In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting a provider who is defying stereotypes and making her mark on the facilities maintenance industry. Elaine Huffman has been the majority owner of Tropical Air of Central Florida since 2012, when she and her son—a licensed HVAC technician—took it over from a provider who had previously worked on her home. Four years later, Tropical Air joined the SMS Assist network of providers. While Elaine works mostly on the company’s financials, her husband, son, and crew of six technicians serve both residential and commercial customers for new installs and repairs of HVAC units.
We asked Elaine about her experiences working in the industry, the challenges she’s overcome, and the advice she’d give to women looking to enter the field.