Meet Our Office Staff
Originally from Boone, NC, Winston established Mountaineer Heating & Cooling in 1981 after attending Watauga High School, Mercer University and Appalachian State University. He recognizes and adapts to the ever-evolving landscape of the HVAC industry and maintains Mountaineer Heating & Cooling as a HVAC leader in the High Country. He takes pride in overseeing a company that continues to grow with the community and provides an essential service with the utmost integrity. Winston is a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church, enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and in his free time is a skilled fisherman. He lives in Boone with his wife Karen.
Shop Foreman and Metal Fabricator
Bob Johnson works in our Installation Department as our Shop Foreman. If it can be made out of sheet metal, Bob can make it. He’s been a part of our team since 1994 and brings a level of pride and craftsmanship to our work that is rare these days. You may also find Bob pre-planning one of our many jobs before the work is actually completed. Bob lives in Sugar Grove with his wife Vicky. They have two grown children.
Field Operations Manager
Ryan Claar grew up in a military household and continued the family tradition of service when he joined the Navy in 2001, shortly after the September 11th attacks. He served as a nuclear machinist’s mate and engineering laboratory technician on the nuclear-powered fast attack submarine, USS Keywest, SSN 722 stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI.
After his service in the Navy was complete, he earned a degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University. He has been with Mountaineer Heating & Cooling since 2014 starting as a service technician. He was promoted to service manager in 2016 and to field operations manager in 2021. He is the brilliant driving force behind both our service and install operations and seeks to start and end every job with excellence and quality.
Ryan is also an active musician in the community and has a passion for music of all genres. He is a member of the Watauga Community Band and has served as choir director at Riverview Missionary Baptist Church. He hopes to earn a chair with one of the regional orchestras on a part time basis.
Theresa Mills joined Mountaineer Heating & Cooling in 2015 and has over 25 years of accounting experience. She has 9 children with her 19th grand child coming in June of 2021. Prior to COVID-19, she and her husband enjoyed traveling and fishing. The best part of traveling with her husband is trying to get lost and enjoying the adventure of it. She and her husband are also ordained out-reach ministers and have been working on addressing food insecurity through food box distributions in their area.
Drew Petrey, from Boone, NC, grew up in the heating and air industry. He joined his father full time with Mountaineer Heating & Cooling as a Service Technician in 2003 after several ventures as an entrepreneur. He spent time in the Sales Division before heading the service department in 2010. He assumed the General Manager position in 2015. Drew holds many industry certifications and maintains a State of North Carolina H3 Class 1 HVAC License. He enjoys the challenges of the industry and finds great satisfaction in seeing projects completed with excellence. Drew is a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone where he serves in the children’s and music ministry. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, playing guitar, and is a true sportsman enjoying many outdoor activities. Drew lives in Boone with his wife Fran, and children Evie, Mary Fran, Ward, Cade & Benjamin.
Dave James, from Sugar Grove, joined Mountaineer Heating & Cooling in 2011 and has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development. He is a local graduate of Watauga High School and Appalachian State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He works with home and business owners daily, providing education on the latest innovations in the HVAC industry and enjoys helping customers find the best solution for their unique projects. He is also the resident expert in home assessments and has extensive training in load calculation and system design. Dave is an avid sports fan and member of the ASU Yosef Club as well as several recreational leagues. He also enjoys reading, traveling, golf, DIY projects, cooking (especially grilling) and what friends have described as a “tailgating culinary adventure.” He lives in Blowing Rock with his fiancé, Jessica, their schnauzer, Jetson, and they are expecting an addition to their family in 2021.
Joshua Jones, MSW
Office Operations Manager and Controller
After spending over 8 years in the healthcare field and serving over 11 years at Alliance Bible Fellowship, Joshua Jones found a deep joy for all things administrative. In 2020 he received his master in social work with a concentration in communities, organizations and non-profit leadership. He joined the business operations side of Mountaineer Heating & Cooling in 2021 where he is now using his administrative skills and heart for teams and people to run our office operations in addition to being our controller. He lives in Watauga with his wife, Molly, and their daughter Hazel.
Meet Our Field Operations / Installation Staff
Started his HVAC career with us in 2019.
Started his HVAC career with us in 2020.
Started his HVAC career with us in 2020.
Started his HVAC career with us in 2021.
Meet Our Field Operations / Service Staff
Started his HVAC career in 2006 and has been with Mountaineer Heating & Cooling since 2013. He also assists Install as needed.
Started his HVAC career with us in 2018. He also assists Install as needed.
Mountaineer Heating & Cooling employs a number of HVAC Technicians and Installers. For employment opportunities, please contact us by sending an email to email@example.com. All Mountaineer Heating & Cooling employees are screened for background and must submit to random drug tests. Mountaineer Heating & Cooling employees are perform installations and service under North Carolina H3 Class 2 license #11342 and all employees are insured.