Southeast Technical is honored to have Mr. Scott Freier as the recipient of our 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award. Scott built his heating and ventilating business, Freier’s Electric and Heating, from the ground up (no pun intended) in Ellsworth Wisconsin, a community near where he grew up on the family farm in Bay City. Scott graduated from the Technical College in 1991 with an education in HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Cooling) and understood the importance of exploring efficient energy uses early in his career. Alternative heating concepts that employed sustainable resources was of high interest to Scott and offering those services to a niche in the market became the hallmark of his operation.
In pursuit of building things “better” Scott combined his natural interests as a problem solver with the skills he learned on the Red Wing campus. His interest in exploring geothermal heating and cooling concepts later lead to a collaboration with a well-known international manufacturer, the WaterFurnace company, a leading international manufacturer of heat pump systems for geothermal temperature controls. No challenge was too big and educating home and business owners on the benefits of using what nature gives us, while minimizing our carbon footprint with renewable resources has become his mantra.
Today, Scott works with his brother Chuck who is the head of service, his wife Betty as their office manager and has about twenty-six employees. Eventually his business took off and grew and a second even larger location sprang up in Hundson, Wisconsin. He feels confident hiring graduates from the Southeast Technical program for his team because he knows they are well-prepared and ready to come on board and contribute right from the start.
Scott’s passion for educating people about the benefits of geothermal heating/cooling systems is evident in the informational sessions he holds throughout the year and the analysis and reviews he conducts individually with home and business owners. He takes great pride in showing the “before and after” makeovers they accomplish on homes and buildings of all shapes and sizes. Many of his customers were stunned by the reduction in their energy bills and have gone on to become his best spokespersons.
When Scott isn’t on his “geothermal” mission, he finds great joy in his volunteer efforts within the community, working with a youth group from St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Each year the youth group is involved in a unique fundraising project cutting and splitting wood that is sold locally. The profits from this effort assist in raising money for youth mission trips to needy communities in the United States.. The group also builds furniture (picnic tables) and miscellaneous items for sale as well. All in all, the project is well-received in the community and inspires both young and old alike to work together. Scott also serves on the college Program Advisory Board and assists in refining the program curriculum. He also has been involved with the public school system in Ellsworth and supports various community events. Freier’s Electric and Heating, along with Waterfurnace recently donated $6,000 in geothermal equipment to the college to help students learn about this continuously evolving technology.