Happy Thanksgiving 2017 & Safe Travels!

Family and friends will be coming together over some great food and fun this coming Thursday. Many taking advantage of the Holiday rolling through Friday into the weekend.

For me Thanksgiving is about gratitude. A time to reflect together and remember what we are all most thankful for both personally and professionally throughout this year.

I’m always grateful to our loyal Ruskin® colleagues and customers. I’m also extremely thankful for the opportunity to serve others.

Happy Thanksgiving and Safe Travels!

Aloha from Ruskin at SMACNA’s Annual Convention in Hawaii

This week Ruskin® attended SMACNA’s 74th Annual Convention in Maui, Hawaii. Ruskin® successfully exhibited at SMACNA’s product show in nearby Wailea, which observed over 1400 attendees. The whole team thoroughly enjoyed the event and the “show went on” during an island-wide power outage, caused by unusual lightning storms. The team embraced the power cut discussing the latest Ruskin® dampers and duct work air measuring devices with visitors.

Ruskin® demonstrated Damper models, which provide superior air control, high performance, and sustainable energy efficiency, such as the Model ABD (Automatic Balancing Damper). Life Safety, UL rated dampers shown will protect life and mitigate property loss during a life safety event. Air Measuring Solutions included the model TDP05K that incorporates thermal dispersion technology with microprocessor based controls to communicate with any building automation system.

Ruskin® Attends Florida Healthcare Engineering Association Trade Show

This week the Ruskin® team attended the FHEA (Florida Healthcare Engineering Association), Trade Show. The goal of the FHEA is to advance the development of healthcare engineering through effective communication, educational opportunities and establishment of professional standards.

Ruskin® was showing off some of its dampers and louvers suitable for Florida Healthcare construction projects. Peter Blaha, Ruskin® Product Marketing Manager demonstrated some of Ruskin’s Louvers that have a Miami Dade Notice of acceptance, which is a state approval of products related to structural wind resistance of buildings. Ruskin’s Hurricane and Wind-Driven Rain Louvers hold up under pressure in severe weather events by preventing and minimizing wind and rain damage. Ruskin® Louvers were actually the FIRST louvers in the industry to gain approval in Miami-Dade County and continue to meet customers’ needs and requirements!

Watch a YouTube video of the show

Protection from the unknown

We have all seen the images on the news of the destruction in Florida left behind by Hurricane Irma. This immense storm left after passing through, damage and flooding across the board with ten million residents without power. Perhaps the most frightening part of extreme weather and a storm like Irma is the unpredictable nature, about when it will occur and how severe the damage caused will be. People were torn between leaving their properties and places of business and even after government warnings some of them still stayed behind facing the unknown.

Engineers and architects know that the best approach to attacking an extreme situation is to prepare for all the risk factors, meaning designing buildings that can withstand high winds, impact, and other known extreme conditions.

Ruskin’s louver and damper products are designed and tested for extreme weather conditions and critical applications. Ruskin “Extreme Performance” Louvers and Dampers are recommended to meet or surpass requirements of severe weather conditions, and code requirements, such as the Florida Building Code, Texas Department Insurance, and Miami-Dade County approval. In fact, Ruskin’s louvers were the first in the industry to gain Miami-Dade County approval. The overall goal is to stop wind-driven rain and wind-borne debris from entering buildings while protecting critical facilities and paramount protecting life.

Leadership Lessons

Here is a picture of the Ruskin® Team in Kansas City, attending the Global Leadership Summit. At the Summit, we learned from leaders around the world, and Laszlo Bock, ex- Google HR guy. In his book Work Rules, he highlights the fact that complete open and transparent communication, along with real feedback, is a key to success.

I have learned a lot in managing and leading teams since 1996 when I had my first management job. I have learned that it is really about helping your teams help their people. Whether it is with mission and vision, strategy, or tactics, the best leaders are continually learning from experts in our ever changing world.