Punched in the Mouth
It was 2005 when Garrett Bush, now owner of Airrow Heating, suffered a life changing back injury aboard an Alaskan commercial fishing vessel. After extensive back surgery, Bush knew that he would never again work on a fishing boat and at age 28, he faced a daunting reality.
“I remember thinking, now what? I mean I had a family to provide for and fishing was all I had ever known. It was scary.”
Climbing up off the Canvas
While recovering from surgery, Garrett began to discuss his professional future with his father Ron, who was also in a transition period in his career. Ron had recently left a position with another HVAC contractor to start his own business, Airrow Heating. Well, it wasn't really a business yet as they hadn’t actually had a customer.
Garrett recalls that at that time Airrow was an old white van, a small shop in South Beach, a logo drawn up at a kitchen table, and a group of guys that wanted to do it better.
“Looking back now, I can’t believe I went through with it, but at that time, I saw it differently. I saw it as an opportunity, and I took it.”
When asked what it is like to do business with Garrett, News-Times Publisher Jamie Rand noted that Garrett’s creativity, adaptability, and cautious analysis of every deal make him one of the best negotiators he has ever met, seriously.
In an American culture that is more concerned with idolizing the shocking and unconventional lifestyles of Hollywood playboys and lying politicians than they are with what happens in real life America, we ask ourselves, what happened to the real men, husbands, fathers and small businessmen of America?
Why do they seem to be ignored or non-existent? The answer is obvious; so obvious that it’s shocking. The real men, the men who are building America, blazing trails, keeping the country running, under-appreciated, and over-worked as if it is expected and not worth taking note of - these men are too busy to give a rip.
These men are too busy waking up while it’s still dark outside, working 12 hours a day, coming home and taking care of their wives and children, fixing their old pickup truck, rocking their babies to sleep, and getting their family to church every Sunday to care about publicizing themselves, seeking public spectacle, or validation of obscene vanity.