New SMACNA Board member Brian Fluetsch, president and CEO of Sunset Air Inc., Lacey, Wash., has been active in the industry and business, as well as dedicated to his community, for years. He was elected to a four-year term on SMACNA’s Board of Directors at the close of SMACNA’s 73rd Annual Convention in October. We asked him to share his words of wisdom about life, business, and advice he would pass on to others.
- The thing most people notice first about my shop/office: Visitors typically notice that our building is a LEED-Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, mostly because we have a big LEED-Gold plaque hanging in our lobby.
- The business tool I can't live without: My iPhone, mostly because it allows me to be away from the office but still stay connected. (Like the days that I want to play hooky and go skiing.)
- The new technology I'm most excited about: I really like our Trimble robotics station because it’s easy to see the amazing time savings it produces.
- My outside interests: I am passionate about snow skiing. I also love driving and working on my hot rods.
- My favorite quote: “He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality, and will never, therefore, make any progress.”
- The best business advice I ever received: The longer you can stand in the gap between stimulus and response the more appropriate your response typically is.
- There is nothing better than: Sixteen inches of new powder on an untracked ski run. Yee-haw.
- The sports teams I cheer: My Washington State Cougars, “Go Cougs” and the Seattle Seahawks.
- My first car: A 1938 Ford coupe, and I still have it 43 years later.
Mr. Fluetsch has served as a member of SMACNA’s National Residential Council Steering Committee and on the Director Nominating Committee.
Currently vice president of the SMACNA Western - Washington chapter, he also serves on the chapter’s executive board. His local involvement includes membership on the Joint Labor Management Relations Board, the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, and the Residential subcommittee.
Devoted to the industry, he has served on many contractor advisory boards for industry organizations, including Puget Power, Honeywell, Emerson/Copeland, and Carrier Corp. A leader in his community, he has served on the board of the Thurston County Economic Development Committee, the advisory board of St. Martin’s University’s School of Business, and on the boards of the Thurston County Roundtable, the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, Capital Medical Center, and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.
He graduated in 1981 from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in arts and science and entered the industry as a service manager that same year.
From its founding in 1976 in his mother and father’s garage, Sunset Air Inc. has grown into a large warehouse and showroom that offers a range of services including heating, electrical, water heaters, windows, solar services, and doors, and where they stress taking responsibility with resources like energy and water. The Sunset Air building was the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-rated, privately owned and operated building in Washington state.