Leadership

Corporate

Jeff Long

President & CEO

Jeff has the privilege of working with and leading an amazing and talented team that feels like family. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration with minors in computer science and behavioral science, Jeff began his career at IBM in 1981. He held several sales and management positions before coming to work for LONG in 1989 as a sales engineer. Jeff spends a large amount of time cultivating relationships and perfecting internal systems and strategies to make sure LONG is providing world class service to its customers. When he’s not traveling between LONG’s offices, Jeff likes skiing, fishing, cycling, hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Pandora Dyer

Vice President - Finance

Pandora leads the LONG Accounting Team from the company’s headquarters in Littleton, CO. Over the last ten years she has made significant contributions in the planning and implementation of corporate wide standards and processes that help make LONG run more efficiently as a whole. Pandora has her Bachelor’s in Accounting and Information Systems from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is also a CPA and carries a CGMA designation. She started her career with LONG in December of 2007, after moving to Denver from Virginia. Her role with the company began as a Senior Accountant and quickly evolved through the ranks of Accounting Manager, Assistant Controller, Controller, and now - Vice President of Finance. In her spare time, Pandora enjoys warm sunny days with friends and family and participates in several sprint triathlons throughout the summer to stay active.

Jennifer Beckman

HR Director

Jennifer leads the Human Resources team at LONG and feels honored to work with a team that enjoys their work and takes pride in the service they provide both internal and external customers. Jennifer has had the pleasure of serving in people and culture roles and enjoys interacting with individuals and teams in ways that ultimately impact their own well-being, as well as organizational success. Her experience as human resources director, conflict mediator, and executive coach allow for expertise in working through daily HR, operational, leadership development, and organizational change initiatives. Jennifer holds a BSBA in Management, is a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), a Conflict Mediator, an Integral Coach, a Certified Organizational Development Professional, and a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner. Originally from the Midwest, Jennifer has called Colorado home for the past 20 years.  In pure ambivert fashion, she enjoys spending quality time with family, friends or simply solo.  Hiking, gardening, live music on a patio and the enjoyment of each moment top her list.

Valarie Daniels

Director, E-Commerce and Marketing

Valarie oversees the e-commerce and marketing efforts for LONG. She began her journey with LONG in 1994 as an administrative assistant and was promoted to Office Manager in 1998. After 10 years of overseeing the administrative needs of the corporate headquarters, she joined the equipment sales team to further her growth and learning. The knowledge Valarie has gained over the past 20 years has enabled her to identify and manage LONG's marketing needs as well as handle the responsibilities associated with development and implementation of LONG's e-commerce site supporting our OEM and aftermarket parts sales efforts (longpartspros.com). Valarie has been married for over 20 years and has a household of furry friends. She enjoys working out, going to the movies, and walking her dogs.

Vanessa Collette

Safety Coordinator

Vanessa is responsible for administering safety at LONG. After obtaining her degree from Fort Hays State University, Vanessa entered the Dept. of Corrections and Education field prior to joining LONG. Vanessa is passionate about training, developing action plans, and executing change. She is excited to assist LONG in establishing and analyzing safety performance, and identifying growth opportunities. She believes persistence and consistency is the key to long term success in all aspects of life. She is currently working towards her Safety Professional Certification (CSP). Vanessa resides in Brighton, CO with her spouse and three children. Away from work, she enjoys anything active, cooking, traveling, crafts, and family activities. She has been a cycling instructor for the last 15 years and enjoys leading bike groups through the beautiful Colorado scenery and pushing her students to their limits.

Jason Johnson

Network Administrator

Jason manages LONG’s IT infrastructure and helpdesk. He received his Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Jason started his career with LONG right out of high school and has dedicated more than 20 years to the company. When he’s not taking care of the LONG Team, he enjoys spending time outdoors (specifically hunting) and spending time with his family.

Paul Livengood

Director of Integration and Development

Paul leads the design, development and management of the company’s ERP system. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from USC and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Regis University. He also holds several Microsoft certificates, including CRM, SQL, C# and SharePoint. Before getting into Development and IT, Paul was a CPA.

Alaska

Chris Bracken

Alaska Branch Manager

Chris is responsible for all LONG business units in Alaska. Chris spent the first 10 years of his career in the military, learning what it takes to accomplish tasks no matter the difficulty level. Since, he’s gained 20 years of experience in the service industry. His training and experience outside the military began with field work and quickly progressed to sales, large project management, and eventually managing business units for his region. He found a home at LONG in 2015 and has since spread his wings to learn more about LONG’s BI and MS businesses. Chris is a Dad to three energetic boys, and enjoys taking on the role of an artist in his studio whenever he can.

Tom Hix

Construction Supervisor, Building Intelligence

Tom manages projects and operations for Building Automation in the LONG Anchorage branch.  He attended the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Tom Alexander IBEW Electrical Apprenticeship School.  Tom is a third-generation licensed electrician.  He holds an Electrical Administrator License.  Tom has been in the controls business for over 15 years, getting his start installing DDC, before moving into project management.  When not working, he enjoys boating and spending time with family and friends.

Wayne Peterson

Service Manager

Wayne manages the Alaska Mechanical Solutions business unit and has been employed at LONG since 2017.  With 30 years in the HVAC industry, he received his degree at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minnesota.  When not at work, Wayne enjoys hunting, spending time at his cabin and snowmobiling.

Colorado

Jason Nefs

Vice President

Jason is responsible for all LONG businesses in the Colorado region. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in engineering and began his career as a sales engineer for Trane before coming to LONG in 2004. With expertise in all major building system technologies, Jason actively engages with major Rocky Mountain area owners, developers, property managers, general contractors, mechanical contractors and engineers in the application of Building Mechanical and Control systems, Plumbing systems, and Security systems as well as the professional service of each.

Archie Warthen

General Manager, Equipment Sales

Archie supports and directs our very talented HVAC equipment sales group for Colorado.  He earned an Engineering Degree from New Mexico State University, while simultaneously owning and operating a small business.  Archie began his HVAC career with Trane as a new equipment sales engineer in the late 1990's.  He joined LONG in 2011, tasked with developing our hydronics and plumbing division.  In 2018, Archie was selected to lead and continue to expand the Colorado HVAC equipment sales group.  He is dedicated to strong relationships, improved processes, and doing whatever it takes to provide excellent customer experiences.  In an effort to lead a well-balanced life, Archie likes snowmobiling, hunting, problem solving games, community involvement, building hot rods, and spending time with his family and friends.

Eric Nelson

Operations Manager, HVAC Equipment

Eric manages inside sales support and operations for LONG’s equipment sales group in Colorado as well as air distribution warehouse sales and inventory. He has a background in mechanical engineering and has more than 30 years of combined experience in industrial engineering, HVAC sales and consulting engineering. Eric held various positions including lead engineer and owner’s representative at Abeyta Engineering Consultants, Inc. and Lockheed Martin before joining LONG in 2003. In his spare time, Eric likes to golf, swim, hike, bike and restore older cars and motorcycles.

Lawrence Trifiletti

Senior Operations Manager, Building Automation

Lawrence oversees operations and process development as well as the hiring and training of staff within LONG’s controls group in the Colorado headquarters office. He has more than 20 years of management and information technology experience and has worked with many high profile clients including the U.S. House of Representatives, Sprint and Lockheed Martin. He has been with LONG since 2012.

Scott Papay

Sales Manager, Building Automation

Scott is responsible for leading all sales efforts for the controls business unit at LONG headquarters. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and served in the United States Navy as an Engineering Watch Supervisor before moving on to management positions at Bailco Service Corporation, Johnson Controls, Tiernam & Patrylo and Trane. He has been with LONG since 2009 and is LEED AP-NC, FE and Six Sigma Black Belt certified. In his free time, Scott enjoys CrossFit, spending time with his family and outdoor activities including hiking, camping, hunting and golfing.

Brenda Herrick

Senior Business Manager, Building Automation

Brenda is responsible for the business side of LONG’s controls group in Colorado including job cost accounting, contract review, subcontracting, purchasing, budgeting, reporting, and material handling. She earned an MBA from the University of Kansas in 1984 and since then has worked continuously in the controls industry. Brenda started at LONG in 1992, coming over with the acquisition of Winner & Associates. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and hanging out with her family.

Mike Sailor

Construction Manager, Building Automation

Mike oversees the day to day operations of the Colorado controls team.  In addition, he manages staffing and recruiting for the controls installation group and the project manager teams in the mountain and Denver regions.  In his role as Construction Manager, he also supervises the Colorado Building Automation fleet.  Mike is a member of the safety committee and works with his fellow committee members to provide the safest work environment possible.  Mike joined LONG in 1996 as a Controls Installer/Panel Fabrication Specialist.  In 2000, he was promoted to Controls Installation Supervisor, and in 2007, he was again promoted to his current position as Construction Manager.  Mike enjoys spending time with his family, camping, fishing and cheering on the Denver Broncos.

J.J. Vesely

Application Engineer Manager, Building Automation

J.J. is the Application Engineer Manager for the Building Automation business unit in Littleton, Colorado.  While his primary responsibility is to oversee the development of control drawings in Colorado, he works closely with operations in other states to establish standards for all LONG controls groups.  J.J. began his career at LONG as the Delivery Driver in the summer of 1994 but quickly moved into the warehouse supporting customers' parts needs.  He joined the controls team as an Application Engineer in 1999 and transitioned to a leadership role in 2005.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Metropolitan State College of Denver.  When he's not in the office, J.J. enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Jeff Ramsey

General Manager, Mechanical Solutions 

Jeff manages scheduled service sales, project retrofits and repairs and technical field services for LONG’s mechanical services group in Colorado. He has an associate’s degree in business management from Arapahoe Community College, completed a sheet metal apprenticeship with Local 9 in 1986 and has a strong background in sales. From the time he was in grade school, Jeff has spent his time learning different trades from house painting, auto body repair and sheet metal to sales and service management, but has been in the HVAC industry for the past 30 years and is involved in every aspect of a building’s HVAC system. Jeff and his wife currently run a cattle ranch east of Parker, Colorado. He also enjoys mountain biking, guitar picking and fixing “stuff.”

Cheri Lingk

Business Manager, Mechanical Solutions

Cheri manages all the internal administrative operations for LONG’s mechanical services group in Colorado. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Western State Colorado University in 1982 and began her career as a receptionist for CLIMATEngineering in 1983. She later became the accounting manager when part of CLIMATEngineering became Winner & Associates. Cheri also worked for Beardslee Holland and started her own accounting business before coming to work for LONG in 1999. She enjoys golfing, skiing, Zumba, scrapbooking and spending time with her husband, Wayne, their three children and friends.

Dewey Schlag

Service Manager, Mechanical Solutions

Dewey manages the Denver and Colorado Springs mechanical service technicians.  He started in the HVAC trade in 1987 while attending Los Angeles Trade Technical College.  Dewey moved to the great state of Colorado with his family in 1999 and started working for LONG as a service technician.  He has since been promoted to the service manager role.  In the 30 years that Dewey has been in the trade, he feels extremely fortunate to have been able to work with what he considers to be the hardest working and smartest people in the industry.  When he's not working, he spends his spare time competing in ATA trap shooting events and hunting with family and friends.

Brad Wilmes

Service Manager, Mechanical Solutions

Brad has been with LONG since 1998 where he started as a warehouse delivery driver. In 2000, he finished HVAC trade school and moved over to LONG Mechanical Solutions. In 2010, he was asked to learn a newer technology called Daikin VRV. He's been blessed to learn this technology, no matter how frustrating it can be at times. Brad moved into a Service Manager role in 2019 and currently oversees the Daikin VRV technicians and the day in, day out VRV relationship between Mechanical Solutions, HVAC Equipment, and other business units across LONG. In his free time, he enjoys working on never-ending projects around the house but truly loves going camping with his family and friends and fishing as much as possible.

Richard Coleman

General Manager, Security Solutions

Richard oversees the sales and operations aspects of LONG’s security solutions team. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and has an extensive background in electronic security. Prior to that, he owned a computer networking company that designed, installed and maintained computer networks for businesses. Richard is always looking for new ways to provide customers with cutting edge security solutions that help streamline their businesses and improve safety and profitability. He also enjoys ice hockey, collecting guitars, writing and performing music and working on his vintage car collection.

Jake Gash

Director of Warehouse Operations

Jake is responsible for managing the daily Colorado warehouse operations including HVAC, Building Automation and Security parts sales as well as overseeing the Air Distribution and Hydronics operations. During his career at LONG which began in 1994, Jake has been an integral member of, and has lead the parts team to excel with both his extensive knowledge of the industry and his exemplary customer service.

Alison Firkins

Corporate Services & Support Manager

Alison oversees the administrative support team at the corporate headquarters in Littleton, Colorado. She began her career at LONG in 1994, originally hired to assist one of the company’s business units and later joined the corporate administrative team. She was then promoted to Office Manager in 2008. Alison’s years of experience with LONG have established her as the “go to” woman for both internal and external customers. She is a proud Mom, spending time outside of work with her son, family and her lovable, sometimes crazy, pets.

Montana

Daren Nelson

Montana Branch Manager

Daren provides oversight and leadership for all of LONG's Montana business units. After obtaining his degree from the University of Montana, Daren entered the security and fire protection industry. After nearly 20 years of field work, sales, project management, and general management, Daren join the LONG team as our Montana Security Manager in 2019, coinciding with the opening of our Helena office. In 2021, Daren was promoted to Branch Manager. As Branch Manager, Daren is excited to lead the growth of our Montana business units while assembling an exceptional team displaying LONG's core values and business philosophy. Daren resides in Helena, MT with his wife and their two children. During time off, you probably won't see the Nelson family unless you're on a hiking trail, jeep trail, or in the middle of one of Montana's lakes or rivers.

Josh Goll

Operations Manager, Building Automation

Josh is responsible for the daily operations of the Building Automation team. He completed a five-year apprenticeship to become a Journeyman Electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and went on to obtain his Electrical Master's License in Montana and Wyoming. He is experienced in a variety of electrical systems including power, lighting, fire alarm, security, and controls. Josh joined Team LONG in 2016, but he has worked in the controls industry since 2002, picking up strong skills in control systems and project management along the way. When not working, Josh and his family enjoy many of Montana's outdoor activities, especially camping and skiing.

Oregon

Erik Schenck

Oregon Branch Manager

Erik leads Oregon’s Building Automation, Security, and Mechanical Service businesses. As the Branch Manager he is responsible for growth and for delivering on LONG’s customer focused values. A degree from Portland State University and twenty years of construction experience have prepared him well for this role. Erik is a lifelong Oregonian, raising three boys with his wife in the suburbs of Portland. He enjoys hiking, camping, and playing guitar.

Utah

Paul Christiansen

General Manager - Utah, HVAC Equipment

Paul is responsible for mechanical equipment sales in the UT market. He achieved his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, followed by a MBA from the American Graduate School of Intl. Mgmt. (Thunderbird) in Glendale, AZ in 2004. Paul began his career with Envirco Corp., promoting HEPA filtration systems for cleanrooms in Asia, and later managed the Krueger organization in the North American Air Distribution market for 6 years. Before joining LONG in January, 2017, Paul led the PennBarry and Lau Sales, Product Development, Engineering, Customer Service and Marketing teams. As General Manager of LONG Utah, Paul will be implementing growth strategies to strengthen LONG’s market position, as well as enhance the group’s portfolio of Mechanical Products in the Intermountain region.

Brandon Jones

Operations Manager, HVAC Equipment

Brandon manages operations for LONG’s Utah branch, which focuses primarily on HVAC equipment and parts sales. He has been in the industry for over two decades, seventeen years of which have been spent with LONG. Brandon began his LONG journey as an Inside Sales Rep before advancing to a Project Manager/Bid Coordinator and finally, Operations Manager. When he’s not working hard for LONG and our customers, he enjoys spending time with his family and doing just about anything athletic.

Washington

Craig Engelbrecht

Vice President - Washington

Craig Engelbrecht drives the vision of the LONG Seattle branch. He oversees all functions, operations and company culture for the branch, ensuring a positive environment, poised for growth. Before joining LONG’s Seattle team, Craig worked for Siemens as the Director of Smart Services and Technology. He has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience within the building automation industry and has even pioneered energy information software solutions. 

Steve Stumpf

Vice President - Security

As the Vice President of Security for Alaska, Oregon and Washington, Steve Stumpf manages LONG’s delivery of Security Solutions. He works directly with sales, project management, and engineering teams at each branch within those states to ensure that we represent our security offerings most effectively. Prior to joining LONG, Steve was Vice President/Principal of Argens, where he managed operations, the company’s security and locksmith divisions, sales, product training, and HR. During that time he assembled an outstanding portfolio of clients throughout the states we continue to represent today.

Melissa Gelowitz

Sales Manager, Building Automation

Melissa Gelowitz is the Sales Manager for Building Automation in Washington. She is passionate about "open systems" and utilizing technology to save money and enhance the user experience. Melissa uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to coach teammates to work hard and achieve their goals. Melissa graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts. In her free time, she enjoys sailing and adventures with her son, Mitch.

Wyoming

Todd Kuhl

Operations Manager, Building Automation

Todd is responsible for leading, managing, and developing the Wyoming Building Automation Team. In close coordination with sales and service, he manages all aspects of LONG’s contracting and retrofit work to ensure successful completion of building automation projects while building and maintaining relationships with owners, general contractors, mechanical contractors, and engineers. After earning a Bachelor’s in Construction Management from South Dakota State University, Todd completed an extended internship with Kiewit as an Industrial Field Engineer before starting a career in the upstream petroleum industry. Choosing to leave the petroleum industry in 2015, Todd began his journey with LONG as a Building Automation Controls Technician. During his tenure with LONG, Todd has worked his way through various positions including Lead Building Automation Controls Technician and Building Automation Account Executive. Todd is a proud father to two wonderful children in his growing family who he enjoys traveling and spending time with in the great outdoors. In his free time, Todd enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, hiking, skiing, camping, mountain biking, four wheeling, kayaking, shooting, gardening, and working on project vehicles.

David Kenik

General Manager, Mechanical Solutions

David manages Wyoming's service operations and sales functions. Starting out in the industry, David jumped in with both feet – owning and operating his own successful mechanical service business in Montana from 1974 to 1985. In 1985 he decided to sign on with Johnson Controls in Wyoming and through the years held positions as a Digital Controls Technician, Applications Engineer, Service Manager and Owner Direct Sales Representative. He joined LONG as an Owner Direct Account Manager in 1998 and has been living the LONG life ever since. In his spare time, David is an Arborist. He and his wife Bev enjoy most outdoor activities – especially when they involve his three daughters, son, and four grandchildren.

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