Hill York Ranked Among Best Places To Work By South Florida Business Journal

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – (February 26, 2018) – Hill York, Florida’s leading commercial air conditioning services and energy solutions company, has been named one of the “Best Places to Work” by the South Florida Business Journal. The third-generation family-run firm was part of SFBJ’s Large Companies category featuring businesses with 100 or more employees.

“From our office-based staff to our technicians out in the field, this recognition is a tribute to the special bond we all feel as a close-knit team that grows and prospers together,” said CEO Robert “Chip” Lafferty. “We’re proud that, for many who join Hill York, what starts out as a job becomes a career calling to be a Hill Yorker for life.”

The Business Journal compiles an annual list of top companies by asking employees across South Florida why their employers should be named one of the Best Places to Work. Participants are asked to fill out confidential online surveys rating companies in a program developed by Quantum Workplace.

“The Best Places To Work honor reflects the consensus here that it’s an exciting time to be a Hill Yorker,” noted HR Director Monique Estevez. “Along with a performance-based culture that features annual reviews and rewards for meeting individual and department goals, we truly are a work family that takes care of each other and celebrates our successes as a leader in our  industry.”

Hill York is a full-service commercial air conditioning company providing energy efficient solutions for the installation, maintenance, and repair of a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Founded in 1936, the company serves the state of Florida. For more information, visit www.hillyork.com.

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Cothrom Risk & Insurance Services

HYStat smart technology opened Cothrom Risk & Insurance Services eyes to the downtime-prevention power of a system that’s always on the alert for trouble. It also brought the comfort and energy efficiency they were looking for.

Project Name and Location:

Cothrom Risk & Insurance Services
2300 NE 9th Street, Suite 3
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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Client/Owner Contact:

Jordan Gillespie Partner
(754) 312-5408

Project Status:

Ongoing
Cothrom
Risk & Insurance Services

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As a rising insurance and risk management agency for a wide range of industries, Fort Lauderdale-based Cothrom knows the value of reducing losses and expenses by analyzing data. So when they had the chance to take better control of comfort and operating costs at their office by switching to a data-driven A/C monitoring service, they eagerly made the jump to Hill York’s HYStat.

With the agency in growth mode, HYStat’s smartphone app was an instant highlight. The remote connectivity and feature-rich functionality enabled an expanding team of partners who were working different schedules to easily view and change settings and manage office comfort levels outside of normal business hours.

As Hill York’s team of analysts monitored performance from a network operations center, Cothrom also saw the kind of data-driven communication they emphasize in serving their own clients. The upgrade to HYStat shed light on specific adjustments to enhance staff comfort, stabilize system performance, and generate cost reductions and efficiency gains. After the first full year under the HYStat program, Cothrom received a summary showing high marks for equipment performance despite its physical condition. The report did point out that a unit as old as theirs is vulnerable to breakdown.

“Giving Cothrom a data-based method to evaluate risks, make informed decisions and get a higher return on investment was something that closely mirrored their own service model,” said Hill York Senior Analyst Chris Hamilton. “That’s the heart of HYStat’s appeal – true predictive maintenance that contains costs, facilitates capital budgeting, and keeps unpleasant surprises from clouding an otherwise positive business outlook.”

Fatefully, it was a rapidly unfolding situation that prodded Cothrom’s management to fully embrace the technology. A small refrigerant leak in an outside air conditioning unit quickly grew, causing the system to freeze up during a hot spring day. The HYStat thermostat and sensors feeding live data to Hill York’s analysts detected a decline in cooling efficiency 24 hours before the leak became critical. An automated alert was issued and a call was made to Cothrom communicating the danger signs.

“Unfortunately, we put off service thinking we could just clean up the closet and it would all be fine,” acknowledged Jordan Gillespie, a partner at Cothrom. “The result was a broken unit and two days of downtime that created a very uncomfortable 82-degree office.”

Using HYStat’s remote capabilities before traveling to the site, a Hill York technician diagnosed the problem within 15 minutes of arriving and confirmed the need to replace the older unit.

“Our take-away from that experience was to believe in the analytical power of the technology to catch problems early and avoid unnecessary downtime,” observed Gillespie. “That’s why we invested in HYStat in the first place – data-rich remote monitoring backed by the professionalism of the Hill York team.”

In providing greater insight into their indoor climate and costs, HYStat supplies a power that’s putting Cothrom on very familiar ground: Being in control and able to analyze risks to make smart business decisions now and over the long term.

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March 2013 | Hill York’s True Champion, Todd Aquilo Wins Craftsman of the Year Award

Much like a true champion, a Hill York Comfort Champion is held to a higher standard and is committed to exceptional measures of customer care. As a unified team we support and encourage the efforts of our fellow Comfort Champions and recognize them for their outstanding accomplishments.

Recently our very own champion Todd Aquilo, General Foreman on our project with the Nova Southeastern University Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research in Port Everglades, won the Construction Association of South Florida’s Craftsman of the Year Award.

A banquet was held by the CASF to celebrate his recognition along with many other trades craftsmen. Although Todd was the recipient of the award, he humbly requested that his key players on the project stand with him. Pictured above: Project Manager Gary Kienzel, award champ and General Foreman Todd Aquilo, Welder Dan Wolfe, and COO Mark Kerney. Project members not pictured: Shop Foreman Tom Flavell and Bob Birch Jr.

Congratulations Todd. You’ve made your Comfort Champion teammates proud.