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Contractor Magazine Names Southern Trust’s Ted Puzio its Contractor of the Year

by ripleypr on January 16, 2018

Contractor Magazine honors owner of southern Virginia’s leading HVAC company, Southern Trust Home Services


Ted Puzio

ROANOKE, Va. – Jan. 16, 2018 – Ted Puzio, owner of Southern Trust Home Services, has been named by Contractor Magazine as Contractor of the Year 2017. Southern Trust Home Services, founded by Puzio in 1995, is southern Virginia’s leading home service company, offering HVAC, plumbing, electrical and bathroom remodeling services.

Contractor Magazine seeks a distinguished and experienced contractor every year that is setting industry standards and pioneering new techniques and strategies. Puzio was selected as Contractor of the Year for his success in building Southern Trust despite the many hurdles he faced along the way.

“The path to Southern Trust as I know it today has been filled with hurdles, but I’ve learned that it’s not about the hurdles themselves but rather how you approach them, both in life and in business,” Puzio said. “Along the way to forming the company we have today, I almost died following a surgery, dealt with a terrible divorce and even had $83,000 stolen from me by an ex-employee. I had my two boys though, and I had a church that I consider family. I was determined to start over and press forward.”

Puzio refused to clear his hurdles without learning important lessons in the process. He installed GPS tracking systems in his fleet and began using inventory management systems to prevent a theft of that magnitude from happening again. He also decided to further his professional education, acquiring his Master Plumber, HVAC, and Gas Licenses. This greatly diversified his company and helped it grow. Southern Trust also recently added bathroom remodeling to its list of services, which his son Matt has taken the lead on.

“The only way to move forward in life is to surround yourself with people you love and professionals you respect, always work to develop yourself, and keep looking ahead,” Puzio said. “Our team at Southern Trust is always evolving to better serve our clients, and we’re continually looking for top performers to join our team of plumbers, electricians, bathroom-, and HVAC technicians.”

For more information about Southern Trust Home Services, call 540-343-4348 or visit

About Southern Trust Home Services

Founded in 1995 as Southern State Electric, Southern Trust Home Services provides residential plumbing, electrical and HVAC services, including 24/7 emergency repairs, to homeowners in more than 60 cities throughout southern Virginia. Roanoke’s first to offer a lifetime guarantee on all recommended repairs, Southern Trust Home Services staffs dedicated, certified, licensed and insured, drug and criminal background checked technicians who provide timely, same-day services for a variety of home repairs, installations, and maintenance. A Better Business Bureau accredited company since 2006, Southern Trust Home Services has financing available including 0 percent for 18 months, and Lifetime Repair Guarantee on stated repairs. To find out more, call 540-343-4348 or visit