Meet Jesse Hengelfelt, the sales manager at John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning (www.jhlincoln.com).
Tell us a little about your business. – Established in 1996, John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is a full-service plumbing, heating, air conditioning, air quality, duct cleaning and water treatment business. Their motto is “Our Family Serving Yours” and this goes much deeper than simple HVAC or plumbing services. They have a committee set aside to ensure they are doing all they can for the community around us.
How did you get started in the business? – I originally started in banking software right after college. I worked in a corporate setting for 15 years helping banks and credit unions with their needs. A family member of mine had a career in the trades and when the opportunity came about to apply I jumped at the chance to apply and be a part of what was going on at John Henry’s.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – I would say the largest challenge I’ve come across since being here is COVID and the price increases that every business faced with the supply chain shortages. The reason it was such a challenge was the constant changes that affected all businesses. If you weren’t prepared by leveraging technology and training, it was a difficult time.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Becoming sales manager after spending four years in the field helping customers with the heating and cooling needs was my most important achievement I have had professionally.
Tell us a little about your family. – I have been married to my lovely wife, Lindsay for 18 years and we have three beautiful girls: Avery (13), Callie (11) and Maddie (8). We have called Lincoln home since we moved here after college in 2004.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – I would have to say making the jump into the trades. It’s a lot different than the typical corporate work environment and I have really enjoyed the change.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, having dinner and drinks together typically surrounded by bourbon and smoked meat.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Impactful.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – “Drink in my Hand,” by Eric Church.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – I rarely get the chance to utilize my karaoke skills.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – I really admire the work they are doing every day at BraveBe, formally the Child Advocacy Center.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – Favorite book is Wild at Heart and I am currently reading Emotional Intelligence 2.0.
What is your favorite movie? – Tombstone is always a good one.
What is your favorite TV show? – I have watched the series The Office a couple of times over.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – I love Leadbelly here in town.