Mike – Owner

My name is Mike Edwards, I am the owner of King Air Conditioning & Heating and Bush Refrigeration. I graduated from Ranken Technical School, bought King in 1991 with my wife and Bush in 2009. I have always wanted to work with my hands and have been mechanically inclined so the HVACR industry seemed like a good fit. My hobbies are hunting, hockey and riding my Harley.

Karen – Owner

Hello, My Name is Karen Edwards; my husband and I have been married 32 years, and we have three kids, Bret, Kylie, and Nicholas. I graduated from Civic Memorial in 1982 and went on to attend Hickey Secretarial School in St. Louis. After Graduating from Hickey, I took a job at Emerson Electric, where I worked for several years before moving my career back to Alton. In 1991, Mike and I purchased King Air Conditioning and Heating; The company had been closed during the Summer of 1991, so it was our intention that I would help Mike notify previous customers that our doors where back opened, among various other “start up” tasks. Well, needless to say, 27 years have passed and I am still here.

In November of 2009, We purchased Bush Refrigeration, in an attempt to expand into commercial refrigeration work. This is just one of the many changes that have taken place over the years, but I have enjoyed the challenges and rewards that come with owning a small business.
I have worked, and continue to work, with some great people . We have an unbelievably loyal customer base, and I very much enjoy building relationships, while getting to know our customers.

My hobbies, outside of work, include being outdoors, hiking, reading, playing games, and spending time with family. I am also involved with my church, Abundant Life Community Church. God has blessed our family business, and we are excited to have Bret and Kylie active in its growth.

Terry – Lead Commercial HVAC-R Technician

Terry has been in the trade for 13 years now, and is our Lead Commercial HVAC-R Technician. He found it very interesting that refrigeration is a mix of mechanical, electrical, thermodynamics and applied sciences. He likes to be the guy that figures out the hard problems. Terry has worked for King Air/Bush Refrigeration since March 3 of 2016 and has positively impacted our company since day 1.

Bret – Service Manager

Bret is the Service Manager for King Air Conditioning and Bush Refrigeration. He has been a “full time” employee for 7 years, but spent most of his childhood learning and working around the shop. He enjoys troubleshooting problems and adapting to the ever changing technology that exists in this field.

Jo Ellen – Office Manager

Jo Ellen started her career after graduating from high school in 1981 working at Olin Corporation through the Office Occupations Program. Olin kept her on through the summer, vacation breaking for various of departments. Then she was seeking a full time job and got hired on at the Madison County Courthouse for the Circuit Clerk, Willard V. Portell, as a deputy clerk for seven years.

In 1988, her husband, Terry Bush decided he wanted to go into a business venture together. With a lot of hesitation and faith, she said yes. So they started Bush Refrigeration, Inc.  Jo Ellen enjoyed working in a family owned environment with Terry. They have two beautiful children, Stephanie and Clay. Terry and Jo Ellen worked as a team for 18 years then unexpectedly he passed away in 2007. She ran the business for two years, then in 2009 she sold the business to Mike and Karen Edwards. They kept her in the business to be their office manager. She has been in the HVAC/R business for 30 years.

She enjoys working in the business and has developed a lot of long time faithful customers along the way. She thinks building relationships and getting to know our customers is fun.

Jo Ellen’s hobbies consist of being outdoors. Boating, gardening, and enjoying the sun and fun! She also enjoy spending time with the family and she can’t wait to be a grandma!

Kylie – Office Staff

Kylie graduated from Paul Mitchell The School in 2009 & was a cosmetologist for 9 years. She has always worked part time in the business here and there. In 2012, she decided to start becoming more involved in Bush Refrigeration. In 2017, Kylie decided to give up hair and work full time with her family. She works in the office and helps with dispatching & marketing. She enjoys working alongside her family. Kylie Also enjoys being outside, hanging out with friends, & her dog, Roo.

Jack – Service Technician

Jack attended Trade School, after graduating high school, in 2012. Jack worked full time with an HVAC contractor while attending Trade School, and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in HVAC-R. He has been in the field, full time, for 6 years now. Jack has worked for King Air since June 27th of 2016. He enjoys hands on work, customer service, learning new things and feeling the sense of accomplishment.

Will – Service Technician

Will graduated Ranken Technical College in 2008 and has been in the field ever since. He began working for King Air & Bush Refrigeration July 8th 2016, as a Residential Installer. Within a year, he transferred from the install department to the service department and has surpassed our expectations ever since. Will enjoys going fast in his Mustang while listening to R&B.

Jake – Team Member

Jake has been with King Air for 6 months. He is our parts runner and works in our warehouse. Jake plans on attending trade school in the Fall.

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