George Thomaides – building an ‘empire’

In our ever-ageing HVAC&R industry, a young face is refreshing, especially one that is as driven and motivated as George Thomaides of Aersa.

George Thomaides is the Gauteng regional manager for Aersa, which means other than the usual promoting of the brand, he is also involved in the management of projects, office staff, and technicians. But that doesn’t stop him from getting into the part he really enjoys: the actual engineering of systems — from basic system layout, improvement of operation and efficiency, piping and pump selection, and implementation of control systems.George crop make black and white.George crop make black and white

Getting started
Thomaides has a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pretoria and after completing his studies, he started out as a refrigeration contractor with his father’s business. This involved design, installation, servicing, and maintenance of HVAC&R systems, including chilled water equipment. From here, he was then recruited to develop and grow the Aersa branch in Gauteng.

For the love of HVAC&R
So why this industry? “I have a great passion for finding out how everything works, and then finding how to make it work better,” explains Thomaides. This is what attracted him to engineering and, more specifically, mechanical engineering. “The complexity of HVAC systems, which include mechanics, hydronic systems, electronics, electrical design, and psychrometrics, means endless opportunities to learn and grow.”

Thomaides enjoys his job because he says it never gets boring or stagnant. “I am constantly exposed to new, large-scale projects and engineering systems that are challenging, yet rewarding experiences to be a part of.” His favourite part of his job is the people he meets and gets to work with. “If you are surrounded with the right people who are positive and driven, anything is possible.”

A bright future
Thomaides sees his future as “bright and beautiful”. “I want to build an empire and to do so, be surrounded by clients that I can call friends and staff that are like family. I want to keep growing each day, and look back in 10 years’ time and know that it was time well spent.”

Project things
When it comes to projects, Thomaides has been involved in a variety of industrial cooling projects in some of South Africa’s largest biogas plants and plastic inject-moulding factories. The project list also includes bottling plants for Coca-Cola; clean rooms cooling and filtration for subsidiaries of South African Breweries; and HVAC systems for Planet Fitness and Virgin Active.

Staying motivated
The drive to succeed and perform is what keeps Thomaides going. “I am very much a people’s person, and so it makes me happy to keep people happy. In doing so, I stay motivated and build strong relationships with clients at the same time.”

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