International Women's Day at Hunton

    Friday, March 08, 2019
    Here at Hunton, we wanted to highlight just a few of the women we work with, who make a difference not just in what they do every day, but in the HVAC industry. We’re proud to know them and work with them, it’s empowering to see how far this industry has come and to see where we’re going. 

    LEANNE ESCOBEDO, SERVICE/SOLUTION SALES FOR HUNTON SERVICES

    What does it mean to you, to be a woman in HVAC? 
    “As a saleswoman, it’s empowering for me to be in this male dominated industry. Fortunately, I’m surrounded by a great group of salesmen that provide tremendous support, so I often forget I’m the only female.”

    What has been your favorite part working in this industry and with the people you work with? 
    “Wearing a hard hat. Just kidding! (sort of) Having the opportunity to serve others is my absolute favorite part and all the friendships I’ve made along the way with my team and my customers has been a pretty good bonus. With my team, being able to experience different job sites and successes together really has been a blessing.”

    What advice would you share with others? 
    “Don’t be intimated because it’s a male dominated; I’ve experienced the men to be more supportive and empowering in this industry than others. Always be honest with what you know and what you don’t know. I’ve learned a lot and I still have a lot to learn but it keeps things interesting.”

    STEPHANIE MIXON, FINANCIAL MANAGER FOR HUNTON SERVICES

    “I started in this industry immediately after college in an entry-level position, thinking that I would eventually leave HVAC for a career in higher education.  After deciding that I preferred the business world, and with the guidance of some great mentors, I pursued an MBA instead, which allowed for me to be promoted to the leadership position that I have today. I enjoy the challenges of what I do and who I work with. There is so much opportunity within this industry. I love working with such a variety of people. Technicians, sales, dispatchers and our customers. 

    Since I started 15 years ago, I’ve seen more women in both management and technical roles, not only at Hunton, but as well as other companies in the industry.  It’s an encouraging change and I’m excited to see where we’re going.”

    LEANNE STIERS, BAS SERVICE MANAGER FOR HUNTON SERVICES

    What does it mean to you, to be a woman in HVAC? 
    “It used to mean I was one of few women in a crowd of men.  It is different now.  It is not equal but the conferences I attend have 30-40% women now.”

    Why do you like working in HVAC?  
    “It challenges me.  Technology and HVAC have merged, and it requires a more analytical person than mechanical.”

    How would you say this industry is different than others you have been in? 
     “One of the biggest differences I see is job security. There will always be jobs in the HVAC industry and once you have any of the many specialties mastered, you do not have to worry about gainful employment.  This industry has the potential for a warehouse guy to work up to a general manager. You can’t say that in many industries.” 

    KIM COLON, TERRITORY MANAGER FOR HUNTON DISTRIBUTION 

    What does it mean to you, to be a woman in HVAC? 
    “I started in this industry at 22 years old as a receptionist and have worked in many roles throughout Hunton.  I have an advantage because of the knowledge I’ve acquired from my time in this industry. I’m always challenged and growing. I may be a woman in this industry, but I’m treated just the same and I see more and more women taking on sales and management roles. I’m proud to work in a field where more and more women are becoming involved and taking hold of the opportunities.”

    What advice would you share to others? 
    “Be strong and stand your ground.  Don’t take no for an answer!”  

    What has been your favorite part working in this industry?
    “Being able to help dealers when they are in a bind. Problem solving. I like having or finding the answers and providing solutions. I help our customers grow and find a lot of happiness in that. I want to make sure our dealers are taken care of.”

    MITZI COIL, MARKETING DIRECTOR AT THE HUNTON GROUP

    “Throughout my career, I have been one of the few women in the room or at the table, and honestly, I rarely thought about it. There’s been a shift in thinking among women in the last several years. More opportunities are present yes, but more importantly, more women realize there is room for them, they are smart enough, ambitious enough, and they can balance home and work. It’s encouraging to see more and more women go after what they want and know that they have a voice. Let’s find balance and keep moving forward, but not because you’re a woman, but because you’re smart and you can problem solve, and you can really make a difference! Find what you love, do what you love, the rest falls into place.”


    Left to right: Leanne Stiers, Stephanie Mixon, Kim Colon, Leanne Escobedo, and Mitzi Coil.

    #InternationalWomansDay #BalanceForBetter #HuntonProud #IWD2019


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