On October 16, we shared with you the activities at the Diamond Contractor Conference in Atlanta. This week we traveled to the West Coast, where more than 400 Diamond Contractors joined us at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the final conference of the year.
The Diamond Contractor Conferences are part of an ongoing initiative to give certified Diamond Contractors the tools they need to grow their businesses through selling ductless technology, today’s fastest-growing segment of the HVAC market. As part of the Diamond Contractor Program, the conferences coach contractors on the valuable business-building benefits of ductless technology. The event consisted of business and sales training, networking opportunities as well as presentations on the current state of the economy, in-home selling tips and techniques and the profitability of selling ductless. Weldon Long delivered his popular seminar titled, “The Power of Consistency – Rock your Business – Rock your Life.”
These events demonstrate our continuing commitment to develop the most extensive, highly-qualified contractor network in the industry. To learn how you can join this elite group, talk with your local distributor.
We’re proud to announce that our Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) MSZ-FH model was named one of This Old House‘s Top 100 Products of 2014. The magazine’s editors sifted through thousands of submissions to find the best new home products that they believe can make a difference in the lives of the nine million This Old House readers and their families. The winning products, according to the editors, help homeowners save time and money during their home renovations without sacrificing ease or style.
Pick up the November/December issue of the magazine to learn more about the Top 100 products. For information about our award-winning product, click here.
Please join us in wishing Salvatore “Bud” Nardello a dear farewell. Our loyal, long-time employee will be retiring this Friday, October 31.
Bud first joined the division more than 25 years ago as the western regional manager. He was one of the four original team members on board when Mitsubishi Electric first launched ductless technology in the U.S. He served in a number of leadership positions before taking on his role for the past seven years as our vice president of sales.
Bud’s outstanding leadership and enthusiasm for our products and the industry has been integral to our success. We congratulate him on a triumphant career and wish him the best of luck as he moves forward into the next chapter of his life.
The popularity of the green movement is undeniable, which is why you don’t want to miss out on the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (Greenbuild), the world’s largest conference dedicated to green building. Thousands of building
USGBC President Roger Platt presents
the USGBC Best of Building Award to
our Senior Director of Commercial Sales,
enthusiasts attended the first day of this year’s conference, which takes place this week (October 22-24) in New Orleans. The annual event invites attendees to participate in LEED® workshops, listen to inspiring speakers, network with other professionals and check out new green building products and technologies.
Day 1 was certainly a success for our team. We had the pleasure of visiting with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) President Roger Platt, who stopped by our booth on the exhibition floor (booth #2947) to congratulate us on our recent USGBC Best of Building Award win. Many attendees stopped by to learn about our unique, state-of-the-art HVAC systems and solutions as well, including our most recent advancement in intelligent zone control. The SmartME Zone Controller is an innovative single-source integrated controls solution that offers easier, more convenient, system-wide HVAC control and monitoring.
Today’s the last day of the exhibition so stop by our booth while you still can and say hello!
Now is the time for homeowners looking for a new HVAC system to take the plunge. We’re thrilled to announce our new partnership with Synchrony Financial (formerly GE Capital) that now makes it easier than ever for homeowners to finance a new cooling and heating system.
The new partnership includes a private label credit card program that applies to consumer purchases of our HVAC products and services. The program allows our nationwide network of contractors to offer special payment options to their customers who purchase our ductless and ducted heat pump systems and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems.
Contractors should contact Synchrony Financial at 877-891-9803 to learn more about leveraging the program’s many benefits. For more information on eligibility, homeowners can visit www.mitsubishicomfort.com to find a local certified contractor.
If you picked up the October 19 edition of The Washington Post and flipped to Post Magazine (Page 30), you’ll find the friendly face of Smiley El-Abd, one of our commercial area sales managers. The reputable newspaper heard about the comfort Smiley’s been bringing to local Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. residents and decided to do a feature on his work in the community. Surprisingly enough, we’re not talking about Smiley’s experience with cooling and heating systems but another lifestyle staple, especially in the nation’s capital: cycling.
During the day, Smiley meets with HVAC customers – architects, contractors and engineers – to educate them on how our systems bring comfort to people’s lives. At night and on the weekends, his clients are cyclists and his systems are bicycles but the way he approaches the job is the same. In fact, he draws on his experience as a mechanical engineer – using physics, geometry and a thorough attention to detail – and applies the same philosophy:
- The machine should adapt to the consumer, not the other way around.
- Good performance begins with good “bones.”
- Make adjustments to optimize performance and enjoyment.
- Diagnose problems and devise solutions.
Please join us in congratulating Smiley on this well-deserved recognition! To read the full article in The Washington Post, click here.
Richard Trethewey, the famed plumbing and heating expert for “This Old House” programming since 1979, was a special guest speaker at one of our Diamond Contractor™ Conferences held in Atlanta last week.
More than 300 Diamond Contractors attended one of the two back-to-back two-day events that featured presentations from Mike Cappuccio (“Are You Making All You Can Make Selling Ductless?”) and Weldon Long (“The Power of Consistency – Rock your Business –Rock your Life”), among others.
Trethewey shared his experiences as an HVAC contractor over the years as well as some humorous HVAC stories from his projects on “This Old House.”
In addition to his role on the popular home improvement television program, Trethewey consults on residential plumbing and heating projects throughout the country, with current projects in Massachusetts, New Mexico and Hawaii.
Listening to Tretheway’s storytelling, it’s evident that his outlook on the industry hasn’t dulled over the past 30 years. In a recent interview with This Old House magazine, Trethewey shared “the HVAC innovation I’m most excited about is electric heat pump INVERTER technology. Traditional units are either 100 percent on or off. These cold-weather heat pumps use sensors to vary compressor speed based on need.”
Not only is Tretheway a long-time advocate of Mitsubishi Electric systems, but he also shares our enthusiasm for achieving maximum comfort using minimal energy. We couldn’t be happier to have him as a part of the conference’s events.
Trethewey is scheduled to speak at the upcoming conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 26-28. Click here for more information about the conference or to see if you are eligible to attend. To learn more about becoming a Diamond Contractor, talk with your local distributor.
Temperature needs can vary greatly when more than one generation is living under the same roof. Our ductless system lets California homeowner Naomi Shimoda individually control the temperature of each room to meet the precise comfort needs of her large family. Hear why she says our system was the “most logical choice”:
Two of our fundamental goals as an HVAC manufacturer are to provide the best products for consumers and the environment and the best support for our customers. We founded the Diamond Service Group (DSG) program in 2003, a nationwide network of qualified Mitsubishi Electric distributors trained to provide top-of-the-line technical support. Every year, our service management team sits down with a select group of DSG members – our Diamond Service Advisors (DSA) – to discuss the current state of the program and ensure that we’re keeping our promise to our customers.
This year, our service management team and DSA gathered at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Alabama for the two-day Diamond Service Advisory Conference. The event included in-depth discussions on everything from program engagement, the current support systems and infrastructure to future expansion, and what is needed for continued program success.
“The DSA Conference was a great opportunity for members to come together, sharing knowledge and expertise on the DSG program,” said Tony Hayes, our senior director of service and technical operations. “Our DSA members consistently collaborate with our team to provide us with DSG program intelligence only gained from years of experience at the distributor level.”
This conference is important because it keeps us in touch with the DSG program, gives us insight on what works and what doesn’t, so that we can develop purposeful goals and objectives for continued achievement for years to come.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Indoor Air Quality Association, Inc. (IAQA) announced on July 14 that they are combining forces. IAQA, the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association, is now part of the prominent industry organization. The groups will work together to improve indoor air quality in the building environment.
The collaboration is expected to result in stronger programming and services. Indoor air quality technical guidance and educational programs for industry members should benefit, as well. The most significant result, as suggested by ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix, is “improved indoor air quality for the world around us.”
Click here to learn more about the merger.