Bill Efird is the owner of Air Therm Savannah. His extensive background in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) business was instrumental in his being selected to take over ownership and management of Air Therm from Karen in 2015.
Bill first worked as a dealer consultant for the Trane Company from 1970-1975, then founded Coastal Air Conditioning Service, Inc., which he owned and operated until 1996. He then went on to become of the 12 original founders of Service Experts, Inc., the first publicly-traded residential HVAC company. He also served as Service Experts' TBT (Team Brain Trust) leader for Georgia, South and North Carolina from 1996-1999 and as president of Contractor's Success Group (C.S.G.), a leadership and management consulting company wholly owned by Service Experts. In 2000, Bill founded and became president of International Service Leadership (ISL), and merged the operations of C.S.G. into ISL. Since 2002, he has provided leadership and management training and consulting to HVAC companies around the country. He has also authored and developed many leadership and practical HVAC operation improvement programs including the "Operations Accountability" system and workbook.
Bill graduated from Clemson University in 1966 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1966-1969 before launching his career in the HVAC industry.
Scott Efird is the VP of Sales and Marketing at Air Therm Savannah. He is responsible for business development and the management of Air Therm Company, Inc. His extensive knowledge in the construction industry, along with customer service and general contracting, were instrumental in leading him to join the Air Therm team.
Born and raised in Savannah, Ga., Scott grew up working during summer school breaks for his father, Bill Efird, at Coastal Air Conditioning. He graduated from Clemson University in 1992 with a degree in Business Management and worked in the lodging and hospitality industry in Idaho and Utah until 1995, when he returned to Savannah for employment with several property management and construction companies as a project supervisor.
In the early 2000s, Scott founded "The Cottage Company," a local construction firm, and started building single family homes in the Tybee and Southbridge areas. Scott then worked as maintenance manager from 2009-2013 for "Tybee Vacation Rentals," overseeing more than 200 properties. In 2013 Scott worked as the project supervisor for Whitlow Construction, until his father invited him to join the Air Therm team in February 2016.
Married to Carrie Gaster Efird, with an 11-year-old daughter, Caroline, who attends Tybee Island Maritime Academy, Scott's enjoys time with his family, the outdoors, Tybee sunsets on his back porch, fine food and wine, and Clemson Foo.
Chris has served as operations manager for Air Therm Savannah since April 1993. His experience in the local heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry goes back to 1979. His responsibilities include dispatching service techs, receiving and placing service calls, evaluating technical issues and creating estimates to solve both commercial and residential HVAC problems, and handling logistics involved with full system replacements.
Chris has been married to Tammy since 1983 and has two sons, Ethan and Noah. He enjoys attending church, hunting, fishing, golf, and going to movies.
From Savannah, Mike joined Air Therm in 2017. He has been in Wholesale Distribution Sales for 32 years and in the HVAC business for 36. Mike graduated from Calvary Day School and attended Armstrong State University. He's an integral part of the Air Therm team, leading both sales and assisting with technical training. Mike has been married to Virginia for 28 years and they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Besides spending time with family, they enjoy traveling, especially anywhere that's near the water.
Born in Bulloch County, Sam grew up working on the family farm in Portal, Georgia. He graduated from Portal High School and went to Savannah Technical College before joining Air Therm in 1972, and has the longest tenure of any employee at the firm. His responsibilities include supervision, job coordination, scheduling, purchasing and metal fabrication for commercial and residential construction jobs.
Sam has been married to Lynn since 1980. He has three sons, one daughter and nine grandchildren. He loves woodcarving, fishing and gardening.
Deen has served as Air Therm's office manager since 2000. Her chief responsibilities are to interact and correspond with customers and to perform general office duties. She has a strong background in customer service, having spent 12 years with American Isuzu Motors as a customer representative and office manager. Deen also spent eight years in Houston, TX, working as a customer representative in the oil industry.
In her free time, Deen enjoys gardening, traveling and spending time with her two grandchildren.
Karen is the accounting manager and former owner of Air Therm Savannah. She began her career as a trainee bookkeeper for Air Therm on Sept 18, 1980, at age 23, after a brief stint with bellSouth. She married Air Therm's founder, Dwain, in December 1982, and while continuing in her role as bookkeeper, began to assume more of a partnership and management role in the business. Following her husband's death in 2000, Karen continued to operate the business, but after being with the company for 35 years, she felt it was time to turn the firm over to new leadership, and sold the company to Bill Efird in 2015. Since then, Karen has continued to manage the company's accounts including accounts receivable, accounts payable, check reconciliation, job cost, general ledger and general journal. She also prepares and files payroll and tax returns. Karen also serves as a liaison between Air Therm and the firm's current accountant, Carol Drake.
Karen has three grown children: Melissa (John) of Atlanta, Ga.; Scott R. of Winchester, Tn.; and Adam (Shelley) of Milwaukee, Wi., along with five "bonus" grandchildren. She is an avid (some would say RABID) UGA Bulldogs fan, and is a dedicated and loyal New Orleans Saints fanatic.
Beth has worked with Air Therm since August 2016. Beth has an extensive employment background from her previous jobs with Lanier Association Management, Gateway Employment and Manufacturing, The Mulberry Inn, and Sysco. She has professional experience in sales and marketing, business development, and facilities and property management. All of Beth's experiences have revolved around Customer Service and making sure her customers are happy.
Beth is a 1993 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. A native of Savannah, she is member of First Baptist of the Islands Church and enjoys spending time with her husband, James, and their children, Haley and Riley. She enjoys the beach, traveling, hiking, and going to theet.
Originally from Savannah, GA, Holly came on board with the office team in 2017 at Air Therm. She's a St Vincent's graduate and attended Armstrong State University. Holly does everything from assisting customers to running the internal social media. Her dry humor keeps everyone entertained! Holly is married to Glen and they have 2 children. Anna is attending college in Statesboro and Hunter is pursuing his music career in Nashville. (You may have seen him on America's Got Talent recently!) Holly loves to cook, enjoys playing tennis and relaxing at the beach
Kevin has worked with Air Therm since July 2010 and has been a certified Service Technician since 2011. He was previously employed at the Kemira Chemical Plant in Savannah, serving in various positions from 1985 until the plant closed in the late 2000s. Seeking a new career path, he chose the HVAC profession and obtained his CDL (commercial driver's license) and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) certifications from Savannah Technical College.
Kevin is a people person who takes great satisfaction in pleasing Air Therm customers with the service he provides. Married to Diane since 1985, and has a daughter, Kamryn, who is an educator in Atlanta; and a son, Kevin Jr., who is a staff engineer at Terracon Engineering. His hobbies include playing pool and collecting music. His passions are serving God and vacationing with his family.
Vaughn (Vaughnstavius) has served as a Service Tech with Air Therm since 2014. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but grew up in Savannah and graduated from Savannah High School. After working in the automobile and healthcare industries, he pursued and received his HVAC accreditation at Savannah Technical College. His previous work experience includes employment at J.C. Lewis Ford, Kia Country of Savannah and Memorial Hospital.
Vaughn is married to Latasha and has two daughters, Shontavia (age 20) and Miesha (age 18). He enjoys going out with his wife, playing pool and listening to good music.
Robby joined the Air Therm team in 1982. He started out as a helper and through hard work and discipline has become a top notch sheet metal and duct work mechanic. He has completed many very tedious and technical jobs over the years and is passionate about his work.
Robby has been married since 1981 to Lisa and has two grown sons. One of them, Eddie, presently works for Air Therm as a technician-in-training. Robby has one granddaughter and two grandsons. He enjoys woodworking, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Terry has served as a pipefitter with Air Therm's construction department since 1992. He has earned full HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) accreditations and is also proficient in welding, plumbing and fabrication. In the 24+ years he has been with Air Therm, he has been responsible for installing miles of gas lines for HVAC equipment in the Savannah area. When the company is faced with its most complicated technical assignments, Terry is the man Air Therm calls. Perhaps that is because he learned from the best. Terry's dad was a maintenance supervisor for Savannah State and Armstrong State universities and his helper was Dwain, who would eventually go on to found Air Therm in 1970.
Terry is married with two children and two grandchildren. His son, Randall, also works at Air Therm as a technician-in-training. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, farming, and cooking out, which he has done all his life. His passion is his Church in which he is on the Board of Directors.
Jimmy has been a member of the Air Therm team since 1985. He is an experienced sheet metal mechanic who worked his way up in the industry through hard work and commitment. Jimmy is a long-time resident of Savannah who has two daughters and four grandsons, with another one on the way. He loves being a grandfather more than anything else.
Born and raised in Savannah, Justin came on board with Air Therm 2018 to focus on preventative maintenance. He graduated from Johnson High School and has a Universal license in HVAC. He's very thorough, easy going and enjoys helping customers. His other talents includes playing music, surfing, and martial arts.
Joseph grew up in Savannah and joined the Air Therm team in 2018. Not only does Joseph concentrate on preventative maintenance, he thinks outside the box when it comes to service calls. Joseph graduated from HV Jenkins and is EPA certified. He's a fun part of the team and always has a smile on his face. He's up for anything the office throws his way! He enjoys traveling and really loves anything to do with cars.
From Brunswick, GA, Randall has been working in heating and air for 9 years at Air Therm. He’s experienced in pipefitting and HVAC installations. Randall and his wife, Emilie, have two children, Avery & Bentley. He enjoys hunting, fishing and helping his dad farm his land.
From Savannah, Eddie joined Air Therm 13 years ago. He assists with HVAC installations, insulations, and duct work. Eddie has a child on the way! He enjoys music, movies, song-writing and spending time with family.