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Spotlight - My Father’s Mechanical Inc., Noe Perez

image Noe Perez Owner/President My Father’s Mechanical Inc. San Antonio

HOUSTON - Noe Perez is clear about what is important in his life – God, being a father, his relationships and using his time to the fullest. With his HVAC company, My Father’s Mechanical Inc., Perez combines them all in a meaningful way.




Share about your background.
    When I was 22, I worked with a rehabilitation company teaching disabled people cognitive skills. I just happened to be driving around one day in Austin and went into a trade school. They had automotive, welding, drafting and an HVAC program. I asked them about financial aid. Back then, you had to sign in blood to get financial aid, but   by the time I had walked the school, they had already approved the financial aid!
    When they asked me if I wanted to join and what program I wanted to select, I just happened to pick HVAC. Looking back now, it was once of the best decisions I ever made. I enrolled and attended the 11-month trade school while I was still working for the rehabilitation company.
    One day, a phone call came into the class, and the teacher put the call on hold to tell the class that there was a company in need of a driver. An employee had gotten in trouble for drinking and driving, and they needed someone to drive him around. It only paid $6 an hour, and this was in 2002, so nobody raised their hand except for me. I figured I might as well get my foot into the door since I was going to school for it. For a couple of months, I drove the guy, who was an excellent service technician, and he began to teach me a little bit more.
    I eventually moved on to an air conditioning and heating company in Round Rock and worked for them for about two months, but as I was still going to school, I really started enjoying it. I liked being able to put theory together with hands-on training, so it started making a lot of sense. I would go home and wire up motors and make things work. As that went on, I really started liking the trade.
    In all, I think I worked for other companies for a period of four and a half years and then I took my master’s [license test] in 2007. Once I secured the license, I established My Father’s Mechanical Inc.
How did you decide upon My Father’s Mechanical Inc. as your company’s name?
    Growing up, my father and my grandfather invested a lot of time in me. As an adult, consciously and unconsciously, I was still watching what they were doing, trying to teach me carpentry and free trade and so forth. I was newly married, starting up a business and as I was looking for a name, it just came to me. I figured it was a great way for me to honor my grandfather, my father and God the Father by naming the business My Father’s Mechanical Inc.

What were those first years of running your business like?

    They were rough. Sometimes people think they are going to start a business and that work is just going to flow in, and it doesn’t. There is a lot of uphill climbing. Making ends meet was a struggle, finding work was a struggle. I did whatever I could to keep the business afloat.

How has your business evolved?

    Toady, we do residential, commercial service, repairs, installations, and new construction. We started off in residential alone and, for the past two to three years, we’ve started doing commercial work. We’ve been very successful in commercial; we’ve started getting jobs coming in – Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Little Caesars, government work. Word just got out. We’re taking care of our customers, and our referral base is growing. We’ve been able to maintain a good reputation on the residential and commercial side of business. We have guys with multiple talents who have been in the field for more than 30 years. All of the talents put together really make up the whole business.

What do you enjoy about your work?
    I enjoy meeting new people. I love the conversations I have with customers. I enjoy putting in a hard day of work and looking at the finished product.

Share about your team and how you bond with them.
    There are 10 of us. We focus on Bible studies, fishing, being able to take a moment to regroup. We’re working as a team but there has to be a goal as to why we are doing things. There has to be something we are aiming for. Being able to bring back that calibration is good.
    A lot of my guys are family men and I always try to honor these fathers. We try to bond and elevate our conversation. The workload is important for us to take care of, but in between that the camaraderie is equally as important. We spend 60-70% of our time with people that we work with. We try to carry a light atmosphere where we are aware of each other’s needs so that we can whistle while we work.

What plans do you have for the company’s future?

    We are focusing on trying to increase the sheet metal portion of it but we are focusing a lot on more residential. We’ll still be doing commercial but we’re not going to be doing that as much. I think our aim needs to be more focused on residential. We’ve done a lot of commercial over the past years but I have sat down and looked over everything that has gone on in the market in San Antonio; it’s growing by leaps and bounds.

What lessons have you learned?
    It’s better to be productive than busy! Time is something that we are never going to get back, but we give our time so loosely to everything in life.
    The way I measure it is in summers. Let’s say we have 15 summers of air conditioning work; what are my employees doing with the money that they are making? I encourage them to make it count. For me, as a business owner, who not only has the responsibility of raising five children but taking care of my widowed mother, I always find an opportunity to sow money to do good for somebody else. I have to be able to make my time count. A small thing that I want to implement in the business is “Be produc-tive.” Let’s not give our time to everything.

How would you define yourself outside of work?
    I’m a believer. I believe in hard work, I believe in family, I believe in God.
    I have five children – 17, 12, 10 and 6-year-old twins. They do work with me during the summer; I’ll have them do ride-alongs and pay them, trying to get them to understand about working and being an honest steward of money, and being responsible. It’s been such a blessing to be a father.
    I’m also a bow hunter. After starting a business and raising a family, I sort of got lost in work. Everyone should have something that they give their time to that adds to them, gives them a place of solitude. I got into archery as a pastime for me to be able to recalibrate myself. I use two to three weeks a year where I just go into the woods, set up a tent and go bow hunting. I don’t call anybody, and I just disconnect from everything. I let the guys run the business.

Have you achieved what you intended in your business?

    The purpose of the business was always to be able to be a blessing. That’s always been our aim, and when we focus on the aim, it’s easier for us to be productive and understand why we are doing it. For example, we sponsor several children in Africa and Thailand through the business. That’s all a part of what my guys are helping to sow. When we’ve made a friend, it’s easier to get through the hard times.
    My Father’s Mechanical Inc. is an HVAC subcontractor in San Antonio. – mjm

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