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November EOSA Member Stoplight: David Dilling, President at Filters4Air

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David Dilling

President at Filters4Air


Tell us a little bit about your business.

Filters4Air is a new company with deep roots. I have been in the air filter business all of my life: my family owned Ideal Filters, which manufactured fiberglass air filters and supplied fiberglass to other manufacturers nationwide. I branched out to make pleated air filters with Filtration Products (fpairfilters.com) in 1994. Filtration Products is the only manufacturer of air filters in San Antonio, TX, supplying regional retail outlets, school districts, hospitals, air conditioning companies, and air conditioning manufacturing companies with superior-quality filters. We make all sizes and grades of filters, including custom work and private labels for retailers. Filtration Products manufactures over 800,000 filters each year at our plant on the east side of San Antonio.

Earlier this year, at the request of friends who were pleased with their filters from Filtration Products, we launched Filters4Air.com, a retail, subscription-based air filter delivery service. Customers sign on to have filters delivered to their doorsteps on a schedule they choose – once a month, every other month, or every three months. They also can choose the quality of their filters, whether that is superior (to what they can purchase in most stores) or commercial-grade. We offer High Capacity MERV 10 and MERV 13 grades and are able to manufacture custom work as well.

What do you love most about being an entrepreneur?

Being an entrepreneur gives me the flexibility to be responsible for my overall success or failure. I have control over my own success.

What is one piece of advice you’d give from your experience of being an entrepreneur?

Never let your competitors outwork you. Also, never give up. There will always be ups and downs, and you have to keep going.

What are your favorite things to do outside of the office?

My favorite thing is spending time with my three teenage boys. I also like golf, cigars, and good wine.

What makes you the happiest?

I’m happiest when I’m constantly working to achieve success.

What would you consider your biggest achievement or greatest moment of euphoria in your business?

I love seeing my products being used in places I never expected to see them.

What is your favorite book?

I read the devotionals in Jesus Calling for motivation every day.

What do you love most about EO? Why would you recommend EO to a fellow entrepreneur?

Everyone in the group faces the same kinds of issues and challenges of running a company. It’s very validating and supportive.

What leader, mentor, or fellow entrepreneur has been an inspiration for you?

Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill both inspire me because they were great leaders.

What are some of your favorite extracurricular activities? Things you do with your family?

I like to golf and hunt with my boys, and we really enjoy watching college football together.

 

 

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