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October 10th, 2012
San Antonio company buys San Marcos Air Conditioning


SAN ANTONIO — San Marcos Air Conditioning, an HVAC sales and service firm founded in 1986, has been bought by the owners of a San Antonio-based construction and management company.

Lucas Novak

Novak Group LLC’s principals acquired San Marcos Air Conditioning last month as part of its repositioning as a energy conservation consulting firm that performs energy audits and other facilities management services. Novak Group’s CEO declined to say how much they paid.

“We are positioning ourselves to capture the growing demand for HVAC and energy efficiency services in communities along the burgeoning Austin-San Antonio Corridor. The firm we are acquiring is a very successful and respected HVAC firm located at the center of the ASA Corridor, and we plan to expand its base of customers,” said Novak Group chief executive officer Mike Novak, who sits on the Texas Facilities Commission that oversees state office buildings, warehouses and parking lots.

Novak Group’s predecessor company, Contemporary Constructors Inc., was a San Antonio general contracting firm that completed high-profile jobs ranging from McNay Art Museum expansions to the original Majestic Theatre Restoration.

Mike Novak’s son, Lucas, has been named president of San Marcos Air Conditioning. The younger Novak has managed multimillion dollar performance-based energy retrofitting contracts at a Houston area university and school district. He said, “Air conditioning is the largest energy consumer of a conditioned building, and we now have direct control of installing and maintaining this equipment.”

Bill Mann, San Marcos Air Conditioning’s founder and former owner, will stay on as chief estimator, said Rick Gonzales, Novak’s business development director.

San Marcos Air Conditioning employs 27 people, Gonzales said.

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