Podcast #05

“Company Aquisition”

Featuring Joe Groh

Intro: Welcome to Profiles in Prosperity, with your host, David Heimer.

David Heimer: Hi, this is David. Welcome everybody. Today, we’re speaking with Joe Groh. Joe had a long successful career in the HVAC Industry. He worked for Lennox and Titus, among others. But all of that took a dramatically different direction in 2008, when he suffered a bicycle accident and he ended up quadriplegic. For many people, that would have been the last significant chapter in their book of life. But Joe is not like that, with supportive family and friends, he recovered. And then, amazingly, he founded The Joseph Groh Foundation to help other people. I can’t stress the significance of that. I’m not sure I’ve actually completely wrapped my head around it. After this enormous life-altering event, he didn’t just lie around feeling sorry for himself. He founded an organization to help other people. I think that’s impressive. I think The Joseph Groh Foundation is great because it’s specifically focused on our Industry.

Its mission is to provide financial support to those connected with the Construction Trades Industries, who are living with life-altering injuries. The Joseph Groh Foundation is the primary charity of Service Nation, it has wide support in the industry. In addition to Service Nation, Lennox, Goodman, Dike, and Titus, tons of contractors, and many others. And in the interest of full disclosure, I need to say that I’m on the board of directors of the Groh Foundation, although I received no compensation for that. And by the way, none of the people who work for the Groh Foundation are paid. It’s staffed entirely by volunteers. So welcome Joe.

Joe Groh: Well, good afternoon David, and thank you for inviting me to this podcast.

David Heimer: It’s great to have you here. So Joe, tell me, why did you start The Joseph Groh Foundation?

Joe Groh: Well, prior to my accident, I spent about 35 years in the HVAC Industry and I worked for contractors, distributors, and manufacturers. And during that time I met a lot of great people and I made contacts all across the country. So, after my injury, I was looking for a way to stay involved with the industry. And I wanted to leverage my contacts, in a way that I could give back to an industry that has been really prolific in the life of my family. I mean, if you go back three generations, starting from that of my kids. There’ve been 12 members of my family, who have either made, or, are making their living in the HVAC and Construction Trades.