Russ Kimball, Evergreen State Heat and A/C, Everett, Wash.
“I came to this industry as a complete rookie,” explained Russ Kimball, general manager of Evergreen State Heat and A/C. “Being a member of SMACNA has helped me meet many colleagues who have shared some practical knowledge with me.”
Purchasing the firm in 1998, Mr. Kimball is a newcomer to the sheet metal industry. Prior to entering the HVAC industry, he worked as an independent consultant specializing in efficiency. With an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering that included a limited introduction to HVAC, he saw an opportunity to take on a new challenge.
“The biggest challenge we’re facing now is surviving a prolonged recession in the Pacific Northwest,” commented Mr. Kimball. “Last year, we had to make some painful changes, but all our employees have come together to make the firm more competitive.”