Phil Garner, General Manager:
Phil Garner got his start in the construction industry starting in 1995 working for a general contractor in Salt Lake, Bud Bailey Construction. He worked his way up from on site work to part of the estimating team before they were purchased by Jacobsen. He worked for them until 2005 when he graduated from Utah State with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Political Science. He then went to the other side of the industry and started working for Ferguson Enterprises, the nation’s largest plumbing and HVAC wholesaler. He spent a few years as the purchasing coordinator and assistant operations manager until moving to Idaho Falls to become the branch manager. In each year as manager he increased sales and profit despite a slumping economy. He was even asked to move to Virginia to take over the nationwide vendor relations position for HVAC. However, he decided to branch out and take a chance at running his own HVAC Company, specializing in mobility. M.I. quickly grew from Idaho Falls, to Billings, to Western North Dakota. Shortly after arriving in North Dakota a plumbing division was added to keep up with demand. He oversees all operations in the business and works throughout the day with the guys in the field. Although he works out of the home office in Texas, he is a regular visitor to to the other states a few times each month.
Bill Frayer, North Dakota Operations Manager:
A former Marine, Bill spent 9 years from 1994-2003 working for Atlas Mechanical as a pipe fitter in various commercial plants. As an Idaho plumbing school graduate he started working as a plumber afterwards and worked his way up to a service manager for one of the largest plumbing companies in Sun Valley. He worked on everything from apartment complexes to large custom homes. He was then hired by Western States Geothermal as a project manager over all plumbing and hydronics operations. He continued his work in the Sun Valley area as a hydronics and geothermal expert working again on commercial and residential buildings of all sizes. His expertise earned him a great reputation as the go to guy for hydronics and plumbing. He joined the Mechanical Innovation team as the Plumbing and Hydronics Senior Superintendent. He has been in western North Dakota ever since running up to 10 jobs and 20-30 guys at a time. Due to his attention to detail, we have placed him in charge of Mechanical Innovation's expanded Service Department.
Loree Olsen, Superintendent & Master Plumber:
Loree Olsen started her apprenticeship in 1992 after receiving a degree in business from the University of Montana. She worked and did correspondence coursed for the next five years to become a journeyman plumber. In this time she was involved in all aspects of the plumbing trade from commercial to residential. Loree has also taught at the University of Montana-Helena and is a much sought after public speaker in matters that involve women working in a non-traditional trade.
Loree worked for Progress Plumbing for most of her career running crews to complete projects doing everything from housing subdivisions to Marriot hotels. She left Progress Plumbing to become a project manager for Mechanical Innovation. Upon undertaking this position she has formed crews and managed numerous jobs from apartment complex’s to large oil company buildings. Loree runs anywhere from 15 to 20 employees, all with rotating schedules, at a time, while purchasing and procuring materials along with the necessary paperwork. Loree is Mechanical Innovation’s master plumber in 3 states and takes that responsibility seriously and is at all times in charge of quality control and enforces the strict adherence to the plumbing codes and standards her title requires.
Ron Hefner, Estimator, Texas Project Manager & Master Plumber:
With over 15 years of experience in estimating, project management, purchasing, etc. all aspects of a project from design to completion and is also a Master Plumber with the State of Texas, Ron brings a tremendous amount of experience. His experience covers small plumbing projects (such as lease build outs), small office/warehouse projects to million dollar plumbing projects (such as 500,000 plus square foot buildings for National Oilwell Varco, large lab for Lyondell Chemical and many other energy related facilities with-in the Texas area). Ron started his plumbing career in 1993 as an apprentice plumber in Austin, Texas. He eventually settled down in Houston and began working for Amco Mechanical Contractors from 1994 to early 2014. Ron worked in the field and learned the plumbing trade by getting hands on experience. In 1999 Ron took a new responsibility as an estimator/project manager at Amco. In 2014 he became a part of the Mechanical Innovations team. Ron came on board with the willingness and commitment to grow with Mechanical Innovations in all directions. He holds the Responsible Master Plumbing license for Mechanical Innovation in Texas & New Mexico .