Podcast #55

“Company Aquisition”

Featuring Aaron Ruddick

Intro: Welcome to Profiles In Prosperity, the leading podcast for residential service contractors, sponsored by Service Roundtable and hosted by David Heimer.

David Heimer: Hi, this is David Heimer, welcome to Profiles In Prosperity. I am really delighted to have Aaron Ruddick with us today. Aaron is a 30 year veteran of the HVAC Industry. He’s been in business for himself for 18 years as founder and co-owner of Reliable Comfort, in Columbus and Seymour, Indiana. A couple of personal items, Aaron has been married for 26 years, he and his wife have four daughters, and on some weekends, Aaron is a Preacher. Now, you might think that HVAC and preaching are unrelated. But, I think of it this way, in HVAC, Aaron keeps people away from the heat of the sun, and from the pulpit, he keeps them away from the heat of hell. So it’s all related. So that’s the way that works Aaron?

Aaron Ruddick: That would be one way to put it. Yeah, I do enjoy preaching from time to time, I preach 6 to 10 times a year at a local congregation that I’m a part of. And it really helps me to just stay grounded. I learn so much when I do it.

David Heimer: So Aaron welcome to Profiles In Prosperity. And I was wondering, to start this off, would you just tell us how you got into the industry?

Aaron Ruddick: Oh, man, it wound up, kind of by a fluke. I graduated high school and not having any clue what I wanted to do, knew I wasn’t going to be a college attendee and was sitting at home one night and saw an ad for heating and air conditioning. And the interesting thing is they showed a commercial with a guy in a long white coat, a hard hat, and a clipboard. And I thought that seems like a pretty good job. So I went to tech school for a year, graduated from tech school and got my first job in 1989. And the guy handed me a roll of duct tape and said, “crawl into that house and tape those pipes.” And I was a little confused about where my clipboard and robe were. But you know, that started me into this 30-year journey.