Hill York Gears Up Leadership Team To Drive New Wave Of Growth And Innovation

Leadership-Team-Press-Release-PersonnelHill York, Florida’s leading commercial air conditioning services and energy solutions company, has announced a strategic recasting of its leadership team to manage rapid
growth in both traditional and smart technology services.

Leveraging decades of experience in their respective areas, three company leaders have been tapped to sustain Hill York’s momentum as an HVAC pacesetter: Jeff Phillabaum,
Rob Pulsifer and Mike Senecal.

“As we embrace innovations that create a higher standard in our industry, Jeff, Rob and Mike provide the drive to ride the next wave of growth,” said CEO Robert “Chip” Lafferty.

The following Leadership Team promotions were announced:

Jeff Phillabaum will take the reigns as President of Hill York Service Corporation. Phillabaum joined Hill York out of college and has led virtually every area of the company in his 39 years of service. “Jeff’s deep level of experience and industry respect will be a huge asset as we continue to develop and market our diverse capabilities,” Lafferty observed.

Former Vice President of Energy Solutions Rob Pulsifer has been named Executive Vice President of Existing Building Solutions. Hired by Hill York in 2010, Pulsifer has spent his 18-year career as a rising star in the industry. “Rob will be bringing his leadership and enthusiasm to our service team further integrating energy solutions, building controls, and HYStat smart technology monitoring businesses,” said Lafferty.

Mike Senecal has been promoted from Vice President of Construction to Executive Vice President of New Construction and will provide strategic direction for construction, operations, and projects. “Mike is a true blue Hill Yorker who is highly respected by the construction team,” Lafferty noted. During his 19 years with the company, Senecal has progressed through the ranks, starting in duct and pipe fabrication and moving up to a series of management roles.

“Jeff, Rob and Mike have proven track records for facilitating faster, smarter ways of meeting our clients’ challenges,” Lafferty reflected. “At a time when business is booming and growth opportunities are substantial, they will be instrumental in guiding our biggest successes going forward.”

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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US Federal Government Passes Milestone on Efficiency

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced in February that the US federal government recorded the lowest total delivered-to-site energy use in 2013 since they started keeping track in 1975. With more than 350,000 buildings and 600,000 road vehicles, the federal government is our nation’s largest energy consumer at 0.96 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) totalling $24 billion. Because the government is the largest, there is room for improvement and an opportunity for saving. Sustainability goals set by the Energy Independence Act of 2007 and an executive order by President Obama in 2009 contributed heavily to the government’s decline in petroleum fuel consumption, energy intensity and consumption, and potable water consumption.

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) also provides agencies with information, tools, and the assistance they need to plan, track, and meet their energy-related requirements and goals. The aforementioned sustainability goals included reducing the consumption per square foot of federal buildings by 30% from 2003 levels by 2015. With the help of FEMP, and the continued focus on energy efficiency by the administration, the federal government has decreased the energy intensity of its buildings by more than 45% from the baseline year of 1975.

Dedicating part of Hill York’s business to energy efficiency means that we are keeping up with trends in the industry and savings our clients energy and money. I know that, similar to the Federal Government, Hill York will build on our successes and achieve even greater levels of comfort for our clients.

Where Does Your Electricity Come From?

Historically, there has been a perception that electric bills were set in stone and that you would just pay the bill without giving it a second thought. This disconnect and inability to manage the largest controllable operating expense of a company stems from a lack of education on where and how our energy is produced.

Florida’s electric generation is unique in that the state’s population is 6.2% of the US, they consume 5.97% of the electricity, and emit 4.23% of the total carbon dioxide emissions. So as a population, the people of Florida consume and pollute less per capita than most states when it comes to electricity generation. In the chart below with information from the Energy Information Administration, you’ll see that 81.6% of Floridians’ electricity comes from fossil fuels (Natural gas and coal). This is common throughout the United States, although it should be noted that Florida is second largest consumer of natural gas for electricity production in the country, which burns cleaner than coal.

The process of burning those fossil fuels, transforming them to electricity, and transporting that electricity to the consumer involves a great deal of waste. In fact, for every 10 units of fossil fuels burned, only 1 unit of electricity will make it to the consumer. This fact illustrates the importance of energy efficiency because for every 1 unit that is saved by the consumer, 10 units of fossil fuels will be left unburned. Evoking Energy Solutions to conserve energy at the end user saves money for the consumer who is spending less, it saves money for the utility who does not have to build new power plants, and it saves the environment by polluting less; the ever elusive win/win/win.