Air Pros USA Taps Plumbing Industry Leader to Build Drain Genie Brand

March 15, 2024
Debra Held brings 35 years of plunger-to-boardroom experience to the role.
DAVIE, FL — Air Pros USA, a leading residential air conditioning company has hired industry leader Debra Held to be its National Director of Plumbing Services. The new executive role was established especially for Held to spearhead the expansion of plumbing services across all brands and markets within the company. The hiring of Held for this strategic position was expedited by the recent acquisition of Drain Genie’s customer list.

Deep Roots in the Industry

With deep roots in the plumbing industry, Held will be responsible for leading and implementing national recruitment strategies for Air Pros USA under the Drain Genie brand. Her illustrious career spans 35 years with experience in operations management within the commercial and residential mechanical, plumbing, HVAC and electrical trade industries. Held’s responsibilities will also include support for all plumbing operations and customer growth. 

“With Held at the helm of plumbing services, Air Pros USA is poised to leverage her expansive knowledge and industry insights,” says Anthony Perera, Founder and Chief Growth Officer of Air Pros USA. “Debbie will be a major force in driving innovation, expanding market presence as well as enhancing customer experiences.”

Legacy of Leadership 

Held’s journey in the industry commenced with her family’s commercial and residential plumbing business which focused on new construction. After rising through the ranks, she eventually achieved a leadership role. Following a successful 14-year tenure, she decided it was time to venture out on her own and founded her own plumbing company focused on service, repair and remodeling. After six years of continued growth, she facilitated the sale of her company to a large mechanical firm. 
“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to both team up and collaborate with exceptional companies throughout my career,” says Debra Held, Air Pros USA National Director of Plumbing Services. “I have learned through the years that each individual has a unique strength, that when brought together collectively can be of a greater good.”
Held’s professional achievements are underscored by her dynamic leadership and operational skills. She has served in leadership roles for companies ranging in revenues from $5M to $80M. Her multi-faceted expertise encompasses service, remodeling, retrofits, design-build, project management and new construction projects. 

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