We have a great team of professionals here at Airstream who work very hard and have the focus needed to get the job done. But, sometimes we just need to relax, unwind and goof around a little…
Caleb has a great sense of humor, he always has a smile on his face and a silly thing to say about any situation. He currently attends Colorado Mesa University and plays in the marching band there. His instrument of choice, the trumpet. And, I must say, he’s pretty good at it.
He likes to go hunting in the fall and snowboarding through the winter. Summertime means mountain biking, camping and Lake Powel. If he can’t make it down to Powel he’ll spend the weekend out on Highline wakeboarding.
He has worked with us here at Airstream for a little under a year right now and has learned a lot. It means a lot to a technician when he doesn’t have to constantly micro-manage an apprentice. Give them a task and know it will be done right.
As with all of our techs, you can trust him in your home as he has been drug tested and background checked to make sure he did fit the high standards we demand from our employees. Hopefully you will have the pleasure of having Caleb over the next time you are in need of our services.
Let’s get started with some background:
Mike started Airstream way back in 1983, just himself and his truck out in Palisade. Back then a firm handshake and eye contact were a good business model, and a one man shop could handle the amount of work that was available. It was tough, he went into the service plumbing trade to help people. During his training as a plumber there were no lessons about running a company. At one point, Mike had to sell his Nikon camera in order to pay for licensing and insurance.
Things were tough, until one service job landed him a break. He worked for another local business owner, Maurie Loveridge, who owned a vehicle repair shop in Palisade. Each week Maurie took out a full page ad in the Palisade Tribune for his own company, but this week the readers opened to his normal ad page and saw something completely different. Maurie had used his full page ad to highlight Mike and Airstream to the community. Maurie also met with several of the orchard owners on a daily basis and recommended Mike’s work to them as well. We won’t say that the company exploded at that point or that Mike had more work than he could handle, but it helped get him through that first year.
That same year help came in another form as well, his neighbor Jane. Jane offered her time for free to answer his phone, which if he was out on a job he would have to listen to the message when he got back. She was able to answer, schedule, and, if there was an emergency, she would track him down however possible and get the message to him.
Today, Mike has taken his one man shop and grown it into a full service plumbing, heating and air conditioning business. We are able to employ around 15 people (several office and support personal and 8 techs or apprentices) and are looking to grow even more, and the only way we grow is by keeping you, our valued customers happy and comfortable. This blog will be a place where employees of Airstream will talk about items of interest to you as a homeowner and a place that we can just write and talk with you, our friends and clients. We would appreciate feedback, let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions that would help us serve you better. Again, we wouldn’t be here without you, our loyal customers.