SMACNA's first podcast is called Let’s Talk Shop with host Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President. Angie has been a leader in the Bay Area construction industry for many years. Starting as a young 22 year old project manager in the late 80’s when there were very few women in construction, Angie is now CEO of an $80+ Million Mechanical contracting firm with over 220 people employed. She is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer and has worked for Western Allied Mechanical (WAM) for 30+ years.
Angie currently serves on SMACNA National’s board as the first ever women national President for SMACNA.
Let's Talk Shop, Episode 13: How COVID Is Impacting Operations and Innovations for 2021
In Episode 13 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President, talks with Kevin Ginley, VP of commercial sales at Majestic Steel, and Brennan Hall, senior HVAC project manager at Johns Manville on how their companies have adapted to stay competitive amid COVID-19, the impact of the “V-shaped recovery,” and the forecast for 2021.
Let's Talk Shop, Episode 12: TAB contractors and their frontline fight against COVID-19
In the latest episode of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, talks with Matt Sano, president of Fisher Balancing Company, a testing and air balancing contractor, and Jennifer Lohr, a technician with the company.
“We’ve been called on by our clients to get involved with them and help them prepare areas of their hospital that need to have a negative pressure for the protection of the patients and the caregivers,” says Sano. “The need to make them (hospitals) COVID-19 compliant has been a moving target,” Sano adds.
Jennifer Lohr worked day and night in Philadelphia to help reconfigure duct work and find ways to change air pressure at around 250 regular hospital rooms at the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She was tasked with ensuring optimal pressure and airflow testing. And it all had to happen very quickly – often times within 24 hours.
“In the event that we weren’t able to do what they were asking with the existing systems that they had, then we would work with the mechanical contractor and the hospital facilities staff to come up with a solution, says Lohr.”
Let's Talk Shop, Episode 11: COVID-19
This episode of Let’s Talk Shop features host Angie Simon talking about how she and other contractors are dealing with the issues and shutdowns related to the spread of COVID-19. Rick Hermanson, CEO of Hermanson Company, and Joseph Lansdell, president of Poynter Sheet Metal, discuss working remotely, how they are handling safety and operations on jobsites, what changes they foresee concerning future operations, and if there is any shining light to be gained from the current situation.
Lets Talk Shop, Episode 10: Carol and Ashley Duncan of General Sheet Metal
For Women in Construction Week, SMACNA president Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical, talks with Carol Duncan, CEO, and her daughter Ashley Duncan, mechanical division manager at General Sheet Metal. General Sheet Metal has grown from 25 people when Carol took over the company to 180 employees today. Ashley officially joined the company in 2015 and has taken more of a leadership role. Carol and Ashley speak about the culture at GSM and their belief in servant leadership and people first. “Relationships are the most important, “ says Carol, “and that is reflected in the growth of the company.”
Lets Talk Shop, Episode 9: City Logistics with Al Labella
Lets Talk Shop, Episode 9: City Logistics with Al Labella by SMACNA
Let's Talk Shop, Episode 8: Integrated Project Delivery with Matt Cramer
What are the benefits of integrated project delivery? In this episode of Let’s Talk Shop, Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA president, talks with Matt Cramer, president, Dee Cramer, on how he got started with integrated project delivery (IPD). Dee Cramer has completed eight IPD projects in Michigan and have noticed a great increase in customer satisfaction when using this process.