“How are we going to get this done?”
It’s a question that Mike Polster, labor and project manager of the Mechanical Division-HVAC for Hooper Corp., often has to answer.
The job requires him to wear many hats and be an adept problem-solver. His workday usually begins around 6 a.m. and regularly goes well into the evening.
Throughout the day, Polster switches gears often. He may source and purchase fabrication materials for a project, and then hire sheet metal workers needed on a job site. Next, he may spend an afternoon talking with high school students about careers in the trades and apprenticeship opportunities.
“I’ve been involved in some exciting projects over the years, including the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, many UW System facilities and Epic,” Polster said. “However, the most gratifying and fulfilling part of my career has been the friendships I’ve made. I’ve learned over the years that when you do what you say you’re going to do, people respect that, and the work is then the easy part.”
Polster has worked in the industry for nearly 40 years and because of his extensive expertise in heating and cooling systems, he is often called on to help problem-solve residential issues with Hooper’s HVAC technicians.
One homeowner in Madison had the following to say after Polster solved an inadequate air handling issue in their master bedroom that had plagued the family for 20 years.
“He not only solved the issue but kept me up to date during the entire process,” said Jim Sanger. “He showed the same degree of skill and communication when coordinating our most recent thermostat control system update, as well as during our air conditioning system renovation several years ago. He is a wonderful asset to (Hooper) and has renewed our confidence in it.”