Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing president Jake Gress is being promoted to CEO.

In his new role, Gress will spearhead the company's day-to-day operations, driving strategic growth initiatives and reinforcing Goettl's commitment to delivering service and comfort solutions for customers. Ken Goodrich, the current CEO, will continue to lead in the pivotal role as chairman of Goettl.

Gress brings a wealth of experience in managing larger organizations, making him the ideal candidate to lead Goettl into a phase of significant expansion, the company said in a press release.

"I am honored by the trust that Ken Goodrich has placed in me and the team to build upon Goettl's numerous successes," Gress said. "Our goal is to Goettlize the nation and create growth opportunities for our team members.”

As chairman, Goodrich will focus on leading the company's efforts in mergers and acquisitions, innovations, and exploring business opportunities. Goodrich's approach was instrumental in the acquisition of Goettl by Cortec in 2021. This strategic move facilitated the company's expansion through acquisitions in key markets across four states, while also implementing scalable systems, streamlined processes, and improved customer satisfaction across all branches.

The promotion of Gress follows the recent appointment of John Landefeld to the position of CFO.

"I am proud of what we have achieved at Goettl. It has been my lifelong dream to build such a well-respected company and assemble this type of world-class leadership team that will take Goettl to new heights,” Goodrich said.