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Mary Jean Anderson, owner/president of Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air, has released her memoir, “Here Comes Cannonball! Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air.
“I’ve been very blessed and, hopefully, by telling my story, others will find something useful for their own journey,” Anderson said.
Anderson’s story is about a woman in the male-dominated industry of plumbing, heating and air. It’s also about family, perseverance, and the American Dream.
“The title comes from our neighbor across the street when I was growing up,” Anderson explained. “As I would shoot out of our garage on my bicycle, he would greet me with ‘Here comes Cannonball!’ That always made me feel strong and powerful and I’d push harder to make my bike go faster! That “cannonball spirit” has served me well. Somehow, I have always been able to push through, but to be honest, like the cannonball dive into a pool it hasn’t always been pretty!”
In addition to her reflections on the past 40 years, Anderson also addresses the future of the home services industry – particularly the trades of plumbing, heating and air. Recent headlines have highlighted the national crisis in recruiting younger people into the trades as many professionals are aging out. Last year she launched the Anderson Career Builder Institute to provide apprenticeship training at no cost to successful applicants.
“To be a successful professional plumbing or HVAC technician within our field requires extensive training in all of the latest technologies designed to make our homes safer, more energy efficient and comfortable for our families,” Anderson said. “It’s a great career with six-figure income potential.”
The book is available on Amazon.com, Xlibris.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other online booksellers.
Anderson recently appeared on San Diego’s KUSI television to discuss the book.