Mingledorff’s, Inc. was founded in 1939 by Walter Lee Mingledorff Jr., a 25 year old engineering graduate from Savannah Georgia. Originally operating as a franchised Carrier heating and cooling equipment installation contractor, Mingledorff’s first job was to install an air conditioning system at his father-in-law’s home – the first air conditioned home in Savannah.
The original compressor from this installation can be seen in the Mingledorff’s– Savannah Showroom. It was still operating when it was replaced in 1988, 49 year after it was first started.
During WWII, Mingledorff’s ceased all operations to help in the war effort. Mr. Mingledorff himself went to work building minesweepers for the US Navy while many employees went to work for the defense industry or served overseas. At the end of the war, the company began operations again, becoming a direct distributor for Carrier Company and adding diversity by expanding into the retail appliance business.
Today, Mingledorffs Inc. has over 35 locations across the south. The company has also obtained full distribution rights of Carrier and Bryant for the majority of Alabama, the panhandle of Florida and Southeast Mississippi. Since 1958, Mingledorff’s has concentrated on their core business as a wholesale distributor to air conditioning contractors and industrial accounts. Their number one objective is to provide dealers and contractors the tools and equipment needed for continued success.
Owner & Chairman
Bud Mingledorff has been Chairman of the Board since 2008. Prior to this position, Bud served as President starting in 1995. He has served in various positions over the years starting in 1970 upon joining Mingledorff's on a full time basis after serving in the US Army.
Bud Mingledorff is a graduate of Wofford College with a degree in accounting.
Bud has also served as President of Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), Peachtree Corners Rotary Club, Ansley Kiwanis Club, the GA Wholesaler's Association and the medium size business chairman for the Gwinnett County United Way.
Bud currently resides in Bluffton, SC with Shirley, his wife of 38 years.
President & Chief Executive Officer
David Kesterton was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia. He attended Marist School in Atlanta, Ga. and later attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. David graduated from Auburn with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Management) in 1984. After school he joined Mingledorff’s Inc. (HVAC Distributor in Georgia) and attended the Carrier Air Conditionings six month engineering and sales school in Syracuse, New York. Following Carrier’s Sales School David started as a Territory Sales Manager covering the metro Atlanta area. After four years, he expanded his territory to include Northwest Georgia. In 1993 David was promoted to Sales Manager for the North Georgia region followed by a promotion to Vice President and General Manager of Mingledorff’s Distributors, a division of Mingledorff’s Inc. In January, 2008 he became President and CEO of Mingledorff’s Inc. and holds that position today.
David is married to Helen Daniel Kesterton and they have two sons, Will 21 and Beau 18. Both boys attended Marist School in Atlanta. Will attends Auburn University and Beau is entering Auburn the fall of 2017. Helen is an avid tennis player participating in the Alta and USTA program and both are active members of Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta. David’s hobbies include golf, fitness, fishing and gardening and currently serves on the Board at Cherokee Town and Country Club. Currently, David serves as Co-Chair of the National Carrier/Bryant Distributor Council.
VP, Chief Financial Officer
Rob Willis became CFO of Mingledorff’s in January 2013. Before that he served as the company’s Controller since starting with the organization in 2010. Rob came to Mingledorff’s with 15 years of experience in progressive finance and accounting roles from other highly successful distribution and manufacturing organizations.Rob is an active CPA, as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He graduated at the top of his class with a degree in Accounting from Campbellsville University. He later went back to school and got his MBA with a 4.0 GPA. Rob is originally from Kentucky but has lived in the Atlanta area for 15 years. He enjoys international travel and boating.
VP, General Counsel
Allison S. Brantley (“Allie”) is Vice President and General Counsel for Mingledorff’s, Inc. In this position, Allie is the principal advisor to Mingledorff’s and its subsidiaries on all legal and compliance matters. Allie also supports Mingledorff’s board of directors.
Before taking on this role, Allie was the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for an Atlanta based global manufacturing company, Superior Essex. Prior to that, she was an attorney at King & Spalding on the corporate and technology teams. She has extensive experience in commercial transactions, corporate compliance, mergers and acquisitions, litigation management and international law.
Allie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and earned her J.D from Mercer Law School in 1997. In law school, Allie served on both Law Review and Moot Court, graduating Phi Kappa Beta and in the top 10% of her class. She currently serves as a Steering Committee Member for Atlanta’s Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build and volunteers with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.
Allie and her husband, Terry, met in law school and have been married since 1996. The Brantley’s have identical triplet daughters, born in 2001. The family resides in Kennesaw, Georgia. She enjoys trail running, traveling and watching UGA football with her family.
VP, Southeast District General Manager
Rob Massey is Vice-President and General Manager of the Southeast Division. Rob joined Mingledorff’s in 1986 after graduating from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. He began as an Application Engineer, then spent six months in Syracuse for engineering and sales training. After returning to Savannah, he spent sixteen years as a Territory Manager. He took over as General Manager of the Southeast in 2003. Rob has been married to Amy for thirty-one years and has two daughters; both are also graduates of Georgia Tech.
VP, North Georgia District General Manager
Jim grew up in upstate New York and in 1984 earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY. Jim then went to work for Carrier Corporation in their Marketing department traveling the United States and Canada over a twelve month period introducing new commercial products to their distribution partners and wholly owned sales offices.
Jim started his career at Mingledorff’s in 1985 in the Sales Engineering department calling on consulting engineers. Three years later he moved his commercial talents over to the contractor sales arena. Calling on some of the largest design build mechanical contractors in Metro Atlanta broadened Jim’s commercial technical expertise. During this time (1998-1999), he also completed his EMSMOT (Executive Masters of Science in Management of Technology) degree at Georgia Tech. After 20 years of field sales experience, Jim moved to an inside management role when he took over the North Georgia Commercial Sales and Controls Departments. In January, 2008 he became General Manager of the North Georgia district and has since been named Vice-President. Jim has also served in an advisory role on many Distributor Advisory Committees and currently is the Carrier Commercial DAC chair.
Jim is married to Denise and together they have three children. Their eldest son, Nick completed his BSME degree from Georgia Tech and is currently in an outside sales role in the commercial department serving the Mingledorff’s North Georgia territory. Brandon is currently pursuing his Political Science degree and is in his fourth year at Georgia College in Milledgeville. Anna is in her senior year at Lambert High School and is currently exploring colleges and universities for the next step in her life.
Mike has been the Southwest District Manager since 2006 and before that was a Territory Manager for 8 years and has also held other numerous positions with Mingledorff’s over his 30 years of employment with the company. Mike grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Auburn University in 1984 and currently resides in Macon, Georgia with his two children Alex and Caroline and enjoys playing tennis, playing golf, going to the lake and attending college football games in his free time.
Bill Hallenberg has been the General Manger of the North Alabama District since its inception in 2006. He joined Mingledorff’s Inc. in 1996 after starting his HVAC career in 1985 at Cooling and Heating Supply in Decatur Georgia. His previous roles within Mingledorff’s include Operations Manager for the North Georgia District and Distribution Center Manager for the Norcross and Tucker Georgia Locations. He grew up in Dunwoody Georgia and enjoys golf and SEC football. Bill has a 7 year old daughter with his wife, Julie, and two grown step sons.
Rick joined Mingledorff’s in 2010 to lead the Gulf Coast division after it was acquired from ESC. Before that, he spent 5 years in leadership positions with an HVAC distributor in another part of the country. His years in sales operations at GE, as well as brand management and marketing at Procter & Gamble equipped him well for HVAC distribution. Before his civilian career, Rick taught Nuclear Engineering as an officer in the Navy and also served in U.S. Army Reserve. Rick is a native of Arkansas and a Mechanical Engineering graduate of the U. of Arkansas.
Michael Joined Mingledorff’s in 2012 as a Business Development Manager and was promoted to North Georgia Residential Sales Manager & Carrier Brand Manager for Mingledorff’s in May 2016. Prior to joining Mingledorff’s Michael was a Sales Manager for another HVAC brand after spending many years in the field as a Residential Territory Manager. Michael also holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Michael started his HVAC career as a helper in 1994 after he graduated from North Gwinnett High School and continued to work on the dealer side of the business as an Installer, Service Tech and General Manager until 2004. Michael was born and raised in Suwanee, Georgia. His hobbies include Fishing, Hunting and Cars.
Kelly joined Mingledorff’s in 2016 serving as the Bryant Brand Manager and North GA Bryant Sales Manager. Prior to joining Mingledorff’s he served in various leadership roles from Residential Sales Manager to VP of Sales and Marketing for another Bryant distributor. Kelly has over 30 years of experience in the HVAC business from the distribution and contracting segments, in addition to 6 years as a HVAC technical instructor. Kelly holds an Associate’s Degree in HVAC, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Kelly lives in Woodstock, GA with his wife Ginny and enjoys spending time with his family, short getaways, and playing golf.
Shane McKnight has been the General Manager for Holden and Associates since May of 2013. Prior to assuming that role he was in outside sales for Holden and Associates since 2002 and worked for Mingledorff’s in Savannah as an application engineer from 1998-2000. Shane graduated from Mercer University in 1998 with a degree in biomedical engineering. He currently lives in Cumming, Ga with his wife and 2 children.
Katie joined Mingledorff's in January of 2007 and leads our Human Resources Department. Prior to Mingledorff's, she worked for Lane Limited in various HR roles. Katie is active with SHRM and holds her PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. In addition, she has a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and a Social Science degree from Virginia Wesleyan College. She lives in Lawrenceville, GA with her family and when not at work, you will find her swimming, biking or running to support her favorite charity, Team in Training.