Meet the Ridge Management Staff
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Ridge Air Conditioning and Heating was founded by Joe Ridge in 1982. He opened his business with ten years of HVAC experience behind him and a desire to give every customer top quality service. With an honest and hardworking attitude, he grew a two-man operation to a company that consists of 20 or more employees today. Most of our staff members each has more than 10 years’ experience working with Ridge Air Conditioning and Heating.
As the years have gone by and technology in all phases of life has evolved, Ridge has been a leading company in implementing those technological changes that benefit our home and business owners. Geothermal ground source heat pumps are one of those advances that we believe in and have the knowledge and training necessary to support the technology.
From its modest inception, Ridge Air Conditioning and Heating has become one of the most respected air conditioning companies in Northwest Florida. Beginning with the tireless and dedicated effort of its owner, Joe Ridge and supported by loyal long-term employees, the company strives to be a leader in the industry.
Joe and his wife Debbie are high school sweethearts who graduated from Rutherford High School. They have three grown children and 14 grandchildren. They enjoy traveling and camping.
Tina has served as the Office Manager at Ridge Air Conditioning and Heating since 1991. She previously worked at a retail computer center for Apple computers. Tina moved to Panama City in 1978 when her family retired from the U.S. Air Force. She is married and has two grown children and two granddaughters.
Jennifer was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. After driving cross-country for eight years, she began an office-based career, moving into the heating and air conditioning field in the year 2000. During the summer of 2004, Jennifer moved to Panama City and joined Ridge Air Conditioning and Heating as a general bookkeeper. She is married and has two grown children with families of their own.
Sales Associate/Energy Consultant
Born and raised in Panama City, Carol spent 33 years working for Southern Company, which included Gulf Power and Alabama Power. She enjoyed working with home builders, heating and cooling dealers, and one on one with homeowners to provide recommendations for improving energy efficiency during the construction phase. In order to quantify and insure the effectiveness of the energy features she recommended, Carol became one of the first Home Energy Rating System, “HERS,” Raters in Bay County. Extensive training in all aspects of energy management earned Carol the Manual J (load calculations), Energy Auditor, and Energy Manager Certifications.
Much of her time at Gulf Power involved troubleshooting residential energy issues. She taught homeowners how to choose a quality heating and cooling dealer who could properly install duct work and equipment to ensure comfort and energy savings. During those years, she saw firsthand the kind of work Joe Ridge and his team provided customers. So after Hurricane Opal caused flooding to her home in 1995, Carol hired Ridge Heating and Air Conditioning to install one of the first closed loop geothermal systems in Bay County. It has been a decision she says has served her well for 25 years.
Carol joined the Ridge AC team part-time in July 2018, a few months before Hurricane Michael. Since then, she and the rest of the Ridge team have worked to properly restore energy systems, ensuring homeowners have one less thing to worry about.
Carol and her husband, John, have been married for 33 years and have 2 children and 4 grandchildren – their daughter, Lindsay is a teacher at Holy Nativity Episcopal School and their son, Jon Michael, and his family serve as Missionaries to the Ivory Coast in Grand Bassam, Africa.
A career sales professional, Earl Fillingim enjoys over 33 years of involvement in the Florida construction industry sales field. His background as a business owner, combined with various other selling roles in his career, has given him a high level of exposure to business operations, leadership, and professionalism. Serving numerous years on the Board of Directors for Bay County Home Builders Association Board, Earl is deeply connected to the community and supports numerous local organizations and charities.
Earl takes pride in servicing his clients by delivering exceptional service and establishing lifelong relationships. He regards integrity and professionalism as critical components of his business philosophy.
Married with 2 children and 9 grandchildren, Earl, and his wife Jane, love traveling and spending time with their family.
Jimmy joined Ridge in November of 2009. He had many years’ experience serving and repairing HVAC systems. Shortly after arriving, he and his wife, Katie, welcomed twin girls and in 2016 welcomed a son to their family. Jimmy has many years of advanced training and is a Nate Certified Service Technician. Jimmy is also a WaterFurnace Certified Service and Installation Technician and fusion certified for geothermal loop systems.
To learn more about our air conditioning & heating services, call us at (850)763-0331.
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