More than 700 people in the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical (PHCE) residential contracting industry came together to attend Nexstar Network’s 25th annual Super Meeting — Nexstar’s most popular event to date.
Nexstar Network is a best practice and business development organization for independent businesses in the residential PHCE industry. It was founded in 1992 by a small group of contractors, including industry legend Frank J. Blau, Jr.
Nexstar members got a first look at Nexstar’s technical training program, NexTech Academy.
Nexstar President and CEO Jack Tester took the stage at the beginning of general session, and reminisced about the first Super Meeting nearly 25 years ago. He went on to explain that now, Nexstar has grown so much that the average Nexstar member company is about $7 million in revenue.
Dr. Nido Qubein and Steve Cadigan, former vice president of talent at LinkedIn, were the keynote presenters at Super Meeting.
“Can I just make a suggestion to you this afternoon that will change your life for the better?” Qubein said. “Having a to-do list is a must, but it’s not enough. We must all have a to-be list. You can’t have a to-be list without a ‘stop-doing list.’”
Nexstar also hosted the Silver Gala, which benefited the Nexstar Legacy Foundation. During the evening of entertainment, the Foundation raised a record $282,000.
Throughout the meeting, Nexstar members were lead through group activities and live competition. These were designed to help with retention and learning at the event. Categories included training, hiring, and technical questions.
Blau closed out Super Meeting with a speech to the Nexstar membership.
“I could not sit back quietly and let people live in ignorance. I still can't!” Blau said. “I will continue to speak out and I believe in every one of you. Be the eternal optimist. I am here for you. I am willing to help anyone who will listen. God bless all of you, my Nexstar family”