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    While the rest of us were catching up on the latest episode of Alf, and the kids were playing with their Teddy Ruxpin dolls, in 1987, Bob DeHate had his first day on the job with Energy Air. Twenty-six years and three recessions later, we’re happy to say “Happy 26th Anniversary, Bob!”

    On March 17, 1987, Bob started with Energy Air as a duct fabricator in the Apopka, Fla. fabrication facility. Within a year and half, he was running the shop and ordering all of the material. Since then, he’s filled many-a-Energy Air shoes, including warehouse manager, duct installer, project manager and foreman.

    Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Bob has been in Florida long enough to consider himself a true “Florida boy.”

    When he’s not busy coordinating with other trades as a duct foreman and conducting safety meetings (currently at the Eckerd College Sheen Science Center project), he enjoys bowling and outdoor activities such as canoeing, fishing, bicycling, tennis, camping and softball.

    According to Bob, the paperwork isn’t his favorite; he really enjoys the physical aspect of the job the most. “I enjoy the physical labor, like banging the duct, sawing it, putting it together,” he said.

    Bob also enjoys the family oriented environment of Energy Air. When asked about his most memorable moment on the job, he says running the fabrication facility of Energy Air’s previous Clearwater office where he did the ductwork for 18 buildings of a themed resort in the Orlando area.

    Bob’s first job was at 7-Eleven as a clerk in high school. During that time, he also took a job as a valet parking attendant – a job he biked 20 miles to get to each day!

    Anyone who has worked with Bob knows that he’s a passionate guy who’s extremely knowledgeable and committed to his work.

    According to Elise Davis, Assistant Project Manager for a recent Hillsborough County Health Department project, “Bob is a no-nonsense man who arrives to the job early each day and is moving continuously throughout the day. His work area, tools, materials and equipment are always meticulously organized, and he proceeds with all tasks in a methodical and logical manner.”

    Bob has played an instrumental role in the success of a variety of Energy Air projects, including Eagle-award winning buildings in multiple categories. Some notable projects include Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Wellness Center and Medical Office Building, Pinch-A-Penny Warehouse and Administrative Building, EnviroFocus Hygiene Building, VA Bay Pines Eye Clinic, IKEA Tampa, Ferguson Distribution Center, UCF Student Housing at Knight’s Plaza, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa and Celebration of Praise church.

    We’re fortunate to have Bob as a part of the Energy Air team and sincerely thank him for his 26 years of exceptional service.

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