Podcasts


This monthly podcast is produced by SMACNA and is hosted by Angie Simon, president of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President. Episodes feature Angie having topical conversations with SMACNA member contractors and other thought leaders in the industry on a variety of important topics that affect the entire sheet metal and HVAC industry.

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Let's Talk Shop, Episode 17: Chuck Gulledge on Leading Through a Pandemic

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 during COVID and the opportunities he capitalized on to meet more members than he might have otherwise.

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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.

Podcast Apr 08 2021

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 15: IAQ and the Reopening of Schools, Buildings and Offices

In Episode 15 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, chats with Tony Kocurek, SMACNA National Secretary–Treasurer and president of Energy Balance and Integration in Albuquerque, about how testing and balancing is being used to improve indoor air quality, as well as the role sheet metal contractors are playing in reopening schools, restaurants, offices and other businesses.

Podcast Mar 11 2021

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 14: SMACNA Celebrates Women in Construction Week

In Episode 14 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, celebrates Women in Construction Week by sitting down and speaking with two SMACNA women leaders, Carmen Koo, a partner at Applied Air Conditioning in California, and Sandra Mennino, president of Cambridgeport Air Systems in Massachusetts.

Podcast Feb 04 2021

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, 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.

May 14 2020

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 12: TAB contractors and their frontline fight against COVID-19

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.

Podcast Apr 01 2020

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 11: COVID-19 Challenges and Opportunities

Host Angie Simon talks about how she and other contractors are dealing with the shutdowns and challenges caused by the spread of COVID-19.

Podcast Mar 05 2020

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 10: Carol and Ashley Duncan of General Sheet Metal

To celebrate Women in Construction Week, host Angie Simon, SMACNA president and CEO of Western Allied Mechanical, talks with Carol Duncan, CEO, General Sheet Metal, and her daughter Ashley Duncan, mechanical division manager at General Sheet Metal.

Podcast Feb 06 2020

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 9: City Logistics with Al Labella

Host Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA president, talks about the logistics of working in big cities with Al LaBella, Vice President, Blue Diamond Sheet Metal in Medford, NY.

Podcast Jan 09 2020

Let’s Talk Shop, Episode 8: Integrated Project Delivery

What are the benefits of integrated project delivery? Listen as 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). 

Podcast Oct 17 2019

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 7: What We Can Learn from Australia

Host Angie Simon, president, Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA president-elect, travels to Australia and speaks with Russell Telford, managing director of A.G. Coombs and national president of the Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA) and Sumit Oberoi, National Director of AMCA and SMACNA Chapter Executive.

Podcast Oct 14 2019

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 6: Lean Construction

In this episode of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, president, Western Allied Mechanical, talks with James Morgan, president and CEO of Worcester Air Conditioning in Ashland, Mass, about lean construction techniques.

Podcast Aug 12 2019

Let’s Talk Shop, Episode 5: Smoke/Fire Damper Testing

Tony Kocurek, owner of Energy Balance and Integration LLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico, talks with host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, and SMACNA president on smoke/fire damper testing and certification. 

Podcast Jul 12 2019

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 4: Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

Joe Isom, vice president (former president), California Sheet Metal is featured in this episode of Let’s Talk Shop. Host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, and SMACNA president talks with Joe about his company’s conversion to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

Podcast Jun 06 2019

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 3: Peer Groups

This episode of Let's Talk Shop focused on peer groups. Host Angie Simon of Western Allied Mechanical spoke with fellow peer group members Matt Cramer of Dee Cramer, Inc. and Jack Knox of R.F. Knox Company.

Podcast May 23 2019

Let's Talk Shop Podcast, Episode 2: Solutions First, Full Service Design/Build

In this episode, host Angie Simon talked with Guy Gast, president, The Waldinger Corporation, Iowa Division, on the benefits of a solutions first approach.

Podcast Apr 29 2019

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 1: Trends in Prefabrication

Episode 1 of Let's Talk Shop features Joseph Lansdell, President, Poynter Sheet Metal, on trends in prefabrication and its impact on the industry. The conversation focused on why and how contractors should get started with prefabrication and what cultural shifts need to happen to make the transition successful.