Conditioned Air, the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 380 employees across Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties, announced the appointment of Tim Russell as Vice President of Finance. Russell will assume the finance responsibilities from Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Carol Papesh, who is retiring and has accepted a position on the company’s Board of Directors. Conditioned Air Chairman Theo Etzel, III, said “Tim has watched our company for many years and brings extensive knowledge in mergers and acquisitions and in integrating companies. This experience will be advantageous as we continue to expand our operations throughout Southwest Florida.” Originally from Indiana, Russell has lived in Southwest Florida for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Conditioned Air, he was CFO for Fusion Industries and Director of Finance and Business Development for its predecessor Stevens Industries. Before that, he served as CFO at Pulte-Knipper, a construction and development firm. Russell earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with honors from Florida Gulf Coast University with a minor in Real Estate. He has professional experience in construction and development, manufacturing, and related businesses. He also has been a computer company owner and business consultant which adds to his talents beyond accounting. Russell succeeds Papesh, who is retiring after 33 years in construction accounting. Papesh began her career with Conditioned Air 14 years ago as assistant controller. In 2006, she was promoted to the position of CFO, and in 2013, she was additionally named as Senior Vice President. She remains an owner in Conditioned Air.