Wade Winner: Dan Packard

Congratulations to Dan Packard of Hoffman & Harpst on being chosen as our latest Wade Award winner! Mr. Packard was nominated by Steve Bialorucki of Oregon City Schools for this award, which is bestowed on those professionals who are recognized by their peers for consistently showcasing the qualities of a Wade:

  • Exuding passion for what they do
  • Sharing and inspiring their passion in others
  • Making a positive difference every day

In his nomination, Mr. Bialorucki wrote,

“Dan Packard is an HVAC Technician that has been assigned to the Oregon City Schools through a contract with Hoffman & Harpst. Dan consistently goes out of his way to make sure our students have labs that are comfortable. His courteous manner and ability to bring a smile to a frustrated staff member are skills most people envy! He is always available to our programs and his ability to communicate solutions and timelines is priceless.

Picture a machining lab with 20 guests from industry schedule for a class at 6:00. At approximately 9:00 AM, the temperature outside is 10 degrees and a classroom with 19 juniors is in session when the heating unit in the ceiling begins to leak. Then it begins to pour! Within 20 minutes Dan Packard is on site, pulling the unit to get repaired for the class scheduled that evening!

Picture if you will a second event: Freshman Orientation night… temperature outside is in the teens… the newly renamed Engineering Wing is the focus of parents deciding whether or not to send their children to Clay High School. The heat unit in this lab is not functioning! The lab and classroom have a temperature of approximately 55 degrees and falling! One text to Dan brings a quick response, “Room 130 is colder than it should be.” “I will be there sometime today.” At the end of the day, we found that the lab unit was not repairable, but at 2:00 PM Dan brings in two brand-new temporary floor heaters to ensure parents are not turned away.

He has worked with our culinary department on the coolers and the freezer. He assists with our Environmental & Ag department vents and in designing flow and process training stations in our new Electrical and Industrial Engineering Program.

Dan always goes over and above his call of duty! He is a WADE!

By the way, Dan shared with me that he is a graduate of a culinary arts program and loves career and technical education.”


We interviewed Mr. Packard to learn more about his commitment to supporting a comfortable learning environment. Here’s what he had to share:

Q: Why did you choose HVAC as your profession?

A: I love fixing things, and always have. I needed a good career that would last me a lifetime.

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?

A: Getting to be part of a school system and feeling that I make a difference every day.

Q: What advice would you have for young people considering HVAC as a career?

A: Study math and science and enter an apprenticeship early in life.

Q: How do you help make Oregon City Schools a comfortable and welcoming place for students, parents, and staff?

A: By trying to always be friendly, positive and not to let HVAC problems stand in the way of the educational process.

Q: Are there any additional personal best practices or advice that you’d like to share with our readers?

A: Learn every day. There are endless opportunities to learn every day.


We want to thank Mr. Packard for taking the time to share these helpful insights, and congratulate him once again on his award. Please feel free to share your congratulations in the comments as well!

Also, we welcome your nominations for those colleagues in your organization who are true Wades. Visit our nomination page to submit a candidate today. We look forward to hearing from you!

About the Author
Mark C. Perna Mark C. Perna is a best-selling author and the founder of TFS in Cleveland, Ohio, a full-service strategic consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s passion for making a difference.

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