For Scott Leibowitz, it’s all about giving back.
It’s part of a philosophy instilled in him by his grandma, and one he carries into his business, All Weather Heating, a Snoqualmie-based HVAC company he founded in 2016.
Over the years, the company has donated to the Empower Youth Network, provided work to Trial Youth Coffee and has been the primary sponsor of Railroad Days, the Festival at Mount Si and many high school sports teams.
In their latest community effort this holiday season, they have asked residents to nominate a family in need to receive a free heating system for the upcoming winter.
“It’s definitely heartwarming,” Leibowitz said of the nominations. “Several people have been nominated with kind words about how big of an impact our gesture would mean.”
After 14 years working in the industry as an advanced service technician, Leibowitz founded All Weather and spent several years as its sole employee. Although he said he did not want to grow, there was a demand for business, and the company today has eight employees.
All those years of work was recently recognized by the Better Business Bureau, a century-old nonprofit that provides information on companies nationwide, who named All Weather as its small business of the year this past October.
Winners of the award must demonstrate a high level of character, meet ethical standards and build trust with their community and customer base, according to the BBB.
Leibowitz called receiving the award “gratifying and satisfying,” noting how it raises his company’s integrity. He also put the award in perspective of the challenges he faced with education growing up.
He speaks openly about his struggles with ADHD, dyslexia and dysgraphia that made it difficult to learn in a school environment. He notes that he was ranked last in his nearly 300 person high school graduating class and that many teachers did not understand his disabilities.
“I’m one of those kids who was not heading in the direction of a college-bound education,” he said. “I would not be capable of sitting behind a desk, so I entered the trades.”
But a year out of high school, Leibowitz recalled a presentation given by the Universal Technical Institute, a private technical college, and enrolled in trade school.
“They taught a language I could learn,” he said.
Next spring, he said, will mark his 30th year working in the industry.