Solder & Soot: A NARSA/IDEA Podcast

“Solder and Soot” is produced by NARSA/IDEA, an international trade association connecting shops, manufacturers, and distributers in the cooling systems and diesel emissions industries. Each episode, hosts Mark Taylor and Bobby Duran interview entrepreneurs and industry leaders to learn more about their business challenges and success stories.

You can find “Solder & Soot” on iTunes, Spotify, Anchor.fm as well as http://narsa-idea.org/podcast.

Interested in sponsoring an episode of Solder & Soot? Email marymargaret@narsa.org.


Latest Episodes

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 07: David Bienvenu (Radiator Service Co., Inc.)

This week, we chat with cooling systems veteran David Bienvenu of Radiator Service Co., who is based in Houma, Louisiana. He’s the go-to guy many of our NARSA/IDEA members call when they have a question. But unlike some, David didn’t grow up in the radiator business. Learn how he got into the industry, the most costly mistake he ever made, and how NARSA helped him overcome challenges in this special episode.

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 06: Chuck & Bryan Braswell (Rocky Mount Radiator & AC)

Chuck and Bryan Braswell join us from North Carolina at Rocky Mount Radiator & A/C, which is a fourth-generation family-owned business, and their involvement with NARSA/IDEA runs deep as well. Chuck is a former NARSA/IDEA President and Bryan currently serves as a Board member. Learn how NARSA/IDEA has contributed to their success, about their future goals to expand the business, and what it’s really like working closely with your parents in this latest episode.

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 05: Economist Dr. Mary Kelly

How has COVID-19 impacted the global supply chain? In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Mary Kelly, a renowned economist, author, public speaker, and professor. Hear how Dr. Kelly describes the current state of the economy and what business owners need to know about what could happen next. 

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Hosts:

ABOUT MARK TAYLOR:

Mark Taylor graduated from Wesley College before starting his own radiator repair business in 1981. He later owned and operated ERS Cooling Systems in Glen Burnie, MD for 36 years. He served as President of NARSA from 2014-2016, then Chairman of NARSA from 2016-2018 before becoming the Executive Director in 2019.

ABOUT BOBBY DURAN:

Bobby Duran is President of Cooling Systems Caribe in Aibonito, Puerto Rico.  Bobby started his career with S&F Radiator Service in New Jersey in 2005 and successfully exited the business in 2016.  He has been NARSA member for 15 years and board member for over 10 years. He is currently serving as the President of NARSA/IDEA.