“Any day building custom mechanical rooms is a great day,” says Tyler Dynes (@dyneshvac), lead installer—with a specialty in hydronics—for Farr Mechanical Corp., greater Toronto area. You see, for Dynes, the most rewarding part of his work is seeing the finished install and hearing the customer say, “this is the nicest room in the house.” Read more
“Any day building custom mechanical rooms is a great day,” says Tyler Dynes (@dyneshvac), lead installer—with a specialty in hydronics—for Farr Mechanical Corp., greater Toronto area. You see, for Dynes, the most rewarding part of his work is seeing the finished install and hearing the customer say, “this is the nicest room in the house.”
In fact, Dynes loves what he does so much, one of his bucket list items is building his own home with a custom hydronic system.
Dynes’ rise into the trades started right out of high school where he began a career in automotive mechanics. After a few years in the field, he soon realized it just wasn’t for him. After speaking to someone at a local fuel/HVAC company, Dynes decided to give working for them a try. Several of his friends were in the industry already and encouraged him to enter the trade. “I worked with that company for about 11 years, learning everything I could in the residential HVAC field. It was here I became a gas fitter, oil burner and started my AC apprenticeship,” says Dynes.
One of my Dynes’ first mentors was a seasoned tech named Chris who Dynes trained under for five years at that first HVAC company. I also follow the careers of Eric Aune (@mechanicalhub), Mike Flynn (@flynnstone1), Don Taylor (@dontaylor53) and Aaron Bond (@bond_aaron) closely on Instagram. “They inspire me to push myself and learn more about all the different aspects of the trade. I still look up to them and chat with them from time to time,” says Dynes.
Dynes hadn’t considered himself a role model, just someone who takes a lot of pride in what he does. “I hope that I can encourage people to join the trade, and for those already in it, to push themselves to learn new skills. I would love for people to look at my work and be able to ask questions to help them learn everything I have and beyond,” says Dynes.
And with that, social media has allowed Dynes to grow professionally and personally as he loves the relationships that he’s built through it. Dynes is amazed at the support and encouragement he’s received over the last few years through his Instagram posts and stories. “It has such a great community of people from all trades supporting each other,” says Dynes.
Yet social media can become addicting, says Dynes, and it can be hard to step away. “After I get home, there are usually questions or conversations that happen through Instagram about my posted installs or other people looking for advice. I try to help when I can, but I know it’s important to put my phone down and spend time with my family, which can be going to the cottage with his family and riding his dirt bike,” says Dynes.
Over the past decade, there is no debating social media has become a place where contractors can show off their work and wares, and connect. This should help enhance the trades. “We need to showcase the fun side of trades and that no day is ever the same. There are so many areas that you can excel or specialize in, and we need to make that more known to people. It’s a hard work, fast-paced environment, but it’s so rewarding when you get the freedom to be creative,” says Dynes.
Since their introduction in North America in 1999, Viega press systems have earned a loyal following among plumbers and contractors who value their performance, efficiency and reliability. In recent years, this community has grown into a large following across Viega LLC’s social media accounts. In response, Viega LLC is recognizing some of its most enthusiastic Read more
Since their introduction in North America in 1999, Viega press systems have earned a loyal following among plumbers and contractors who value their performance, efficiency and reliability.
In recent years, this community has grown into a large following across Viega LLC’s social media accounts. In response, Viega LLC is recognizing some of its most enthusiastic and influential supporters through a new Press Masters Brand Ambassador program. The Press Masters are a group of highly skilled plumbing, HVAC, and general contractors who have built followings through their creative, and often entertaining, educational social media content.
As Press Masters, they will use their social channels to educate people on the benefits of pressing with Viega fittings and share their trade expertise.
“The Press Master brand ambassador program is centered around building relationships with people who have shown great pride in their work using Viega fittings and who are passionate about being involved in the trade community,” said Rebecca Stamey, PR and Social Media Manager for Viega. “There is so much value in having the opportunity to partner with people who choose to use our products every day. We want to recoginize their endorsement for the brand and celebrate their accomplishments, all while also helping other realize the benefits of pressing.”
The current Press Masters are:
- Travis Abaire, @t.a.p.plumbingandheating, of Tap Plumbing & Heating in Bristol, Conn.
- Matt Fleming, @allstarplumbinginc, of All Star Plumbing & Heating in Manasquan, N.J.
- Terence Chan, @the__impetus, of Impetus Plumbing & Heating in Vancouver, B.C.
- Jonathan Cheever, @teamcheever, of Team Cheever Design Build in Park City, Utah
- Matt Benevides, @boston_plumbing_monstahs_, of Benevides Plumbing & Mechanical in New Bedford, Mass.
- Colton Henkowski, @viking_pipefitter, Technical Trainer for Viega in Broomfield, Colo.
To learn more about each Press Master and for those interested in applying to join the program visit viega.us/pressmasters.
Bosch Thermotechnology Corp., manufacturer of high-quality heating, cooling and hot water systems, is proud to be a part of the HVAC industry and knows others are, too. To highlight this industry pride, Bosch’s new social media contest encourages the HVAC industry to answer one question: “What makes you proud to be HVAC?” In order to be Read more
Bosch Thermotechnology Corp., manufacturer of high-quality heating, cooling and hot water systems, is proud to be a part of the HVAC industry and knows others are, too. To highlight this industry pride, Bosch’s new social media contest encourages the HVAC industry to answer one question: “What makes you proud to be HVAC?”
In order to be eligible, participants must share a video response on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that states why they’re proud to be in the HVAC industry. The submissions must include the hashtag #WeAreHVAC. The contest will run for one month from June 11 – July 11. Those encouraged to participate include U.S. contractors, sales representatives, installers, distributors, students and others in the HVAC industry.
Bosch will collect submissions and develop a video that will be featured on www.proudtobeHVAC.com, then choose six winners based on internal criteria. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $500, with second- and third-place winners receiving $300 and $200, respectively. Three runners-up will receive the Bosch 12V Max Flexiclick® 5-In-1 Drill/Driver System.
“While our products are often hidden from sight within a home, they are undeniably important; no homeowner can live comfortably without a form of heating and cooling,” said Vitor Gregorio, Regional President of Bosch Thermotechnology North America. “Our industry pride manifests itself in products that bring peace of mind to homeowners and their families, and we want to hear from others in the industry on what makes them proud to be HVAC.”
The campaign kicked off at New England Tractor Trailer Training School (NETTTS), located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to which Bosch recently donated 20 HVAC units ranging from tankless water heaters and geothermal heat pumps to combi, condensing and conventional boilers, in keeping with its mission to promote training and education and foster learning opportunities for students.