Left: Jamie Mair, M.AIRAH, with Shane Carmichael, M.AIRAH, at the AIRAH Awards 2014. Mair accepted the Excellence in Sustainability Award on behalf of ActronAir
Jamie Mair, M.AIRAH
Jamie Mair, M.AIRAH, has been in the HVAC&R industry for more than 15 years. Coming from an electrical background, Mair joined the sales team of ActronAir in 2005, and hasn’t looked back since. He is now the company’s head of sales and marketing.
ActronAir is Australia's largest locally owned designer and manufacturer of air conditioners. The company employs over 250 people across Australia and has an annual sales turnover in excess of $30m.
Part of the ActronAir leadership team, Mair has been instrumental in setting up and leading their dealer network. He is a strong advocate for using technology to minimise the running costs of air conditioning systems and achieve net zero emissions.
He has been a member of AIRAH since 2015 and has been an active supporter and participant of AIRAH Industry Nights and conferences right across Australia.
What brought you to the HVAC&R industry?
I worked in the electrical industry for 12 years after realising I no longer wanted to be in my chosen trade of fitting/turning, with post-trade qualifications as a computer numerical control (CNC) operator.
I reached a turning-point in my career where I realised I needed to step out of my current employment if I wanted to progress.
I applied for a role with ActronAir after hearing about their reputation for quality products. I was excited to join an Australian manufacturer during a time when home-grown manufacturing had been in decline.
That was over 15 years ago now. It was one of the greatest employment moves I believe I will ever make.
What's your favourite HVAC&R-related memory?
Coming in to ActronAir and setting up a dealer network, then running our very first dealer conference. It was low-key but very intimate, and I never dreamed that our dealer network could have grown to where it is today.
How do you see the HVAC&R industry developing over the next 100 years?
Technology will be the key driver in our industry; everything will be focused on moving toward zero emissions, as well as controls and the IoT determining how people will operate systems in numerous applications to minimise running costs.
What's something everyone should know about you, your work, or the HVAC&R industry?
I believe we are still the quiet achievers as an industry because people cannot see what we do. Even though they can’t see it, we are all around them – providing comfort, ventilation, and food and beverage.
Without us, it would be a very different world. We need to make more noise about how well we do to improve people’s lives as an industry.