(L) John Gentille, MCAA executive director and his wife Sally talk with Bob Armistead, P.E., who assumed the office of president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) during the association’s annual convention in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO - Robert T. Armistead, PE, assumed the office of president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) during the association’s annual convention. The gavel was passed from 2009 President Lonnie Coleman to Armistead during the convention’s closing session. Armistead is president of Armistead Mechanical Inc., a fourth-generation mechanical contracting and engineering firm with offices in Waldwick, N.J., and Newburgh, N.Y.

Appointed to the board of directors in 2003, Armistead is active in the association on both the national and local levels. At the national level, he serves on the Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation board of trustees. He also has served on the career development committee and on the audit committee. He currently serves on the ACE Mentor Program’s national board of directors and as a trustee on the International Training Fund.

At the local level, he has served two years each as MCA of New Jersey (MCANJ) president, vice president, and treasurer. He is an MCANJ board member, a position he has held for more than 15 years. He also served as chairman of the education and marketing committees.

Mark Rogers was installed as president-elect. Rogers is chief operating officer of West Chester Mechanical Contractors Inc., an HVAC, service, and plumbing contractor that serves the Philadelphia area.

William J. (“Mac”) Lynch was installed as senior vice president and treasurer. Lynch is the president of William F. Lynch Co. Inc., an HVAC, service, plumbing, and pipe welding contractor that serves the Worcester, Mass., area.

Michael R. Cables was installed as the vice president and assistant treasurer. Cables is chief operating officer for domestic U.S. operations at Kinetics, a full-service mechanical contractor providing process and mechanical system installations for customers in the electronics, biopharmaceutical, health care, data centers, and general industries. He is based in Wilsonville, Ore.

New additions to the MCAA board of directors included the following: Richard A. “Dick” Starr, president and CEO of The Enterprise Corp., an HVAC design-build contractor operating throughout northeast and north-central Ohio; Greg L. Fuller, president of North Mechanical Contracting Inc., a mechanical construction contractor located in Indianapolis; Andrew S. “Andy” Kruse, executive vice president of L.J. Kruse Co., a commercial and industrial plumbing and piping contractor in Berkeley, Calif.; Greg M. Lewis, executive vice president of Hill York, a full-service mechanical contractor with five offices across Florida; Michael Brandt, executive vice president of Smith and Oby Co., a full-service mechanical contractor in Walton Hills, Ohio; and, as the manufacturer/supplier representative, Joe Walicki, vice president and general manager for the North American Systems business of Johnson Controls Inc. in Milwaukee.

Publication date:06/14/2010