A Gwinnett Success Story
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
In November of 1985, at the age of 19, one week after graduating from vocational college, I moved from a small farm in Iowa to Snellville, GA, on the advice of a friend who told me the area was rich in job opportunities.
Arriving in a 1976 Chevy Vega with only $20 in my pocket, I was welcomed with southern hospitality and dishes including black eyed peas and okra. I made ends meet on $5.50 an hour by carpooling, coupons, and having roommates. My first bedroom was actually a couch with my clothes stored in the hallway closet.
During a tour of my new locale, I was driven to Lake Lanier, where I first saw the towers off the interstate proudly proclaiming “Gwinnett is Great” and “Success Lives Here”. It was the confidence and boldness of these statements that told me I had landed in the right place.
Shortly after, I enrolled in adult education night classes at Emory University on how to start a business. This class propelled me to create my 10-year vision to become self-employed and opened my eyes to the possibilities surrounding me.
It’s been 37 years since that move from Iowa. During that time, I have met and married my sweetheart Suzanne, we have raised two beautiful daughters, grown a business from a single customer, and continue to be deeply involved in our local business and church communities.
Gwinnett is Great. Gwinnett is home.
A Record of Leadership
Owner, CEO, Holtkamp Heating & Air Conditioning (1996 to present)
President, Metro Atlanta Air Conditioning Contractors Association (2007)
Board Member, Gwinnett Technical College Foundation (2014-2018)
Board Chair, Gwinnett Technical College Foundation (2018-2020)
Board Member, Conditioned Air Association of Georgia (2016- present)
President, Conditioned Air Association of Georgia (2021 to present)
Leadership Gwinnett, Class of 2017
Overall Winner, Impact Regional Business Awards, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce (2018)
Executive Board, Gwinnett County Republican Party (2021)
Appointed by Governor Kemp, Board Member, State Construction Industry Licensing Board, Division of Conditioned Air Contractors (2021 to present)