Meet the Team
Our Cottam Heating and Air Conditioning expert staff is ready to help you.
Gary Cottam practices being energy smart and environmentally conscience. He strongly believes that your home should be your comfort zone and focuses on providing efficient, indoor air quality to homeowners. Based on this belief, Mr. Cottam took his HVAC experience and put it to the test, now over 30 years later, Cottam Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. is still providing excellent customer service and innovative HVAC design and consultation to the New York City, Westchester County and lower Connecticut areas.
Gary founded Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in 1984 after 7 years of working in the HVAC industry for a family friend. As President, co-owner, and the principal Comfort Consultant of Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., he has acquired many HVAC certifications. Believing in the power of continuing education, Gary is an active member of ACCA, RSES, ASHRAE, and his community’s chapter of the NYC Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Cottams main policy is to maintain a professional approach while showing a genuine interest in the welfare of each and every one of his customers’ HVAC needs. By combining reliability, a conscientious attitude, integrity, and knowledge, Gary has always asserted that “Service is Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.’s most important product.” Further, Gary has always believed that the number one rule is to take care of the customer no matter what because if you don’t, someone else will.
Gary Cottam is an industry focused CEO with dedicated employees and loyal customers. His expertise and business reputation is behind the longevity and success of Cottam Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.
As Vice President of Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., Vicki oversees all day-to-day operations of the company and manages the entire administrative staff. Bringing with her over 15 years of experience as an Office Manager and Accountant Vicki quickly became an asset to Gary’s newly-conceptualized HVAC business in 1984. Together, they shared the same vision and grew Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. into the thriving and successful business it is today. With now over 20 years of experience working in the HVAC industry, Vicki’s strength comes in her ability to know exactly how to get any job done, big or small.
Chase C. Cottam
Chase joined the Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. staff by default. He started as a young tool assistant to his father Gary and continued throughout the years working in the summer months in all aspects of the business. Chase relocated to Arizona at the age of 16 and completed school in the dry climate. He dabbled in many different areas more specifically in sales. Seven years later he found the drive to return to NY and join his father at Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. Chase quickly moved up the ladder and found his niche. Today, Chase servers as our Senior Technician with a specialty in controls and manages the Service Department and Training of the company's up and coming Technicians. His dedication and drive to satisfy all customers proved helpful as he settled into his roles and finds that he may just be like his father and have a passion for designing and installing the perfect system to meet all customers' needs. Chase still receives extensive training in all aspects of heating and air conditioning. He currently holds many industry certifications, including his BPI (Building Performance Institute) certification as a building analyst and heating and air specialist. Because of his many roles here at Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., chances are if you’ve called our office, you’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Chase.
Lauren joined the Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. family in the summer of 2001. As a full-time student earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Lauren began working part-time as an Office Assistant in the company’s service department. Her attention to detail and willingness to complete any task coupled with her organizational skills have proven her a great asset to the company. Through the years, Lauren’s abilities to problem-solve, multi-task, and accommodate others have earned her one of the most important titles in the company—Mr. Cottam’s Executive Assistant. In 2009, Lauren received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration, which she utilized to implement several of Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.’s managerial reports.
Ellen was hired as Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.’s Comptroller in 1999. She handles all aspects of the company’s finances in addition to being in charge of payroll, and accounts’ payables and receivables. Ellen brought with her over 25 years of accounting/controller experience. This experience allows Ellen to be one of the most dynamic team players on Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.’s staff. Her ability to juggle several different tasks at once is essential to the company’s daily operations. In addition to her own responsibilities Ellen also assists Vicki with her Vice Presidential duties.
Known as Rob to customers, contractors, and co-workers, he came to Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in 2002. Rob started out as a ductwork installer and piper with a specialty in boiler piping. Later he became the lead installation technician. After 5 years as an installer, Rob was promoted to Project Manager in 2007. He currently oversees all installation projects—residential and commercial. As Project Manager, Rob is responsible for an installation crew of over 10 HVAC installers. Other responsibilities include customer and contractor relations and daily visits to on-going job sites.
A dear friend to Gary for many years, Mike has been an employee at Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. since 1994. Mike retired as a Local 28 Sheet metal Journeyman to help develop the fabrication facility housed by the company. As the company’s Installation Coordinator, Mike manages the sheet metal fabrication shop. He also oversees the daily functions of three Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. employees and maintains the company’s fleet. In 2010, Mike’s responsibilities have expanded and he is now assisting in the preparation of bids for the estimating department.
A new comer to New York City, Joetta joined the Cottam staff in June 2013. She has transitioned seamlessly from her Board of Education background in Arizona to our quick pace multi-tasking HVAC environment. Joetta’s always ready “to go” personality has helped her fill her role here at Cottam as Service Coordinator. If you are on board with Cottam’s maintenance agreement plan ( and you should be!) you’ll probably be getting a cheerful phone call from Joetta reminding you to set up your annual or monthly visit. She also will be helping you make an appointment for a service call. Joetta today is a key performer to handling the day to day service calls.