River City Six – Scott Getzschman
Meet Scott Getzschman, co-owner of Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning (www.getzschman.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
Getzschman heating was founded in 1960 by Richard and Dolores Getzschman. Current owners are Ron Getzschman, Roger Pannier, and myself. Getzschman Heating is a premier heating and air conditioning company serving the Greater Omaha area, including Fremont and Blair. We provide heating and cooling solutions to both our commercial and residential customers. We are the company with technicians you can trust with your house keys.
How did you get started in the business?
I graduated from Southeast Community College in 1978. I began at Getzschman in June of 1978.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
In 1980, interest rates were over 15%. Financially, it was a very difficult time for the overall economy. The second challenge has been recently losing a long-time employee in a vehicle accident and the impact it had on our company.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Getzschman heating will have been in business 60 years in 2020. We employ over 55 people. Our success is attributed to quality employees and a foundation of prompt professional service.
Tell us a little about your family.
I am married to my beautiful wife Judy. Together, we have five children and two grandchildren.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Getting married to Judy on 11/11/2011.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I have been the mayor of Fremont for almost nine years.
Who inspires you?
My father, who passed away in 2005. He raised me to live a life with honesty and integrity. I learned a tremendous work ethic, which I carry on today.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Take the time to listen before you speak.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Taking Care of Business” by Bachman Turner Overdrive.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
I am passionate about Fremont and its growth. I have served as a city councilman and mayor since 2005. I feel it’s important to give back to my community.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
Gung Ho! Turning On the People in Any Organization by Ken Blanchard or Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles.
What is your favorite movie?
Any western with John Wayne—probably True Grit or The Cowboys.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
As a franchise, Firebirds, but I have lots of great memories at The Flatiron Café.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
President John F. Kennedy.
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