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Ask Al: Advice on time management, recruiting, marketing plans and communication

Columnist Al Levi answers your questions about business management.

I’ve been asked questions during my seminars, teleseminars, webinars, free 30-minute consultations and one-on-one client consultations. I wanted to share some of these with you in the hope that my answers will help you and your business be more productive and generate more revenue to reap the rewards of success.


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PM’s 2013 Best Contractor To Work For: CK Mechanical, Plumbing & Heating, Mills, Wyo.

Encouragement, recognition and respect are how this Wyoming contracting firm honors its employees.

Kevin Maston, president and CEO of CK Mechanical Plumbing & Heating, started his company in 2004 out of his garage. His mission: To help people and provide top-notch service.


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Smoke-testing waste, smartphone tricks, faucet replacement

Tool Tips—January 2014

Smoke-testing waste, smartphone tricks and faucet replacements are part of the January 2014 Tool Tips.


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Innovation at the Wood Stove Decathlon

Creating easy-to-use, efficient and affordable stoves.

The large, white tent glowed in the middle of the National Mall, a cozy contrast to the crisp November night settling in around it. A dozen chimneys poked through the roof, each representing a bright idea nurtured into reality — a new take on an old technology and a contribution toward the future of energy.


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Truck of the Month: Olin Plumbing, Tampa, Fla.

Eye-catching yet simple

Having started plumbing at age 14, Derek Olin began his career working for a meager $1.50 per hour. After receiving his Virginia Master Plumber license in 1983 and working in the business for 15 years, Olin decided he wanted to be his own boss. He passed his plumbers contracting test and started Olin Plumbing in Tampa, Fla.


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PM Profile: Viega’s Dave Garlow

New Viega CEO puts emphasis on training and product innovation.

Construction activity will increase as the need to attract young people to plumbing and heating trades grows.


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KBIS and IBS hope to be bigger and better

Optimism abounds for first combined KBIS-IBS show in Las Vegas.

If the preshow buzz is any indication, the co-locating of the http://www.kbis.com/ Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the http://buildersshow.com/Home/ International Builders’ Show already is a smash hit. The two major industry trade shows go under the same roof for the first time Feb. 4-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of what is being billed as Design & Construction Week.


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Greenbuild 2013

Even with new products on the back burner, still plenty to see at Greenbuild 2013.

After walking the Greenbuild 2013 exhibitor hall Nov. 20-21, it became evident that major manufacturers did not pack as many new products or technologies for the Philadelphia incarnation of the premier sustainable building trade show.


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The greening of Rivera Greens with geothermal heating and cooling

Geothermal heating and cooling helps neighborhood homeowners achieve an expected 60% savings on their utility bills.

Located in Clarence, N.Y., Rivera Greens is the first certified National Association of Home Builders Green Standards Eco-Friendly Development in the state. When completed, the development will include 35 single-family homes built to an energy-efficiency standard unparalleled in Western New York.


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PM Profile: IAPMO’s Russ Chaney

IAPMO sees opportunities for growth internationally and in green technologies.

Last month, Plumbing & Mechanical interviewed Russ Chaney, CEO of The IAPMO Group, about his organization that develops the Uniform Plumbing, Mechanical, Swimming Pool and Solar Energy Codes and tests and certifies plumbing and mechanical products in the United States and overseas. 


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2014 Truck of the Month

PM has featured so many great plumbing service trucks! See plenty of them here in our Truck Of The Month Archives page. Are you proud of your truck? Go to our Truck of the Month page to find out how your service truck could be chosen!

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Free Webinar: Acoustical Isolation

HOLDRITE will be hosting a free webinar for Acoustical Isolation on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

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2014 September

In this issue you’ll find The NY Red Bulls soccer team’s radiant system and incoming PHCC President Kevin Tindall.

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