ABC for 50 years and has found it to be a valuable membership. “The networking events enable us to meet potential customers and even competitors in a friendly environment, assisting us to discuss the issues and be active within the industry. The second thing is the proactive advocacy they provide within local and federal government issues. They stay on top of issues that affect us and are active within that community to promote business practices that greatly affect how we manage our company.” Hottel.
Fu Pan recently accepted a promotion for Project Manager for Commercial Service Projects.
Last November, Bret Nielsen was promoted to Commercial Service Manager and Fu Pan was promoted to Project Manager for Commercial Service Projects. Both Bret and Fu have worked for several years in the Commercial Service Division with Joel Knight, VP of Commercial Service and Projects. Under Joel’s guidance, Bret and Fu are learning how to become effective managers, improve communication, handle new situations, and optimize time management. Bret stated that he is learning that not everything is an emergency, and prioritization is key.
Bret Neilsen (right) teaching Samantha Negal (left) during an in-house training session
In their new roles, Bret and Fu are striving to support their field technicians to enhance their job experiences, which will ultimately better serve Hottel clients. Since they both have firsthand experience in the field, Bret and Fu have ideas for problem-solving challenges as they arise. As a starting point, they are encouraging everyone to continue open and honest communication about any job site issues.
Bret and Fu had the opportunity to attend The Unified Group, a national organization for HVAC professionals. This progressive group provides forums dedicated to service excellence, education, and customer service. The forums provide a place to share information, and, “It’s a necessity being able to talk to other companies and knowing that you’re not the only one in a situation. I was able to hear thoughts and possible solutions to challenges that I am now facing,” Bret explained.
Fu also expressed the importance to learn and collaborate with other professionals. He said, “There is always a learning curve with a new job and more responsibilities. But, I am looking forward to getting past some of these hurdles, and once we get past them, to see what things will be like a year from now.”
Congratulations to Bret and Fu in their new roles at Hottel!
Regardless of the equipment you use for the cooling season, maintenance should be performed regularly. This not only helps with proper heat transfer, which maintains a comfortable environment, but it also reduces utility costs, along with wear and tear on equipment.
Tips for Spring HVAC Maintenance
1. Visually inspect outdoor unites and clear out any unwanted debris, and ensure that there is no dirt or biological build-up hindering airflow.
2. Replace air filters regularly. You can also look into upgrading your HVAC filters. New, high efficient pleated filters contain and electrostatic charge to attract dust particles and bacteria, and trap them inside.
3. If you have a chiller or cooling tower, check for pressure drops across the condenser, evaporator, or heat exchanger, to see if the system needs to be opened and cleaned.
4. Look into your UV and NBPI Systems to see if they are still functioning as intended. Don’t have either of these systems? Then inquire with us to find out what our customers have been doing to improve air quality, to see if it would be a good fit for your facility as well.
These are just a few steps that you can take to maximize your efficiency, improve comfort, an increase air quality. If there is anything that we can assist you with, just give us a call!
As a company, we always encourage supporting those who are less fortunate. Especially with the pandemic continuing on for the near future, it’s even more pertantant that we continue to do what we can in our community. Throughout the months of December 2021 and January 2022, we held a donation drive for Montgomery County Homeless Shelter.
When we went to drop off all the donation items, many of the shelter residents contributed and thanked us personally for the generosity. For a little more inspiration:
Mr. Cortez moved out of the shelter into a home recently. He’s part of the new Rapid Rehousing Program for both men and women from the shelter who need moderate support for the next year to regain full independence and never return to homelessness again. He has so many smiles and told MCCH to tell EVERYONE who helped, “You have given me reason to hope again. This help makes me think I an get the life back I had before I lost my home. I won’t forget this ever!”