The city of Nashville has a long and colorful history, having first been visited by Europeans as early as the 16th Century and being established as an official city in the Spring of 1780. The city wraps around the Cumberland River which, in the 1700s, was a major trade route for trappers and eventually became a major commerce center for Middle Tennessee. Interestingly enough, it was officially created and named Nashville by the State of North Carolina in 1784. At that time Nashville was a part of that state.

In the late 1790s, North Carolina gave all of its lands from the Allegheny mountains to the Mississippi River to the U.S. Federal Government and in 1796 that territory was admitted into the Union as the State of Tennessee. Nashville became its capitol in 1806.

The city played a major role in the U.S. Civil War. Tennessee was the last state to cede from the union  and became an immediate target of union forces. As a result of that onslaught, Nashville was the first Confederate capitol city to fall during the War Between the States.

After the war, the city quickly returned to its status as a key trade center and grew in prosperity and population. It became a center for music, particularly country music, in the 1930s. The Grand Ole Opry was founded in 1925. And that is the beginning of the city’s musical history.

According to the Music City website, as the 1800s unfolded, Nashville became a national center for music publishing. “The first around-the-world tour by a musical act was by the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Nashville’s Fisk University. The Music City website provides more details on the historical importance of music to the city in particular and the state in general.

It's also of importance to the rationale behind bringing a newly birthed HVAC industry seminar and product showcase event to the shores of the Columbia River. In fact, Comfortech first settled in Nashville in 1996, the second year of the show’s existence and the training, education, music, and fun lead to Contracting Business bringing the event back again the very next year (1997) and then four more times in its 19-year history.

And so that long-winded intro enables me to say, “Ladies and Gents — get ready for the year’s best annual event in the HVAC Industry. Comfortech 2014 returns to Nashville, TN for the sixth time, and we’re looking at one of the best meetings ever.”

If you haven’t been to Nashville for this conference and product showcase event, then you’re in for a real treat: Nashville really IS the country music capital of the world and Comfortech sets the standard for HVAC contractor networking, education, and technology.

There are 28 sessions divided into four main tracks: business management, service management, sales and marketing, and technical. Sessions are being taught by some of the industry’s best known and most respected trainers and award-winning contractors, and the fun, yes the fun, especially with our Wednesday Night Extravaganza, which will be held in the famous Honky Tonk Central — three floors of music, food, and camaraderie.

Michael Weil, Editorial Director, Contracting Business.comWe welcome entrepreneur, music producer, and educator Robin Crow as our Wednesday morning keynote. He brings the tantalizing sounds of five different guitars to his motivational talk about the need to “Evolve or Die.” And our Thursday general session keynoter, Lt. Col. Robert Darling, USMC (Ret.) will share his experience protecting President Bush during the 9/11 attacks with a message on the importance of having a strategic plan.

If you haven’t already done so, register today for Comfortech 2014 today. Join us in Nashville and get your country music on!

Looking forward to seeing y’all there.