Podcast #83

“It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Kickoff Part”

Featuring Dan Cherrie

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. My guest today is Dan Cherrie, who is the general manager for Quality Degree Heating and Air Conditioning in {00:19 inaudible} Pennsylvania. Quality Degree is a great company, and Dan has been a huge part of their success. Quality Degree and Dan are members of Service Nation Alliance, winners of the Lennox Centurion award, and I have always been very impressed with these guys and particularly impressed with Dan. He is super smart, he’s creative, he’s a good communicator, and just a really savvy business guy. So Dan Cherrie, welcome to Profiles In Prosperity.

Dan Cherrie: Well, thank you, David, for the kind words. I’m really thrilled and honored to be here today and to share some thoughts with you and anyone who tunes into this fantastic podcast that you put together. So I’m excited.

David Heimer: Thank you. So I always like hearing the background of people that I talk to. How did you end up getting into our industry?

Dan Cherrie: Well, I have a rather eclectic background, and I know you’ve probably heard some of this before, but back in the summer of 1993, I was a freshman at Penn State University and like most freshmen in college, they are in desperate need of summer work in order to have some spending money. And I stumbled upon a local HVAC company hiring for the summer and it paid, I don’t know, a dollar or $2 over minimum wage. And, you know, at that time I was in high school, I used minimum wage jobs to get by. So I was pretty excited to be able to make a little extra money. And I showed up, that was probably the second week of May in Pennsylvania, and it was probably a 95 degree day, 75, 85% humidity. And I show up and the warehouse manager says, oh, you’re going to go out and help somebody on a commercial project today.