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.
Lets Talk Shop Episode 22 - A discussion with Nate Oland, Federated Insurance
In the latest edition of Let's Talk Shop, Angie Simon sits down with Nate Oland, Senior National Account Executive with SMACNA Premier Partner Federated Insurance. During their discussion, Angie and Nate talk about all of the ways that SMACNA collaborates with Federated in terms of products and services, as well as some of the issues that contractors need to be aware of, such as cyber security.
Lets Talk Shop Episode 21: A Conversation With Joseph Sellers, Jr., General President, SMART
For the latest episode of Let's Talk Shop, Angie Simon is joined by Joseph Sellers, Jr., the General President of The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART). Angie and Joe talk about the collaboration between SMACNA and SMART on issues such as diversity in the workplace and workforce development. They also delve into some other topics, including the need to improve the country's HVAC infrastructure in the wake of COVID-19.
Lets Talk Shop Episode 20: A conversation with Rick Blazier, COO of Southland Industries
Angie Simon is joined by Rick Blazier, COO of Southland Industries. Angie and Rick talk about Southland's recent acquisition of the Brandt Companies and its impact on the company. They also take a moment to talk about workforce development and some general trends going on in the industry.
Let's Talk Shop, Episode 19: A Conversation with Bill Zahner (CEO/Chairman, A. Zahner Co.)
Angie Simon sits down with Bill Zahner, CEO/Chairman of A. Zahner Co. Angie and Bill talk about some of the incredible and diverse projects his company has been working on and some of the trends that are starting to develop within the industry. The two also talk about how Bill's passion for working with different metals began at a young age and continues to grow to this very day.
Lets Talk Shop Episode 18: A Conversation with SMACNA CEO Aaron Hilger
Angie Simon sits down with SMACNA CEO Aaron Hilger to talk about his first 100 days in the role, his background and prior experience, and outline some of his goals for the organization.
Let's Talk Shop, Episode 17: Chuck Gulledge on 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.