First Woman in SMACNA History Wins Esteemed Ed Banks Industry Award

At CAL SMACNA’s 52nd Annual Convention’s President Luncheon, Angie Simon, President of Western Allied Mechanical, Inc., received the 2018 Ed Banks Memorial Award for Contractor of the Year. Created in 1996, in memory of Ed Banks, owner of Meadows Mechanical in Gardena; Ed 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. Each year the Ed Banks Memorial Award is presented to the CAL SMACNA member who, in the opinion of the committee, best epitomizes the characteristics of Ed Banks.

Angie Simon has been actively involved in SMACNA leadership for several years. She was the first woman to serve as president of the Bay Area SMACNA Chapter, where she held all the officer roles and was a member of the chapter’s Board of Directors. She serves as co-chair of SMACNA’s Steering Council for Women in Construction Leadership. In 2013, she was inducted into SMACNA’s distinguished College of Fellows.

Angie has served as a member of SMACNA’s Board of Directors from 2007 to 2011, making her the first woman to serve on SMACNA’s Board. And in 2016, she was elected by the SMACNA Board of Directors to serve as vice president. In 2019 she will be the first ever woman named national President for SMACNA.

Industry Guilfoy Awards Awarded

The Tom Guilfoy Memorial Craftsmanship of the Year Award was presented at the President’s Luncheon as well. This award is presented annually for projects where attention to detail and expertise are critical and exemplifies the teamwork between the sheet metal workers and contractors, and the contractors and owners. Awards will be presented in the Architectural and Mechanical categories and the companies will receive a 30 by 40-inch framed photo of their winning project.

The 2018 Tom Guilfoy Craftsmanship Award in the Architectural category was awarded to CMF, Inc. of Orange for the Apple Park Project located in Cupertino, California.

The 2018 Tom Guilfoy Craftsmanship Award in the Mechanical Category was awarded to ACCO Engineered Systems of Glendale for the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience Project.

CAL SMACNA Installs 2018-19 Executive Committee

The 2018/2019 CAL SMACNA Executive Committee consists of:

President, Wyatt Jones– Airco Mechanical, Inc., SMACNA Sacramento Valley Chapter

President – Elect, Duane Davies– National Air Balance Company, Inc., SMACNA Bay Area Chapter

Treasurer, Scott Baker, Southland Industries., SMACNA Southern California Chapter

Secretary, Hector Vargas, ACH Mechanical Contractors, Inc., SMACNA Southern California Chapter

Immediate Past President, Jon Mohs – AGC, Inc., SMACNA Bay Area Chapter

California Association of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors, National Association (CAL SMACNA) is a non-profit trade association representing over 600 union sheet metal and air conditioning contractors who employ more than 25,000 men and women throughout the state of California.  These contractors perform commercial and residential heating, ventilating and air conditioning; architectural and industrial sheet metal; as well as stainless kitchen equipments, manufacturing, testing and balancing, siding and decking.

CAL SMACNA’s mission is to provide legislative and regulatory advocacy and program services. Their goal is to help unify the voice of the sheet metal, heating and air conditioning industry for the combined benefit of their members. For more information contact CAL SMACNA at 916-363-7460 or