Edward G. Banks’ Memorial Contractor of the Year Award

Created in 1996, in memory of Ed Banks, owner of Meadows Mechanical in Gardena, Ed Banks exemplified the best characteristics of association membership. He was the consummate SMACNA member at every level, local, state and national. When the situation called for leadership, he was a leader. When the situation called for collective action, he was a team player.

Ed truly believed in the value of association membership and the benefits to be derived from it. He never said no when his participation was needed. His example stands as a model for present and future members and it is with this in mind that the Ed Banks Memorial Award was established by CAL SMACNA.

The Ed Banks Memorial Award will be presented each year to the CAL SMACNA member who, in the opinion of the committee, best epitomizes the characteristics of Ed Banks who was, above all, a truly gentle man.


Ed Banks Memorial Award for Contractor of the Year 2023 – Bobby Bramlett, Aire Sheet Metal 


A photo of two people accepting an awardBobby is a second generation mechanical contractor; Aire Sheet Metal was established in 1971 on the principle of serving their community; a commitment Bobby continues to carry-on. Aire Sheet Metal continues to be one of a handful of family owned businesses in the Bay Area.

Bobby has been dedicated and involved with SMACNA Bay Area, CAL SMACNA, and SMACNA. He has served on CAL SMACNA and Bay Area SMACNA’s Executive Committees, Board of Directors, and multiple committees. He was also San Mateo SMACNA’s President from 1993-1994. He served on CAL SMACNA’s Board of Directors from 1989-1996, serving as CAL SMACNA President from 1997-1998.

Nationally, he also served on SMACNA’s Alcohol & Substance Abuse Committee, Legislative Committee, and Contracts Committee.
Bobby has also offered their expertise to multiple local committees; including, SMW 104 Healthcare Plan, SMW 104 Supplemental Plan, NorCal Pension Plan, and the Bay Area SMACNA Scholarship Committee. He also received the 2019 Lonnie Michael, III Leadership Award.

Bobby continues to contribute selflessly to our industry; while keeping grounded in the principles passed down from his parents; such as education, inclusion, compassion, and commitment to outreach.

Past recipients of this award include:
2022 Duane Davies, National Air Balance Company
2020 Kevin Michel, Xcel Mechanical Systems
2019 Mitch Hoppe, Melrose Metal Products
2018 Angie Simon, Western Allied Mechanical Inc. 
2017 Joe Isom, California Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
2016 David Lawson, Lawson Mechanical Contractors
2015 Randy Attaway, AGC, Inc.
2014 Lonnie Petty, Strategic Mechanical Contractors
2013 Mike Pence, Control Air North, Inc.
2012 Kent Cooper, Los Angeles Air Conditioning, Inc.
2011 Rick Von Gottberg, Lemon Grove Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
2010 Lonnie Michael, III, Ray L. Hellwig Mechanical Co., Inc.
2009 Bob Vlick, ACCO Engineered Systems
2008 Jim Boone, New England Sheet Metal Works
2007 Bob Tuck, Atlas Heating & Air Conditioning, Co.
2006 Tani Poe, Western Allied Corp.
2005 Gary Moore, Air-Ex Air Conditioning
2004 Matthew Smith, Smith Heating & Air Conditioning
2003 James Asbury, Bell Products
2002 Jordan Ehrenkranz, Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning
2001 Garland Self, Jr., Selco Heating & Air Conditioning
2001 Bill Prosser, Sr., CANFAB
2000 Ken Hammill, Capital Sheet Metal
1999 Daren Weckerly, San Diego Sheet Metal Works
1998 Kurt Smith, Smith Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc.
1997 John Couts, Couts Heating & Cooling