It’s been compared to the Grammy’s, The Oscars, and the Super Bowl… Grown men have wept while in attendance… It’s the annual CSIpgh Diamond Contractor Awards!
Here at CSIpgh, this is one of our absolute FAVORITE events on the year and this year was especially memorable. The event was held at the Lexus Club at PNC Park, where we were joined by over 88 Contractors and spouses, as well as representation from our friends at Mitsubishi Electric Heating and Cooling.
CSIpgh Vice President, Brendan S. Heckler, kicked off the night by going over stats from 2017. Spoiler Alert: they were impressive! As awareness among ductless systems grows, we’ve seen our early-adopter Diamond Contractors thrive year after year. Total systems growth for this group in 2017 was over 18%.
Mitsubishi Electric marketing specialist Carney Daley was on hand to discuss the importance of social media in growing business. If you are reading this post, chances are you saw the link on either Facebook or Twitter so you already know how much reach social media has. If you think social media is just for millenials (who gain buying power each year!), think again: the largest growing demographic of new Facebook users is grandparents, so quite literally everyone and their mother is now online!
Looking to get on social media but aren’t sure where to start? Our marketing team of millenials and gen-Y’ers (YES, WE DO EXIST!) are here to help! Get in touch with us and we’d be happy to give you a rundown on all things digital.
Up next was the moment everyone was waiting for – the Diamond Contractor awards! With so many impressive area DCs, it is extremely hard to pick our winners… but the numbers always do the talking!
The awards always begin by acknowledging the Diamond Contractors that have qualified for Preferred and Elite status in the following year… congratulations to all of the DCs that earned these honors in 2018!
Our 2017 Rookie of the Year award went to Controlled Climate Systems, who sold 15 systems in their first year as a DC with SEVEN of them being MXZ systems… quite a mark in their first year.
The Breakthrough Contractor is awarded annually to the contractor who really stepped up their game. This year it went to Ferguson Heating & Air Conditioning. Joe and the team at Ferguson increased their overall system sales by 16% and grew their MXZ business by 163% in 2017!
The Multi-Zone Champion Award went to last year’s Rookie of the Year, Gary & Sons. In just 2 short years, these guys have managed to dominate their region! Last year they sold 32 MXZ Systems – thats over 60% of their total systems! Gary and Sons fell just short of our last award…
Finally, the granddaddy of them all: Ductless Dealer of the Year. This year the honors went to Climatech, Inc.. This was Climatech’s THIRD Diamond Contractor of the Year award, having received the honor in 2014 and 2015. Climatech earned their way back into the winner’s circle in 2017 by setting a CSIpgh Diamond Contractor RECORD for purchases on their way to almost 80 systems sold and 35 MXZ’s!
We would like to congratulate all of our Diamond Contractor honorees for their amazing ductless success in 2017… we cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store!
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