My mechanical trades career started after college working for a mechanical contractor in Plattsburgh, NY. During my time working in estimating for mechanical contractor in Vermont I met Jason. Eventually I took a position as a mechanical estimator at PC Construction in the Water/Wastewater Division. I worked on design build projects coordinating treatment plant construction on all mechanical trades. Everything from process equipment & piping, sitework piping, HVAC, plumbing, instrumentation & controls, and electrical systems.
My job at PC required me to travel all over the east coast. As fun as the travel was it could be a strain with a young family. When I heard Jason was looking for someone to take over North Country’s estimating duties, I jumped at the opportunity to take on a new challenge. I currently handle the bulk of the estimating duties and help facilitate the transfer of project information over to the project managers as well as working with Jason to strategize on new opportunities.
I started mechanical insulation in 1994, when I was 18 years old. I had a chance to work with a lot of the “old school” mechanics, which was big for a young kid. Also having two brothers in the trade was a huge bonus. I was able to learn from some of the best.
In 2003 I started BD Insulation Inc “BIG DAWG”. The business was successful and a huge learning experience. I was fortunate to have great customers and local work. Owning my own business was great. It gave me the flexibility to attend my daughters sports and school events.
After 24 years in the field. 15 of them running my own company. I’m looking forward to the future with NCMI as a Project Manager.
My experience working with mechanical insulation started at the age of 25. I haven’t stopped and have been working in the industry for around 30 years. When it all began, I started working for James Barron, the original owner of NCMI, and transitioned throughout several companies over the course of 20 years. At one point, I started my own insulation company with myself and several installers. Jason wanted me back when his father stepped down from the company, and I have been working as Project Manager ever since.
Jason and I have collaborated our knowledge of the field to make NCMI what is today. As Project Manager, I manage and visit job sites, am in charge of all ordering, job coordination, manpower, hiring, firing, and scheduling, as well as general day-to-day operations.
I have been working at NCMI for 13 years. I started off working in data entry and over time, took on new responsibilities such as payroll, workers comp claims, insurance, new software updates and other roles in office management/accounting. My father gave me the opportunity to work for his company and I am grateful for that.
I work in close collaboration with our field foremen and insulators who call in material and such. We talk, chit chat, and laugh over the phone. My favorite part of the job is the flexibility that it allows me. I have a strong relationship with my two children and Jason is flexible with me in getting the jobs done that a parent needs to!
Director of Preconstruction & Business Development / Energy Consultant
My experience with mechanical insulation began in high school working for a family friend who owned Damon Insulation in Bow, NH. I began working in the warehouse and transitioned to the field where I gained on-the-job training, boom and scissor lift certification as well as my OSHA 10. I worked for Damon as I attended school and transitioned to college, working summer and winter breaks and whenever I could.
My studies brought me to Vermont where I attended St. Michael’s College and began working for NCMI as a field installer on school breaks and Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and whenever my school schedule would allow. After several months in the field I transitioned to an internship in the office overseeing small jobs, networking, direct to customer sales, social media, and the overall development the business. When I graduated in May of 2017 with a BS in Business Administration, I was offered the position of Business Development Officer.
Currently I wear many ‘hats’ at NCMI. Some days I find myself on the job site operating as a ‘Pre-Construction Project Manager’ as well as ‘Energy and Sustainability Consultant.’ As a certified Mechanical Insulation Energy Appraiser, I perform Insulation Energy Appraisals for companies throughout New England and the surrounding area performing facility walk-throughs where I evaluate facilities current level of insulation and run calculations to determine how much energy is being lost with their current system.
Mechanical insulation has been a part of my life since the age of 13. Originally, my father owned NCMI and I transitioned from the warehouse, the field, to an office position. Currently, I own North Country and provide the best mechanical insulation services to companies throughout New England.
The future looks promising for North Country, we now offer a variety of different services, from Energy Appraisals to custom work. Our team does everything within our power to make the customer not only happy but to make NCMI their first choice for their mechanical insulation needs.