2021 Top 40 Under 40 HVACR Professionals

Feature from ACHR NEWS:

Rory Olson, Vice President of Service:

Rory Olson started his HVAC career with contractor MacDonald-Miller soon after receiving his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho. He started as a new construction project manager working on large construction projects in the Seattle area.

“I had studied lean manufacturing principles in college and was drawn to MacDonald-Miller due to their innovative approach to lean construction methods. I spent my time in project management gaining experience in all aspects of HVAC design, coordination, installation, and commissioning,” Olson said.

In 2010, he was given the opportunity to lead the company’s detailing group. In three years, he refocused a struggling department and implemented standard operating procedures that are still in place today. In 2014, Olson transitioned to service operations. As service operations manager, he was tasked with the continuous improvement of one of the largest commercial HVAC service crews on the West Coast. During his time in service operations, revenue went from $32 million to $46 million.

In 2020, Olson was promoted to vice president of service and took over the business development arm of service along with the operations team.

Education has always been a passion for Olson. He regularly teaches leadership, lean, and organization topics within MacDonald-Miller. He has been an instructor with the local Mechanical Contractors Association since 2014, developing and delivering a wide range of technical and leadership topics. In 2020, he became an affiliate instructor at the University of Washington teaching mechanical systems to construction management and architecture students for the College of the Built Environment.

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