STILWELL – Working for his father in the construction business and seeing how things fit together led Heath Holmes, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, to own a heating, ventilation and air conditioning business.
In addition to working for his father, Holmes’ HVAC experience includes attending Wichita Technical Institute in Tulsa and working in the Tulsa area for two years. For the past eight years before starting his business, he worked for the Cherokee Nation Housing Authority.
“At the Housing Authority we covered all 14 counties for someone in an Indian home, if something broke we would fix it for them,” he said. “So it was really rewarding work. We’d go all the way to Bartlesville all the way to Muldrow, all over the place.
Although he loved working for HACN, Holmes started working on his own full-time last summer.
“I was getting too busy where I was working too many nights and weekends, and I kind of had to choose one or the other,” Holmes said.
With Holmes Heating & Cooling LLC, Holmes is able to meet a plethora of HVAC needs for new homes, existing homes and commercial buildings.
Services provided by Holmes Heating & Cooling LLC include heating and air conditioning system installation as well as repair and replacement.
“I do anything from service calls like when someone calls me and their air conditioner isn’t working or their heater isn’t working, to new construction – if someone’s building a house, I will install heat and air – to commercial buildings where we will install heat and air to commercial buildings,” he said.
Holmes’ business is owned and operated solely by him, with the help of his brother-in-law. He said he likes to keep his business small and do most of the work himself to make sure everything is done right.
“I try to do all the work myself, so I know how it’s done. I feel like honesty and accountability is what I try to do and be really reliable,” Holmes said. “I know there are a lot of companies that have a lot of employees and it’s a bit difficult to manage how the work is done because you’re not there to see how everything is done. That’s why I try to stay small.
Holmes said his company recently obtained Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) certification, which means he is able to work under contract with the Cherokee Nation.
For more information or to make an appointment, visit tahlequahokhvaccontractors.comHolmes Heating & Cooling LLC on Facebook or call 918-575-4107.