Leading Change – Transition from Local to a Regional Powerhouse
Join us Tuesday, March 22, for our Lunch N’ Learn
11:30 Networking – Program and Lunch at Noon
Theo Etzel, Author and President/CEO of Conditioned Air Corporation, a $45 million business employing 350 full-time co-workers, will present “Leading Change” in a Question and Answer format.
You won’t want to miss Theo’s insights on business opportunities as Southwest Florida continues to grow, prosper and flourish. He will present methods to grow business and personal development.
Key areas of discussion will be:
- Creating and adjusting the brand
- Dealing with employees
- Changes in marketing and promotion
- Lessons learned
$27 PRSA Members
Biography and Book
Theo Etzel, who was born and raised in Miami, FL; attended Ransom-Everglades High School, where he began sports announcing in football and water polo. He interned at WKAT radio on Miami Beach where he developed a love of radio, the microphone and voice-over work. He graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance from the university’s School of Business and also managed the school’s radio station.
Upon graduation, he worked for Days Inns of America in real estate acquisition for the state of Florida. He quickly advanced in the company and moved to Atlanta to serve as vice president of development.
While in Atlanta, Etzel also owned two Ben & Jerry’s ice cream franchises and was on the staff of Habitat for Humanity, building homes and acquiring and rezoning land in north Fulton County for the organization.
In 1995, he moved to Naples and assumed the position of president and CEO of Conditioned Air Corporation of Naples Inc. At the time, it was a $2.7 million operation in the residential market. By 2015, the company had grown to a $45 million organization in the residential and light commercial market with emergency service, contracts, production housing, retro-fit and custom design-build construction. Conditioned Air employs nearly 350 full-time co-workers and has branch offices in Ft. Myers and Sarasota. In 2010, Conditioned Air received the National Contractor of the Year award from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. In 2011, Conditioned Air was awarded the Uncommon Friends Foundation Business Ethics Award for commitment to Integrity in their business practices.
Theo is part of Vistage, an international association of CEOs dedicated to constant improvement of business practices and personal development. He is past-chairman of the board for Grace Place for Children and Families, a faith-based charity committed to helping underprivileged and at-risk children attain higher learning and life skills through mentoring relationships. He is Chairman of the Board of Encore Bank, a community bank headquartered in Southwest Florida. In October of 2011, Theo was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in Collier County and named a Man of Distinction in 2013 by the Collier County Champions for Learning.
Theo is the author of the book, Invest Your Heartbeats Wisely, (Greenleaf Book Group Press) released in April of 2016. The book focuses on practical, philosophical and principled leadership concepts for business and life.
He and his wife, Kim, have been married since 1980 and have two children, a son, Chad, and a daughter, Kristen, who are both married and pursuing their own successful careers.