Tim Hassler: A Brotherly Opportunity
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter
EL CERRITO — Tim Hassler used to have a fruitful career in the biotech industry, but when his brother suggested they join forces in the HVAC field, he knew it was a good opportunity. “I was working as a regional manager for a service company in the biotech field,” he recounts. “My brother, Mike, founded Hassler Heating & Air Conditioning in 1999 and the business was growing a lot, so we began talking about partnering up. Not only did it offer a chance for me to progress from management to ownership, I was also excited to get into an industry that focused on improving home performance.”
Today, as CFO of Hassler Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., Tim says his past management experience comes into play in the company’s day-to-day operations. “Right now we’re up to five installation teams, so between scheduling, pulling permits and completing jobs in a timely manner, there are a lot of logistical challenges. Fortunately, that happens to be one of my strengths, so I enjoy coordinating things so our operations run smoothly and efficiently.” Tim also likes working alongside his two stepsons, Paul and Chris. “Paul is one of our energy auditors and Chris is a service technician. They’re not just family; they’re great employees as well.”
Originally from Truckee, Tim now resides in Marin County with his wife, Tamara, where he expresses his appreciation for the region’s natural beauty. “I’m a big hiker and runner, so I really enjoy all the nature trails and open spaces in this area. The Mt. Tamalpais Watershed and Point Reyes are great places to spend time, especially with family, so I feel really blessed to live here.”
In his professional life, Tim espouses the importance of keeping customers satisfied. “Our goal is to give our customers quality products and great service,” he affirms. “We go the extra mile to provide each customer with a good experience, and even though that sometimes affects our bottom line, it’s crucial to our long-term success.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Tim says he’d take a breather. “I’d probably take a nice, relaxing vacation and do some traveling. My brother and I both work six and sometimes seven days a week, so it’d be great to have a chance to slow down and just breathe. Right now, we’re trying to put systems in place and get the right personnel so we can do that.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: New Zealand.
Q: What are your favorite sports teams?
A: The Oakland A’s, the Oakland Raiders and, as a UC Berkeley graduate, the Cal Bears.
Q: Coffee or tea?
A: Definitely coffee.
Q: Ever read a book more than once?
A: “Hawaii” by James Michener.
Q: What was your favorite video game as a child?
A: It’s a tie between “Defender” and “Donkey Kong.”