Announcing The Mechanical Town Hall: Featuring the 'Fab Five'

Oct. 25, 2012
The Fab Five Panelists all have experience with each of these topics. These industry leaders will engage the audience in lively interaction, covering issues contractors face every day.  

CHICAGO -- The Mechanical Town Hall, featuring the 'Fab Five' at AHR Dallas will take place Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, from 1:00pm – 2:30pm in Room D167. The five well-known industry experts will lead this panel discussion, sharing their unique perspectives on business diversification and the keys to success in today's economy.

Space is limited. Sign up and register today at:

Topics and technologies covered will be energy-efficient products; geothermal; solar/solar thermal; embracing new technologies and methods (tools, boiler controls, pipe joining, etc.; and selling and profitability in today’s market.

The Fab Five Panelists all have experience with each of these topics. These industry leaders will engage the audience in lively interaction, covering issues contractors face every day.

Dave Yates — A well-known plumbing, heating and solar contractor, Yates is president of F.W. Behler in York, Pa., and he is a monthly columnist for CONTRACTOR magazine. His expertise includes solar, plumbing, heat load calculation data, boiler and water heater installation, energy efficiency and conservation, etc. He enjoys engaging the audience on what they need to be doing to enhance their business portfolio and bringing in more business. Dave is a member of the RPA & Radiant Hydronics Council.

Dan Foley — Owner of Foley Mechanical, Foley's business has thrived in the DC, Virginia area. He specializes in mechanical rooms (heating, cooling, hydronic, solar, controls, etc.) for large luxury homes. Recession? For Dan, his business has actually grown! How? He lends his secrets to the audience. Dan also is a monthly columnist for Phc News magazine. Has been involved in the plumbing & heating industry for years and his voice is instrumental to the future of the industry. Chairman of the Radiant Hydronics Council.

John Barba — Director of training and education for Taco, Inc. in Cranston, R.I. This American-made pump manufacturer is adamant about contractor training and influencing young people to enter the trades. John's wit and humor are a great mix for the panel. This 2012 Carlson-Holohan award winner is one of the leading proponents on hydronics and heating training.

Bob "Hot Rod" Rohr — Known to his peers and followers in the industry as Hot Rod, Rohr has a unique presentation on solar, sustainable products/projects and "green" & energy efficient technology (solar domestic hot water, solar storage, hydronics, biomass, wood-burning and pellet boilers, efficient boilers, etc.) Having been a plumbing and hydronic contractor for nearly 25 years, Hot Rod is now the educational & training manager for Caleffi, North America in Milwaukee, WI. Caleffi specializes in solar and hydronic components. His frequent "Coffee with Caleffi" seminars are well received.

Eric Aune — A plumbing, hydronic and solar contractor (Aune Plumbing LLC), this small contracting company from the Minneapolis area knows full well how to deal with the current economic situation. Diversification has to be on his plumber's license. He dabbles in solar, hydronics, plumbing, boiler and tankless installations, and other high-efficiency products to remain competitive as a small shop. He is a UA instructor at the local 15 plumber's apprenticeship program and a Taco Trade Council member.

For attending contractors, the Fab Five will convey the importance of being a salesman first and foremost in this particularly competitive marketplace. Each will lend their stories, experiences and expertise to the room. These speakers have been together on numerous panels in the past and they have a unique comfort sharing the spotlight and stories with each other, and to the audience.

This exclusive event will be moderated by the well known industry duo of Mader & Mesenbrink. Bob Mader is the Editorial Director for CONTRACTOR, Radiant Living, and Green Mechanical Contractor magazines and websites. Bob is an industry veteran with a reputation for knowing the industry and asking the tough questions. John Mesenbrink is the Editor-at-Large for CONTRACTOR Magazine and Penton Media’s Mechanical Systems Group. He also co-founded John has the industry knowledge and a reputation for bringing people together and moving the industry forward. John has been in the building, mechanical and plumbing industry as an editor for more than 15 years, most recently as chief editor of two monthly plumbing and heating pubs before joining CONTRACTOR and Penton Media.

This is a FREE limited seating event for professional industry contractors. It’s a can’t miss event!

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For Sponsorship information of this exclusive Mechanical Town Hall event next January at the AHR Expo, please contact one of the below:

Steve Palmison – Event Coordinator

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Dan Ashenden – Mechanical Systems Group Publisher

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John Mesenbrink – Editor-at-Large

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This exclusive Mechanical Town Hall event is presented by CONTRACTOR Magazine, Penton Media’s Mechanical Systems Group, and

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