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Decades of Dedication – July 2019

July 22, 2019

At Lee Company, part of our mission is “to create a workplace where our employees can thrive.” We’re honored and strengthened by the many employees who make Lee Company their professional home – often for decades! We want you to know the dedicated pros making a difference for all the customers and communities we serve. Periodically, we’ll highlight team members as they reach milestone career marks. Thanks and congrats to these 2019 achievers!

40 Years

Robert C.

Manufacturing Supervisor

After 40 years with Lee Company, Robert Cox has one piece of advice for every new employee: “How far you go with Lee Company is up to you. Go with opportunity, and make it happen.” Robert is proof the advice works! After starting at Lee Company as a welder, he worked as a sheet metal helper and superintendent for Large Construction before taking on his current role as the manufacturing facility supervisor. “I’m grateful for what I’ve been given and what I’ve been entrusted with,” he says. “From the very beginning, I’ve told my supervisors, ‘You need someone to do it? I’m your man. If I can’t do it, I’ll figure it out!'”

“This is one of the best companies in the world; there’s nothing between you and opportunity.”

Tim B.

30 Years

Tim B.

Assistant Superintendent, Large Construction

Tim Brown has seen his career – and Lee Company – grow over the years. When he hired on as a pipefitting helper, Tim was 24 and the company had 250 employees. Now, with decades of experience under his belt, Tim is a leader in Large Construction and Lee Company has more than 1,400 employees! Tim says he is grateful for all the opportunities Lee Company has provided, especially the chance to continually learn as he works on a wide variety of projects: “I want my legacy to be being good at my job, a hard worker, an honest person, and loyal, no matter what.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to grow at Lee Company. You can do anything as long as you’ve set your mind to it.”

Jimmy P.

30 Years

Jimmy P.

Plumbing Mechanic, Large Construction

Jimmy Perry started learning the trades at 16, working with his grandfather. When he joined Lee Company back in 1989 as a plumbing mechanic, the office ran a bit differently. Each day, employees would report in and be sent out wherever needed. Fortunately, staying flexible and working hard is second nature to Jimmy! He went to work with our construction group as a plumber and was part of the crew that worked more than 90 hours per week for over a year and a half on Nissan Stadium. As he celebrates three decades with Lee Company, Jimmy says he’s grateful for the team, and the community we have here.

“Don’t quit, and stay with it, no matter what. Let someone else help – you have nothing to prove.”

Calendars change. So do we.

July 15, 2019

Lee Company appreciates all our Home Maintenance Plan members! Based on your feedback, we’re changing how we schedule planned service visits. Rather than plan six months ahead, we’ll contact you a few weeks before it’s time for a tune-up or inspection.

  • Instead of sending a postcard, we will email or call you to confirm your appointment date and time.
  • We’ll remind you with a text or phone call a few days prior to your appointment.
  • Your Lee Company technician will call 30-45 minutes before arriving.
  • If you need to reschedule, call us! We’ll find a more convenient time for you.

If you still prefer to schedule six months out, while our tech is at your home performing a tune-up or inspection, that’s great! We’re always happy to plan ahead.

Our dedication to you will never change.

For more than 75 years, we’ve been committed to finding innovative and original solutions, and meeting the specific needs of every customer. Thank you for inviting Lee Company into your home! We’re here whenever you need us.

Not a member? Join today!

For less than $9 per month,* Lee Company Home Maintenance Plan members receive four visits per year – air conditioning and heating tune-ups, along with plumbing and electrical system inspections. Sign up, and you also get special discounts on service, parts, and labor. Sign up today!

*$8.25/month for each HVAC system.

Trailblazers: Special Olympics of Williamson County

July 03, 2019

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” This is the Special Olympics athlete’s oath. The global non-profit is the leading voice in raising awareness about the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities, and their voice keeps getting louder. For the past six years, Lee Company has supported Special Olympics of Williamson County with our annual golf tournament, raising both money and awareness for the organization.

“Special Olympics of Williamson County is honored to be part of Lee Company’s 75th year celebration,” says Area Director, Jon Stephenson. “On behalf of our athletes, Unified Sports partners, parents, board, coaches, and volunteers, we thank Lee Company and friends for another very successful golf outing. These funds will help us to continue to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition to promote training for life.”

Over the past six years, with the help of our sponsors, friends, and customers, more than $268,000 has been raised for this terrific organization.

 

Thank you to our 2019 Gold Medal sponsors:

  • Ed’s Supply Company Inc.
  • ESa
  • Care Supply
  • M.J. Harris Construction Services, LLC
  • Nashville Predators
  • Sunbelt Rentals
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Layton Construction
  • MRG
  • Purity Dairies

 

Thanks to our food sponsors, Corky’s and Select Foods, to all the golfers who participated, and to our wonderful team of dedicated volunteers!

 

Special Olympics Williamson County 2019

Making memories

During this year’s tournament, we had 18 Special Olympics athletes join us for the event. They did everything from handing out goodie bags, to interacting with golfers on the course, and giving high fives to everyone along the way. It great to meet them and hear their stories.

 

Special Olympics Williamson County 2019
Hole #17 at the Governors Club in Brentwood continued to be the most popular hole on the course. Eric Wilson, a returning athlete was on hand to putt first for each team in the tournament, and a great time was had by all. If you’ve never attended a Special Olympics event, we highly encourage you to check one out.

An Epic Achievement – The Tennessean’s Hall of Fame!

June 20, 2019

Each year, The Tennessean celebrates companies where employees feel valued, appreciated, and supported, with the Top Workplaces award. When a company wins this impressive honor for a fourth time, they are inducted into The Tennessean’s Hall of Fame – an epic achievement!

On June 20th, The Tennessean announced its 2019 Top Workplaces awards, which are an extra-special honor, since the designation stems from employee input. Lee Company is honored to receive this award since we truly believe in creating an environment where our employees can thrive.

We are also honored to announce that our President & CEO Richard Perko was given the Leadership Award from The Tennessean.

The Leadership Award from The Tennessean

We are grateful to have been in business for 75 years. This would not be possible without our fantastic employees and you, our loyal customers. If we’ve not yet met, give us a try!

Many thanks to The Tennessean for the 2019 Top Workplaces honor, and congrats to all the employees who make Lee Company epic! If you’d like to belong to a team that values trust, excellence, and the ability to thrive, come join us! Check out our openings here.

The Boiler Room or the Business?

June 13, 2019

There’s a harsh reality to running a business: No one can be an expert in everything. On the bright side, there are experts in everything! Facility management is a prime example. Most corporate leaders didn’t go into business intending to learn what really happens in the boiler room. They don’t want to handle the HVAC, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, landscaping, pest control – all of it.

Or course, someone has to do it, and when that “someone” is a professional facility manager, businesses gain proven productivity and budget benefits.

 

Far beyond the Fix-It Function

For a professional in facility management, basic building concerns (Why is it so hot in my office? When will the bathroom be fixed? Who’s taking care of the broken window?) are just the tip of the iceberg. Strategic facility management helps companies:

  • Maintain a focus on their core business
  • Build a competitive advantage and reach strategic goals
  • Anticipate major expenses through predictive maintenance
  • Keep rental rates steady for tenants
  • Maintain budget to invest in opportunities for future growth

Since most businesses don’t specialize in facility management, outsourcing this need offers a number of benefits, including cost savings, access to the latest technology, and improved service delivery.

The reality is: No one’s better at running your business than you. And no one’s better at facility management than Lee Company. Find out how our team can help you turn facility management from a headache into an advantage. Give us a call today!

A chance to show our appreciation

June 06, 2019

Vanderbilt Employee Appreciation Picnic
We were so happy to be part of this year’s Vanderbilt Employee Appreciation Picnic! Hundreds of people turned out at the annual event where sponsors show their appreciation to Vanderbilt employees. Vanderbilt has been a Lee Company facilities solutions customer for many years.

Everyone gathered under the big white tent at Magnolia Circle. Food trucks lined the outside with local fresh flavor, while the inside was lined with neighborhood businesses. There was no shortage of activities: corn hole, a caricature artist, a hula hoop competition, a baking contest, a trivia game, and countless free goodies at many of the vendor tables, including ours! It was a pleasure to meet members of the community and share how Lee Company can be of service. The more hands we shook, the more we realized how grateful people were for our support.

Special thanks to our team of volunteers who helped bring our booth to life. We are already looking forward to this event next year!

HVAC Mechanical Systems: Using Telepresence to Add Transparency and Efficiency

May 29, 2019

For facility owners and managers, understanding and validating recommended HVAC service options is a real challenge. When you’re not confident about the information provided, it’s natural to delay critical decisions on repairs, equipment usage, and capital expenditures.

Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on paper documentation and verbal assurances from an HVAC technician anymore. Today’s telepresence technology delivers the transparent data you need to make strategic decisions efficiently and keep your HVAC mechanical systems in top shape.

 

What is telepresence?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, “Telepresence is the use of virtual reality technology, especially for remote control of machinery or for apparent participation in distant events.

While the technology is complex, the approach is simple. Telepresence enhances your access to real-time information, expands a service provider’s workforce, and enables the delivery of better solutions, faster.

For example, at Lee Company, telepresence technology allows us to obtain audio, video, and other equipment data from the field and send it to our Virtual Support Center. Seasoned pros at the center then draw on their years of experience and customer knowledge to help the HVAC field technicians analyze the data, identify equipment issues, and find solutions.

For customers, telepresence technology provides transparent data and informed feedback. You gain the insight and clarity needed to:

  • Make decisions with confidence
  • Ensure that service, calibration, and maintenance all contribute to enhanced performance and efficiency
  • Optimize the lifecycle of essential HVAC systems

 

Is now the time for telepresence?

How do you make a decision to add telepresence to your HVAC program? Start by considering all the options. In addition to expanding the expert team working on your HVAC mechanical systems, telepresence technology at Lee Company provides:

  • Access to the Virtual Support Center team to help your in-house staff resolve equipment issues
  • Remote monitoring of facilities and building automation systems (BAS), including regular checks of designated points, temperatures, and alarms
  • Ability to ask the Virtual Support Center to make adjustments or dispatch Lee Company technicians, based upon customer-specific protocols

Get more information on how telepresence adds transparency and efficiency! Call Lee Company today at 615-567-1000.

Decades of Dedication – Bryan E.

May 24, 2019

At Lee Company, part of our mission is “to create a workplace where our employees can thrive.” We’re honored and strengthened by the many employees who make Lee Company their professional home – often for decades! We want you to know the dedicated pros making a difference for all the customers and communities we serve. Periodically, we’ll highlight team members as they reach milestone career marks. Thanks and congrats to this 2019 achiever!

20 Years

Bryan E.

Superintendent, Large Construction

When he joined Lee Company in 1999, Bryan thought he’d be hired as a superintendent, given his work experience. Instead, he started as a plumbing foreman, spent two years learning “the Lee Company way,” and was then promoted to superintendent. During the past 20 years, Bryan has trained a number of plumbing pros, passing along the Lee Company dedication to always doing the right thing. Many of the foremen he has trained are now supervisors, continuing to advance in their careers. Bryan says he appreciates the close-knit family feel at Lee Company and knows this team is always ready to help customers and each other.

“Teach somebody something. Someone took the time to help you learn. Pass that on – pay it forward.”

A reason to give back: Purity Moosic City DairyPure Dash

May 23, 2019

reason to give back“The Secret to living is giving,” one of Tony Robbins’ simple truths that reminds us we are here to make a difference. One of the ways Lee Company continues to give back to the Middle Tennessee community is by partnering with Purity Dairies on their annual Moosic City DairyPure Dash.

Since 2000, this Nashville-based race has garnered support from all over the Middle Tennessee community. It began as a 5K race and one-mile walk to honor Glenn Wunder, a friend of the race organizer, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. The event raises money for a different non-profit organization every year, and for the past 6 years, Lee Company has proudly sponsored the Glenn Wunder Mighty Mile.

At the check presentation on May 2nd, we learned that $150,000 were raised for The Jason Foundation, this year’s beneficiary. Since the race began 19 years ago, Purity Dairies has raised one million dollars! Other beneficiaries over the years have included: PENCIL, Gilda’s Club, Alive Hospice, High Hopes, and Special Olympics Tennessee.

“We love supporting our local communities, and this race is one of the ways we can continue to do that. On race day, when you look into the faces around you: the runners, the volunteers, the organization you’re helping to raise money for, you can’t help but be inspired. You realize that what we do does make a difference. I love being reminded of that at this event.” – Emily Bonomo, Marketing Coordinator

What inspires you? Is it making a difference in someone’s life? Is it raising money for a cause? Is it seeing someone accomplish a goal? Is it you accomplishing a goal of your own? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should consider getting involved in this event next year. Click here to learn more.

R22 and You: Appreciate Depreciation

May 16, 2019

For business owners and facility managers, the concept of spending unnecessary money on a new HVAC system is, well, chilling. But so is the concept of leaving money on the table!

R22, also known as Freon, is on the way out. EPA action makes it illegal to produce or import R22 as of Jan. 1, 2020. That creates a challenge, as companies try to decide whether to replace compressors that use R22, convert them, or simply maintain them and hope for the best.

At the same time, another government action provides a strong incentive for replacing HVAC systems. The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allows business owners to depreciate 100% of the cost of an HVAC system in the first year1, rather than spreading that depreciation over 39 years. The change can create tremendous tax savings.

Should you buy a new HVAC system in 2019, and capture those tax benefits? Every situation is different, and you’ll want to talk to your financial experts about your company’s approach.

Talk to Lee Company too

Lee Company uses predictive maintenance technology to help our facility customers determine the best plan of action. With Digital Sound Technology, visual findings that capture audio and video, and other innovations, we’re able to provide insights on the condition and outlook for current equipment, so they can budget accordingly.

Create your R22 action plan strategically. Lee Company is here to help!

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/new-rules-and-limitations-for-depreciation-and-expensing-under-the-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act

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