Public Relations Intern

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Watsco
 Virtual
Posted: June 20 2016
Company Location: Coconut Grove, FL
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Paid (College Credit Required)

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Description

Watsco, Inc. is the largest[4] distributor of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment and related parts and supplies (HVAC/R) in the United States. Watsco was founded more than 60 years ago as a manufacturer of parts, components and tools used in the HVAC/R industry. Under the leadership of its current CEO, Albert H. Nahmad, from 1973 to 1988 Watsco grew from US$5 million[5] in revenues to US$25 million. In 1989, the company shifted its focus from manufacturing to distribution by acquiring Gemaire Distributors Inc., a South Florida-based Rheem distributor. By 1997, Watsco added other OEMs to the mix and moved into commercial refrigeration as a result of the acquisition of Baker Distributing Company. Watsco divested its manufacturing business in 1998,[6] selling it to International Comfort Products Corporation, now part of Carrier Corporation (Carrier). Revenues increased from US$64.1 million in 1989 to US$3.9 billion in 2014 via a strategy of acquiring companies with established market position and subsequently building revenues and profit through a combination of adding locations, products, services and other initiatives.[7]

Watsco’s goal is to build a network of locations throughout North America that provide the finest service and product availability for HVAC/R contractors, assisting and supporting them as they serve homeowners and businesses. Watsco has approximately 5,000[8] employees assisting approximately 50,000[9] contractors and dealers who in turn, service, repair or replace HVAC/R systems in homes and businesses. At December 31, 2014, the company operated from 572 locations in 38 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico with additional market coverage on an export basis to Latin America and the Caribbean.[10] Watsco is the only publicly traded HVAC/R distributor. The company’s Common stock is traded under the symbol WSO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Professional Segment of NYSE Euronext in Paris.[11] The company’s Class B common stock is traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol WSO.B. Albert Nahmad, President & CEO, controls the company with 53%[12] of the combined voting power. The company website is at www.watsco.com

Responsibilities

- Assist in developing and contributing to public relations and marketing activities
- Interact with internal departments to carry out client requirements such as scheduling advertising; monitoring account activities; and managing production activities
- Coordinate with news media as assigned, in development of appropriate news stories
- Maintain up-to-date customer and prospect records

Requirements

- Excellent communication skills and the ability to inform and entertain via written, oral and visual media.
- Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods.
- An innovative self-starter with problem solving skills, creativity, ambition, and a strong work ethic.

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