The Mobile Air Conditioning Industry Pioneer Award was originally established by the International Mobile Air Conditioning Association (IMACA) in 1988. In 2003, MACS Worldwide assumed the role of continuing the tradition of recognizing individuals who have made outstanding career contributions to the mobile A/C and heat transfer industry.
On Friday, February 8, 2013 the Mobile Air Conditioning Industry Pioneer Award was presented to five individuals at the MACS Worldwide Delphi Keynote Luncheon during the MACS 33rd Annual Training Event and Trade Show. We will profile each recipient in this blog individually.
Doyle Deese was born in a farmhouse outside of Bynum, Texas. Upon completing high school, he went to work for General Dynamics. World War II was in full force so after only a short time working at General Dynamics, he volunteered for the U.S. Army, and was trained for radar systems. When the war ended he returned to General Dynamics. Doyle also spent a short stint in the insurance business, where he learned sales skills and how to deal with people. He then became an expeditor and a purchasing agent for LTV where he learned about aerospace parts. He then went to work in sales for the Airco Supply Company, which was a supplier to LTV. He traveled across the country selling aerospace and military hardware and fasteners for Airco.
Airco taught him the basics of distribution business, and in 1971, he founded his own company, Santech in Grand Prairie, TX. Doyle initially planned to sell aerospace and military hardware and fasteners, but an O-ring manufacturer presented him with an opportunity to also distribute O-rings to the commercial market in North Texas. O-rings were a new product and this business began to grow rapidly. As a part of this business opportunity, Santech started selling parts to a new industry, aftermarket mobile air conditioning systems and their manufacturers ARA, John E. Mitchell, and Alamo Manufacturing.
Santech supplied the parts for the aftermarket installed units, but also developed a new niche, repair kits. There was a need to service these aftermarket mobile A/C units in the field, but a good method of supplying small parts did not yet exist. Doyle developed box kits with printed inserts to help in the repair process. Kits were also developed for the original equipment units that were in some cars.
In the early 1970’s, a market began to develop for rebuilding mobile A/C compressors. Initial volumes were not high so the same problems were evident with supplying the parts. Doyle again filled a need for the industry by developing bag kits for the rebuilders with all of the seals necessary to rebuild the compressor. Santech published the first catalog for rebuilders with compressor drawings detailing the parts required to rebuild the compressor. Santech has continued to develop systems for supplying replacement parts, and today is a leader in systems for supplying small parts to the automotive air conditioning aftermarket.
Doyle has three children, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren all who live nearby in Arlington, TX.
Doyle Deese had a simple business philosophy; “treat people fairly, and they will usually return the favor. Devote yourself to your business and enjoy life!
Good advice for all of us to follow.
Santech has been a member of MACS since 1986.
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The 34th annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Be the Best of the Best will take place January 16-18 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans.