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Contractor Industry Experts and Advisors

This page highlights some of Contractor's regular content contributors who are also experts in the plumbing, mechanical, hydronic heating and fire sprinkler industries. Browse the list, view their content, and connect with them. If you are interested in joining this community of strategic advisors and contributing on a regular basis, please send an email to [email protected]

Al Schwartz
Founder, Sunflower Plumbing & Heating

The Brooklyn, N.Y.-born author is a third-generation master plumber. He founded Sunflower Plumbing & Heating in Shirley, N.Y., in 1975 and A Professional Commercial Plumbing Inc. in Phoenix in 1980. He holds residential, commercial, industrial and solar plumbing licenses and is certified in welding, clean rooms, polypropylene gas fusion and medical gas piping.

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Dave Yates
President, F.W. Behler, Inc.

Dave Yates has been writing monthly columns for Contractor magazine for more than a decade. Yates also writes for Green Mechanical Contractor, Radiant Living, Contracting Business and other fine publications. As President of F. W. Behler, Inc., Dave was the first recipient of the international Carlson-Holohan Industry Award of Excellence. Born and raised in York, Pa., he began his career in the Plumbing/HVAC trades in 1972. After serving his apprenticeship and working up to Master Plumber status, Dave struck out on his own in 1979. In 1985, he returned to the company where he had served his apprentice years and purchased F.W. Behler, Inc., a third-generation PHVAC firm that is celebrating 118 years of service in 2018.

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Mark Eatherton
President / Owner, Intelligent Radiant Solutions

Mark Eatherton has over 40 years of plumbing, hydronic, radiant heating/cooling and educational experience. He has been doing technical writing for Contractor magazine for the last 20 years. He is a former Executive Director of the Radiant Professionals Alliance. Mark is still very active in the industry, providing services including education, training, design consultations, troubleshooting and project management for large residential and light commercial applications.

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Matt Michel
Founder/CEO, Service Roundtable and Service Nation Alliance

Matt Michel has worked in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry for his entire professional life, with experience in R&D, manufacturing, sales, and marketing. Since 2002, his career has been dedicated to improving the success potential of HVAC, plumbing and electrical contractors, as co-founder and CEO of The Service Nation Alliance and Service Roundtable, the world’s largest private contractor business alliance, with members in all 50 states, most of Canada, and around the world.

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Mike Agugliaro
Co-founder, CEO Warrior

Mike Agugliaro is the co-founder of the East Brunswick-based home service company, Gold Medal Service. In the last ten years, Gold Medal has grown to include more than 165 employees and technicians, grossing more than $28 million a year, solving residential plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, sewer and waterproofing issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. As an admired business coach, Agugliaro takes from his own experience to regularly lead national speeches, podcasts, webinars, and seminars on behalf of his other business, CEO Warrior.

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Kelly Faloon
Faloon Editorial Services

Kelly Faloon is a contributing editor and writer to HPAC Engineering magazine. The former editor of Plumbing & Mechanical magazine, Faloon has nearly 20 years experience in the plumbing and heating industry. She started a freelance business in 2017, where she has a varied clientele. A native of Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula, Faloon is a journalism graduate of Michigan State University.

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Steve Swanson
Customer Trainer at Uponor Academy

Steve Swanson is the customer trainer at Uponor Academy. He holds numerous certifications, including Hydronic Heating and Cooling instructor, CEU Instructor for the States of Michigan and Minnesota, and Ground Source Heat Pump Installer. He has a lifetime achievement award from the Minnesota Multihousing Assocation.

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