John Henry’s is 20 Years Old and Having “Too Much Fun”!
“Work should be like that too…you should only go to work if you are having fun…..if your job is fun and challenging, then you’ll never work another day of your life,” said John Henry (Jack) Zohner. His friends call him Jack.
Deb and Jack Zohner started John Henry’s out of their home in 1996, twenty years ago this month. Happy anniversary!
Prior to that, Jack worked for a corporation that had 200K employees worldwide. Jack feels, “I learned a lot in the corporate world, such as business practices that help and things never to do if you are striving to have a successful and fun company.”
The “Too Much Fun” theme seems to always be found in the background of the culture at John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. People consistently comment on how happy and nice the John Henry’s team seems to be. The locally owned and operated company admittedly “hires for attitude and trains for skill.” This is mainly because Jack knows “everything can be done easier and better with a positive attitude.”
It’s heartwarming to see a business start up locally and be highly successful because they concentrate on doing all the right things for all the right reasons. That seems to be the obvious story behind the success of John Henry’s.
The stars seemed to line up as customers told others that John Henry’s did a great job. This resulted in steady growth and survival.
Jack tells, “Starting a company and surviving is tough. John Henry’s went through some really challenging times, which ultimately helped us understand the things that are important in business. Today we are alive and well. The strong support in our community made a difference. We are truly blessed as a company and grateful for the support our 30K customers provide.”
“Alive and well” may be an understatement because John Henry’s has grown to 70 “John Henry’s team players” – named as such because they are an incredible team that works hard together. The proof is in the awards!
John Henry’s has won the Better Business Bureau Ambassador of Integrity twice and the Integrity Award twice! No other company in Lincoln has done that. They also won the Lincoln Journal Star’s People’s Choice Award for plumbing and HVAC every year it was given there and KFOR, which is called Best of Lincoln. They were awarded the Lennox Centurion Award five times; an award that only goes to those in the top 5% in North America. They also consistently receive the Angie’s List Super Service Award for plumbing and HVAC.
Jack Zohner feels, “The awards reflect what is in the hearts and souls of the John Henry’s team. It takes hard work and dedication to be recognized. It starts with hiring for attitude and training for skill. I believe we have the best team in the world. They are like family to me!”
The latest award that really hit home is when the John Henry’s team nominated their company as the Best Place to Work. It seems they are indeed having “Too Much Fun” and the sky is the limit!
John Henry’s has a bright future with a solid succession plan to keep things going forever and lead by example as far as goals to strive for in all businesses. Maybe it’s time for all of us to have “Too Much Fun!”
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