Properties Magazine May 2017 : Page 56

Join us! Cleveland Engineering Society 40 TH ANNUAL Big Change Positions Building Solutions GOLF OUTING Company for Next 60 Years & FUNDRAISER A conversation with the executive team at GARDINER Thursday, August 24, 2017 Boulder Creek Golf Club 9700 Page Road Streetsboro, OH By Adam Goodwin | Photos courtesy of GARDINER W Golf with CES and support our education outreach programs including the NEW FACES OF ENGINEERING ROADSHOW ! Sign up by June 30 and save $10 per golfer or $50 per foursome! Contact CES at 216-361-3100 or view details online at www.cesnet.org/events. -!'!:).%).#&#0e; hen Bill Gardiner sold a Trane chiller to 55 Public Square back in 1958, making it Cleveland’s first air conditioned multi-tenant office building, he probably never imagined that nearly 60 years later he’d be making a decision that many would view as another big shift in the local mechanical systems market. GARDINER, now a full building solu-tions company with over 200 associates, became a Daikin factory representative on May 1, ending its storied relationship with Trane. We sat down with Bill and his executive team to discuss the change and what it means for building comfort in Northeast Ohio. Q: Let’s start with the most obvious question. Why are you doing this? Bill Gardiner (owner/chairman): I’ve talked for years about the importance of being independent. We want to be able to make our own decisions. You must understand that our associates and clients are loyal to us, but we are very loyal to them and that loyalty means an awful lot to us. And so we wanted to do the right thing for our 200 associates and our clients. I per-sonally felt it was important that we value our next 55 years as much as our last 55 years. Bob Case (president/CEO): We determined that the best way for us to secure that future and our mission of building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships was to move forward with Daikin in the Northern Ohio market. Doing this now allows us to prepare, Properties | May 2017 is a proud media sponsor of the Cleveland Engineering Society 56

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