Setting Goals, Achieving Results

The other day I was talking with my co-worker Russ Bowman about my oldest son’s recent string of success at school (okay I was bragging). I was telling him that the other night we were going over some of his schoolwork to get him ready for a science quiz he had the next day and how I was a little concerned because he was having some trouble retaining the information.

I spent an hour or so going over things with my son when I decided he was about as prepared as he was going to be for the test. When I picked him up the next day after work, the conversation went something like this:

Me: “So tell me dude, how’d you do on your science test today?”
Son: “I think I did OK dad, wasn’t too bad.”
Me: cringing a little… “Too bad huh? Well when do you find out your score?”
Son: “Next week sometime, BUT I did find out that I scored a 100 on my spelling test, for the TWENTIETH time in a row!”
Me: “Spelling test, you didn’t tell me about the spelling test??? You really got a 100 for the 20th consecutive time?”
Son: “Yup, so what do I get?”
Me: “What do you get? Sounds like you get an A+!!!”

Good job buddy!


When I was telling Russ this part of the story and sort of reliving the moment, it dawned on me (with a little help from Russ)….. you know what, getting a perfect score on a test, TWENTY times in a row is an awesome accomplishment for a 9 year old, maybe he does deserve something special for that. So I guess I’ll be heading to the sporting goods store in the very near future.

See, I don’t really have to worry about my son’s schoolwork because he takes it on himself to do well. In fact, he’s usually more upset with himself if he brings home anything less than an A. In 1st grade, he made what his school calls the “Administrator’s List” for elementary school students who maintain an A/B average and have great attendance. Last year in 2nd grade, he set a goal for himself to make the “Pastor’s List” which is the highest honor the school awards for students with a straight A average for the entire year and he made it happen! This year, he hopes to do it again and the way things are going, I think he’ll be just fine.

Here at EXAIR, our goal is to not only provide award-winning Intelligent Compressed Air Products® but also the best customer service in the industry. Whether it be by phone, email or our online chat, we make it easy for you to get in contact with a qualified representative to help provide the best solution for your needs. In addition, our cataloged products are in stock, ready to ship, and for the 22nd year in a row, we have maintained an on-time shipment record of 99.9%!

Whether you’re looking to upgrade an existing blowoff in order to lower noise or air consumption or you’d like to talk to an application engineer about solving a specific process problem, contact our team and let us get to work for you.

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer


Big Thumbs Up image courtesy of Charles LeBlanc via creative commons 

Update: Mud Run

I posted a blog on the 2nd about an upcoming mud-run here in Cincinnati.  (Take a look at the pic  above for a glimpse of the filth and fun!)  I spent some time beforehand on proper preparation and it paid off.  My ultimate goal was to have the best time amongst my team, and I got off to a nice lead.  Not surprisingly, there were a few bottlenecks at the more difficult obstacles.  Seeing an opportunity, a few of my teammates snuck past the obstacle and line jumped me!  It was all in good fun, but I never could quite catch up.

My secondary goal, however, was to have a better time than my brother-in-law, which I’m pleased to say was achieved.  Its always great to set a goal and even better when you meet it.  We often tout the efficiency of EXAIR products and the exceptional service provided by the entire staff.  These are just two of the tools used to help our clients meet their goals.

Have a goal or application related need?  Give us a call.  If your application is in muddy water, we’ll jump in with you.  Literally!

Lee Evans
Application Engineer

Best Time of the Year

The year is quickly coming to a close and that can mean many different things to different people.  For me, it means planning and preparation for the year to come and reflection of the time that’s past.  In light of the coming year we have mapped out tentative and definite plans within the international department at EXAIR.  We’ve also reviewed processes in place in order to determine the best course of action moving forward.

This process is one of my favorite things about the turn of the year because I enjoy the same practice in my personal life.  For the past few years I’ve chosen to stay in on New Year’s Eve in favor of getting an early and fresh start to the New Year.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the parties and the fun, but making the first day of the year difficult or sluggish seems counterproductive.  I like to think of Jan. 1st as a projection of the year to come, so I get up early, eat healthy, and make sure the important things are on track.

I’ve found one of the best things to do prior to the turn of the year is to be prepared.  So, I’ve cleaned out my desk at home and have made a stack of things to review.  Rather than trying to conquer this feat all in one day, I’ve been making smaller efforts leading up to the 1st that will help me achieve my goal.  The same applies to the applications we work through with our customers.

As the 4th quarter comes to a close for your business, there may be projects that need to get on track.  If you have an application using compressed air and need it reviewed, give us a call.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer


Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a Court of Honor hosted by my oldest son’s Boy Scout Troop. After a darn fine pot-luck dinner, came the ceremonies. A fringe benefit of being involved with a true boy led Scout Troop is that none of the adult leaders are given to long speeches, so most of the ceremony-type stuff was exactly what it should have been: recognition of the Scouts’ accomplishments.

Including my son, I know four of the boys in the Troop very well – I was their Cub Scout Den Leader. I was almost as proud of the other three as I was of my son when they were awarded the Merit Badges they’ve earned thus far, and their “Tenderfoot” rank. “Tenderfoot” is the first official rank earned by a Boy Scout. It’s the initial step towards Eagle Scout, the much sought after highest rank in Boy Scouts. Ask any Tenderfoot, and they’ll tell you this is their goal.

I was looking through my son’s Boy Scout Handbook later that night, to see what accomplishments were necessary for the various ranks that lay ahead of him, and I was a little surprised to see items already checked off on his 2nd Class, 1st Class, and Life Scout requirements pages. As I read closer, I saw that some of these items have to be done during the immediately preceding rank, but others can be completed at any time.

This made me think about goals I’ve set – and need to set – in my life. Some are short-term, like getting the garage cleaned. Some are intermediate-term, like a District-wide Scout Achievement Weekend that a couple of my crazy Scout Leader friends and I came up with the idea for recently. Some are long-term, like planning my finances to ensure my sons have no reason not to go to college. Some are never-ending (and I mean that in a really good way, by the way), like crafting the best love story ever with my lovely bride, with whom I just celebrated 15 years of marriage. Happy Anniversary, Regina…here’s to the next fifteen, and the fifteen after that.

So, my son is working on his short-term goal of making 2nd Class. But, at the same time, he’s completing requirements for 1st Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. There’s a lesson to be learned here about our goals: Short-term; long-term; in-between and ongoing…they’re all important, and deserving of our time. And it’s OK – maybe even mandatory – that we work toward them simultaneously.

What are your goals? Are you working towards completion of the short-termers, while making progress on the long-termers? What are committed to for the long haul?  Whatever they are, make them count!

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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