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.

Podcast May 13 2021

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 16: Diversity and Equity in the Industry

In Episode 16 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President, 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 of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President, 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 of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President, 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 Apr 01 2020

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

In Episode 11 of Let's Talk Shop,  host Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President, talks about how she and other contractors are dealing with the issues and shutdowns related to the spread of COVID-19. Rick Hermanson, CEO of Hermanson Company, and Joseph Lansdell, President of Poynter Sheet Metal, discuss working remotely, how they are handling safety and operations on job sites, what changes they foresee concerning future operations, and if there is any shining light to be gained from the current situation.

Podcast Mar 05 2020

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

In Episode 10 of Let's Talk Shop, Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President, talks with Carol Duncan, CEO, and her daughter Ashley Duncan, mechanical division manager at General Sheet Metal to celebrate Women In Construction Week. The three talk about how General Sheet Metal continues to grow and thrive and how women continue to emerge as a driving force in the industry. 

Podcast Feb 06 2020

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

In Episode 9 of Let’s Talk Shop, Host Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President, talks with Al LaBella, Vice President, Blue Diamond Sheet Metal in Medford, NY.

With their companies’ proximity to San Francisco and New York City, Angie and Al both work with clients in these cities. Listen as they discuss the logistics of working in big cities, and how they have had to be flexible with scheduling and coordination. 

Podcast Jan 09 2020

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

In Episode 8 of Let’s Talk Shop, 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). Dee Cramer has completed eight IPD projects in Michigan and have noticed a great increase in customer satisfaction when using this process.

Podcast Oct 17 2019

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

In Episode 7 of Let's Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, President, Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President-elect, is in Australia 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. They talk about some of the similarities and differences in Australia versus the United States, particularly with prefabrication and modularization as well as workforce issues.

Podcast Oct 14 2019

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 6: Lean Construction

In Episode 6 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, President of 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

In Episode 5 of Let's Talk Shop, host Angie Simon President, of Western Allied Mechanical, and SMACNA President-elect talks to Tony Kocurek, owner of Energy Balance and Integration LLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their conversation centers on smoke/fire damper testing and certification. Tony talks about his work in air testing and balancing as well as how his company got started in fire/life safety and its implications for contractors.

Podcast Jul 12 2019

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

In Episode 4 of Let’s Talk Shop. Host Angie Simon, President, Western Allied Mechanical, and SMACNA President-elect talks with Joe Isom, vice President (former President), California Sheet Metal about his company’s conversion to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). They discuss how this succession strategy has improved the culture of the company and how it has changed the way staff and leadership view their roles at California Sheet Metal.

Podcast Jun 06 2019

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 3: Peer Groups

In Episode 3 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President, sits down with Matt Cramer of Dee Cramer, Inc. and Jack Knox of R.F. Knox Company. This conversation takes a look at peer groups and their value to the industry. 

Podcast May 23 2019

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

In Episode 2 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, President, of Western Allied Mechanical, and SMACNA President-Elect talks with Guy Gast, President, The Waldinger Corporation, Iowa Division. Their conversation focuses on their companies’ journey into design-build and how this system has benefited their businesses. They discuss the highlights of a solutions-first approach and the advantages of being a one-stop shop for their customers.

Podcast Apr 29 2019

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

Produced by SMACNA, Let’s Talk Shop is hosted by Angie Simon, President of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA President-Elect. The first episode features Joseph Lansdell, President of Poynter Sheet Metal, on trends in prefabrication and its impact on the industry. The 20-minute conversation focuses on why and how contractors should get started with prefabrication and what cultural shifts need to happen to make the transition successful. As owners of large and small sheet metal shops, Angie and Joseph talk about the issues they have encountered as well as the benefits.