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Our Team

The technicians and staff at Schar Heating & Cooling, Inc. are a dedicated group of individuals, working together as a team to ensure quality work and customer satisfaction. 

Gary Schar


After many years spent directly in the field working on service and installation projects; Gary’s role consists mainly of business administration, personnel and sales management support to the excellent team at Schar Heating & Cooling, Inc. One of Gary’s greatest rewards is providing warm radiant floor heat as the best form of indoor comfort during our cold winters. Outside of work, Gary is inspired by travelling and spending time in God’s beautiful creation.

Karen Hartzler


Karen has been involved at Schar Heating & Cooling, Inc. since 2003. She spends her time taking calls, answering questions, and keeping the office running smoothly. Karen enjoys making delicious breakfasts for our Tuesday morning meetings, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and being active in her church.

Trinda Hartzler


Trinda began working for Schar Heating & Cooling, Inc. in May 2014. She keeps busy with sending bills, answering the phones, and assisting customers. When not at work, Trinda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and her hobby of raising puppies.

Luke Schar

Office Manager

Luke provides support to our office and sales teams. He is a 2019 graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Organizational Supervision. After hours, Luke finds pleasure in mountain & road biking.

Daren Anliker

Comfort Sales Specialist

Daren joined our team in 2017 as our first full time residential salesman. He has excelled in his position and enjoys working with customers to find the perfect system to fit their needs. When at home Daren enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

Neal Chaffin

Service Manager & Comfort Sales

Neal has broad experience serving residential and commercial customers as a NATE Certified Technician in Gas Heating. He is very involved in the commercial sales of our business. If you need a quote for new HVAC equipment, call and request Neal for his expert skills and advice. Neal appreciates the many opportunities that are spent with his family and helping out at his church.

John Rufener

Comfort Service Technician

Many loyal customers request John! He has over 44 years of experience in the heating and cooling trade! He works on all brands of furnaces and air conditioners. John is NATE certified in Air Conditioning. When away from work, John finds great satisfaction in doing projects with all of his adult children. Reading and biking are among his favorites as well!

Andrew Mast

Comfort Service Technician

Andrew attended the Buckeye Career Center where he received his HVAC Certification. He is employed as one of our Commercial Comfort Service Technicians. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys activities such as fishing, biking, spending time outdoors, and most water sports.

Brandon Schattschneider

Comfort Service Technician

Brandon joined our commercial service team in 2018. Brandon now manages several of our commercial accounts and is beloved by customers for his cheery attitude and quick smile. When not at work Brandon enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Brandon Rutt

Service Manager

Brandon joined our team in 2018 as an installer and has quickly grown into our service manager. Brandon is very involved with the service techs, service billing, service pricing, and answering service related questions. In his spare time Brandon enjoys trying new food and spending time with his family.

Ben Schar

Comfort Service Technician

Ben has been a service technician on our team since 2018. Working mostly with our residential customers Ben enjoys finding solutions to the problems he diagnoses.

Jared Raines

Install Manager

Jared schedules & oversees our high-quality residential and commercial installations. His skills range from in-depth controls & boiler piping to training new install technicians. Jared has completed HVAC training and is NATE Certified in Air Conditioning. He has worked for Schar Heating & Cooling, Inc. since 2005. His interests beyond work, include outdoor cooking on the Big Green Egg. He also loves the time he can spend with his wife and 2 children.

Nathan Schar

Installation Specialist

Nate began his career at Schar Heating & Cooling, Inc., as an Installation Specialist in October 2013. He has high standards for quality work! Nate replaces and installs new equipment in residential homes. On a personal note, Nate enjoys being a husband, father, and grandfather. In his free time, he also greatly enjoys music and reading books.

Joshua Chapman

Installation Specialist

Joshua was a new addition to our team in October 2015, as an Installation Specialist. He attended the Medina County Career Center where he received HVAC training. Outside of work hours, Josh enjoys being involved in his church activities. Josh loves any opportunity to play volleyball.

Brandon Luginbuhl

Installation Specialist

Brandon is a great addition to our team working full-time as one of our Installation Specialists specifically in new homes hanging ductwork and setting new equipment. Outside of work, Brandon likes to spend time outdoors and with his relatives. Brandon enjoys playing ball and other sports with his friends.

Brittany Benjamin

Service Dispatcher

Brittany has been with our team since 2019. As our service dispatcher she is involved in scheduling service calls, dispatching service technicians, and working up quotes from replacement parts. Brittany has been a great addition to our team and enjoys spending time with friends and family outside of work.

Kevin Durham

Installation Specialist

Kevin has been a great asset to our team. Kevin primarily does residential replacement on existing systems.

Ethan Schar

Installation Specialist

Ethan joined our team in 2018 installing in both commercial and residential jobs. Ethan works on many of our longer projects seeing them through from start to finish.

Connor Gasser

Installation Specialist

Connor first joined our team through the work program at the Wayne County Career Center. He has since graduated and works full time spending most of his days working in new homes hanging ductwork and setting new equipment.

Mindy Gerber

Office Assistant

Mindy joined our office in 2019. She has been a bright and cheery addition to our team. She spends her time answering phones, working with our accounts payables, and helping everything run smoothly through our company. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family.

Gino LoPresti

Installation Specialist

Gino joined our team in 2019 after graduating from the Medina County Career Center HVAC program. Gino has been a great addition to our team and is known as a hard worker that everyone enjoys being around. We are happy to have him on our team.

Zoeann Powell

Install Coordinator

Zoeann joined our team near the end of 2019. She is working as our install coordinator lining up jobs, communicating with customers, and helping the install teams to complete their jobs. We are happy Zoeann is on our team!