Lou has more than 30 years of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry experience. Throughout his career at Trane, he worked with a variety of regional office, with increasing roles of responsibility including service engineer, supervisor, marketing, and sales, as well as service manager, operations manager and vice president and general manager. Lou’s key contributions to Trane revolved around bringing technologies to bear that could be used to either grow revenues or increase productivity.
Lou was a member of the Executive Committee, where a team developed a strategy focused on growth and enhancing the customer experience when working within the organization. The Executive Committee set the vision and strategies for the organization’s future, and worked with the management team in assisting them in meeting business goals. He also led Leadership Development efforts, developing the up-and-coming leaders within the organization, to be premier managers and leaders in the company, industry, and community.
Lou led Trane’s commercial efforts in the Florida and The Bahamas Markets as the Regional General Manager, and was responsible for a $200+M business offering Trane commercial equipment sales to the Owner and Contracting community, parts and HVAC supplies to the industry through 12 parts B2B centers, 200 service technicians serving facility owners throughout the territory, and turnkey contracting and sophisticated building control systems. They also provided guaranteed energy savings as a State certified Energy Services Company (ESCO).
Lou also served as VP and GM of an independent mechanical servicing contractor, Industrial Cooling Corporation, where he grew the company’s revenue more than 10-fold. Lou rejoined Trane in 1991 as vice president of service for the Americas, responsible for helping Trane profitably grow this important area of business in the Western Hemisphere.
Lou earned a BS from the University of Delaware, where he attended on a baseball scholarship. He earned a mechanical engineering certificate from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and served on the N.J. Governor’s Trades Advisory Board from 1982 to 1986, validating HVAC trade school curriculum for the state.