Jodi van Haren is passionate about business and about mentoring others looking to start a business. van Haren, owner and CEO of Advantage Mechanical Refrigeration (AMR) in Comstock Park, says when running a business rule number one is “be honest.
“Your reputation is everything,” said van Haren, adding she was raised to have a strong work ethic. “There are so many opportunities to cheat. You want to be known as honest.”
van Haren founded AMR, a full service mechanical contractor company specializing in HVACR (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration) with a business partner in 2001 out of her basement, garage, and shed. As the business grew so did the inventory and the number of employees. It became obvious she needed more space. She tried two locations on West River Drive before settling in at the current space, 4870-F West River Dr. NE. in 2007.
“It’s perfect for us,” said van Haren of the 7200 square foot space she leases. “It’s such a good location, just a half mile from the highway (131 Expressway), good for our service techs.”