Vol 6 No. 38 - June
At Gartmans, its a family affair
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Starting left to right: Brian, Christa, Jon, Ashley,
Cathy, Gabarille, Sue Gartman, Michael Gartman, Amiee
Gartman, Emily, Gary, Amanda, Chris, Alexis and Jennifer.
By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer
If you ask Michael Gartman what he does for a living,
he will undoubtedly tell you that he is the proprietor
of a family owned and operated air conditioning business.
What he may not tell you at first is that he considers
the five Gartmans Air Care employees part of his
family, that he assumes responsibility for each and every
one of them as well as their families, and most importantly,
he owes the success of his business to them.
Michael Gartman was born and raised in Bradenton. He lived
more than 20 years on Anna Maria and has been in the air
conditioning business for 17 years. Two-and-a-half years
ago he decided it was time for him to strike out on his
own. He established Gartmans Air Care, where Michael
runs the jobs and sets the appointments (in fact if you
call the Gartmans Air phone number, your call will
be answered by Michael himself), his wife Sue runs the
office and 10-year-old daughter Amiee is in charge of
Gartmans Air Care has grown so much in the last
two-and-a half-years, that it now covers all of Manatee
and Sarasota counties, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island.
Residential installations and servicing is the primary
focus, with some small commercial buildings added into
the mix. In addition to new air conditioning system installations
in existing homes and new construction, it has a 24-hour
emergency service and will handle routine servicing as
well as air quality analysis.
But what really sets Michael Gartman and his company apart
is his support of the community and dedication to personalized
service. In early April, Gartmans Air Care donated
and installed an air conditioning system and duct work
for a Habitat For Humanity house in Bradenton. His wifes
Girl Scout troop, with funds donated by Gartmans
Air Care, filled shoe boxes with books, crayons, dolls,
jacks and other small toys and shipped them to children
living in shelters in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.
However, the most unique and fun thing he and his employees
do is to decorate houses at Christmas time for individuals
who can no longer get up on the ladder and do it themselves.
They even bring their own lights, if necessary, and sometimes
combine their generosity with a Christmas party getting
everyone into the real spirit of Christmas.
Michael Gartman makes his living in the air conditioning
business, but his passion is helping people, and giving
back to the community that he feels gave him so much.
Next Christmas if you need your Christmas lights hung,
or if this summer your air conditioning needs servicing,
call Gartmans Air Care and become part of their
GARTMANS AIR CARE
24-hour emergency service
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