As 2019 comes to a close we say good bye to another year and sadly we had to say good bye to a dear friend.
In saying good bye to another year in business we can look back at the good times and the struggles. With the economy rapidly changing many found the work consistency to be the same. 2019 was a year of diversity and change with in the service center. There has been a greater need to invest into improvements and new industries. These are some of the topics we have been discussing at the chapter meetings this past year. How can we stay relevant in a changing market? Join us in 2020 to share your input and learn what other shops are doing to survive.
We had a great turn out in January 2019 at our annual spring seminar. Employees learned about the Fundamentals of DC operation and repair tips. Next years class will be Fundamentals of pump repair so don't miss your chance at cost effective training. See the events page for registration.
At our spring meeting in Moab, UT we had a great time learning about growth inside and out side of the repair shop. It is important to keep your self growing in order to help others grow around you. We also had a great vendor night where we learned about the new products and technology the industry has to offer. Our group activity this year was bowling and I have to say it was a blast. On Friday night we had our formal dinner and afterwards we installed our new chapter officers: President Derek Peterman, Vice-President Josh Butcher and Secretary Tim Browne.
The EASA National convention was held in Las Vegas this year. It was a great opportunity for the members of the Mountain Empire chapter to take advantage to the close proximity. There was a lot of great classes that were held and the vendor show was one for the books. If you haven't had a chance to attend i definitely recommend it. Not only for the education for for the endless opportunities of networking with like minded individuals in the industry. Next years convention will be held in Nashville Tennessee and what a great time it will be. We hope to see you there!
In September We met in Reno at the Region 7 meeting that was held in the Peppermill Casino. We attended some great classes and Gene Vogle from EASA gave a wonderful presentation on Vibration Analysis. We also held our chapter meeting where it was decided to extend the time served in the chairs for an extra year. Good Luck Guys!
Now to the sad part where we had to say good bye to a dear friend and big supporter of our chapter and our industry.
1968 ~ 2019
The world stopped when we lost our beloved Brad on August 9, 2019. Brad was larger than life, the life of the party, and lived life to the fullest. His motto was work hard, play hard. He was the perfect loving husband and a devoted and proud father. Leigh and Max were his world and he expressed it daily. Brad carried the world on his shoulders for all those he loved, and sheltered his family from anything worrisome or stressful. We loved him immensely and our hearts our broken as he left us too early.
Brad loved off-roading in his jeep, boating, football, and spending time with family and friends. He was an "outside toy" and enjoyed everything involving red rocks. He was positively giddy with Max's love for football. He never missed a little league practice and paced the field during games cheering, clapping, yelling, and bursting with pride. It wasn't any different for Max's high school games. A busy day at work or an important customer was never a priority over watching Max play football. Brad was also proud of Max's strength, attitude, and qualities of a fine young man.
Preceded in death by his dear father, Max; and father-in-law, Gary. Survived by wife, Leigh; son, Max; mother, Jeneen; brother, Jeff; sister, Julie; and several in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Brad, you were our light, our strength, our joy. We love you and miss you.
Your drive and passion for life will forever be missed.
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The results of an approximately $9.7 million investment. With the deepest geothermal well in the city of Reno, at 4,400 feet underground, the Peppermill recirculates 800 gallons of 170 degree water at 80-90 psi per minute. This harnesses 100% of the resort's heat (water and mechanical) to supply the 2.1 million square feet of the Peppermill 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. According to Dr. Jim Combs of Geo Hills Associates LLC of Reno, "The green energy heating addition to the HVAC system at the Peppermill will now make it the only hotel in the United States whose heating source is totally provided from geothermal energy produced on their own immediate property."
Thank you to Richard Thomas and Thomas Electric for many years of Service in EASA!