Hi, my name is Bradley Stansbury. I started A/C Handyman back in 2008 and would like to introduce myself, highlight some key points in my life that led me to the HVAC Business, and provide you with some business social links so that you can better understand who I am. My hope is that this information will instill some confidence and encourage you to hire me for your Air Conditioning needs. I'll start out with my business social links so you can get right to it. Then if you'd like it, feel free to read more about myself.
The Story Begins
My Early Years
Reflecting back, it began in 1983. I was a 5th grader at Hawthorne Elementary School when I became fully aware that I liked the world of business.
My Mom used to give me a dollar for the school lunch everyday. But instead of using it for lunch I would walk down-the-block to the convenience mart and buy spree candies with it. Back at school the other kids would see me eating this candy and want some of it so I'd trade them some candy for a quarter or so.
I soon became aware that I was taking in more money then my Mother was giving me for lunch and I liked it. But the Convenience Mart was too expensive. So I started buying those 10 packs of Wrigley's gum that cost .99 cents from Fry's Foods - Big Red, Juicy Fruit, etc...and sold them for .25 cents each, which more than doubled my money.
It was a small sum of money, but I was a happy camper.
Around the same time frame, I was waking up every morning at 3:30 to 4 a.m. to go running before I had to go to school. I don't recall why I was running, I just desired to run. Kind of reminds me of that movie Forrest Gump.
It was always really dark out during this time, but every morning I would pass this one guys house that was always working in his lighted garage.
One day as I was running by this guys place, he yelled out...."Hey Kid! how would you like to get up at this time every morning and make some money. I said yes and gave him my home phone number.
He called my parents a few days later and arranged a meeting. He was a District Sales Adviser for The Arizona Republic.
He wanted me to be a Newspaper boy but said I was out of his district. So he hooked me up with the District Sales Adviser for my area and BAM! I had my newspaper route and was making more money. Although it was more like a job, I quickly realized that the closer I got that newspaper to the customers front door, the more tips I would get when it came time to collect.
Every Wednesday, my District Sales Adviser (his name was Hal Robinson) would take us newspaper boys out to the newest residential neighborhoods to sell subscriptions. Our payment was mostly in the form of him taking us out for pizza and video games every Wednesday at the Pizza Mart on main street in Mesa. and for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Yeah, they were exploiting us kids, using us as bait to sell their paper, but I didn't care. I liked the pizza, the games, and I wanted to win that trip!!!
I didn't like selling the newspaper door to door because I didn't like rejection. But I quickly learned that for about every 10 houses that I went to, around 2 would buy a subscription.
So instead of looking at the 8 no's as rejections, I looked at them as getting me one step closer to the yes's that were going to win me that trip to Magic Mountain. (we had to have a certain amount of subscriptions to win the trip and we only had a certain amount of time to get the subscriptions). I did the math and knew that I was going to win the trip.
And I did.......I won that trip, but the greatest reward was the lesson that I learned from it...
Sales is a Numbers Game! Every (no) got me one step closer to the desired (yes).
I've worked in restaurants as a dishwasher, running the register, and as a cook. I used to lump watermelons (also known as a lumper) out of 18 wheelers with a bunch of latinos ("border buddies") to Driving Class B Bobtails to Driving Class A 18 Wheelers (mostly here locally) to becoming a Shipping and Receiving Supervisor.
Then I worked for the City of Mesa Solid Waste Department as a Solid Waste Engineer (a.k.a. Garbage Man)....... For the residential department I drove 6-yard trucks, rear loaders, and side loaders (those are the ones that pick up or trash or recycle barrels at the curb). For the Commercial department I drove front loaders and roll-offs. Then I worked in Support Services for the commercial department cleaning, repairing, and painting dumpsters and even invented a new system called "face-lift" that completely removed our 3 month backlog inside of about 3 weeks. The city incorporated the new system and gave credit to my supervisor lol.
During the time I had all of these jobs I had started several side businesses over the years...most of them failed. But I don't look at them as failures because each and every one of them taught me something. Each failure was added to my tool bag of "what not to do's" and as a result, I've come to understand that failures are just stepping stones to success.
It's 2005 and I'm the Director of Facilities Maintenance for (3) Charter Schools located in Mesa and Gilbert Arizona. Although I was responsible for the training, hiring and firing of janitors, ordering supplies, and maintaining the schools, my title was just a fancy name for being a handyman. Me and my Brother Kerby (I call him my brother from another mother) performed most of the maintenance and repairs for the schools. What we couldn't handle, we out-sourced.
However, when it came to the HVAC side of things, we were stumped.
So we both enrolled in HVAC School. We took the Electro-Mechanical Technologies program at RSI.
I graduated at the top of the class with straight A's. My brother graduated, but decided that the HVAC industry wasn't for him.
I was offered a job upon graduation with Disney on Ice for $50,000.00 per year.
This was a great opportunity and probably would have been a wonderful, even magical experience:) But I declined because it required traveling and I didn't want to be away from my family. Also, I didn't want to work for the man, even if it was Disney on Ice. I wanted to be my own boss.
I've done well in the Air Conditioning Industry. Owning your own business brings you an awesome sense of freedom that simply can't be described in words, you just have to experience it.
The blessings in my life have given me the desire to share, and so Bradley's HVAC Schools was born. A hobby of mine and my way of giving back to the community. It's basically an ongoing list of HVAC Training Schools, online HVAC courses, and apprenticeship programs that are available here in Arizona as well as in other states.
If you're interested in entering the HVAC field, I hope it can be of value to you.
Air Conditioning Arizona › About Me
A/C Handyman - 104 S Pomeroy, Mesa, AZ. 85210
Air Conditioning Reviews
Easy to work with great service
by George Arechiga
I manage 2 duplex units a total of 4 homes in Arizona and when I need service I call the A/C handyman. He is easy to work with and I don't feel like he is over charging me he has very good rates. And he shows up when he says he will. I really like his service.
Honest Air Conditioner Repair
by Ethel Duplisea
Bradley was recommended to me by a family member. It was one of the best reommendations I have received in some time. A/C Handyman is on time, proffesional and charges a fair price. Thank you Bradley.
Quick and Excellent Service
My A/C wasn't blowing cool, so I called at 7:00 am on a Friday. He showed up at 8:30 (when he said he would BTW) the same day! Added freon, and didn't try any hard sell tactics. Would highly recommend his services.
Delivered on his Promises
by John Birch
(2482 E Waterview Place, Chandler, AZ, 85249, USA)
I saw Bradley's company in a comparison against most all the other Hvac companies in my area... while others sounded good, I was not impressed with what customers wrote about their service and fairness on pricing.... I think Bradley is extremely honest and you really do get pricing that is half of the other HVAC companies... Nice! Bradley is also the owner which I like. Nothing like dealing directly with the person that owns the business that you are buying from!!
by Leah Vega
We have two air conditioning units in our home, and every year before the hot weather hits we like to get our air conditioning units serviced to make sure they are working in the most optimum condition. The gentleman that came out to service our units was very courteous and professional. I will definitely be using this company in the future for all of my a/c service needs.
Fair, Honest, and Responsive
I called Brad early sunday AM. By 10:00 AM, the air was cold and I was relieved not to have a ridiculous bill. I have had some bad experiences with AC companies in the past but his timeliness, friendly manner, and fair prices were a huge relief. Brad's my AC guy from now on... thanks Brad!
Found my AC guy! Thanks
by John Shumway
(Queen Creek, AZ)
I do IT consulting on my own so I thought that there must be smaller companies with hard working honest guys around that do AC work. Google brought up Bradley's web page, and actually read the testimonials and thought I would give him a shot. Bradley came and diagnosed the problem to be a motor, he spent an hour making sure, and returned after obtaining the part and finishing up the other work he had scheduled that day which ended up being 11:00pm to replace it so my family could get some sleep. NO WAY would a large company have come that late, at least not without extreemly heavy fees. Thanks for the fair price and Excellent service!
Quick and good service!
by Joe Andreyka
(Gold Canyon, AZ, USA)
We got fast service when we needed it, and our a/c problems were solved, and our service rep was courteous and dependable.
Thank you! Joe and Janice Andreyka
by Valerie & Don
(Apache Junction, AZ)
Brad had all the parts necessary for fixing our unit quickly. I would highly recommend his services. The charges were very reasonable.
Thank you for your expertise and very Quick Service!
Excellent Service and Knowledge
by Randall Thompson
(La Habra, CA)
I live in California and own a rental in Mesa, Az. I have used Brad as my A/C guy for a few years now because he is always there when I need him and I feel that he is honest and upfront with all details of the job. He knows A/C repair very well and gets right to the problem. Being from out-of-state I feel vulnerable to unreputable servicemen. I feel lucky to have found Brad.
Quality Service That is Reliable and Dependable
by Laura Foster
Brad is the AC expert that I rely on for all repairs and questions. In fact, we are buying a new A/C unit through Brad and he will be installing it this month! I recommend him to all of our friends. He is honest, extremely knowledgeable and reliable. He comes when you need him and you can always bank on what he tells you!
Dependable, Professional Service
by Doug Hersho
Having a rental property in Gilbert Arizona while living in Houston Texas requires reliable contractors that you can depend on for servicing. A/C Handyman has filled this requirement beyond expectations. One phone call is all it takes and you know that you don't have to worry about constant followup. Bradley will see to it that the problem is analyzed, reported back to you and repaired as required professionally. I highly recommend their service.