Pictured (left to right): Wes Bishop, regional sales manager, Rectorseal; Tampa-based Rhodes and Stafford’s Rick Stafford, president; Brian Harris, vice president, sales; and Ricky Stanley, territory manager
RectorSeal, a manufacturer and distributor of quality HVACR products, has named Rhodes and Stafford, Greensboro, North Carolina, as its manufacturer’s representative for the territories of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.
President Rick Stafford expects continuing strong territory sales of RectorSeal’s Safe-T-Switch and AquaGuard condensate control shutoff switches; Goliath/Titan drain pans; AC Leak Freeze PRO leak sealants; Fortress and Slimduct lineset protection covers; and ArmorPad condenser pads and mini-split accessories. RectorSeal’s new regional sales manager, Wes Bishop, will oversee the territory.
“Rhodes and Stafford brings years of customer relationships and market experience to our sales team,” said David Isenbarger, national accounts manager–HVACR, RectorSeal. “They fit the aggressive approach we’re establishing throughout the market area.”
The 43-year-old Rhodes and Stafford is one of the HVAC industry’s most established rep firms and one of the top performing agencies in the Mid-Atlantic states. It was founded in 1976 as the W.H. Rhodes Co. in Concord, North Carolina, by Bill Rhodes, a former Mueller Brass salesman and national sales manager at Hartell Pumps. Rhodes merged with the Edwin Carlson Co. and formed Rhodes and Carlson in 1984. Current President Rick Stafford, a former Halstead Industries salesman, joined the company and called on HVACR and plumbing wholesalers in North and South Carolina.
Rhodes and Stafford was formed when Stafford bought a retiring Carlson’s interest in 1992. Rhodes retired in 2005 and Stafford acquired the agency’s remaining interest. Stafford has grown the firm to seven outside and three inside sales people. Stafford also acquired rep firm Chadwick & Associates in 2012. Rhodes and Stafford’s major lines are Fujitsu General America, Berry Plastics, The JP Lamborn Co., Glasfloss Filters and Hardcast Products duct sealants and adhesives.
“Our philosophy is to work hard, make the calls, be honest and always do what you say you’re going to do,” said Stafford. “Do those things and the rest will come.”