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Meet our Team


Richard Krider (President)

Rich grew up in the HVAC industry and joined Howell’s full time in 1987. He has served in numerous capacities including residential and commercial installation, fabrication, marketing, purchasing, residential sales, replacement sales, commercial design, sales and project management and Vice President of Sales. He is currently serving as President and CEO.

Rhonda Foster (Controller)

Rhonda graduated from the University of Richmond in 1986 with a degree in Accounting and has been in the commercial and industrial contracting industry her entire career.  Rhonda joined our financial team in December 2014 and comes with over 15 years experience as a controller in the construction industry. She enjoys spending her weekends on the lake and relaxing with her family. 

Chris Meadows (Replacement Install Supervisor)

Chris started his HVAC career in 1986 as a helper in the Richmond area. His experience has taken him from sheet metal mechanic to service technician to shop foreman. Chris joined Howell’s in 2005, and is considered a valuable asset to the company. Chris loves the problem solving aspect of his job and loves to train new mechanics and technicians within the industry. Chris enjoys hunting, fishing, and cruising down the river in his boat with his wife and daughter.

Tracy Parrish (Service Manager)

Tracy has over 25 years of experience in the HVAC industry. He has been employed with Howell's since 1991 as the Service Manager. He is an approved instructor and proctor for CFC and NATE certification. He is an active member with the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and is the past President of the Central Virginia chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. His passions are his family, the open road on his Harley, and the success of Howell's.

Josh Krider (Sales/Project Manager)

Josh joined Howell’s in July of 2000 after graduating from Indiana University of PA with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  He has served in several different departments including residential replacement, residential new construction, and is currently in the commercial construction department as a sales/project manager.  Josh holds certifications in CFC handling, commercial & residential air balancing, LEED AP, and International Ground Source Heat Pump Installations.

Jim Lankford (Purchasing/Warehouse Manager)

Jim joined Howell’s in 2005 with over 20 years of experience in Inventory Management and Purchasing in the Retail and Manufacturing sectors. He is responsible for Purchasing, Warehouse Management and Inventory Control at Howell’s. He is very dedicated to his work and his passion is controlling cost for Howell’s and its employees. Jim is a member of the Institute for Supply Management. Jim enjoys gardening, camping and writing.



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