Keeping Cool with New York’s AC King


Shlomo Khodara

Shlomo Khodara smiles a lot. He greets his employees every morning as enthusiastically as he greets his biggest New York customers. You’ll catch him smiling at the neighbor kid biking down the street, and at black-tie donors at Manhattan benefit galas.

Khodara’s open friendliness is nothing new. Ever since he emigrated to the US in 1987, the young Israeli Army vet has felt fortunate to be living in a land of opportunity. Hawking women’s slippers at street fairs, the natural salesman knew he was born for entrepreneurship. When he chanced on an opportunity to start his own business, he grabbed it — with one AC unit and $20 to his name.

Today Khodara prides himself on the diversity of his employees and the fun, positive atmosphere in his busy HVAC shop. He’s a firm believer in employee motivation and holds quasi-pep rallies every month to get his workers psyched about their important roles in the company’s success. He makes an effort to hire immigrants, and when they’re ready, he even helps them start their own subcontracting businesses.

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About Monica Davis

Monica Davis has been in the business of influencing people to change their lives and helping them to develop their professional and business objectives for over 20 years. Monica Davis is a bestselling business author, speaker, trainer, media coach, award-winning television host and producer, and the publisher of Exceptional People Magazine.

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