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“Always look for the positive” SMACNA Board Member: Kyle Bellmon of Oklahoma City, Okla.

Apr 02, 2018


Kyle Bellmon 1_250pxSMACNA Board member Kyle Bellmon, vice president of United Mechanical Construction, Oklahoma City, Okla., is looking forward to giving back to the association because it has helped his company progress. One of his strongest principles is looking at everyone and everything in a positive light. He was elected to SMACNA’s Board of Directors in October and is serving a four-year term.

Kyle grew up in Billings, Okla., on a small farm, the tenth of 11 children. “As a kid, we all had to carry our own weight,” he said. “I was put out on a tractor by myself for the first time when I was five years old.”

Inspired by his father-in-law’s small sheet metal business, he left college in 1982 and went to work as a sheet metal apprentice with Local 124. In 1989, he went back to school, graduating from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and accounting. In 1991, Kyle joined United Mechanical’s sheet metal division and was promoted to a project manager/estimator in 1993. He became the company’s vice president in 1995.

United Mechanical is the largest mechanical contractor in Oklahoma, performing sheet metal, plumbing, and HVAC pipefitting work in the commercial, institutional, and medical markets.

Kyle shares his knowledge and advice about life and business.

  • The best business advice you ever received: Never look back, always look for the positive in everyone and everything.

  • The thing people notice first about your shop/office: Our main office is very modern with artwork and a glass conference room. We like to think our office is unlike any other mechanical contractor’s office.

  • What is most rewarding about being in this industry? Seeing the growth of the next generation and being a small part of that development. It is also rewarding to be part of an industry where people are so closely bonded. Some of my best friends have come to me by way of this industry.

  • What is most challenging? Finding people who have the right “can do” attitude. It is frustrating when a person looks at everything in a negative light. This business forces a person to put aside the bad and look toward the next opportunity to excel.

  • What technology has changed your business? Building information modeling (BIM). We believe if we prepare a proper model, the labor savings far exceed the traditional way of construction. We use BIM on every project we perform, including on the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Tinker Air Force Base’s Two Bay Hangar, McBride Medical Center, and projects at the University of Oklahoma.

  • There is nothing better than: The exhilaration of winning a bid on bid day.

  • What is your favorite time of day? Early in the morning. I try to start each day refreshed and ready to conquer the day.

  • Your favorite quote or motto: “Life is good.”

  • What sports teams do you cheer for? OKC Thunder, OSU Cowboys, Dallas Cowboys.

  • Who are your heroes, and why? My parents. They did without a lot of things just to make sure we had food every day. I learned from them that a man’s word should be better than any signed contract.

  • Of what are you most proud? My family. I have a beautiful wife and a great son.

Kyle Bellmon Office Artwork_250pxKyle exhibits his “can-do” attitude for the industry by serving on the national level as a SMACN-IFUS trustee and as a member of SMACNA’s Legislative and SMAC PAC Committees and the Director Nominating Committee. Also committed on the local level, he has served as president, vice-president, and secretary/treasurer of the Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Oklahoma and on many of its committees including the Apprenticeship Training Fund, Health and Welfare Fund, and Industry Fund.

To join the “can-do” crowd like Kyle, get involved in SMACNA committees and task forces, visit smacna.org and go to “Board/Committee Application Forms” on the “About Us” webpage.