Leadership Award – Barbara Krejcik, North Winds Heating & Cooling Inc.
The Leadership Award was added to the growing list of prestigious awards presented during the Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards on March 8. This year’s honoree is a forerunner having become one of the first women in her industry to lead Okemos-based, North Winds Heating & Cooling to the success it is today. Barbara Krejcik, president of North Winds Heating & Cooling (North Winds), never let the challenges she encountered on her journey prevent her from pursuing her passion.
Krejcik grew up in the HVAC industry. At the age of 10, she began working alongside her father in the family business. It was during this time that her love for the industry and small business began.
“I started my first day by answering the phone when I was home sick from school. My father taught me how to treat clients with genuine kindness and the importance of providing outstanding and timely service. I was hooked. Deep down I was always going to be a nurturer, [since] good nurturers make good leaders. At that time, I saw how gratifying it can be to help people. No one wants to not have any heat or cooling, so when that situation happens, generally people are not happy. What my dad taught me early on is that we can make that experience better,” said Krejcik.