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Winners in More Ways Than One

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Out of over 1,900 participants and 100 entries, Robert O'Brien and Tim Reinhardt have risen to the top in our "Do Your Best Work" photo contest on Facebook. Their photos and stories demonstrate the skill, dedication, and pride we professionals all share.

Winner # 1: Robert O'Brien,
President, Technical Heating, Mt. Sinai, NY

Here's the story behind the photo: When a wounded veteran needed help, the Long Island chapter of Oil Heat Cares stepped in, along with Technical Heating, specialists in the installation and service of the highest efficiency oil, gas and solar heating systems available.

With equipment donated by Taco, some half a dozen other manufacturers and Wales Darby, O'Brien's team of 12 installed the heating system in the vet's new home, including an oil tank that was quickly filled with a free delivery.

"Omar was quite emotional about the house," O'Brien says. "They had a dedication and he and his family moved in on Veteran's Day."

Like many in the industry, O'Brien started working with his father at age 19. "I enjoy almost everything about the business," he says, "but primarily the rapid changes that have occurred in the last few years with high-efficiency equipment and systems."

O'Brien is also a dedicated follower of John Barba's FloPro blog and John's online webinars. "I rarely, if ever, miss one," he adds.

Winner # 2: Tim Reinhardt,
Production & Design, Genz-Ryan, Burnsville, MN

"The bigger the system, the smaller space you are provided. It doesn't add up," says Tim Reinhardt. Space was tight for his winning project, a parallel primary/secondary system to serve both radiant floor heating and pool heating. Geothermal energy is the primary heat source with fossil fuel as a back-up for a 97% AFUE natural gas boiler.

"You've got to love those Taco variable speed Delta-T circulators," Tim says.

For the past six years, Reinhardt has worked for Genz-Ryan, a 60-year-old family-owned business, where he does production, ordering and scheduling, mainly for geothermal jobs. The winning project taught this FloPro Team member to, "stay resilient and be patient with lots of changes along the way," he says. "Every job is different and the work is always challenging," adds Reinhardt. "It's very exciting."

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated. Click here to view a gallery of all the submitted projects. Comments are always welcome.

Thanks for your interest.

Tim Smith