January is always a good month. It’s the start of the new year and it seems that a lot of people’s birthdays are in January. Our Field Technician, Gary Cyr will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow (January 20). As with most months, in honor of his birthday, we made Gary our employee feature of the month.
Gary’s relationship with Flow Tech started slightly different than most. He actually worked as an electrician for one of the electrical companies we provided products to. Lucky for us, Gary took a real interest in VFDs and decided to switch careers. He joined the Flow Tech team in 2006. Today Gary specializes in the installation, start-up, maintenance and trouble shooting of ABB variable frequency drives. Periodically, he also assists with Steril-Aire, TOXALERT and Air Monitor installs and service, but enough about what we have to say, let’s hear from Gary…
1.What made you decide to pursue a technical construction career?
I was an in-house electrician and became very interested in VFDs and their controls.
2. What made you decide to go into HVAC specifically?
My interest in VFDs and the controls made HVAC a good avenue for me.
3. What technical college/ school did you attend, if any?
I didn’t attend any. I started working full-time right after high school. I gained my experience and knowledge from working in the field.
4. What do you like best about working in this industry?
I enjoy being able to go to different customers and trouble shoot the issues they’re experiencing. I like the problem solving end of it.
5. How many years have you been in the industry?
I think I’ve been with Flow Tech for about 9 years. Before joining the Flow Tech team I worked as an electrician for over 20 years.
6. What made you decide to accept you position with Flow Tech?
I was fortunate to have been a customer of Flow Tech when I was an in-house electrician. I experienced their level of expertise and customer service and wanted to be a part of it.
7. Did you have a mentor, foreman, or instructor that helped you, or made an impact on your developing career?
There have been many people that I have learned from during my career; way too many to list, but at Flow Tech it has been Paul Beley and Brian Robinson. Paul has taught me a great deal about the service end of things and Brian has a wealth of knowledge regarding VFDs.
8. If you could give advice to people looking to pursue a career in HVAC/construction what would it be?
9. What are your hobbies, or what do you like to do in your free time?
Hunting, welding/fabricating and lately I’ve been spending a lot of time training my dog Cooper to be a Finished Gun Dog.
10. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be, where would you go and why?
Abraham Lincoln at McDonald’s in New York City. For someone who was as forward thinking as he was it would be interesting to see him take it all in. I’d like to see the look on his face and hear what he thought.
11. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
British Columbia because it’s not only beautiful and peaceful, but there is also terrific hunting.
This year we’ll celebrate a decade of having Gary as an employee. We are so happy that he decided to make a career move 10 years ago. Gary is hardworking, reliable and excellent at his job. We hope to have him for another 10+ years!
To find out more about Gary feel free to contact him and don’t forget to wish him a happy birthday. For more information about Flow Tech please visit our website. Don’t forget to follow us on social media, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.
Nichole joined Flow Tech in 2013 as Director of Marketing. She leads our marketing communication initiatives including content marketing development, coordinating events and training, maintaining our digital presence and recruiting, as well as, some business development and office support. Nichole resides in Vernon with her husband Brian and two sons. She enjoys hosting parties, cooking and lounging on the beach.