Rich Harper and Tom Proietti in Flow Tech Demo Lab

Employee-Owner Career Transitions at Flow Tech, Inc.

Flow Tech makes employee satisfaction our highest priority because our employee-owners are the foundation of our success! We make every effort to support their interests and career growth goals. We joke about “hiring for life” when we bring on new team members because we strive for a mutually fulfilling relationship where all parties benefit.

October is officially Employee Ownership month and we thought what better way to generate awareness of our 100% employee-owned status than by highlighting 2022 employee owners’ career transitions.

Retirements

President Emeritus, Rich Harper hangs up his Flow Tech hat after 28 years with the company! Harper joined Flow Tech in 1994 as a Sales Engineer representing two of Flow Tech’s flagship lines, ABB variable frequency drives and Phoenix Controls laboratory airflow controls systems. In 1998 he purchased the company from the founder, Barry Sroka, and began cultivating Flow Tech towards the company you know today by adding personnel, equipment lines and a service department. After much growth and success, Harper transformed Flow Tech into a go-to source for building owners, design engineers and contractors made up of over 25 employee owners and nearly 20 sustainability-focused product lines. Harper’s September 30th retirement is fitting as it will mark the 1-year anniversary of when he sold the company to an ESOP, making Flow Tech 100% employee-owned!

President Emeritus, Rich Harper, relaxing during the 2022 company photo shoot because he knew it would be his last!

Tom Proietti, Sales Engineer of Flow Tech’s Indoor Air Quality lines, Aircuity, SecureAire and Steril-Aire, prepares for his own retirement at the end of the 2022. Proietti has been with Flow Tech since 2005 and has been an integral part of expanding Flow Tech’s territory of their IAQ equipment and systems throughout New England. He also brought Flow Tech much success through his business development expertise at local tradeshows and industry association meetings.

Tom Proietti Presenting on Aircuity
Tom Proietti presenting about Aircuity during the I2SL’s tour of Jackson Labs in Farmington, CT.

Promotions

Flow Tech’s Board of Directors named Paul Pranaitis an officer of the company. Pranaitis is now the Corporate Treasurer and has been promoted from Controller to Chief Financial Officer (CFO). His hard work and dedication along with his conservative approach to Flow Tech’s finances has helped Flow Tech remain profitable and successful for the past 20 years. Flow Tech congratulates Paul Pranaitis for this well-deserved achievement.

Paul Pranaitis
Paul Pranaitis during the 2017 company photo shoot.

Transitions

This past summer Evan Milone transitioned from Inside Sales Applications Engineer to Sales Engineer. Milone now specializes in HVAC controls and systems including critical airflow control, hazardous gas detection systems, airflow monitoring and measurement, and installed facility monitoring systems for demand control ventilation (DCV). In his new role he will make the lives of design engineers, building owners/end users and contractors in CT and Western MA easier by providing exceptional service and providing creative and innovative solutions.

Evan Milone working inside an Aircuity sensor suite.

Derek Labbie also made a career transition this summer. After 11 years as a Field Service Technician and Project Manager Labbie now focuses his attention on Service Sales. Service sales consists of helping building owners and facility personnel improve the comfort and safety of their buildings through retrofitting and upgrading equipment. Labbie also recommends service plans and preventative maintenance schedules when relevant.

Derek working in Flow Tech’s tech workshop.

New Hires

Joshua Prouser was hired in mid-March as Inside Sales Applications Engineer to fill the gap Evan Milone’s transition left. Prouser was an instant success for Flow Tech’s inside sales department with his drive to succeed and ability to comprehend technical information. He provides sales support including pricing, quotations, submittals, interfacing with customers, follow-up and shipping/receiving.

Josh Prouser reflecting on his Flow Tech career.

Another mid-March hire was Alden Whitney as Sales Engineer. Whitney represents ABB variable frequency drives for water/wastewater applications. He joined Flow Tech to expand their brand awareness, market presence, sales and service bookings within this niche market throughout New England.

Alden Whitney inside Flow Tech’s Demo Lab with HVAC ACH580 Vfds.

Eric Cormier was hired as Sales Engineer in late July. Cormier has a decade of HVAC industry experience in a commercial/industrial setting. As a former technician he is well versed in the operations side and is looking forward to applying that knowledge into HVAC equipment sales. Cormier represents Air Enterprises, Blender Products, Cooney Technologies, ebm-papst, Secure-Aire, TAMCO, Thermowheel, TMI Climate Solutions, Twin City fans and VAW systems for Flow Tech in CT and Western MA.

Eric Cormier with Thermotech during Demo Day.

Thomas Jedynak joined Flow Tech in late August as Electrical Service Technician. Jedynak holds an electrical license and will put it to good use starting up and servicing ABB’s variable frequency drives. He will continue Flow Tech’s legacy of ABB VFD expertise within the industry.

Flow Tech would like to thank these employee-owners for their hard work and dedication and wish the retirees the best of luck in their next chapter. For more information about Flow Tech and our equipment and services, please visit our website or email us. Stay up-to-date on FT happenings and events by following us on social media:  Twitter,  LinkedIn,  facebook  and YouTube.

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