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.
Episode #17: Chuck Gulledge on Leading Through a Pandemic and the Future of Our Industry
In Episode 17 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, chats with ASHRAE President Chuck Gulledge about his tenure as president in the times of COVID and the opportunities he capitalized on to meet more members than he might have otherwise.
Let's Talk Shop, Episode #16: Diversity and Equity in the Industry
In Episode 16 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, chats with Leah Rambo, Training Director and Fund Administrator at Sheet Metal Workers Local 28, about the diversity requirements required in the building trades in NYC and how they ensure opportunities in the trade remain equitable and competitive.
Let's Talk Shop, Episode 15: Indoor Air Quality and the Reopening of Buildings
Let's Talk Shop, Episode 15: Indoor Air Quality and the Reopening of Buildings by SMACNA
Lets Talk Shop, Episode 14: Celebrate Women In Construction Week
Episode 14 celebrates Women in Construction Week. Host Angie Simon, SMACNA president and CEO of Western Allied Mechanical, talks with Carmen Koo, partner at Applied Air Conditioning in California and Sandra Mennino, president of Cambridgeport Air Systems in Massachusetts, about how they started in the construction industry, some of the challenges they have faced as women in the trades, and what opportunities are available to bring more women into the industry.
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.”