Aireco Supply has adopted HARDI's Certified Counter Specialist (CCS) Program as a way to offer counter personnel a formal, structured program that encourages training and continued education.



Aireco Supply Inc.has adopted HARDI's Certified Counter Specialist (CCS) Program as a way to offer counter personnel a formal, structured program that encourages training and continued education with a focus on customer service, product knowledge, people skills and attitude.  Twenty-one of Aireco's branch managers have completed the CCS program and are now HARDI Certified. 

The program was developed by HARDIto recognize the professionalism of the men and women at the wholesale counter and give them the opportunity to obtain credentials recognized in the field of HVACR distribution. Once enrolled, employees must meet a series of benchmarks in order to successfully attain one of the four levels of counter expertise as defined by the CCS program (Assistant, Associate, Senior and Certified). Various certifications, competencies and training hours advance employees until they eventually become HARDI Certified.

John BerryandAllison Huber, Aireco’s Training and Marketing Coordinator, implemented the CCS program. Berry believes it supports Aireco’s elite customer service philosophy. “Anyone can wait on a customer,” Berry says. “Our goal is to teach Aireco employees how to become customer service professionals by giving them the tools and the means to grow and improve. Aireco sets the standards high for good customer service, leading by positive example and exceeding our customers’ expectations.” 

Giving customers excellent service, along with relevant information about products in a timely manner, has become essential in the distribution business, explains Aireco PresidentDan Hinchman. “Keeping up with technological changes, customer service challenges and supply chain efficiencies require higher levels of learning than ever before,” he says. “The CCS program allows our employees to become effective sales and customer service personnel rapidly.” 

Twenty-one of Aireco’s branch managers have completed the CCS program and are now HARDI Certified, including Bill Bartholomew, Bill Hawkins, Brian Atkins, Burt Helwig, Charlie Jones, Dan Muller, Donnie Bailey, Ed Milliken, Greg Burke, Karen Beall, Ken Kochel, Ken Newbern, Kevin Eppard, Mike Chaney, Mike Gordon, Shannon Nixon, Steve Horton, Tim Dooley, Tom Morgan, Troy Sparrow and Virgil Espiritu.

HARDI’s Certified Counter Specialist program is training each Aireco employee in the latest product knowledge and customer service skills. This certification, coupled with the company's 39 convenient locations, extensive inventory, in-house technical support, delivery and emergency service, all help make up the 57-year legacy that has become the "Aireco Advantage".


Source: Aireco Supply Inc.

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