SMACNA met with Zach Russi, Vice President, Western Allied Mechanical. Zach speaks about the amazing amount of growth at his company and how this has created a need for more workers, both on the craft and non-craft side of the business. WAM, as well as many other contractors, are at a time of transition where older workers are starting to retire and the company is looking to the next generation to hire and mentor young leaders. He notes that youth are not going into the trades as readily as they had in previously generations creating a challenge to get qualified people in the right positions.
Zach also talks about his role at Western Allied as he transitions into the position of president succeeding Angie Simon.