In 1954, Rob Minnick’s grandfather started a business in his garage. After about five years, his grandfather found an office space and grew the company even more with hundreds of employees.
Today, Rob is owner and part of the third generation of Minnicks: Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation in Maryland. He is a leader in the HVAC industry.
In the 1980s, Rob’s father bought the business, and Rob began working there in 1982. The company went from 200 employees down to 6 in less than a week after the 1980s stock market crash.
Rob often asks his dad how he made it through those tough times. Through the years, Rob has worked in multiple roles in the company. He told his father he wanted to start at the bottom of the company and learn the trade.
As you listen to the show, keep an ear out for these topics:
- How Rob’s father kept the business going
- Different jobs Rob held at the company
- Who Rob reached out to for help as he learned to be an owner
- How he got his brothers on board
- Whether he spends more time working on or working in the business
- How Minnick’s is different from other companies
The full interview can be heard using the audio player above and utilize the timestamps below to jump to a specific topic. Thanks for listening!
[1:18] – The family business
[5:05] – His father in charge
[5:50] – Rob’s roles in the business
[12:36] – Learning to be an owner
[16:00] – Coaches and mentors
[19:00] – Brothers
[22:13] – His time
[24:32] – Minnick’s difference
[29:44] – How people can become an HVAC technician
[33:16] – Apprenticeship
[35:44] – Advice for someone entering this industry
[36:55] – How to contact Minnick’s
“I told my dad, I want to start at the bottom, because I want to learn the trade from the bottom up.”