Member Spotlight: Air Force One

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Air Force One is a leading commercial HVAC contractor headquartered in Dublin, Ohio that specializes in providing optimal building performance in various markets including government, manufacturing, higher education and critical environments.

Tell us about your company’s mission and values. 

Improving the performance of buildings and increasing their comfort, reliability, predictability and efficiency for our clients is really at the heart of what we are aspiring to accomplish every day. Air Force One operates on a foundation of integrity. From our core business to our community involvement, our vision defines us in everything we do and how we do it. As one team dedicated to personal ownership and service to others, we keep our core values at the root of everything we do: Integrity, Humility, Intelligence & Hunger. Our vision inspires us to act with unmatched professionalism and quality every day.

What are the services you use the most (or are looking forward to using) from the Columbus Chamber? 

I think we’re most interested in the networking and relationship-building opportunities. Air Force One is continuously looking to expand our circle and make connections across central Ohio, both for business and for strengthening community ties. The Columbus business scene maintains a strong civic pride and commitment to philanthropy, which aligns well with our own core values.

How do you stay engaged with trends that you see in your industry? 

We’re a member of various trade organizations, so that allows us to keep our fingers on the pulse of the commercial HVAC industry fairly well. We’re also constantly looking for ways to train and educate our associates so that they have the most up to date knowledge in their respective areas of expertise. Additionally, Air Force One regularly engages with an advisory board, which consistently provides fresh perspectives and sound advice that shapes the way we move forward.

What do you think differentiates you from your competitors?

My dream for Air Force One is that we will elevate the image and integrity of our industry. Part of our secret sauce at Air Force One is our commitment to servant leadership. It’s the willingness to come to the table to serve our people, instead of being served. And it’s that spirit of charity that we bring to the workplace that helps to separate us from the other contractors out there.

What is your company culture like?

My father founded Air Force One in 1984 and over 30 years later, we still retain the same values as when we started. Air Force One is very much a family business and that’s reflected in everything we do. We invest in our people and genuinely care about their well-being and growth. We strive every day to provide the support and framework for our associates to be the best that they can be. In turn, they are able to provide an unprecedented climate of authenticity when working with our clients.

What advice would you have appreciated hearing when first starting your career?

I would have loved to have discovered The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey a lot earlier in my career. I didn’t read it until I was about 30 and it was a total game changer for me. I definitely like to reread it from time to time, because I glean some new insight from it each time that I do.

How do you achieve work/life balance?

I keep a schedule and I stick to it. It’s all a personal choice and I choose to make time for my family and friends.  That time away from the office is critical for keeping your mind fresh and letting yourself unwind a bit. For example, I took last Thursday and Friday off to go backpacking with my 11-year-old daughter, Caitlyn. It was incredible. I scheduled it several months ago and I’m so glad I did. If I hadn’t, it would not have happened.

What business leader do you admire the most and why?

I’d have to say Les Wexner, because he’s such an outstanding servant leader and urban statesman. He’s had such an impact on so many areas of industry, from retail to community development planning. His local roots and presence just make his impact all the more real for me.

Where is your favorite place to have a meeting outside of the office?

When I can, I like to meet at home, whether it be my own or someone else’s. I find it makes the meeting all that more authentic and relaxed, allowing ideas and conversation to flow freely.

Why do you think Columbus is a great place to do business?

Columbus is great because of the vast opportunities for private/public partnerships. Also, the business environment here breeds leaders who value and have a passion for civic leadership, which binds us together for the common good.

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