What do a successful business owner and an expert Black Jack player have in common? According to futurist and longtime venture capitalist Joel Block, both are Advantage Players™. In this episode of “Solder & Soot,” hosts Mark Taylor and Bobby Duran sit down with Joel about what it means to be an Advantage Player™ and how that relates to the cooling systems industry. Joel will be the keynote speaker at NARSA/IDEA’s 2023 Spring Conference at Empire Radiator in Rochester, New York.

To Register for the 2023 Spring Conference, visit: http://narsa-idea.org/2023springconference

To learn more, visit: http://www.joelblock.com/

You can find “Solder & Soot” on iTunes, Spotify, Anchor.fm as well as http://narsa-idea.org/podcast. “Solder & Soot” features business success stories from leaders within the cooling and emissions fields. Each episode, our hosts Mark Taylor and Bobby Duran will interview entrepreneurs and industry experts.


Mark Taylor graduated from Wesley College before starting his own radiator repair business in 1981. He later owned and operated ERS Cooling Systems in Glen Burnie, MD for 36 years. He served as President of NARSA from 2014-2016, then Chairman of NARSA from 2016-2018 before becoming the Executive Director in 2019.


Bobby Duran is President of Cooling Systems Caribe in Aibonito, Puerto Rico.  Bobby started his career with S&F Radiator Service in New Jersey in 2005 and successfully exited the business in 2016. He has been a NARSA member for 15 years and a board member for over 10 years. He previously served as NARSA/IDEA's President (2020-2022). 

Interested in sponsoring a future podcast? Email marymargaret@narsa.org.