Current News – From The Nexstar Legacy Foundation
Thank you to our Foundation Partner for a generous donation based on incremental sales of Nexstar Companies
Greg Niemi Retires
Oct 26, 2011 3:54pm, by Candace Roulo of Contractor Magazine
During Friday morning’s general session Greg Niemi, president and CEO of Nexstar, gave his last Nexstar Super Meeting address, thanking all Nexstar members and the staff. He also spoke to press members in a media conference on Oct. 13 about what he believes are the biggest challenges ahead for Nexstar contractors: marketing and lead generation.
“Contractors need to figure out what works and stay ahead in this area,” said Niemi. “Marketing is changing and will be different in five years from now, so the biggest thing before us is how Nexstar will stay on the front edge of this.”
Niemi also mentioned his passion of labor and attracting talented individuals into the trades.
In a follow up to the press conference, Niemi told CONTRACTOR that the purpose is to attract and develop talent and make people aware of the trades by being the leading authority on opportunity within the trades.
“Apprentice, journeyman and master programs within technical professions provide an excellent opportunity for getting the on-the-job training needed to advance careers and salaries,” said Niemi.
“One way to increase the supply of service technicians is to recruit at the ground level and give parents, teachers and guidance counselors the information they need to encourage students to enter the trades,” added Niemi. “Many tell our members they simply don’t have the information. So, Nexstar turned to members to lead the charge on this and they have been the emissaries.
“We encouraged our member contractors to volunteer to talk to students about the trades, the rewards of restoring water, air and light and the good income this career can bring and we provided step-by-step instructions for doing so. As we move into 2012, the Nexstar Legacy Foundation will continue with this effort, stronger than ever. We can change perceptions and make the labor shortage a career opportunity for many. Americans need jobs, service businesses need skilled workers and homeowners need assurance that they can keep the water, lights, furnace and air-conditioning on.”
The foundation would like to extend a profound thank you to two founding members who are leaving the foundation’s Board of Directors.
On September 30, 2010, John Ward, President of Applewood Plumbing Heating and Electric, ended his term as President of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation. John has been a member of Nexstar since 1992 and is the recipient of numerous Select Service awards. He is highly regarded for his role in business and the community. He is well known for his generosity, continually giving through his company to his home community in Denver, Colorado, as well as giving personally to numerous charitable organizations including the Nexstar Legacy Foundation.
John served as President since the foundation started in October of 2005. He has provided tireless leadership and has been instrumental in ensuring the Foundation’s success. John has always made sure the foundation was in a position to move forward. He will be greatly missed.
On September 30, 2010, Brad Martin, former president of Scottco Service Company in Amarillo, Texas, ended his term on the Nexstar Legacy Foundation’s Board of Directors. Brad was a member of Nexstar from 1993 until his retirement from Scottco. He continued to be involved in the organization through his membership and founding position on the Board of Directors of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation.
Brad was instrumental in ensuring the success of the Foundation’s scholarship program, which has given away $85,000 to date. Brad oversaw the scholarship process until 2009 and put in place much of the structure that made the program a success! He has been instrumental to the success of the foundation.
In addition, the foundation would like to welcome new members to the Board of Directors and to introduce our new President.
Bill Raymond, the owner of Frank & Lindy Plumbing & Heating Service, has been appointed as President of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation as of October 1, 2010. Bill has been on the Foundation’s board since 2008 and has been working on fund development. He is honored to be awarded the position of President.
Julie Weiman, Jeff Leone and Ellen Rohr have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Foundation, starting September 2010. Julie Weiman, President of MacGregor Plumbing & Heating, serves as Scholarship Chair and Vice President for the foundation. Jeff Leone, owner of Air Temp Mechanical Services, and Ellen Rohr, owner of Bare Bones Biz, will serve as Trustees.