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Contractor of the Year 06

Well deserved recognition- you always had it but just may not have known.... Wonderful to have a tangible tribute from your peers-

Best Regards,

Brad

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  • John Ruhnke
    John Ruhnke Member Posts: 882
    Magazine Cover Shot

    Hi Everyone,

    Oh my God, I can't believe it!!

    PHC News made me contractor of the year. I want to thank John Mesenbrink, the chief editor, who wrote a really great story about our company. This came totally out of the blue. I didn't expect it, nor did I enter anything. They don't have a dinner so I am doing my acceptance speech here on the wall.

    Check out the attached magazine cover shot and pdf of the article itself.

    I am really really excited!! To be so honored!

    Since 1990 we at JR's Plumbing & Heating LLC have worked very hard to be the best we can be. It has always been a team effort. I never could have done it without help from many, many different people.

    I first want to thank my parents for years of support and help. Second I want to thank Fred Cuttitta who is our chief installer. Without his quality craftsmanship we never would have won anything. Third to thank would be Mike Miller from Tekmar controls. I have spent many days picking a part his brain over the phone through tech support. He also inspired me to do my own CAD drawings. He gave me some Visio drawings and stencils to learn from. Fourth would have to be Dan Holohan and all of the wallies. I have learned so much here over the years. Dan's pumping away book opened my eyes to how hydronics actually worked and might be the most influencual hydronics book I every read. Fifth would be everyone at IACT (Inventors Asc of Connecticut). They opened my mind to the world of inventing. Sixth would be Larry Drake, John Sigenthaller, Mark Etherton and everyone at the RPA . Again I learned so much from everyone there. Larry has given me a lot of valuable advice over the years. The radiant basic and presision course taught by John Sigenthaller are the bible's for radiant heating. Eighth would be Jim Davis, Jim was the first one to teach me how combustion analysis really works. Sure I have taken class's on combustion from others but Jim taught me things that none of the others knew. Lots and lots of others have helped us over the years too. To many to mention here and I would also like to thank them. I would like to thank the makers of the products we install most and their tech support. Wirsbo, Taco, Tekmar, Buderus, Burnham, Honeywell, Heat Transfer Products, Radiant Engineering, Danfoss and Thermo 2000. Of course I can't forget to mention and thank PJ Heydt, our new apprentice. He has a lot of potential, works hard and learns every day. I am sure he will be making his own mark in our industry very soon.

    Thanks a bunch everyone!

    John Ruhnke
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  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 6,748
    Dang' proud of you JR...........................................

    Enjoy the spotlight...you guys have earned it. Mighty fine install there too! Mad Dog

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  • Josh_10
    Josh_10 Member Posts: 787


    Congrats buddy you deserve it!!
  • John R. Hall
    John R. Hall Member Posts: 2,246
    John

    Congrats -- I'm sure you deserve the award and will use it is a springboard for future business.

    But being a curious journalist, how is it that this came out of the blue? Did the magazine explain how they picked your company?
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,492
    Well deserved!

    And from a fine magazine. Congratulations, to you all.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Al Corelli
    Al Corelli Member Posts: 454
    Congratulations

    What an honor. Congratulations.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.
  • Dave Yates (PAH)
    Dave Yates (PAH) Member Posts: 2,162
    How cool is that hot news!

    Congrats John, your passion for the industry is showing(G).
  • You've come a long way baby...

    to get where you got to today. You've had to step on a few toes, and crunch a few eggs, but that's life.

    I remember when you first started posting as a newby to the field. Wow, what a difference.

    You're a good man JR...

    Hang in there and keep up the good work.

    Congratulations to you and your whole organization for making a difference.

    ME
  • jackchips_2
    jackchips_2 Member Posts: 1,338
    Congratulations,

    John. The industry learns from people like you.

    Jack
  • Jim Davis
    Jim Davis Member Posts: 305
    Congratulations John

    Well deserved for one who believes in doing things the right way or not at all.
  • John Ruhnke
    John Ruhnke Member Posts: 882
    RE:

    > Congrats -- I'm sure you deserve the award and

    > will use it is a springboard for future

    > business.

    >

    > But being a curious journalist, how

    > is it that this came out of the blue? Did the

    > magazine explain how they picked your company?



    John,

    The editor called me one day. He said he saw my website, and we talked for a bit. He had heard about the RPA awards that we won recently. I told him about some of the projects we were working on. I told him about the Energy Efficiency and Exquisite Heat projects. His mind seemed to be made up before he called me though.

    JR

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  • John Ruhnke
    John Ruhnke Member Posts: 882


    John,

    The editor called me one day. He said he saw my website, and we talked for a bit. He had heard about the RPA awards that we won recently. I told him about some of the projects we were working on. I told him about the Energy Efficiency and Exquisite Heat projects. His mind seemed to be made up before he called me though.

    JR

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  • John Ruhnke
    John Ruhnke Member Posts: 882
    I am the walking Deadman
    Hydronics Designer
    Hydronics is the most comfortable and energy efficient HVAC system.
  • BillW@honeywell
    BillW@honeywell Member Posts: 1,099
    Way to go, JR!!

    Congratulations on a well-deserved award!
  • John White
    John White Member Posts: 120


    John,
    Congratulations. It is great to see people recognized for good work and hard effort.
    Congratulations from all of us at Taco. I am going to post this around here.
    John White, jr.
  • ALH_4
    ALH_4 Member Posts: 1,790
    Congratulations, John!

    There is no person on Earth with a greater passion for hydronics and energy efficiency.
  • siggy
    siggy Member Posts: 79
    Way to go...

    John,

    Congratulations on being selected contractor of the year. You've always pursued quality design and installation so the title fits well.

    Siggy
  • John Ruhnke
    John Ruhnke Member Posts: 882
    Taco Products........

    John,

    Good to see the president of a major manufacturer visting the wall as often as you do. I think that is great! It shows that you are in touch with the industry. That is important to me.

    If you look at the cover of the magazine, the Taco Logo shows up plenty clear on one of the relay controls. The project also has a lot of Taco pumps. Taco is my favorite pump company and has been for years.

    JR

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  • Good job John

    You and Fred are the best. The picture of your piping says it all. Contractors like you, make us all look good. Bob Gagnon

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