Spotlighting 2020 MSCA Extraordinary Everyday Hero Awardees

November 24, 2020

MSCA has been honoring our industry’s very own everyday heroes for the past five years at the annual education conference. Our expectations were blown away by just how many heroes we have within our industry – we received nineteen nominations this year! We are so proud of the many peers among us who do extraordinary things every day, simply out of the kindness of their hearts with a passion to make a difference for the better.

Jeremy Carty, Warwick Mechanical Group, New Port News, VA

A team of Warwick Mechanical Group’s technicians, including Jeremy Carty, traveled to North Carolina during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic to assist local residents who had been displaced due to Hurricane Florence. The team spent a week doing rebuild and repair work related to their trade but also installed insulation, exterior sheathing, gas piping, flooring, drywall, and framing. They painted, hung cabinets and performed any other repair work needed.

Jeremy’s colleague and 2019 Everyday Hero Award Winner Michelle Collier commented, “They all came back talking about all the nice people they met and how satisfying it was to help these families get back into their homes.”

Jeremy has been on two previous hurricane relief trips. These trips were shortly after the storms and involved tearing out all the water damage walls, flooring and ductwork. These trips are really difficult not only because it is dirty, smells bad and everything is and has been wet for weeks but also because the devastation is still so fresh for the families.

Chuck Cholke, American Combustion Service, Mokena, IL

Chuck has worked continuously throughout the pandemic, taking on extra hours and picking up emergency work at hospitals and food manufacturers to keep them up and running while other employees were quarantined.  Chuck has put his on health at risk and has taken special precautions to stay safe for the customers and for his wife who has a weakened immune system.  The constant focus of remaining safe can wear on anyone, but Chuck continues to do what is neede for his team and customers.

“Chuck is always an above and beyond employee, but even more so during this trying time. He is a dedicated worker who does what is necessary without needing recognition,” shared his colleague Niki White.

Matt Smith, Mollenberg-Betz, Buffalo, NY

From day one of the COVID-19 Pandemic being declared, Matt Smith has gone above and beyond to ensure his team was safe. His top priorities were that his technicians in the field were safe and that Mollenberg-Betz’ business ran as close to “business as usual” as possible. While most of the office worked from home, Matt came into the office every day.  Often times taking on his colleagues’ tasks.  He constantly stayed in contact with the technicians in the field to ensure all customers were serviced.

Linda Scalzo shared, “He always puts all of our needs above his own.  He is a great boss and we all appreciate him so much.”

MSCA is proud to recognize these heroes in our industry and distinguish them as an MSCA Extraordinary Everyday Hero. We will be spotlighting each of these heroes over the next few months. For a full list of 2020 Extraordinary Everyday Hero Awardees, please click here.

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